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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
My miniature mare was virtually unhandled when I got her. Every vice in the book was hers, it seemed like xD you couldn't touch her anywhere but her neck, was completely one sided and wouldn't let you on her right side, she invaded your space and bolted/spooked/kicked out on the lead line, you couldn't pick up her feet, she pointed her butt at you if you came close to her, she couldn't be caught without luring her with a bucket of grain or cornering her and risking being kicked, she bit and lunged at people, and she didn't listen to pressure.
I just took the vices one at a time, most important ones first, until she was a well behaved member of society. I started with being touched wherever I wanted to touch her, then picking up feet, then lead line manners. Eventually I had her lunging with my voice as cues, ground tying, picking up and holding her feet for me to clean them, loading herself in the trailer, and even pulling a cart. She's now a quite nice 5 year old driving pony. It just takes time and patience. I think if I had been more experience when I got her though, we could have avoided half of our problems by nipping them in the bud, before they even really started.
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