Hi every one. So a few years back I brought my mother a miniature gelding, trained to harness. I brought her a cart and harness which needed some alterations as Ham was too small for the Shetland size, too big for the mini sized. Whilst this was going on he gained a hell of a lot of weight and was too fat to actually hitch up. so he was put on a diet. By the time he had slimed down it was winter and mum didn't want to do anything as she became really sick. So Ham was relegated to the paddock to keep my riding mare company. On my days off from college I would kit him up and long rein him as I was not confident enough to throw the gig on him and go considering I had little to know experience of driving and he had been out of it for a few months. Then I had to move and he has basically done nothing but baby sit for the past two years.
Now, my question is, where on earth do I start? This pony is just lovely but I honestly don't think he had been broken in that long before I got him. The times he has been in a gig with me he was good but I've been away for a year so I'm a bit hesitant, I don't want to stuff up. I'm going to start long reining again (hope the gear still fits him ) but I'd just like to know what other people do when bringing a horse back to driving?
I'm going to search for people with experience to help once I'm home but at the moment I don't know of any one in my area who actually drives! I really want to get into this and give Ham a job so any help would be appreciated.
Thanks for reading! Here's Ham as a reward!
This was two years ago.