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post #1 of 14 Old 07-18-2008, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Shetlands & Minis

As a shetland and mini owner, I would like to invite anyone who owns these unique breeds to share their stories and facts about thier little guys.

I have one shetland. His name is Zorro and I compete as a captain of a drill team with him. He is 10yrs old and black with no white markings. He is extremely smart, so smart I get frustrated because he outsmarts me! He is a smart little boy though, when he is willing to learn that is. At drilling competitions Im proud to say I am know as 'the girl who rides the little black pony'!

I also have a mini gelding named Kramer, and oh, what a character! He is a sorrel/paint 2yr old onery boy. I've had him since he was two months old, and he had never been handled before. Now he is in training to jump and give little kids rides. He is EXTREMLY smart and willing to learn. He knows all my voice commands and his only quirk is biting (which is improving). He is such a mouthy little guy, and tries to start fights with everyone. He gets all the animals riled up then sits back and watches them fight.

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post #2 of 14 Old 07-18-2008, 11:39 PM
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The mini at the barn (which I used to own) I trained to jump jumper courses. She did full courses with verticals, oxer, triple bars, combinations etc. She jumped up to 2'6 I didn't go any higher because whatever she jumped I had to jump and I just couldn't make it any higher
I had voice trained to canter and to do flying lead changes. Once I am up and walking again I'll get working again and jumping.

Will post some photos. She is stunning.
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my mini doesnt have a great pedigree or anything but I know he has jumped at least 4' because he jumped into one of our dog pens for the grass :)

He doesnt have the greatest conformation (he has a potbelly) but he's very polite and stands nicely.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-18-2008, 11:58 PM
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We have a shetland and he, too, is too smart for his own good. He was intended for our three girls, but sadly, they didn't inherit the horse nut gene from me. Oh, they ride him occasionally, but they don't live and breathe horses like I did at their ages. I drive him occasionally, but he doesn't get nearly enough exercise as you can see by this photo.


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They don't have to have good conformation. Time and time again you will see horses which are not deemed "fancy" but yet they beat the crap out of horse "higher end" showing horses.

I'm sure he's adorable. Funny what the will do for food
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Yeah... mine is a bit er, chubby. :)
Kramer (mini)

My photography :)


Hehe he looks like a moth :)



When I first started halter trianing (2yrs ago). He looks a bit shabby:
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We have a shetland and he, too, is too smart for his own good. He was intended for our three girls, but sadly, they didn't inherit the horse nut gene from me. Oh, they ride him occasionally, but they don't live and breathe horses like I did at their ages. I drive him occasionally, but he doesn't get nearly enough exercise as you can see by this photo.

awwww look at those spots!
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We have a shetland and he, too, is too smart for his own good. He was intended for our three girls, but sadly, they didn't inherit the horse nut gene from me. Oh, they ride him occasionally, but they don't live and breathe horses like I did at their ages. I drive him occasionally, but he doesn't get nearly enough exercise as you can see by this photo.


Aww, he is so neat! I've only seen ones with solid colors.
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They don't have to have good conformation. Time and time again you will see horses which are not deemed "fancy" but yet they beat the crap out of horse "higher end" showing horses.

I'm sure he's adorable. Funny what the will do for food
Do they have to be registered to showjump? LOL
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these are the darlings at the barn-gracie and her mommy

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