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post #1 of 4 Old 03-06-2012, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Behavior of Miniature ponies bad or good or both??

I apologize if this is the wrong thread, i am a newby :) I have owned a few miniature pony stallions, fortunately they were all very sweet and I was able to train them very well. I got a new miniature pony mare a few days ago. She is stalled, and might be pregnant but if so only three months in. Tonight (it was dark) I stepped in the stall, while she was on the other side of the pen, and bent down to scoop her hay up so the wind wouldn't blow it away. When I did so she charged me reared in me and bit my back. I think it has a lot to do with her respect issues, she tends to nip, kick when annoyed, swish her tail, and squeal. I knew she nipped but I was not expecting an attitude from her as she is very sweet. Her previous owners never tought her respect at all (she is 2-3years fully grown). Only one other MP mare I've had acted like this also. Does anyone have any expire nice with a MP mare with a lot of attitude, is it the breed, something I am doing, or just her horsenality? Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do and tell me more about the breed? Thanks everyone! :)

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-06-2012, 11:21 PM
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So I'm not experienced with Mini's but I do know that a lot of people don't feel the need to train them because they see them more as pocket ponies rather than horses that need training. So I'd suggest that it could possibly be a respect issue, but if she is coming at you like that I wouldn't enter her area without a whip and always be on my guard. If she wants to charge, you need something to defend yourself and correct her with and a whip is a reasonable teaching tool (granted I know some grooms that have worked on the track or breeding farms that have had to carry a row boat oar into certain stallions stalls for protection). It sounds like if you work with her enough she will be just as sweet as your stallions, as far as I know mares (mini or not) are no more unruly than stallions you just need to teach her the rules that she's probably been lacking the first few years of her life.
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I think you're right. I mean I know she is new here but I can tell by her body language when she is annoyed she throws a fit, she's even mean towards the bigs horses, cows and dogs. But other than that she is real sweet, she was never actually messed with only trained to ride and carriage.
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-06-2012, 11:38 PM
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lol sounds like she needs a little attitude adjustment. Good luck, just keep yourself safe, no missing chunks!
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