|hemms ||05-23-2012 12:13 AM |
I've started working with our pony very young, in short sessions. I've worked on everything I could think of without climbing on, tho I also haven't bothered with a bit/bridle yet. He'a just turned 2 and our son is only 3 - won't be handling the bit with our young pony on his own any time soon!
Scout has carried all manner of things on his back, including a ginormous balled up tarp, crunching and flapping in the wind. We've taken him over every obstacle we could find, including some tricky boulders, bridges and logs up to his knees. Of course, we practice patience standing tied every chance we get and we even practice trailer loading. He accepts the saddle without issue and even totes our 30lb. son around for a good 30 mins at a time, either led or ponied off one of our horses, always in the arena or yard. He understands the basic concept of moving out on the lunge, but we've never done anything repetitive, with consideration for his developing body.
The next step will be to pony him riderless on the trail to acclimate him and we are entering him and my son in a lead-line class next week. Which reminds me, he'll be used to the clippers by tomorrow, lol! He already accepts my high-velocity blow dryer, as that's my go-to toy for the spring shed ( sounds like a shopvac and moves the skin on my hand).
Whatever you can cook up can only help when it comes to prepping them for the little hooligans!