03-03-2007, 03:13 PM
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Yes its too young!
Spend your time playing with him, leading him, grooming him, picking his feet up. Of course when you groom him you can lean right over him and this will get him used to the feel of something on his back. You can have a lot of fun. Make sure he is completely at ease with whatever you do.
I am afraid that if you tried to back him with a young child both pony and child might get a big fright, and one or other could get hurt. When he is in the spring of his 4th year find a confident light rider to bring him on after he has been backed by a trainer.
Small ponies can be quite difficult because they are so small, I had to give up with an Exmoor I had as my daughter was too inexperienced and I was too heavy - she ended up being broken by a western trainer and it took ages because I had scared her. In the end she was fine.
Do get professional help you will have a better pony in the long run.