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post #1 of 7 Old 11-21-2009, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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Goals To Have With Him .. ..

Hey.

Well I decided that I needed to have some main goals with Merlin. For everyone who doesn't know Merlin he is a mini, I have the job of training. He is trained, he just needs some touch ups. He is very shy and scared of people. Although I have grown quite a bond with Merlin, he will let me touch him all over and bring a brush over and brush him with it without letting him check it out first. So this is a very big step for Merlin as he use to just freak if I patted him on the belly, let alone with a brush.

Merlin isn't the worlds best or most confident jumper, but he is quite a good jumepr. So one of my goals with him is jumping. His quite a small mini (just below average) so he isn't going to be jumping great hights. Although you never know. Another thing is I would like to get him to be able to lunge with a lunging whip without freaking out and "running" away from the whip in a circle.

I would also like to teach him to pony off Chinga, so I could lead him up the trail when I am on Chinga, although we would have to stay slow because Chinga is a big 16.1 hh OTTB and Merlin is a tiny mini.

Another thing I would like to do with him is teach him some tricks, he is very food orriantated so that is great. Merlin is starting bow, but I haven't gotten far because he backs up and gets funny when I pick up his feet.

At the moment I am just doing leading, grooming and ground polls with him until he can learn to trust me and become more familliar with new surroundings, people and items. I am hoping to introduce him to the tarp sometime next week. I think that he will freak out to start with but then realize the tarp won't hurt him.

Suprisingly this little pony Merlin, I am talking about is a Stallion. This came to a shock to alot of people when I told them, who have met Merlin because he is so nervous of people and they think stallions are meant to be all big and strong and big headed. Merlin has come a long way, although he still has a long way to come. A very long way.

So to all those that read this whole thread cookies, and to all those who offer advice or comment on how to do anything in my goals, extra cookies! Merlin is a goal in himself, his trust is also one. Merlin is a wonderful little pony and can be confident, once you get past that scared shell. I will try and upload some photos a bit later on!

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-21-2009, 09:36 AM
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I think setting a goal towards anything with any horse is necessary =] It's nice that you have brought him this far. And no doubt about it, your mini will freak at the tarp. maybe you should start smaller, with a plastic bag first?

Bo has been handled all his life, but the first time the tarp waved in the air, he was wigged out. But not enough do anything really silly. The hardest thing to do was get him to walk over it. Lol. But I would suggest a baggie first because your mini is still very shy, and I think you could gradually work up to bigger things =]

Good luck and have fun!!

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-21-2009, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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I think setting a goal towards anything with any horse is necessary =] It's nice that you have brought him this far. And no doubt about it, your mini will freak at the tarp. maybe you should start smaller, with a plastic bag first?

Bo has been handled all his life, but the first time the tarp waved in the air, he was wigged out. But not enough do anything really silly. The hardest thing to do was get him to walk over it. Lol. But I would suggest a baggie first because your mini is still very shy, and I think you could gradually work up to bigger things =]

Good luck and have fun!!
Thanks thats a great idea! Chinga didn't like the tarp much, until I put hay on it. His had plastic bags around him alot before, but they have never really "waved" in the wind.

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-23-2009, 12:25 PM
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That's nice that you have progressed so far with him. He sounds lovely. I think you have made good goals with him.

Just two questions. How many hands is he? And are you riding him?

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-23-2009, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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No I am not riding him and I will have to check out how many hands he is.

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post #6 of 7 Old 11-23-2009, 05:45 PM
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I can only see it becoming quite dangerous to pony a mini off of such a big horse imo. I've seen someone try it before and even though the large horse was well behaved, the mini clung to it too much and ended up getting hurt and the rider fell off in the process... I really don't see the neccessity in ponying a mini off a horse. As much as we can do many things with minis, you have to be realistic. Depending on the height of the mini, unless you plan to put a small child on it or show him inhand... I don't see how apart from good ground manners, and some fun play time... why this pony needs to have a sound jumping ability etc. Please excuse my ignorance, but I've always seen mini's as more of a pet/breeding/cart or show pony. I don't see the point in ponying one.

Just my opinion, please mini owners correct me if I'm wrong.


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post #7 of 7 Old 11-23-2009, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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I can only see it becoming quite dangerous to pony a mini off of such a big horse imo. I've seen someone try it before and even though the large horse was well behaved, the mini clung to it too much and ended up getting hurt and the rider fell off in the process... I really don't see the neccessity in ponying a mini off a horse. As much as we can do many things with minis, you have to be realistic. Depending on the height of the mini, unless you plan to put a small child on it or show him inhand... I don't see how apart from good ground manners, and some fun play time... why this pony needs to have a sound jumping ability etc. Please excuse my ignorance, but I've always seen mini's as more of a pet/breeding/cart or show pony. I don't see the point in ponying one.

Just my opinion, please mini owners correct me if I'm wrong.
Good point no mini ponying, Merlin follows him around when his grazing anyway. I would like to show him in hand for jumping if he is mine, so that is why I am going to do some jump training with him once his feet are trimmed.

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