I am having a few issues with my Shetland pony Binky. He is 5 years old and I have owned him for the past 2 years and he was originally brought as a companion to my riding horse. But he is so intelligent and such a pretty boy I would love to be doing more with him, he is a full up stocky 11.2hh skewbald but I am to big to ride him Im 5'9 and 11 stone. So I would love to do Liberty games, tricks, in hand showing and progress onto driving when I can afford to. All these are things I wish to do with him given time and money, but I am doing the basics at home with him which he is picking up extremely fast!
But Binky has a mind of his own, very bolshy and head strong. The main things that I am struggling with is
1. When leading he is a gent, but when we stop he always turns head first towards me and will not turn away from me, to the point of throwing his head around and doing little bunny hops! This is with a Headcollar on so his teeth are not a problem and when we are walking together with nothing between us he happyly turns away from me! He always wants to play or have the lead rein in his mouth when being lead also! Cute but not helpful!
2. He bites! Always towards pockets or hands, this I know is a result of him being hand fed a lot as a youngster but he has never grown out of it, after 2 years of not getting hand fed, what more can I do!
He has many other quirks but these are the min issues apart from these Binky is progressing well, he has learnt a few tricks and we have been practising jumping liberty games style and he is loving every minute!
Any advice would be sooo helpful!
Andrea and Binky