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post #1 of 7 Old 03-29-2007, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Breaking minis to harness....? help?

I have just got two tiny miniature shetlands and now i would really like to break them to harness....
However i have no experience in this field and was wondering if any body can help or knows of somebody who maybe does it for a living?

Thank you,

Elz x
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-29-2007, 08:30 AM
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Aww Elz, you got two then! What are they like, have you got any pics?

Sorry cant help with the driving question, but I can ask around!
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-29-2007, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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YEY!!! SOOOO CUTE! Chutney is on the critique page (under cute or what??!), chimney is awaiting having his picture taken!

If you could ask around that would be fab (and thankyou for info on studs! forgot...sorry)

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post #4 of 7 Old 03-29-2007, 11:21 AM
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Elz my wife and I have broke many animals to harness. It really works best if you have two people. To start one leads and the other takes the driveing lines. Confine your training to a fairly small area and when the one on the lines wants to turn let the lead person know what you plan. After working together for awhile you can dipense with the lead person and start ground driveing them. I ground drive all the colts I'm breaking to saddle even. After you have the ground driveing masterd get your pardner again to come along behind with the cart and when the animal is tied get it used to having the shafts brought up along side of it. Then while tied go ahead and hook them into the shafts. Let them stand and get used to being hooked up. Now with a person on the lead rope ground drive them without any weight in the cart. When they are comfortable with this go ahead and get in the cart with your lead person still along start driveing them. When verbal commands are given make sure it is the person handiling the reins. The leader is just along as a safety factor and should not say anything that will cofuse the animal. My wife and I started out with burros then traind many harness goats and now have minnies that we hve broke to cart. Good luck and if you have any questions and need help please ask. Don't think these little ones can't hurt hurt you. They have lots of power and just like the big ones they can panick. Oh did I mention that the one who didi all the walking as the leader was me. I got lots of exersise LOl. Good luck
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-29-2007, 07:06 PM
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I haven't read the previous posts so sorry if this has been said already but I would also recammend getting a book(s) and/or
video(s) about driving and do some research. Well I hope that you are successful and have lots of fun!!! Good luck!!! ~Anna~
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-29-2007, 11:14 PM
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I have no idea why but I've never thought about breaking ponies to harness. I've never considered ponies since I've always been so tall.
Either way, I think the idea sounds fantastic.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-30-2007, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys!!!

Well I got them as companions for my two at home, as tenny and flo are getting very attached since they have only had each other and its getting difficult to keep one sane while i take one to a competition or even on a hack?!!

Its worked thank god....however they are simply sat in a field? I thought it would be nice to give them a little job to do! And also my boyfriend who helps me an enormous amount (but wont ride not that i blame him, i wouldnt get on his motorbike!hehe) will be able to drive them once they are completely educated, which will be nice!

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