I'm getting ready to start training my two Shetland ponies. Warrior will be two and Scout will be a yearling.
I know it isn't adviseable to do a lot (or any?) lunging at such a young age. What age would be appropriate to start lunging? What would you recommend doing in the meantime?
I have been working with my trainer on training my horse. I really like her methods. First, we did a bit of work in the round pen, but not a whole lot (in my past training efforts, 99% of the work was round pen work). We then did a lot of work with lunging with him wearing a caveson, and then with the bridle. We worked with getting him to bend and flex with a dressage whip (just to tap him while using the reins to direct him) and got him used to rein pressure from the ground, using long cotton reins while walking next to him.
I would like to start the ponies similarly, so I'm trying to make a "shopping list" of things I'll need.
Currently, the only thing I have is a pony saddle and a lunge line. My "wish list" at the moment is:
Pony sized caveson (is nylon okay? My trainer has leather but I haven't been able to find a pony sized leather caveson and they tend to be quite pricey, anyway).
Cotton training reins
Saddle pad (I really like 100% wool pads, but haven't found any pony sized ones)
Cinch (I have a Weaver air flex for my horse and so far I like it. I also have a mohair for my other horse but haven't tried it out yet)
Driving equipment (I'd love to teach them to drive, but haven't the faintest idea where to begin with that)
Any assistance with my list (including where to buy the items) would be appreciated. Training tips are also most welcome.