04-12-2012, 09:00 AM
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No different from regular sized horses IMO. I would never consider an unbroke 2 year old for a new rider and I've several young minis "trained" by new owners that are disasters. If you are looking for a mini to drive and have not had much experience with it I would highly suggest an older horse with a lot of miles and experience. An older horse will be a bit more forgiving of newbie mistakes and that makes for a much more pleasant time. If you are looking to show in halter or some of the in hand classes you'd probably be alright with a younger horse if you like to do a lot of training yourself. Should you be looking to breed minis, once again, an older mare that has had a few foals would probably be a better investment than an unproven maiden mare. Miniature are awesome though. I went from full sized horses to miniatures quite a few years ago and absolutely love them.