Fun Video Friday: Teaching Children to Train Ponies

Here is a great video about how Mette Hald Rasmussen & Ædellunds Shetlandsponyer in Denmark teaches horsemanship and riding skills while at the same time teaching their riders to help with their ponies’ training. The video presents a lot of ideas to incorporate into your lessons. Plus, any video with a million (okay, 10) ponies in one arena and a Danish accent rates high in my book!

For a further explanation of this demonstration, go to their blog post. For a printout of the exercises, see the PDF. This presentation was given at the ISES 2014 conference in Denmark, and upon looking up this International Society for Equitation Science I discovered a great resource – go check it out! Plus their international conference is in a different country each year – this year it’s France, want to go?

(If you can’t see the video, go here:

Enjoy!! (Make sure to see the falling off demo at 15:00!)


Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgment!

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