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post #11 of 14 Old 02-25-2012, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, yeah I still have a lot to learn but I know enough not to rush things. Hope is very good she has a soft mouth for the bit, you barely have to apply any pressure for her to turn.
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post #12 of 14 Old 02-25-2012, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Endiku View Post
They're very cute! However, if you don't mind me mentioning it- I believe your minis need a bit of a diet. They are both atleast 20 pounds overweight. I know that a bit of it is winter fuzz, but they definately have very excessive fat. As a fellow mini owner, I know its really hard to keep the weight off of them, especially in the winter- but extra weight is hard on miniatures joints and it can cause cushings, laminitis, and founder- all deadly diseases.

Now on to comformation. I like Hope. Her back is nice and short, and she has fair bone. I dont like how her neck ties into her withers and her withers seem a bit muttony, but this may just be because of her weight. Her legs to toe out but not terribly. Her back isn't as straight and well formed as I'd like, but that shortness is a good quality. Without the big belly, I also think that she might have a bit of a shallow heart girth, which may affect stamina. Developing a topline will help her a lot. All in all, sure. I think she could pull a cart. Whether she'll enjoy it or not is the question! Just get her in shape before you try anything strenuous. Her height is great for carting.

Duey- this guy has a few more faults. He has almost no defined chest and I dont like how his neck ties in to either the chest or the withers. How old is he? He's butt high. If he's Hopes age or younger that might go away, but otherwise it is counted as a fault as it makes him carry himself more on the forehand. Good front legs, and a very cute face!
I agree with Endiku here on most but I do believe Duey is a little toed out on the front. Hope is slightly toe out on the front and is toed out on the back. I do not see anything here that would drop either one of these from being a cart horse, but wait until they are at least 3 before hooking them. I know the filly is older but the gelding needs at least another year. I typically start mine at 3, but we do light driving when we do drive. Once or twice a week at 15-20 minutes intervals on flat ground. We do ground drive for MILES though. I definitely get my walks in for the day with new driving horses.

Duey being butt high will most likely go away as he ages and grows. My 3 y/o is slightly butt high right now but his front is coming to match quickly. His chest will fill out with age and proper work.

You know how to make a miniature horse even smaller? Leave them in the dryer a little longer!
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post #13 of 14 Old 02-26-2012, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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I wasn't really planning on ever hooking Duey up. He is more just a pasture pet and fun to have around. Good to know, I like hearing about how different people train. I definitely wasn't going to start heavily driving Hope.
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post #14 of 14 Old 02-27-2012, 12:30 AM
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Oh my gosh, they are SOOOO adorable! I am such a sucker for mini's, I will SO have at least one when I own horses some day :)
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