All advice is needed,
I do have people around the house, experienced horse keepers and vet, etc, they all say it seems to go ok.
Flower is with us know for 1 week and her paspoort say she is only 7 months, very young., yesterday we took her for a walk on a lead around the large garden, she was ok but wanted to walk in other directions and she didn't wanted to go back inside her enclosed area.
We created a sign and say stop when she does something wrong,(well when she start running or walk in wrong direction).
Today I took her around the garden again, and she walked right next to me all the time and when I made the sign and said stop she did, looks to me that she is a quick and happy learner.
We don't give her any treats, we make a big fuss when she does well.
The first week we were a bit soft but I quess we were all getting to know eachoteher and for her to explore her new suroundings.
I'm pleased she loves to put the halter on and we can brush her all over, even het hooves etc, there is a lott of trust already, we also beep our car horn when we arrive so she get used to cars and loud noises, but even with cars she seems relaxed, considered she was imported from holland.
In the new year I will look for a horse trainer in the mean time I will have to follow my instincts and advice from you all.
Flower and co
Originally Posted by iridehorses
What seems cute and funny now will very soon become an annoying and dangerous problem. Your pony may be tiny at the moment but is on it's way to becoming a several hundred pound animal. Ponies and horses use their teeth, heads, and feet to secure their dominance in a herd. You and your family are on their way to becoming Flower's "herd" and that is a very bad thing in this case.
What you are creating is a spoiled, disrespectful, and eventually a dangerous horse. 2 months ago I got what is now a 13h pony in a trade . When Dusty was your pony's age I'm am sure that it was treated the way you are treating Flower. Now, at 3 years old and ~450 pounds, Dusty is a nightmare. He has no respect for people and thinks nothing of grabbing at my jacket or jeans looking for treats. If you hold out your hand, he thinks nothing of trying to bite it thinking there is a treat. He will turn his back end to you and try to kick if he doesn't get his way. I am just starting to get him under control but he has a long way to go.
Flower is heading in that direction fast and you need to get some help now. If not, I guarantee you will be on the forum in a few months looking for help for a cute little pony that has become a nightmare.