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post #1 of 3 Old 03-16-2011, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Whats the First step?

So, I just got my mini, and I want to waist NO time on training him as he is already almost 3. The woman we bought him from was very vague about what (if any) training has been done. His ground work is pretty good, not perfect by any means, but its good enough to work with. So, assuming that this horse has never been touched by anything other than a halter and lead rope... what is my first step into getting this horse trained to pull a cart? (FYI: I know it will be a long process, and Im ready and willing. :) )

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-17-2011, 08:56 AM
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Great time to start. Mini's can not be shown till they are three anyway in driving classes. We are just getting our mini trained on the 30th. I am very excited!
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-17-2011, 01:19 PM
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I think a good start would be lunging him and desensitizing him to things he may not be sure of. Start working him like you would any other horse. Once he understands what you want from him while lunging, move on to lunging him with the bit in and a roller on. Then long reining him, once he's got that down, like tight turns, backing up standing nicely and for a period of time id say harness him up and have him pull a little tyre.
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