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post #1 of 8 Old 05-19-2010, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Purchasing a mini

Hi. I am new to this forum and would like to say thanks in advance for any advice on my question.
I am thinking of purchasing my first mini for my ten yr old daughter. She hopes to one day show it and we never plan to breed.
Having said that, we went to look at several farms/horses and narrowed our choice down to two. One farm had a gorgeous registered mini colt that was "skiddish" because the owner said she had not had as much time to work with him due to illness. He is a year and 3 months old. Great Conformation!
The other choice was a mini colt with not as great conformation, but very very friendly and adorable.
My daughter felt a "connection" with (her words) and would rather have the skiddish mini.
Any advice? Is a 15 month old mini too old to become super friendly? I know this might sound silly to some of you horse aficionados but I just don't know and don't want to make the wrong choice.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-19-2010, 06:54 PM
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Did you have a chance to meet the skittish mini's parents?
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-19-2010, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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yes, but i just saw them, didn't handle them. :(
i should say that he would come up for food, but did not come up to be stroked on his own. he seemed "nervous" around us instead of comfortable and wanting to be stroked..
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Hello smboileau, welcome to the forum!

My husband and I adopted two miniatures last fall, (
they are 6 and 11 yrs. old.), that were not handled much at all, and in the little stallions case, had actually been mistreated pretty badly.
The previous owner let the farrier tie him by the tail to a fence in order to trim him! Needless to say he had some pretty big trust issues with his back end. He would actually clamp his tail in hard and tremble horribly if you even brushed your hand over his rump.
They were both hard to catch and skittish to start off.

We found that just in one weeks time, working with them a little each day, they realized we could be trusted. They became very affectionate, and well mannered very quickly. We were surprised at how well they came around. They fit into our happy little herd very well.

I also have a friend who has purchased quite a few young, and adult minis, over time, who have been in need of proper "handling", and have helped her out with them as well.

It may just be my personal experiences that have seen such good results, but I don't think they are the exception to the rule.
I think that with a lot of love, patience, and correct handling, almost any miniature is going to respond and want to be the best they can be for you....

Guess that was more than my two-cents worth, but hope it helps you with your decision.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-19-2010, 09:24 PM
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He is not to old to be tamed, but some of his skittishness could be genetic and just part of his temperment, which is why I'd want to spend alittle time w/ his parents. I have one mini, she was already 15 when I got her and she's not overly friendly, she is food motivated she allows a certain amount of handling when she's being treated, if I 'need' to catch her the chase is on. She has a foal on her now that isn't overly friendly, making me assume part of it is genetic.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-20-2010, 08:36 AM
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I wouldn't write off a skittish horse - especially if they have the better conformation and you want to show. Our mini mare came to us as almost completely unhandled (she was in a pasture from birth to 2 1/2 with no handling and we got her at 3 from someone who had had hands on her a few times) and it only took a month or two of working with her to have her working in a way that you would never guess she had come to us in the mindset she had. Skittish can be overcome, lesser conformation cannot.
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-21-2010, 12:45 PM
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With time and patience and proper handling, you can socialize almost any horse. With the info you provided I would be more likely looking into getting the younger, friendly miniature.

What are your actual plans with the miniature? at the age of 11 your daughter is already going to be big for the pony. Is he/she going to be cared for as a companion horse?
To me a horse with a good personality and temper will always beat any perfected conformation, especially in this case. Though you can teach and retrain a horse to be quiet and confortable around people, you can't teach to have a naturally friendly personality which is why I say I would personally always choose a horse who naturally shows curiosity and friendlyness towards you. A horse who asks for human attention. Again something that sometimes happens when you spend time with horses, but a lot of time also doesnt.

As posted above, taking a look at the dam is going to tell you a lot about the miniature. Foals spend the first big portion after birth, with their mother. They will play and learn from their dam, so if you have a dam who's sour and hates people, hates other horses, hates the world in general-you can make a good general assumption that you might have a foal who is also going to reflect that for temper just because thats all their around.

I used to breed miniatures and I had this outstanding mare who had the most unfriendly temper. I also had 2 other broodmares who were the complete opposite. General speaking, her foals had a tendency to be non-chalant. With lots of handling and early weaning it was never really an issue. Almost all of them except for 2 went to become children's ponies. The other showed and became broodmares.

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post #8 of 8 Old 07-18-2010, 05:16 AM
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this post was quite a while back ...any updates on the mini , or are you still looking , if so I have an idea.
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