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post #1 of 7 Old 12-18-2008, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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I'm looking for other "adult" Shetland-devotee. I have 3-year-old Shetland mare and I really likes to hear to other experiences with ponies. Is there anyone else who has got a pony but can't ride with it?

In Finland Shetland-training's popularity is growing all the time. I liked to hear what is the situation in other countries. :)

And Shetland-photos are welcome, too!
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-19-2008, 11:53 AM
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I think here in the US the increasing popularity of miniatures has decreased the popularity of shetlands. A lot of the more commonly seen sheltland type ponies here are nonregistered grades. Some of our mini shows offer shetland classes for registered horses. The horses that are shown here are probably quite a bit different than the shetlands you have in Europe (I am guessing). Shetlands in the US are usually classified as Classic, Foundation, and Modern. I can't explain the difference between the Classic and Foundation categories but I do know that the Moderns have Hackney ponies bred into them.

Here are some pictures

This is a Classic Shetland in the US.

This one is a Foundation Shetland

This is a Modern Shetland.

This is another picture of a Modern Shetland.

I have never owned a Shetland before but I currently have a miniature. I also had a pony for a few years that I think was of Shetland and Hackney decent. He was too small for me to ride so I showed him in in-hand classes. He was registered with the Pinto Horse Association of America so I was still able to show him in breed competition. I lost him due to a vaccine reaction. Here are some pictures of Toad (Mr Toads Wild Ride).

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-19-2008, 12:56 PM
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not to fully change the subject but how do you train minis to set up properly? This spring Im probably going to be taking over on the BO's minis and I want to show him. Our biggest issue is that he loves to look at everything so for judging he would keep moving to see the judge. He is a 5 year-old gelding

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-19-2008, 01:34 PM
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I work on just standing first nad then work on just getting their back end square. When I want them to square their back legs I say "set". Next I train them to walk forward and square their front legs with out moving their back legs. When I do that I tell them "up". They catch on pretty quick but be sure to not let them over stretch, the judges don't like that. After a while you will just have to say "set" and "up" and they will go right into it. My biggest challenge is getting the super animated neck stretch that I want. The halter trainer I worked with did something different but this is what I found worked for me after showing stock and hunter type horses my whole life. I will say I think it is harder to show a mini in halter than a stock horse.
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-19-2008, 01:35 PM
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Oh, and a little bit off of square in the rear will not hurt you.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-20-2008, 11:54 PM
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Hello from southern Ohio! After showing minis for a while, I am imbarking on the double registered Shetland Miniatures. These are shetlands that measure at 38 inches or less. I still show in the Mini classes, but have a feeling that I will be switching to classic soon (if my friend has her way LOL). The area 2 AMHR shows (which include Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana) usually are Shetland and Miniature Shows. The breakdown for Shetlands is Classic, Foundation, and Modern. And then you have the Miniatures 34 inches and under, the 34 inches and over. I am seeing quite a bit of Shetlands showing in the area 2 shows. The Shetland Congress is held in Indiana (which I am going to this year WhoHoo!) as well as the World Show in Ohio.
Training involved depends on the type of horse and what you want to do with it.
I agree with LauraB, the training of a shetland or miniature is quite diffrent than a stock type horse, or even your gaited breeds. The closest type of training may be the hackney ponies. There is a couple of web sites and forums dedicated to the Shetland pony, or the Shetland pony and Miniature Horse. I don't think that I am allowed to post them here though.
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I don't have shetlands, but I do like them. I have miniatures though. There's a lot more to horses than just riding, I enjoy my minis much more than the big ones (but I have and ride big ones, too)
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