As a general rule, don’t banter with ponies. Horses are glad to take directions and work, as long as they don’t get spooked. So, just work, focus on work, encourage, and stay focused on work.
It can be quite a shock, seeing how many troubles we create and avoid, all depending on where we focus. Get the job done and you’ll be amazed at the disappearance of so many problems that seemed big at the time, but no longer matter when we’re finally finished.
Ponies are there to help, not pontificate. Do the work, stay encouraging, don’t spook, and finish.