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post #21 of 46 Old 09-02-2013, 05:59 PM
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Wow, this mini is going to be hell on hooves of you don't set him straightened out. Put his halter on and leave it there. It's not hurting him so there is no reason to "feel bad" for him. Horses wear halters. Whatever he dishes out you need to give it back to him times 5, especially since he has no herd mates to teach him a thing or two about respect. If he were to lay both his hooves and teeth on me he would be one whack away from going on the BBQ! That behavior could hurt, or even kill, someone as that's IS what that type of behavior is for... Seriously hurting their opponent.
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^ to clarify that, do NOT leave the halter on this colt 24/7. He should only wear it when tied and when you are leading him/holding him. That is what I got from SlideStop's comment but I don't think that's what she intended to imply. Just wanted to make sure that was clear instead someone else reads that like I did xD
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No, not 24/7 only when your around to supervise. When you come out to the barn stick it on and go about doing your chores or working where you can keep an eye on him. The more the merrier, as long as your there to get him out of trouble heaven forbid something happens.
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Hello guys! I have a mini since june(i guess he was born somewhere aroung april-may) and he was pretty sweet and calm but yesterday he jumped on me with his front feet and bit my arm(not too serious but pretty). I have read a little bit about horse training and personal space so I always tried to keep him at a distance(he would come to me and try to bite my toes or clothing). The problem with him is that I do not have any companions for him. He is all alone and I am the one that plays with him and keeps him company (i spend about 3-4 hours a day with him at leats, plus several "visits" to check if he needs anything). I tried to do with him a little bit of training on personal space and I also tried to "dominate" him by making him leave certain places when I was around, but he wouldnt move even if I would go straight at him. How would you advise me to proceed with teaching him some basic manners?
PS: I will not use a whip to smack him, I will not even slap him so please do not tell me to do that. Thanks alot guys!
Well that's how babies play with each other. I think it is unfortunate that he has been taken away from other mini's. They learn from the herd dynamics and he thinks you are one of the herd. He is VERY Young to even been taken away from his mother assuming that she is living. Why would you not use a whip to smack him? I am borrowing a friends mini as a companion and he was invading my space and somewhat of an idiot at feeding time, something that could become dangerous and dangerous to a small person. I took the crop and smacked him gently and got harder and harder until he decided to move. I hit him in his mid section not his face or neck. He had every opportunity to move away and not get hit. It took some pretty hard whacks before he got the idea. I have never had a problem since.

I chewed my friend out for not training her minis properly and she said they are all that way, they like there food. Doesn't everybody? She will really have a problem when her grandkids come along and get run over.

You will soon have a dangerous and out of control animal and it will take way more than 1 whooping to teach him if its not too late. This is just the beginning of what is to come.
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Am I the only one wondering if this is a legit poster?
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I think that not understanding the dangers of a rude miniature horse is a very common problem, unfortunately, and this poster seems very willing to try new methods and has seemed agreeable...so no. I very much think that this is indeed a real person.
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If you wonder whether I am a "legit poster" or not, I can't provide too much evidence but this is the thead I opened around the time I got my mini I got a pony, now what?!

I started applying some rules and I see some positive results:
-He comes when I snap my fingers(it takes some snaps to get him come to me but he will get it eventually)
-I now keep his halter on for the whole time I am with him and he doesn't mind it that much. I always scratch him after I put the halter on.
-He began to understand that nipping my clothes or even opening his mouth to bit me is a no-no. I didn't smacked him yet but I say a loud NO and I push him away.
Today after several attempts of coming too close to me and nipping he gave up and went grazing, coming with his head mid-way down when I asked him to.
I am pretty happy with how he is doing and I believe he is pretty smart, so we'll get through.
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If you wonder whether I am a "legit poster" or not, I can't provide too much evidence but this is the thead I opened around the time I got my mini I got a pony, now what?!

I started applying some rules and I see some positive results:
-He comes when I snap my fingers(it takes some snaps to get him come to me but he will get it eventually)
-I now keep his halter on for the whole time I am with him and he doesn't mind it that much. I always scratch him after I put the halter on.
-He began to understand that nipping my clothes or even opening his mouth to bit me is a no-no. I didn't smacked him yet but I say a loud NO and I push him away.
Today after several attempts of coming too close to me and nipping he gave up and went grazing, coming with his head mid-way down when I asked him to.
I am pretty happy with how he is doing and I believe he is pretty smart, so we'll get through.
Just thought it was odd that you didn't address my concerns as to why it was taken away from the herd and more importantly from its mother at such a young age. You do not know simple terminology and sometimes it seems contrived and so far fetched.
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I don't know myself why he was taken away from his mother/herd and abandoned at such a young age but I felt sorry for him and that's why I took him. As for the terminology...well excuse me but I grew up in an east european country. I am pretty sure that even some british/american teenagers that grew up in a big city don't know the "simple terminology"
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I think you are in over your head. I did read your original thread on how you got the pony . Don't you have rescue groups or anything you could turn it over to ?
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