Here I am going to risk sounding very ignorant, but here is my question: How do you train a small pony to be ridden?
Now, I don't have a particular pony in mind, I'm talking about ponies in general. I am working towards becoming a horse trainer and riding instructor and I have a real fondness for ponies and I want to train them for use as lesson ponies for kids. I'm short enough to ride taller ponies (I'm only 5'1'') so I would not have trouble training 14hh ponies. But what about shorter ponies? I see kids riding the very little ponies that I would never be able to practically ride. Certainly the trainers didn't just throw little kids on top of the pony for it's first ride in order to train it. How do people properly train small ponies?
This is something I really want to do, I have a real passion for teaching kids so I want to be able to train ponies the right way so that I can have a good chain of lesson ponies that I trust to use with kids.
Thanks for you help,