I have a colt that will be seven weeks old in a couple of days. I have been handling him from birth and he is fairly good at the following: leading in hand, picking up feet, being touched all-over, fly spray, and he even ties (supervised of course).
But the problem is, I don't have a huge area for him to run and play in, and I really want to pony him off of his Mom out into a national forest area about 3/4 mile away. He ponies when he wants to, sometimes he does okay, but more and more he just stalls and refuses to move forward. Even if I use a butt-rope, he will just randomly stop and refuse to move. If I wrap the rope around my saddle horn, I can sometimes get him to come forward, but he basically just sits back and refuses to move and I don't want to hurt his neck by forcing him too much.
Am I just pushing things too quick, or is it reasonable to expect a 7 week old foal to pony from his Mom?
I would love to just let him run loose following his mom, but he doesn't stay very close and I am afraid he will run out in front of a car, as he almost did the other day. (Neighborhood dirt roads with minimal traffic, but still, he is hazard to himself and others). So running loose is not working, but neither is ponying.
If I don't get over the ponying issue, I guess I won't be able to take him anywhere. And it's not fair to him to keep him in a corral until he's saddle broke. I really want him to get "out there" for his physical health but also because it will make him a desensitized, well-rounded horse.
Any suggestions? I guess I could try walking both mom and baby to the forest, but I think that would be a handful.