training minis?

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    10-26-2011, 08:01 PM
training minis?

Okay so I know some people with 5 horses and 3 minis.... not the best shape. They got a mini stud to breed the two mini mares that both lost a foal with them.... but anyways instead of letting them ruin them I said I could help them and they agreed they want to drive the minis and I started to drive my horse and he does well but their minis are wild and I was wondering how to drive them and get them ready to drive? Anything helps thanks.
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    10-26-2011, 08:39 PM
Do lots and lots of groundwork. When this is established, start with ground driving, with one person holding the lines and one at the horse's head. After this, you can progress to an actual cart. It would be helpful to go to a clinic or lesson of sorts to help you out if you're new to driving.
    12-18-2011, 01:37 PM
First they need to be in good health.

Then you have to start from ground zero training the basics like standing to be tied, proper leading, walk, trot, whoa etc.

Only when they have all of that down would I even think about driving training.
    12-18-2011, 09:16 PM
I completely agree with weefoal and euiniphile, they need to be started from the beginning. SO many people skip all kinds of important lessons with minis just because of their size... I have seen way too many minis with behavior problems that would be downright dangerous for a "big" horse and their owner's think its "cute" behavior. But... most importantly is that they are healthy enough to begin training. Their health has to be the number one priority, not only is their training going to be stressful at times, but also physically demanding.

Sounds like they need lots of training and lots of time. Most of the same principles as far as ground work apply to minis as standard horses and many of the same techniques are appropriate. Good Luck with the minis and be safe!
    12-24-2011, 05:47 AM
First off, if they have had absolutely NO training whatsoever, you need to desensitize them to anything and everything! Because if you don't now, someday you will be driving and your little mini might spook, and when he does spook he is going to take off running (speaking from experience).

Then, like others have said, ground drive until he is able to stop, stand, back up, right/left, start out at a walk, pick up the trot.

Once he is broken from ground driving, you can start showing him the cart. When they first meet, the horse is going to be more afraid of the cart. So let him have time to check it out. Then start walking your mini right next to the cart (you have to pull, sorry) just in a simple halter n lead, and do all of your basic maneuvers.

After that you need to make sure he is used to the bumps/the way the cart moves. So pretend like you are going to hook him up, and put him in-between the shafts. Then just kind of bump the cart around, not really hard or anything, but when you drive the cart is going to hit him a few times, and you only do this so that he builds up more trust with the cart. (i know, carts are just absolutely terrifying! )

After he seems to "be friends and trust" the cart, then you can actually harness him up to the cart. Now, when you get to this part, still ground drive, but bring your reins up and over the back of the cart.

Finally, after he is completely desenitized to the cart, and actually listens to your commands/cues, you should be all set to get in the cart. Though I would suggest for your first time taking him into an enclosed arena just for safety.

And there you go(: Sorry I practically wrote a book, I have just learned the hard way when it comes to minis + driving.

driving, minis, stud.

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