Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South Wales, UK
I've never done this myself, but the owner of the stables where I keep my horse somtimes breaks and schools ponies for use in the riding school side of the business. She usually enlists some of the experienced children when backing the ponies - there are some very dinky but very competent riders amongst the junior crowd. She starts them off (the ponies that is) on lead rein in one of the schools, before accustoming them to hacking out (walking in hand first with other horses on/off road, then ridden with other horses off road only, then ridden on/off road). Seems to work pretty well, and the kids love it.
Of course, if you don't know any small children (or, I suppose, petite adults) who can ride well, this approach may not be of much use....