I recently purchased a palomino pony for my daughter to learn to ride on. I have not measured her but if I had to guess I would say she is close to 14 hh, I am about 5"10 and look rediculous on her but she can carry me just fine. I ride her more than my daughter does because I am trying to get her in better shape(too fat). We go trail riding at least 4-5 days a week and I am wanting to see if she can do barrel racing. What is the best way to start her out? I would assume that I just get her to walk the pattern for a while , then trot, then canter? I don't have an arena to do this in yet, is a pasture ok? I should have an arena to work her in this next spring hopefully? Please give me any suggestions you may have!!!