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    08-08-2011, 12:32 AM
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Foal
Young kids showing minis

This is sort of just a rant but I'd love to hear stories and anyone that would like to suggest otherwise of what I'm saying! Also, sorry if this was posted somewhere before, I didn't see anything out there!

I was at the my local county fair a week ago (for a week) with a horse that I'm training. We were stalled next to a mini pony that was being shown by probably a 7 year old. I think minis are adorable, but they can still be dangerous, even if they are tiny. Among my own personal experiences, I have found that minis can be extremely fiesty and stubborn. This miniature was rearing, diving for grass, not at ALL listening to the kid (who wasn't dealing with anything very well anyway, was just a whiner) and they ended up placing last in every class they did. Many times these kids are bratty as well, and it just turns into a horrible pair. I know it can vary depending on the child and the equine, but almost 99% of the time, I disagree with younger children showing minis just because they are 'closer' to the correct size. Even if they have the tiniest (and cutest, may I add) hooves, if those suckers hit a child right, they can cause just as much damage as a decent sized horse.

I'm going to stop talking now before I make people mad or this becomes insanely long (although it probably is already). Anybody have any stories of children showing minis and doing well?
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    08-08-2011, 12:55 AM
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Banned
I agree with you 100%

My instructor used to have a mini that I helped re-train for his grandkids. I'm 5'2" and 150 pounds. Daffodil (the mini) had a habbit of running into and shoving a person when she was being lunged. Even though her withers reached only to my mid thigh; that pony just about knocked me down a few times. And once she reared right next to me, and if she had kicked out her front hoof, she could have easily given me a blow to the temple.

All of Daffodil's problems have been worked out and now she is a wonderful childrens pony. She is extremely calm and a doll for my instructors grandchildren.

Just because a horse is a mini, doesn't mean they are safe for children. A horse is a horse, no matter the size.
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    08-08-2011, 01:26 AM
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Green Broke
I don't see this as just a mini thing it tends to happen with kids and horses in general however I do agree that alot of people seem to think that ust cause they are smaller mean they will be easier with the kids is a load of BS haha. The ranch girls and I helped retrain this shetland mare we have(was wild for suuper long and just barely started took 2 people to catch her and she would freak in the big arena and bolt and run you into everything and anythin) she is now a awsome kids pony but still has her moments
     
    08-08-2011, 02:24 AM
  #4
Weanling
I am not a breed hater or anything so please no one take it that way...but 90% of shetlands and mini's I have met are just horribly mean little suckers with attitudes to rival that of some of the hottest arabs I've seen...

Its like they have super shot-man syndrome and are pissed at the world because of it...now the 10% I've met that are actually sweethearts are few and far between but wonderful ponies, and they were perfect for kids...BUT in my experience most are mean little suckers...infact my biggest issue is that almost everyone I've met has a horrid biting issue -_-

Personally I would feel better giving my kid a well broke QH then a shetland or a mini if for no other reason then the fact that most QH's I've met have much more agreeable attitudes.

Little kids and mini's is a bad idea in my book.
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    08-08-2011, 07:54 AM
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Trained
I've seen both sides of the coin. I think that a mini in the hands of a kid who has GOOD, EXPERIENCED horse people on call 24/7 is absolutely not an issue. However, they ARE ponies, and they ARE very smart, so can't be allowed to get away with anything.

When I was 9, Mum bought a 3yo shetland/mini cross colt, with the intention that he would be gelded, and that we would break him to saddle, and he would be my birthday present. He was a bitey little monster but he WAS a colt, so that was hardly unexpected. It probably would have improved had we had him long enough to get him gelded. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to keep him in our backyard and the fences where Mum kept her QH were not going to be sufficient to keep a mini in (not to mention the paddock was WAY too big), so we had to sell him. It was probably for the best, looking back, because I was a pretty capable kid but definitely not experienced enough for an unbroke stallion.

Now, nearly 8 years later, I have my first foal. She is also my first unbroke horse that I have the intention of starting myself. I have had a freshly broke horse before, but he doesn't really count because someone else did all the work. And I, being 14 and sure I knew everything, undid it all and had to fix my own mistakes.

IMO kids are fine with a well broke mini that knows its manners. I know a few people who actually have mini's because their kids' confidence is so low that they can't handle big horses, and with the RIGHT mini, that arrangement works brilliantly.
     
    08-08-2011, 10:12 AM
  #6
Weanling
I used to show in AMHA shows and have seen kids as young as two years showing minis in halter and even seen one of the top NW trainers put her two year old daughter in a hunter class, and she did surprising well controlling the horse. Most of the minis shown in AMHA were all very well trained and behaved no matter how old the handler was. Minis can be very gentle and well mannered when trained by a professional.
     
    08-08-2011, 10:19 AM
  #7
Weanling
*Double post* Here's the website and pictures from the trainer I mentioned, as you can see all ages show minis successfully.

Avante Training Center - Our Team
     
    08-08-2011, 10:31 AM
  #8
Weanling
My trainer back at home got her daughter a mini...He was terribly naughty when she first got him but now he is awesome. She rides him, jumps him, takes him swimming in the lake...everything.

     
    08-08-2011, 11:26 AM
  #9
Showing
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Originally Posted by Pidge    
I am not a breed hater or anything so please no one take it that way...but 90% of shetlands and mini's I have met are just horribly mean little suckers with attitudes to rival that of some of the hottest arabs I've seen...

Its like they have super shot-man syndrome and are pissed at the world because of it...now the 10% I've met that are actually sweethearts are few and far between but wonderful ponies, and they were perfect for kids...BUT in my experience most are mean little suckers...infact my biggest issue is that almost everyone I've met has a horrid biting issue -_-
I think a lot of people with minis have the same attitude toward them that some people have toward little dogs. "Oh, but it's so little, I *can't* reprimand it!" or "Awwwww...look how cute, Fifi wants to play!" (as the little monster is growling and snapping...or in the case of a mini, ears pinned and kicking).

I've only ever met two minis in my life and neither of them were show horses. The first one was at the old stable where I had my old gelding and the poor mini had been abused most of his life, so he was terrified of most people. He was also a little escape artist (him and the two mini donkeys he was stalled with) and we'd routinely show up in the evening to find them happily wandering the property and harassing the big horses. The second mini I just met the other day, so I haven't formed an opinion on him other than that he is extremely large for a mini (at least from what I've seen). He has cancer and cannot be in the sun (he's pure white).
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    08-08-2011, 11:32 AM
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Weanling
Sorry OP off topic a sec!

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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
I've seen both sides of the coin. I think that a mini in the hands of a kid who has GOOD, EXPERIENCED horse people on call 24/7 is absolutely not an issue. However, they ARE ponies, and they ARE very smart, so can't be allowed to get away with anything.

When I was 9, Mum bought a 3yo shetland/mini cross colt, with the intention that he would be gelded, and that we would break him to saddle, and he would be my birthday present. He was a bitey little monster but he WAS a colt, so that was hardly unexpected. It probably would have improved had we had him long enough to get him gelded. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to keep him in our backyard and the fences where Mum kept her QH were not going to be sufficient to keep a mini in (not to mention the paddock was WAY too big), so we had to sell him. It was probably for the best, looking back, because I was a pretty capable kid but definitely not experienced enough for an unbroke stallion.

Now, nearly 8 years later, I have my first foal. She is also my first unbroke horse that I have the intention of starting myself. I have had a freshly broke horse before, but he doesn't really count because someone else did all the work. And I, being 14 and sure I knew everything, undid it all and had to fix my own mistakes.

IMO kids are fine with a well broke mini that knows its manners. I know a few people who actually have mini's because their kids' confidence is so low that they can't handle big horses, and with the RIGHT mini, that arrangement works brilliantly.
Now idk if it's me...but your numbers don't add up, are you 14 or 17 or somewhere in between? And 14 is still way to young to train your own horse imo.

Back to topic!

I agree shetlands and mini's in the wrong hands are a nuclear warhead ready to explode/implode lol, "stupid is as stupid does" not all humans should procreate lol.
     

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