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post #1 of 10 Old 04-25-2010, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Breaking Mini's...?

I've been wondering this for a while now, and it may be a stupid question, but how on earth do you break a mini to ride? I just wonder about when a rider comes into the mix...do you use weights? Surely you don't just slap a child on their back and hope for the best.
I ran a search on the forum and google and neither came up with the answer to my question. My trainer and I have had several discussions about it, and we're both curious, we've only ever been around big horses!

I would like to add, I'm not asking so I can do this myself. I have close to no experience with mini's, and if I ever acquire one, it will most certainly be trained beforehand. I was just curious as to how it's done!
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-25-2010, 11:00 PM
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Duct tape and a samll child...... JK! I don't thinkt hey are for tiding. That's what tiny ponies are for.
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post #3 of 10 Old 04-26-2010, 03:08 AM
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Oh my, I have always wondered this also!
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post #4 of 10 Old 04-26-2010, 08:05 AM
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I thought minis where not ment to be ridden, to weak a back or something, but then I guess the question still releates to small ponies maybe jockeys lol
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-26-2010, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry, I need to be a little more specific.
I meant the mini's that were sturdier, (I guess more Shetland type...?), but still too small to be ridden by an adult. The ones you always see little teeny kids on.

Like this little guy!
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-26-2010, 08:36 AM
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We have two Mini/shetlands that are a little taller than the horse in the picture. When the time to train them for my younger sibling to ride came around 2 years ago. I had my 9 year old sister(She was 50 pounds) get on and I trained them from the ground. It worked pretty well.
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-26-2010, 09:22 AM
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haha im training two minis right now! I'm just getting them used to the tack right now, but they have been ridden bareback by a toddler. So all I really have to do is teah them the aids. I mostly longline them to get them used to the aids and things.

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post #8 of 10 Old 04-27-2010, 05:26 AM
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Amazing! I would love a shetland.
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-27-2010, 12:27 PM
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You don't do anything differentely with them. The only difference is there size which makes it safer for you, but your training methods are the same.
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-28-2010, 03:16 PM
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I have miniatures as well as full size riding horses.
We only train them (the minis)to drive, that is really what they are built for, and they LOVE it!

I have been told that their spines really do not hold up to riding, even by small children, but I have never spoken to a vet about this, as we do not have any children...But I have thought about training them to carry a small (friends)child just in a Parade. So I would be interested in finding out the facts in this too.

I agree about using the same training methods, they are still horses and need to be treated as such. (not like dogs, which unfortunately is what I see a lot of people do...)
I personally just found that I had to make some minor "adaptations", or "adjustments", when training only because of the height difference.
I have really enjoyed training our miniatures, they all basically have very easy going personalities, and it made things move along very nicely.



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