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    03-26-2010, 09:40 PM
Green Broke
Red face Training minis, helllllllp!!!!!

Ok so the BO got two minis last spring, and this spring she bought a mini bridle! Haha and as one of the only kids that just hangs around the barn all the time I sorta got the job of breaking in the minis for colby (a 2 year old kid) to ride when he gets old enough. Well! Bam-bam (i havent even tryed pebbles yet, she's super sensitive!) is great, he doesnt care about the saddle (te he he its a mini saddle!!!) and he's gotten a hundred times more used to the bridle, he accepts the bit amazingly, and is fine with the steering. But....

He wouldnt go into the corner on wednesday so I tapped him with the whip (since I am NOT riding him, im to big! I stand beside the saddle and walk with him from there) he didnt understand what the whip means! The poor guy got so confused and just htought he was getting beaten. I have been just tapping him with the whip (small and quick taps repeadetly) until he takes even a step forward, then I praise him and scratch him in his favourite scratching spot and we relax, then I do it again until he steps forward, then I do all the praising again, and I've just been repeating that and repeating that. I have been competely calm the whole time, haha EVEN when he pushed through me (literally threw his body weight into me) and stood on my foot!

So, am I doing the right thing about teaching him that the whip means go forward? Is there an easier way? And tips? Thank you in advance! I need help!! Haha
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    03-26-2010, 09:48 PM
I think your doing a great job so far :) despite how small they are minis can still have some power in them, I've seen me getting dragged up the road by one before xD
    03-26-2010, 09:56 PM
Green Broke
^thatnks, haha yes, and theyre big minis too, haha they are just under the max height, haha.
    03-26-2010, 11:54 PM

Just wondering what kind of ground work you have done with Bam Bam?
If he needs help with his "go" button, you might try lunging, and round pen work.
Nothing wrong with tapping with the whip, it can be a good training aid.

Then you could transition him into ground driving. That might really help him understand more, since there is no one on his back giving him cues that way....

You could teach him a lot by ground driving, it would really get him use to being "steered" as well as being urged forward from your presence behind him. And you could be working on verbal ques all at the same time.

Have you tried any of that ?

Just my two cents, hope it gives you some new ideas to work with.
    03-27-2010, 01:16 AM
Green Broke
^ thanks so much! *bashs head on desk* I never thought of ground driving! Haha I will have to make sure to stay way far behind him because he might kick (haha gosh darn those evil little devil ponies <3 ) but thank you so much! I have done groundwork with him, haha I love groundwork. But I will try some grounddriving!
    03-27-2010, 01:21 AM
Do you have a round pen? I would teach him to longe first and teach him verbal cues so he knows what you're asking for, then progress to ground driving, then you can try what you're doing as by then he'll understand more what you're asking for :)
    03-27-2010, 01:23 AM
Green Broke
Thanks! There isnt a round pen where I board :( but he joins-up like a pro, he follows me anywhere I go, so I think im going to try some verbal cues and stuff and do some lunging on a lunge line. :) thanks for the advice!!!
    03-27-2010, 01:51 AM
Sounds good! Good luck with him :)

And I have a mini named Pebbles :) Her mom is Cocoa so she's Cocoa Pebbles hehe :)
    03-27-2010, 04:11 PM
Originally Posted by ridergirl23    
^ thanks so much! *bashs head on desk* I never thought of ground driving! Haha I will have to make sure to stay way far behind him because he might kick (haha gosh darn those evil little devil ponies <3 ) but thank you so much! I have done groundwork with him, haha I love groundwork. But I will try some grounddriving!
Don't be banging your head too hard now! LOL

I have found myself doing the same thing.
Some thing that might seem obvious to others, is the last thing that I might think of... that's why it is so handy to use this forum to get new ideas.

Let us know how he comes along, I'd like to know if this helps him or not.

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