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post #11 of 23 Old 08-11-2010, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Wait...is he a mini? For some reason, I thought he was a large pony or horse! It is hard to tell when a mini is standing alone, with nothing next to it to help gauge it's size. I see many pinto minis...but rarely see such a gorgeous leopard app!

I really think Bruno needs "a job." I know NOTHING about carts or driving. How can I learn?

I had Bruno first. I was only going to get one mini, and I did not feel bad because my next door neighbor had two boarders. The horses were never stalled,always in the pasture next to mine and Bruno was satisfied with their company.

They moved, and I waited and waited for the neighbor to get new boarders...it has been 6 months now and she still does not have any. So I am glad I got Boo! He kind of fell into my lap, and I couldn't pass him up. I got Bruno Dec 09 and Boo May 2010.

Anyway, I would love to learn about driving minis. Is there a certain type of cart that is standard?
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post #12 of 23 Old 08-11-2010, 07:40 PM
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Yup! He's a mini.
He is just under 35", so sounds like he is about the same as Bruno.

Here is a pic of me driving Kozmo, and the cart my hubby custom built for me, as well as one of me driving Me Jo with our easy entry cart....

If you are needing a driving harness as well, I've done an awful lot of shopping around. I think the best buy for your money, as well as really good quality would be through
Rons Horse Harness and Horse Tack Supply - Home
I have gotten two mini harnesses from them, they are very nice to deal with.

You do not need any special/fancy cart if you are just driving for fun, like me.
Just your basic easy entry cart will do. They can range from around $300 on up. If you find one used, make sure it is a miniature cart, pony carts are just too heavy, and the shafts will be too long as well as wide set....
You might try to find one in your area used, to save on shipping, or you can hunt around on the internet. Seems like the ones I have seen are basically the same exact cart, and the price is the only thing that changes, but that is just my opinion....


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post #13 of 23 Old 08-11-2010, 07:54 PM
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Welcome to the Horse Forum!

I love your minis!
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post #14 of 23 Old 08-12-2010, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, knack!

CopperSpots-what beautiful colorful minis you have! Driving the cart looks like such fun. As soon as we moved to this neighborhood, we immediately bought a golf cart to enjoy this community...we always see people driving them around. Now...if we could get a cart and teach Bruno how to drive properly...I think we would be the coolest family around here!

I purchased him from a man (I kind of consider him a "rescue" even though technically he was a purchase) who sold him because he was told he was so well- trained to drive that a child could do it. The man told me he was indeed trained to drive, but not as well as he was led to believe. So I think Bruno has some basics under his belt.

One thing I have noticed...he is VERY spooky to the touch around his hindquarters. I mean...when I groom him...as soon as I get to his rear, I can visibly see his flesh "crawl" and he scoots away. He hates to have anyone behind him. He tucks his butt under and quickly darts away or moves to the side. I kind of figured he was not trained to pull the cart too kindly, or at least the man that had him before me was a little rough with him. I could be wrong. I haven't owned a horse in years and maybe that is just an idiosyncracy that is common with horses?

Anyway, thanks for the info about carts. I was wondering what the median price was, because when I googled I saw prices all over the board.
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post #15 of 23 Old 08-12-2010, 08:48 AM
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What is it about mini's??? Mine is something else... She earned her original name (ask any vet or farrier who have been around her) Devil Pony, but recently I took her to the assisted living my Dad is in, and ... she earned a new name.... DIVA Pony.

Yours are both cute as can be. Diva is half mini half pony.
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post #16 of 23 Old 08-12-2010, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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She is just darling! LOL at her sticking out her tongue at us. She just KNOWS she is so cute! That is wonderful that you took her to the assisted living facility. I would love to do something like that.

I really did not expect to go as "mini crazy" as I have. I have one child, and one dog. I am not the type to want "more" of something just because I love it. Minis are different, I constantly find myself looking at rescues and on Craigslist. I won't do it, though..my DH would NOT be happy and I want to continue to give boys the standard of care I can handle. I only have 1 acre....can't go nuts!!!

Here is a pic of Bruno after he rolled. He is sooo naughty

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post #17 of 23 Old 08-12-2010, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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I also want to share some "artwork" I did involving Bruno. I took some close up shots of him, matted and framed them. I may enlarge it to a poster size, for a dramatic effect. I took pictures of Boo, also, but Bruno is MUCH more photogenic. I was surprised, because usually black animals do not photograph well. Anyway, I am NOT a photographer...just used my digital camera.



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post #18 of 23 Old 08-12-2010, 11:30 PM
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I like your photos - cool idea!

I had no idea how Diva would act, but she won them all over! Diva had never been anywhere before.

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post #19 of 23 Old 08-12-2010, 11:50 PM
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dirtymartini, thank you for the nice comments on my minis.

I love the close up photo of Bruno you framed.
FYI, my hubby and I own a tee shirt printing business, we can print that photo on a shirt for you.
If that is something you might be interested in, feel free to email or pm me....
(or if you look at my profile "contact info" you can visit our site)
NO pressure though!

I love the image of you driving Bruno through your community! You should definitely work towards that!

If you are interested, I have some suggestions on how you could go about getting his rear-end desensitized, as well as getting started with driving?





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post #20 of 23 Old 08-13-2010, 12:18 AM
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lol minis are ADORABLE! And I love carting or what ever you call it lol but I prefer my normal sized horse not a giant not a miget but normal xD welcome welcome welcome this forum is awsome its come to be my favorit forum i'm sure you'll love it too!

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