Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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need bit recommendation for stubborn kid's pony
My daughters' friend has a little pony - we think he's probably a Shetland with possibly some Newfoundland in him - who knows.
He's a little guy, so an adult can't ride him to properly train him. He's had extensive groundwork, and has been used as a leadline pony.
The girls are all riding him (more or less). They are all using correct leg cues and direct reining quite well. He has a single-jointed loose-ring snaffle with bit-guards. It's pretty frustrating for the girls to ride him. He pretty much ignores everything they do. He completely ignores that bit. They pull on the inside rein, and he either ignores it completely, or just blissfully goes in whatever direction he wants to go. He doesn't really stop well either. We've done a lot of work with an adult leading him, and the rider giving all the right cues. He does know what things mean.
Since he's being ridden by kids (8-10 years old) who don't really know when to use a lighter hand, I'm a little hesitant to put any kind of harsher bit on him. Does anyone have any suggestions for a bit to use that might give better control, without hurting him if the girls have an occasional insensitive hand? I'm thinking maybe a full-cheek snaffle to physically "shove" his head in the right direction. This is my first encounter with a pony. His brain is wired a bit differently than any horse I've worked with...