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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I realize that a pony, miniature, or shetland can be very dangerous- and admit to not knowing much about british shetlands (though actually, just as a note- I HAVE handled one before. He was imported to our state for a breeding program and he was lovely.) Really, if they are as dangerous as a full sized stallion, I believe that this would be even more reason not to trust even a miniature stallion with children. You may think that they are predictable but they just arent. Some will go their entire lives with 'clean record' but others that I have heard of have not. In fact, I have a friend who has a lovely dutch warmblood stallion. Gentle as a kitten for years and she let friends ride him. He hacked out with mares and was a perfect gentleman. He schooled second level dressage. One day though, he just snapped. A mare was in the arena with him and he dumped my friend, kicking at her ribs (4 broken) and galloping off towards the mare. He kicked three other handlers trying to catch him as well.
We have two studs at the moment on our farm, a miniature horse and a jack. No one will less than 4 years experience with horses is allowed to go in their pens or touch them, and they are stabled away from all of our other animals on the other side of the creek. They are well behaved stallions, but letting a child sit on their back or lead them? It would possibly be disasterous. If I am not alert at every moment, even though they are sweeties, they will take the chance to push me around. Imagine them doing that to a kid.
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Last edited by Endiku; 11-08-2012 at 09:07 PM.