I recently bought a 6 year old shetland pony mare for my children. At the moment I'm teaching my 7 year old and 3 year old boys ground work. They're learning grooming, feeding, catching and playing.
I've started them bareback and leading them around on her so they get their balance and the feel of her moving.
I tacked her up and put my 7 year old on and felt he was ready to go around on his own. Thinking she would just wander off around the pen.
But she didn't. She followed me everywhere. If I stopped, she stopped. If I walked off, she walked off.
So, I'm guessing she hasn't been finished out? The people I bought her from used her as a leadline pony. Should I send her to a trainer?