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post #1 of 3 Old 03-24-2012, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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i need help with training my two Shetland ponies. i am doing it myself. they are three and four years old and for the first time yesterday i put a saddle on them. its only for light work, but i don't know what to do next. as its only for very little work do they still need to be trained by an expert or is it achievable
all help will be much appreciated
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-24-2012, 11:29 AM
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My suggestion is to do everything with them. Take them for walks. Get them used to scary things by showing them that they are ok. Get them used to flapping tarps, orange cones, flags.

Do some research on liberty training - you can learn a lot from that, and so can they.

You can also teach them to lunge.

That should keep the three of you busy for a few weeks at least!

If you are absolutely set on getting on... have them bareback and start leaning over them. Just for a few seconds at a time, never longer then they feel comfortable about having you there.
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Ground drive them everywhere. It will get them used to having a saddle on and listening to cues from the bit. Take them to as many "scary" places as you can. Over ground poles, bridges, through water, put a bunch of scary objects around the pasture and drive them through like an obstacle course. Get them used to new things so they are accepting of them when you are in the saddle.
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