Training Our Ponies for Confidence on Solo Outings

This little clip shows me working with Andrew, our yearling gelding. Andrew is very energetic and full of spirit, and my goal is to help him be calm, confident, responsive, and safe for the person who will eventually get him, whoever that might be. One thing that’s important to me is that a horse is ok with just a human for company – ok leaving the herd. I’ve had many horses that were not started this way, and it seems like a glaring hole in their training. They feel unsafe to ride. I realize not everyone goes out alone like I do, but Andrew is doing very well on solo outings!