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post #1 of 5 Old 04-26-2007, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Miniature Horse Training/Showing

Does anyone train/show minis? My mom works at a barn that has three; 28 year old stallion, 11 year old mare, and a two year old filly. I've been bugging her and bugging her about showing Treasure, the filly, and she finally said I could. I'm going to go in everyday over the summer and get her conditioned, since she's gotten very chunky over the winter, and start with some show training. She knows most of the basics; standing to be groomed, clipped, bathed, and for the farrier, walks on a lead, etc. But like any young animal, she looses interest and starts acting up if you take too long. I'm hoping to show her in halter classes and maybe even train her to drive sooner or later. Her sire used to drive, but hasn't since last year, so since the cart is just gathering dust, I want to put it to good use. Does anyone have any advice for me; what to start off with, etc.?

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-30-2007, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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I guess there's no one?
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-30-2007, 08:40 PM
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I drive...my best advice to is is this...work with her with basic stuff...stand for a while, walk trot..basic halter class things..then when you want to drive contact some one who drives and knows what there doing...get help...
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-02-2007, 05:33 PM
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I show my mini in halter classes. He is only three now, so I did start with him when he was fairly young. I have also halter shown Spotted Saddle horses as weanlings. The best thing to do in preparation for halter classes is leading (which you said your horse knows that), standing a bit parked out for mini halter classes, and standing still while the judge walks around your horse. Practice every day. Walk your pony around till she is pretty tired and it is easier.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-27-2007, 12:41 AM
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I have been around minis forever and have done it all almost

Hi I have been around minis and own my own...I show and train them I have a 2 year old and a couple olders. Halter is very easy to train your horse to but trust always comes before training you must know your horse trusts you or you and her will never have a good healthy relationship. It may not seem important but if you and your horse do not trust each other that can cause problems like lack of respect, and lack of respect leads into lackof interest. My 2 year old and I have been together from the birth and I worked on trust before anything else and it really works. If my 2 year old colt did not trust me he would not pay attention a good way to earn trust is by lunging and lunging leads into getting your horse perfect and more interested in the halter and paying attention you want to ask her to trot, walk and stop while lunging. Then if your horse puts her head down and licks her lips that is a good time and when you should stop because that is when your horse decides to give you her full attention and trust then you kneal down and encourage your hrse to come to you..Then halter training your horse should be able to trot walk and stop with out your commands and you and your horse should never have to have a commpetitive race while on the halter. Then she should be very fine with you touching her feet, because in halter you will be doing a lot of that have it to where you can pick up and put her feet sqaure and it is perfectly normal for her to do perfecty and then at the first show forget everything she learned.
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