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    11-17-2010, 12:45 PM
  #1
Foal
Question What can you do with a mini?

I have 2 minis. Ones 25 inches, and ones 36 inches. They are 2 years old. I am kind of bored right now, and would like to do something with them. I have already brushed them and took them for a walk.

What else do you do with a mini?(with minimum supplies)
     
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    11-17-2010, 12:48 PM
  #2
Yearling
... Look at them? You could train them to do something.
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    11-17-2010, 12:58 PM
  #3
Foal
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... Look at them? You could train them to do something.
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What do you train them to do?
They aren't completely tame but I can get a halter on them a lead them around
     
    11-17-2010, 01:12 PM
  #4
Yearling
I have a 36" shetland that I have just borken to ride but it is better to train them to ride at 3 you could train them to drive our book explaining how to breack them to drive says to start to train them at 2 you could train them both to drive but don't think the smaller one could really do much driving because of its size.
     
    11-17-2010, 01:17 PM
  #5
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My daughter shows mini's. In in-hand jumping, in-hand trail, halter and driving. Her favorite things are driving and jumping.
Both her mini's are A's one is 26" and the big boy is 31"
     
    11-17-2010, 04:07 PM
  #6
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What are they? Mares, stallions, geldings? If either is a stallion and you are not educated in the keeping of stallions, then I'd geld asap.

Your small one is a Mini, your 36" is not a Mini, since he is over 34".
Do you have any history on them? This might tell you what their parents have achieved.

Firstly, I would train them both to walk and trot by your side perfectly, without invading your space. Train them to have all parts of their bodies handled, feet picked up etc.

Then I'd train them to back up properly.

Note how they move when at liberty. If one or other has snappy movement, you might consider putting it to the cart next year, or at least start ground driving. Your small one however, just might be too small to drive.

You can train to walk over poles first and then make a trail course for yourself. Look on Youtube to see many movies of Minis doing trail work. Some Minis do well over jumps too. If registered, you could try some halter work, if you think their conformation is good.

Good luck with them. They are such fun little people.

Lizzie
     
    11-17-2010, 04:36 PM
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Your small one is a Mini, your 36" is not a Mini, since he is over 34".
Do you have any history on them? This might tell you what their parents have achieved.
The bigger one is still classed as a mini, just a cat B mini horse. I've got a registered cat B mini horse who is 38", that's the height limit for them, so heaven help us if she gets any bigger lol.

I do inhand jumping with my one and broke her to ride, although I am a bit big for her, but she is stocky, so while it if safe for me to get on her, I only do so at a walk, and for only a few minutes to make sure she's not going to misbehave for younger children. (she never does though she's an angel)

She also knows how to bow, and back up, she can jump from a stand still, I've taken her to a school gala for pony rides (for small children of course, we had a bigger pony there for bigger children) and we dress her up etc, take her swimming in the river and everything. She would sleep in my bed if she could lol.

See>>



^ mind you I don't jump her this high very often, maybe once a month.
Mostly its around this height...


She's broken to ride...


And her going into a bow...


She also knows the "smile" trick
     
    11-17-2010, 04:45 PM
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I should have probably explained that more clearly. Since the OP's horses are only 2, the taller one would/might have been given temporary registration when a juvenile. He/she will receive permanent registration at three years of age after being measured for height to determine what division he/she will be placed in. Certainly a B though. There again, if neither is registered, it's a moot point I suppose.

Lizzie

     
    11-17-2010, 05:09 PM
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I should have probably explained that more clearly. Since the OP's horses are only 2, the taller one would/might have been given temporary registration when a juvenile. He/she will receive permanent registration at three years of age after being measured for height to determine what division he/she will be placed in. Certainly a B though. There again, if neither is registered, it's a moot point I suppose.

Lizzie
ohhh right that makes more sense lol thankyou :)
My one is 5 now but was only measured a few months ago for her permanent registration as her temporary one ran out when she turned 5 I think.
She turns 6 in 3 days
     
    11-17-2010, 07:57 PM
  #10
Weanling
People ask me all the time..."what is the point of your minis...what do you do with them?""

To me, they are like my chihuahuas...they are my pets. It gives me pleasure to groom them, to walk them down the street. At night, I love to sit in the paddock with them and scratch under their necks. I let them loose in my yard, and we have parties and they come up to the pool/patio area, just like dogs, wanting to see what everyone is doing, if there is any food for them, etc.

I grew up with horses, so these guys give me my horse "fix" while still being low maintenance.
     

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