New to this - biting ponies & training to do rides
Hi guys! This is my first post here, so stay with me!
I've always loved and worked around horses. I had lessons when I was younger. Next year I will be going to a high school just for horses.
But right now I work at a very popular park district in Ohio. My job is to work with the ponies & train to do pony rides, which includes hand led and a wheel (eek!).
I have a few questions.
A lot of the volunteers are older, and quite frankly, have no idea what to do around horses. The ponies are babied. The ponies respect me, for the most part.
We have one pony, a Welsh cob who bites, kicks, etc. She is lowest on the totem pole. Very hard to catch. What do I do when she (or any of the ponies) pin their ears back and start to get that attitude?
And we also have a new pony that is very "huggy." Always really close to you. Right now I push her away or make up back up. She also does not lead well. Since their are children around the ponies, we cannot tolerate any of this behavior.
Any advice, or just general horsemanship advice? I've been lurking for a while and trying to learn as much as I can. Thank you so much!