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post #1 of 11 Old 06-19-2009, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-19-2009, 06:22 PM
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He's absolutely adorable! Lucky you! (He is yours, right?) I love the picture of him rearing, he's tiny!
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-19-2009, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Rio is my partners mini and has been living on the farm here in Hungary for 4 years now.

As well as rearing up he will nod yes if you ask him and will also shake hands.
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-19-2009, 10:20 PM
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ok that's a 12 on the cuteness scale from 1 t0 10. I especially love the pic of him jjumping
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-20-2009, 09:53 AM
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How adorable. I think he's more well trained then my dog.
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-21-2009, 07:08 PM
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he is adorble,how did you go about training him ,i have a mare minature and a colt born on easter,the mare is broke to ride and drive but i'd like to do something different with the colt
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-22-2009, 03:52 AM Thread Starter
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Training a mini is not a lot different than training a horse - only the size is different which makes things easier, we do join up and the natural horsemanship games with him as well.

Rio responds to food quite a bit, so he gets rewarded for good behavior with a treat.

We first taught Rio to shake hands - we crouched in front of him and touched the front leg , when he moved it we rewarded , we repeated this process only asking for the leg to come forward further each time. He soon got the message and now we just ask to ' shake hands ' and he puts his leg up for us to hold

Teaching to rear was easy - after we had taught to shake hands I simply supported the leg he had given me and then asked for the other leg, he soon got the hang of it. We don't rear very often as it is not good for him to repeat this too much.

Mostly teaching Rio is reward when he does what we want

Good luck with yours
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-22-2009, 11:35 AM
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oh cool! I am so teaching my pony to do that (if she doesnt squish me lol)
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-22-2009, 11:10 PM
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awww no way! He is adorable! I want to teach my mini some tricks! How you teach him to get up on his hind end like that?

To cute! Thanks for sharing!
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-26-2009, 11:15 AM
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omg that's the most adorable thing i've ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!

And on the eigth day God said horses shall NOT trot, and the GOOD horses listened!!!!
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