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Training a Mini To Ride?!

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  • How to train a mini horse to ride
  • Miniature horse train to ride

 
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    12-20-2011, 10:31 AM
  #1
Weanling
Red face Training a Mini To Ride?!

This might be a stupid question but, I have five year old mini mare that I've had for a year and I really want her to be a kids riding pony but how am I going to train her so she is kids safe? I'm 5'6 and 140lbs so I don't plan on riding her. LOL.
     
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    12-20-2011, 10:35 AM
  #2
Showing
Miniatures really aren't meant or bred for riding. If you'd like a riding pony for the kids, I would get a Shetland or other small breed.
     
    12-20-2011, 10:58 AM
  #3
Weanling
Well she's a Mini/Shetland. She's about 12hh - 13hh.
     
    12-20-2011, 11:08 AM
  #4
Showing
Oh, that's fine then-- I was thinking of a pure Miniature. For a small pony like that, the best thing to do is work on desensitizing her. Plastic bags, toys, ropes....make sure she's comfortable with things being around her and on her back. The next step, I would think, is to find a small teenager to get the horse comfortable with a rider on her back. Introduce cues by asking the horse to go forward with leading cues while the rider gives a cue from her back. Same goes for stopping and turning--give the cue from her side while the rider gives the cue from the saddle. Eventually, you should be able to stop giving cues from the ground, and the pony should learn the new aids.

Good luck!
     
    12-20-2011, 11:43 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Oh, that's fine then-- I was thinking of a pure Miniature. For a small pony like that, the best thing to do is work on desensitizing her. Plastic bags, toys, ropes....make sure she's comfortable with things being around her and on her back. The next step, I would think, is to find a small teenager to get the horse comfortable with a rider on her back. Introduce cues by asking the horse to go forward with leading cues while the rider gives a cue from her back. Same goes for stopping and turning--give the cue from her side while the rider gives the cue from the saddle. Eventually, you should be able to stop giving cues from the ground, and the pony should learn the new aids.

Good luck!
Yeah, I should have specified before, guess I forgot that people can't read my mind.
Thanks. :)
Could ground driving be a good idea for steering/halting also? She's had a few people on her back but they've been larger then a 50lb kid and I'm thinking she's obeying because the person is heavier; how would I get her to obey for the little one as well?
Sorry if I'm asking stupid questions I've only trained horses/large ponies.
     
    12-20-2011, 12:12 PM
  #6
Showing
No stupid questions, just stupid answers.

Ground driving is a great way to teach the aids if you have the equipment.
     
    12-20-2011, 04:02 PM
  #7
Weanling

I have a Shetland training harness.
     

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