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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
So what do you mean by in bad shape? Training wise? Too fat? Too thin? I originally thought you meant he was too thin, which is worrisome in a mini since they're usually air ferns. If he's too thin you don't want to be working him yet. If he's too fat, ponying him behind a quiet horse will be fine but be aware of his physical shape and know that his strides will be much smaller than your horse's.
If he's too thin, try giving him ad lib grass hay for a while. He can have some rice bran (2 cups or so) or wet alfalfa pellets (1 lb) daily if you think he needs something extra. Too fat, pull him off any pasture and cut down his hay.
If he's lethargic, have the vet run a blood test on him. He could be anemic, low on magnesium, or deficient in just about anything else and you'll need to supplement him.
Once he is at a better weight if he's too thin now, you can start ground driving, long lining, and/or lunging him in a 25'+ circle to get him in shape. Don't do too much lunging though as it is hard on their joints.
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