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    08-12-2009, 05:39 AM
Green Broke
Help With Miny!


Well I'm posting this for my friend, I've only been able to talk to her a little bit about this so I'm going to tell you everything I know. She has 2 mini's staying at her place. They are her friends mini's, but she feeds them and what not. She has experiance in riding and has done a few camps with me and you learn how to take care of horses. Okay one of them is named Ben, she is unsure of his age, height and if he is a gelding or a stallion (Her information is VERY helpful...) I didn't get to talk to her about the other one so I have No clue about anything. So anyway Ben kicks, bites and chases people when they go into "his" paddock. How can she deal with this. Would walking into the paddock with a lunge whip help?

Any advice would be brilliant and I will be sure to pass it onto her! Also any questions feel free to ask and I will try to find out from her.

Thanks a heap Maddie!
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    08-12-2009, 02:43 PM
Green Broke
Apparently this is a mean little pony. It apparently has no respect whatsoever. But honestly, they arn't hers so she cannot punish them. It causes trouble most of the time. If I was her id be carrying around a whip in the pasture and just crack it at the pony when its coming at me. There are deffinitly dominace issues here.
    08-12-2009, 07:13 PM
Green Broke
.Delete. She is having a sort of free lease with these ponies. She has also rung the owners and asked if she can punish these horses and pull them into line. It was suggested to me that she puts some hay down and then she slips a halter with a lead rope onto the pony. Then praise him for letting her put the halter on and then make him walk away from the hay and then if he plays up smack him, lightly but firmly. Then after a while he should work out who is boss. Is this correct?

Also .Delete. If the pony does not respond to the whip any other suggestions she can do. Apart from run and get over the fence?
    08-12-2009, 08:17 PM
Get the free lease in writing first.
    08-12-2009, 09:09 PM
Green Broke
Thanks Spastic Dove, I will be sure to pass that along to her.
    08-12-2009, 09:26 PM
I wouldn't care if it was my horse or not, if I go into a pasture and a horse tries to attack me in anyway, it WILL get a whack it will remember, consequences be da**ed. I'd go out with a dressage whip, and if it gets too close in a threatening manner, I good whack on it's shoulder will do it some good. It's not even always the pain that gets the horse to stop and think, it's the sound. The problem with just cracking a whip is one] the person has to be able to crack a whip in one try, and two] the horse has to be afraid of the sound. With a dressage whip, there is the actual contact, so whether it makes a sound or not is irrelevant.

As far as other things, I would have your friend work with the little boogar. Anything she can do to gain his trust and respect will help their future together and his future anywhere else.

About leading him away from his hay, that might not be a good idea first thing. You want to set the horse up for success, make it as easy as possible to do what you are asking, so if you [the figurative 'you' that is] put hay down for the two horses and then take one away, it will upset the problem horse and could cause him to react even more so. Your friend can just practice leading him around. It's hard when his mouth is so low, but if your leading and he tries to bite, if you can reach his muzzle with your hand, give him a solid pop on the side of his mouth. If you can't comfortably reach his mouth, your knee works just fine. Biting means something bad will happen, it should only take a few times for him to understand.

I also want to make sure that your friend doesn't plan to ride either of these mini's. Chances are she is much much much too big. It seems obvious to some people, and not so obvious to others, so I'm just making sure.
    08-12-2009, 11:13 PM
Green Broke
No, she isn't planning on riding the mini's. Once she gets the lease written in writting she would like me to work with both mini's *I am unsure what the other one is like*. Should I take up the offer? I've dealt with horses ALOT more then her and I would really like to work with them.
    08-12-2009, 11:59 PM
Well first off, get the vet out! If she doen't know if it's a stallion or gelding, I'm betting the vet hasn't been out to give shots, the dentist to care for their teeth, or the farrier

As for the agression, grab an extra lead rope and charge right back, with agressive posturing and waving arms. If he still is coming, whack him with the lead rope (on the shoulder, neck, butt, never the head)
    08-13-2009, 12:04 AM
Green Broke
She basically only got them this week, she is contacting the old owners, I feel she wasn't as prepared as she should have been when she got them. Thanks for all the help guys and I am taking it all in!
    08-13-2009, 05:02 AM
Green Broke
Okay here is what I know about Ben now, he is a gelding. When you enter the paddock he doesn't chase you out. He trots at you kicking and trying to bite. I've got more to say and I'll post about it later.

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