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    10-26-2011, 11:37 PM
ground driving a mini

HI I am new to mini's and I was thinking of starting my little guy doing a bit of ground driving this fall. I bought a surcinge but I am not sure what kind of bridle to buy. I want to teach him to drive next summer but for these first lessons should I introduce him to a regular headstall, snaffle and long reins or should I just go with a driving bridle from the beginning. The driving bridle that comes with the harnesses are all have blinders on them. Also how to I measure for bridle fit? I don't know if I need a mini or a pony size . My little guy is about 34" tall and the regular mini halters are too small but pony halters are way too big.
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    10-27-2011, 02:57 PM

Here is a "generic" link to a page with measurements, how to take them etc...has a good diagram as well.
Amber Hillside Horse Harness - Formerly Rons Horse Harness - Measurements

I am not sure where you are in your training. But I usually start off doing all my ground work in a barn halter. Then progress to a bridle with blinders, and once the horse is comfortable working in that then I'll introduce a bit.
Hope that helps some.

Keep us posted on how you are coming along!

    11-05-2011, 10:02 PM
If you are just going to be driving him I'd say use the driving bridle from the beginning, but take the bit off untill he';s comfortable with the harness and then introduce the bit!
    11-08-2011, 06:10 PM
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I'm still prepping my three year old mare for driving, but what I did was I went ahead and bought a driving harness and bridle. (it's more cost defective to buy both together, or atleast it was for me. I custom ordered my equipment though, so it may be different for you.) I started out with lunging her in the surcingle and her familiar nylon halter; gradually tightening it as we went, taught her to ground drive, and have just now introduced the bit. I'm using a jointed half cheek mullen mouth, and I bought a bridle (partially why I bought it customized) with detatchable blinders. I took those and the draw reins off, and am ground driving her with both her halter and her bridle on; but with the reins attached to her halter. I'll do this for 1-2 weeks until she'll work quietly with the bit in her mouth (she's a rather finnicky little horse, and we've had quite a few problems getting her to take a bit, so I don't want to overwhelm her) then I'll attach the reins to the actual bit.

So personally, I'd say just go ahead and put all of the normal stuff on your mini now, rather than totally switching equipment halfway through his training. It will be much less confusing.
    11-09-2011, 11:20 AM
Thanks everyone for the great advice. I am confident now that we will be starting off properly with all the right equipment

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