Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Western Australia
We've been doing heaps of ground work as she tends to spook and needs to trust her rider/ leader. She's 13yrs old but wasn't handled till she was 7, so she missed out on a lot of early work. So she's a greenish pony in a middle aged body! She was great with the teenager that had her before but she's still working out how far she can trust us.
Took her for a walk today round the farm for about an hour. She was good, didn't spook but was stressed out by a few things, gobbling turkey, sheep we thought was dead that suddenly leapt up and ran off LOL, big machinery, walking on a concrete floor etc. but she just breathed in a stressed way and looked to me to give direction rather than reacting. Only thing that had her freaked was three kangaroos that hopped off in the trees as we came close. That had her prancing about a bit but I redirected her energy into circling, reversing etc and she got a grip pretty quick.
We still have a lot of groundwork we can do, but I think exercise under saddle would help. I just have to find a rider :)