I have gone to part livery as I work during the week and needed a yard with help and expertise available as we have only been riding/sharing for the last 14months, we wanted this so we would have the feeling of the pony being our own and learn so much.
We have a lovely pony, easy to catch, lovely nature and good on the ground, the owner a retired lady who is not very well wanted a small adult or child to look after her, she is aware of our experience but felt that we could really love and care for her.
My yard owner said she is very green and barely been ridden although I had an hour riding her and my daughter did when we went to visit she was fine but was quite fast in trot so needs time, and we had someone else in front.
We have had her since last Sunday so I went on Monday last week to walk her round etc, and I have had my daughter on lead rein yesterday and today for only half hour, I was going to get on but have lost my confidence I think being on my own in the sand school, I don't want to be like this or I will never get on.
I have come away today a bit worried that I should have spent more time with her in the sand school on the ground, but I just want to build it up each week as I get more confident handling her, we were at the stables for 3 hours yesterday and two today grooming the other time.
I am not sure what to do, should I ask my YO to come in sand school with me and I ride her each week for 30 mins then do 30mins with my daughter on lead rein, I think she would be happy with this but I would have to pay for my time.
My yard owner is a bit shocked that we have been given her given that she is not very well trained for us and we are really inexperienced but advises that doing more ground work will help because she is a lovely natured pony.
I really want this to work and I am more than happy to do this because we will gain more experience than having a pony that does everything you want.
There really friendly on the yard and so helpful and don't know how much I could ask her to do if anything for me during the week.
I am not sure if she would need the time through the week as well if I do things at the weekend.
I don't want to lose confidence etc because we both love going.
Any advice please.