Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Welcome to the forum!
I'm in the process of working with 2 small ponies for a client. What I did first was to train them to lunge. I had them on a line and worked on voice commands then moved up to long lining them. The next step was a saddle and then some weight in the form of feed bags of about 50 pounds. I will be changing over to a driving harness next.
The reason I went to the saddle instead of the harness is that I had the proper saddle and girth, and my mini harness needed some extensions made for the saddle section (fat little guys).
Hope that helps and good luck. There are some knowledgeable members here who have worked with ponies and minis. I'm sure they have a lot of advise to give you.
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