Good morning/evening everyone!
Lately my grandma's little pony has started acting up. He's pretty much only halter broke and like a typical pony, has a BIG attitude. If he was a person, he'd probably be the most sarcastic and goofy guy you'd ever meet lol. Anyway, he has this habit of turning his butt to you. Never kicks or does anything, just turns his butt. Now, when I was in the pen more regularly and around him more often, I made sure he didn't do it to me and once he learnt he couldn't get away with it with me, he stopped doing it. However, my grandma isn't very strong and he knows this so he'll be pushy around her and doesn't always lead nicely for her.
So I'm thinking about trying to train this pony and teach him to drive. My grandpa made a little cart 3 years ago that holds 2 people at a time, so it's not big and I think it would be good to teach this little guy to pull the cart. My grandma also cannot ride any longer, so I thought this could be a good way for her to be able to still go riding without being on a horse.
Anyway, so what are some tips and tricks you guys have for training ponies, especially when it comes to teaching them to pull a cart?
It feels a little tricky with ground work cause of how small they are lol
This pony is a 6 year old gelding named Smokey. Breed is unknown (guesses are welcome) and he's only about 39" tall. He's also extremely food motivated xD So I plan to use that in my favor lol.
Oh, and how do you find tack that fits such a little pony? I'm just wondering what size harness he'd need and headstall.
Any other tips and tricks when it comes to ponies is welcomed! I also sadly won't have a ton of time to work with him since it's winter and there's no sheltered space to work with him in so the snow will cause some trouble plus I have my own horses to deal with. But I figured I should do something to make him safer for my grandma to handle since he's the kind of pony that needs a job and gets into trouble and is tempermental when he's bored.
And a pic of the cute little trouble maker himself.