I'm moving the horses to a new yard on Monday with good facilities... which will be great as I have no facilities at all right now.
My background: TB racing... I went through the "learning to ride" system very/too quickly and ponies are completely beyond my radar for the most part. I had plenty of experience breaking TBs for racing before kids, but the amount of ground work I did was quite limited, and as they were all blank canvasses they were all fairly straight forward.
The pony: Nod is 22yo, we've had her a month. Although well used in a riding school she was ignored for the last year and is more than a little marish.
I've had the farrier, dentist, chiro and vet all take a look at her. All is fine.
Things I'm noticing:
1. She is very girth sour. Touch the girth area and the ears go back and I get the narky faces. I've been going in daily and brushing her, rubbing my hand around her barrel and just spending time. She has got better, but I'd like to have her content with it. She doesn't actually do anything, but I'd like to get away from the death stare.
2. Not entirely happy with people around the back end. Stood perfectly fine for the farrier, can pick feet out no problem but mess about trying to get muck out and she's NOT happy. Today she half-heartily kicked... I got after her, went back to continue on and not a budge out of her so thinking she is still testing the water?
3. Out in the field, she isn't afraid to let loose with the hind end to Bandit. Obviously when out loose in the field there is little I can do to correct this, but I would like to try and nip this in the bud as I would have a slight concern about shows.
She has put on a good bit of condition since her arrival and has brought my daughter's interest back (yay!) but has anybody any ground work advice that will help me work through this few kinks?