I bought my boys a pony in January so that they could ride when I did. Low and behold she turned out to be pregnant and foaled March 22. Cutest little filly but now that she isn't fat anymore you can really see she has no muscles and needs a work out. She is way to small for me to ride and I don't feel safe putting the boys on her with the filly at her side (she gets a little freaked out now when we do stuff to her because of the baby). Can I lunge her with baby there? Is there anything else I can do besides that? I don't have a round pen just an arena to work in.
Second I am working on halter breaking the filly. I started out rubbing the halter all over her and I can put it on her nose, sometimes get the strap behind he rears but forget about buckling it. She starts to freak out. I don't think she likes the clanking of the buckle or both sides meeting up to buckle it. I am working really slow and I don't want to freak her out. I did get the halter on once but havent been able to again. I really wish I would have started sooner.
Any help would be great. I never really wanted to get into the baby business because I don;t really have the time for training but it is what it is and I am getting it done slowly. Oh and I can rub all over her, pick up her feet, rub her down with fly spray, she will come to me...anything else I should be doing besides trying to get the darn halter on?