What Can you do with a mini?
I have heard you can do everything with a mini that you can with a larger horse, except ride them. Is this true?
Also how do you teach them to jump in-hand?
You can do a lót with a miniature!
Everything except riding ofcourse ;)
I have an American mini and we do driving, groundwork, tricktraining & horse agility!
Heck you can do so much with miniature horses. Small children have no problem riding them as long as it is done appropriately.
They really excell in driving, jumping, liberty, halter obstacle etc.
To train one to jump start with poles laying on the ground. Start by letting the horse look at the poles and smell them.
Have the horse walk thru the poles slowly. Keep repeating until they learn to pick their hooves up and not touch the pole.
Gradually start raising the poles off the ground.
Always align your shoulder with the horses head when the horse goes to jump and hold your rein hand up. Many mistakenly get way out in front of the horse which will cause it to overjump. Or they lag too far behind which will make a horse balk. You have to have that forward mometum and energy going.
Here is my son jumping a mini. Notice the body alignment
You can do a bunch with minis!
If they are big enough you can break em to ride.
They are great at driving, showmanship, in-hand trail, jumping, liberty, and if they have good conformation: halter classes can be fun (especially color classes)
nice form for the horse
Some people can ride minis!
Most peops around here trade & collect them. And buy little tack for them. They brush them lots.
They can be trained to pull a wagon with small children in it, or ridden by them. They can jump while being led, too!
We have a couple and we ride and drive them, i also have a small stone boat that they pull so we can clean barns with them
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We own quite a few miniature horses and shetlands, and they're great! We go for trail walks, do obstacle courses (teeter totters, barrels, cones, poles, tires, jumps, in and outs...pretty much anything goes!) go for therapy visits, play 'dress up' attend showmanship and halter shows, show off in parades, lunge, and I'm teaching my three year old mare to drive! Both of my minis swear that they can't jump though ;) silly horses.
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