On day one we started to get a picture of the ponies we were working with. The more white they had on them, the calmer they tended to (Chester and Fingle) whereas the more pure bred they were, the more flighty and nervous they tended to be (Prince and Orlando). Although the younger ones seemed to have missed the lesson about humans being predators, they didn't learn as quickly as the older ones and certainly got tired more quickly. I started to work on a age to training time ratio.
We started off with the feather dusters and scarves in order to get closer to the ponies mentally and physically. The atmosphere in the barn was like a library with everyone quietly engrossed in what they were doing.