01-26-2013, 10:29 AM
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I concur that it's "just as any other 'regular' horse."
My horse is just a "large pony." Ask anyone at the barn and he isn't a pony at all, but he fell 2" too short to make the horse standard. Before him, the barn actually had a "real" pony -- she was around 13-13.3.
Not only was she a pony, but she was also a baby. Before she came to us she was trained by a man in Missouri. Because she was "so darn cute," she got babied... Hand fed treats... Etc. It wasn't long before she came into her first heat, and became aggressive. Our vet said with it being her first, she's achy/confused.
So she got away with it... It went from pinning people to fences while grooming & trying to kick, to biting. To charging. To knocking people over. She even pinned my friend against an arena wall & fired "both barrels." Fortunately, she missed. I recall she grabbed a boy by his shoulder & threw him to the ground. She chased a grown man & his young granddaughter from the pasture.
But because she was "just a baby and in pain from cramps due to her first heat and just so cute," that pony nearly got away with murder. And because she wasn't our horse, volunteers could only watch... At the time I only began training, so I had no idea how to handle the situation. The pony's punishment? In the Springtime, stand tied to a fence with everyone leaving her alone & a bottomless supply of hay in a hay net & water in a bucket.
Boss gave the pony away to a friend (a volunteer's boyfriend) who was fond of ponies after the pony bit her, leaving a blot clot in her chest that had to be surgically removed. He re-trained her, and his mother sold her to an older couple with grandkids. The pony has been shown in Western shows (and done well) and the grandbabies love her. She has shown no aggression issues (but I'm told she will pin her ears & try to bite grown men). She comes running to the fence for the kids.
I treat my pony the exact same way I do my 15.2 Quarter horse. The exact same way that I treat a friend's 16.2 Thoroughbred stud. The precise way I handle my friend's 16.3 QH/Perch mare. It's simple: I should have their respect. I don't care if it's a mini or larger, respect is always the same.
As for actually training it, Cherie has great advice & it's the same my neighbors (they breed Welsh/Saddlebreds) use.