Originally Posted by equiniphile
Oh, that's fine then-- I was thinking of a pure Miniature. For a small pony like that, the best thing to do is work on desensitizing her. Plastic bags, toys, ropes....make sure she's comfortable with things being around her and on her back. The next step, I would think, is to find a small teenager to get the horse comfortable with a rider on her back. Introduce cues by asking the horse to go forward with leading cues while the rider gives a cue from her back. Same goes for stopping and turning--give the cue from her side while the rider gives the cue from the saddle. Eventually, you should be able to stop giving cues from the ground, and the pony should learn the new aids.
Yeah, I should have specified before, guess I forgot that people can't read my mind.
Could ground driving be a good idea for steering/halting also? She's had a few people on her back but they've been larger then a 50lb kid and I'm thinking she's obeying because the person is heavier; how would I get her to obey for the little one as well?
Sorry if I'm asking stupid questions I've only trained horses/large ponies.