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    01-04-2012, 02:26 PM
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I giggled just a little bit at that description, SR.

OP- everyone is right. Miniature horses and shetland ponies are very different from eachother, and really can't be compared at all.

Being a pony, shetlands are definitely on the trickier side, and generally need a very stubborn handler who is patient and willing to do a little bit of shoving around to get their way. I've honestly been thrown by more shetlands than I have any other breed, including thoroughbreds and arabians ;) they're trickly little buggers who know they're cute and are extremely smart. HOWEVER. With the correct training and a good handler, they can be very nice little animals. We have two shetland ponies that we use for therapeudic riding for children, and they are wonderful with the kids....if they have a confident handler. Those same two ponies will throw a tantrum and try to run off on you / shed you on a fence the second you put a bit and a half way experienced rider on their back. They can be good, reliable animals though, like I said. Our little gelding has loads of stamina and is the one pony I can rely on to work until he drops...as long as I don't dare treat him as any less than the royalty that he swears he is. (he comes from a long line of fuzzy wuzzies you know!)

As for miniature horses...they should have the same personality as their larger 'cousins.' Most of their 'tude and crappy manners are simply because they're treated like puppies, not full sized horses. However...I have met a few minis who acted suspiciously pony-like...my miniature mare in particular. I swear that she's part donkey, part pony- not purebred miniature horse ._.
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    01-05-2012, 01:49 PM
Originally Posted by Country Woman    
you mean regular size horses not adult
I certainly did mean adult horses.

If they're not a miniature horse the 'regular size' should be taken as a given, since only minis need to be classified because they aren't sized like a regular horse.

Saying 'adult regular size' horse is redundant.
    01-05-2012, 02:07 PM
I understand your meaning
An adult horse is any horse over 4 regardless
Mini average or draft
    01-05-2012, 02:40 PM
Green Broke
We had a shetland where I ride and when they got her she knew nothing. When I got there if she were to get out it was near to impossible to catch her we would have to herd her back into her pen and once we started training her she was so fat she didn't do much. Now about 4 years later she is still honary at about 18-20 or around there but has been sold with our other 'pony' mutt for trail/kids horses as that's what we have been using her for the last 2 years.
    01-10-2012, 05:53 PM
I have several Miniatures and American Shetlands. I've found that their personalities are the same as any other horse or pony - some are gentle and easy to work with, some are a little hotter and a little more of a challenge - regardless of their size. Most Miniatures here in the U.S. Have a high percentage of American Shetland bloodlines and quite a few, including one of mine, are registered both as an American Shetland Pony and an American Miniature Horse. I personally dislike it when people say minis/ponies have bad attitudes just because they had one, or knew someone who had one that was difficult. Just reading the "Training" forum on here could make some people think that all riding horses buck, rear, and take off on their riders, and that's certainly not true.
    01-10-2012, 06:05 PM
It very much depends on the pony, I have 9 Shetlands and they all have their own little personalities some are brats and some are angels. A Shetland pony is the most powerful breed in size comparison compared to any other larger breed. Two Shetland ponies can pull the same a one Clydesdale. They are hard to keep at the right weight as they get fat on air, but very easy keepers as they need next to nothing feed wise. They make great ponies for little children to learn on or for people to drive. Sorry about the huge paragraph but I do love Shetland ponies they are one of my favourite breed.
    02-11-2012, 11:54 PM
I think a lot of it does come down to their training. Every mini I have ever met seems to be quite nippy and after watching my neighbours with theirs and my friends around my one the first thing people always do is put their hand out which seems to be an invitation to bite. I no longer put my hand out for her and don't tolerate any nuzzling or nudging which always seems to lead to her teeth getting involved! She now knows that she is not allowed to be pushy with her head and has stopped trying to nip. I can trust her to lead behind me and not suddenly get nipped on the backside which is the perfect height for her to bite. I think people do let them get away with more because of their size. But she definitely has a lot of attitude and maybe that is true of most smaller horses.
    02-13-2012, 07:40 PM
It just depends on the mini, I have two. One is a mare and ones a gelding, they are not grumpy at all. But it depends on the mini, not all are the same.
    02-13-2012, 07:55 PM
Oh yes! Atleast the three at my barn are.
    02-14-2012, 09:19 PM
It depends on the horse. I have minis and shetlands at my place and each has a different attitude. I have some that could care for nothing but food and others who I swear vibrate in place cause they never run out of energy. As far as biting goes, it is all in what they are taught is OK and what isn't. IF one of mine nips or bites someone, before any action is even taken by the human, that horse KNOWS it is in big trouble. Most people never bother trying to truly train a mini or a shetland and think it's cute when a 2 or 3 month old that weighs 30 pounds bites and kicks but then get rid of them because they do the same behavior at 2 or 3 years old and say they are mean spirited. Most mini/ponies are not mean spirited, it is all how they were handled. I handle all mine like they are the 1200+lb standardbred race horses I started out with. Even start them to driving the same way as the standardbred babies were(just don't drive as many miles). They act up and they get the same treatment as any big horse would here.
Find someone who has a show quality animal they handle daily and the vast majority of them are going to have a personality/manners similar to that of what you expect from your big horse.

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