New pony is very nervous and irrational!
My friend (who is a complete novice) has just bought a pony. He is 7 yrs old 14.1 HH gelding. She was told he had been used in a school with children and wants to learn to ride him and also for her 3 & 4 year old to ride him too. I have offered to help, the problem is this pony is fiesty full of energy. He is not a novice ride! In the arena he is a sweety. He is very thin but he has lots of energy I fear he will have even more energy when he puts on some beef. I took him out for the first time and he went crazy, it was like he had never been out of the arena in his life and at one point he stopped in some long grass, I asked him to go on he started to walk backwards, I asked him again he then had a frenzy of spinning around very quickly and bucking! The next day I went out on him with a friend who had a nice quiet horse for him to follow, he was still very nervous and everything that scared him (the beach/sea , cars, curbs) triggered an irrational response which is like throw you off ´n run!!! How can I prepare this pony for a novice family to ride?