Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Welcome to the forum!
I may be in the minority with this and I certainly don't mean to offend anyone but owning an 8 month old horse - mini or otherwise - is absolutely the wrong thing to do as a first attempt at ownership.
You can get a lot of good advice here but knowing how to put it into practice and to what extent takes experience and understanding. An 8 month old is very impressionable and handling him/her the wrong way (yes I know you are asking for advice) will create a lasting habit with this horse that may ultimately make her unsellable or unhandleable in the very near future.
My opinion is to get her to a more knowledgeable owner and, if you are determined to own a horse, start by working with someone who knows how to teach you.
It is 100% wrong and unfair to make an 8 month old horse your learning project.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.