Me and my sister own a lovely little light palomino welsh pony named Hippy! He turned 8 this year, but was only broken when he was 4/5 - he is very skittish, green and nervous - it's just his nature XD
He hasn't been ridden a lot in the past because he is very spooky, and so hasn't really gotten used to it. So, me and my sister sought the advice of the instructor at our yard and her partner, who is a trick rider. Now, our instructor trained Hippy when he was younger and told us that, when they owned him double-rein lunging and long reining really helped him, so we booked ourselves a lesson with her and her partner - and it went AMAZING!
We started off double-rein lunging him, and he was super nervous. He was all tight and bunched up, taking tiny choppy steps and spooking when the reins touched him. After a while though, he started to settle, and he relaxed, started extending a bit more. He was much better on the right rein though, and each time we changed to the left he had a bit of an attack XD
Once he'd settled in a bit, my sister rode him very gently - just walking, lots of turns, circles and halting. And you know what? He was as good as gold! He didn't spook once!
A couple of days later we did this again, with no instructors or anything, and once again he was so good. He started off nervy but soon got the hang of it and really seemed to enjoy himself :) He was much better on the changes of rein and was much less 'choppy'. My sister rode him again after and once again he was so not spooky!
I know it might not sound like much, but this is such a big step for him the little love! It's really desensitizing him to all these new things and getting his confidence right up, and he really enjoys the work. He looks very pleased with himself afterwards lol XD So, we'll keep lunging, riding and desensitizing him and if it all goes as well as it has done so far he'll be at Badminton soon (joke lol)!
So well done to my little sausage, I'm so proud of you <3
^ Furry beast!