I had a friend that boarded at the same place as me. He had a baby that I halter broke for him. I had no clue what I was doing but it worked, I did a pony too... Actually, I completely broke that pony to ride now that I think of it, but it was only 12.2 hands so I was big enough to manhandle it although it never tried anything.
Anyway, my friend... he had this really pretty paint that was almost 3 and about 16 hands. He told me it had been saddled and had been ridden. So I started saddling it and longing it, it was wierd because I would tighten the girth and the horse would go down to his knees for a minute. And then when I would ask him to walk he'd be all hunched up. I longed him before riding and then I would ride walk trot - it seemed like he had no idea what I wanted. After about 5 rides he had an explosion that scared the cahoonas out of me! We almost went through the fence. I rode him for about 2 months and then my friend... Good friend that he was, came out and asked how he was doing. And when I showed him... he was in shock. Do you know what he told me? The horse had never even been saddled! He had lied to me. What a pal..... Had I known that I would have done a lot of things differently. I could have really ruined that horse. And that horse could have ruined me!