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post #1 of 17 Old 11-28-2010, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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what to do with my mini

I have a year and a half year old mini and all it does is eats any ideas on what I can do with it?? I want to cart it, is she to young
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 08:46 AM
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i have a year and a half year old mini and all it does is eats any ideas on what I can do with it?? I want to cart it, is she to young
Yes, IMO she is too young. My daughter has two. One is only taught ground manners at this time. Shiloh will be two in June. We will start him ground driving this summer but he will not be hitched until he is three and only than if he has grown a lot! He is a very small little guy and we may not do anymore with him than a few jumping classes, halter and in hand trail.

We have Chance who is 32" and I think he is 4 would have to pull his papers. He will be taught driving this year (we just bought him) shown in halter, in hand trail and he will be taught to jump as well.
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post #3 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 03:17 PM
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I agree...
You could start training when your mini turns two.
I don't think you can do too much ground work, ground driving, it will only benefit you and your mini. It will help get your mini conditioned and build confidence.
You could also ground drive and use a travois to get your mini use to the sight, sounds and feel of the shafts and some thing being pulled...

Wait until three to actually hook a mini up to a cart and expect them to pull any weight. Their bones, tendons, ligaments need to be mature enough, other wise you could cause damage.

Then prepare to have FUN! Driving is a blast!


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post #4 of 17 Old 12-01-2010, 08:49 PM
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I finally got my computer back from repair with all my pics on it, so I thought I'd show you the travois my hubby made from PVC pipe, and also our training chariot.
Of course you would not want to put any weight on the chariot either until your mini is mature enough....

Just thought it might help give you some ideas.


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post #5 of 17 Old 12-02-2010, 08:28 AM
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That's a great idea. Will have to show my husband and see if he will build me one!
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post #6 of 17 Old 12-02-2010, 12:57 PM
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Oh, forgot to say that the chariot is just made out of heavy conduit pipe.
So both items are really inexpensive to build.....

If you should need any details on either of them, please feel free to pm or email me either one, would be happy to answer any questions you might have!

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post #7 of 17 Old 12-06-2010, 05:35 PM
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That chariot is so cute. =)
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-06-2010, 05:48 PM
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Start ground driving him so he's all ready when he's old enough to cart-train. You could also round pen him over ground poles to work on his hoof placement, just for something to do
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-06-2010, 08:01 PM
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That chariot is so cute. =)

Thank you!
Sure helps to have a handy hubby who doesn't mind "indulging" his silly wife.....


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post #10 of 17 Old 12-07-2010, 11:29 PM
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I love the chariet as well! Driving definitely, if you have a kid small enough riding, circus ;) (rearing), they are also used for people they are replacing dogs (so I hear, but theya are very popular) definitely driving though
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