Okay at our barn we have two ponies that we need to use for lessons but can't. One of them is a medium morgan cross that was never formally trained. He is spooky, too fast, won't go on the bit, etc. I trail ride him because I can easily ride out his spooks and love his fast gaits, but does not work for young novice riders. The other is a smaller welsh/shetland cross who was a show pony years ago. She can do it all, great mover, jumper etc. Problem is she hasn't been ridden in at least 5 years (about 20) and once you get on her she just runs. We have been working her in round pen and she is much better, but still a very hard mouth (no brakes)
We were thinking of sending them both off for training. The morgan cross doesn't even know how to lunge. He needs to learn to get on the bit, drop his head and collect. He barely knows how to turn properly since he has always been trail ridden (he is about 12)
I am going to round pen them both and ride in arena making lots of circles and transitions. Going to try side reins on the morgan. Any other suggestions?
biggest problem is time, I can't work with them every day. That is why a month long training might be best with a pro.