Hard mouthed pony
Good morning everyone. I purchased a rescue pony who at one point in time was very well trained... so I am told... however that has gone down the tubes. This poor pony has been through a lot, apparently his previous owners did not feel the need to take care of him, he was so thin and had elf feet when I bought him. Thankfully, his feet are looking better, and he has put on some weight. He does what he wants, when he wants, and is very hard mouthed. I am going to attempt to ground drive him for a week or so, and see if this helps with the situation. However, I am open to all kinds of advice. I am also aware that it may just be that my children are not "strong enough" to be the leader in the situation, but I am too big for the little guy (he is about 500-600 and I am about 160, don't want to make him fallover dead, lol!) I know that I can end a lot of the running through the bit behavior with a hack, but I am very leary about a hack being in a child's hand, also neck reigning is not existing in this pony lol, and with stiff shanks, it is odd pull reigning. I use sidepulls and sidepull attachments for riding, however I did try a tomthumb snaffle on him, and that had no effect either. Thanks ahead of time for any advice!