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post #1 of 9 Old 12-22-2013, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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natural horsemanship ideas

Hi there! I have a 8hh wee miniature mare that obviously I cannot ride as I'm way too big for her. So I'm looking for some natural horsemanship ideas to do with her? Please give me some ideas!
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You can do anything you think of. Honestly to me i'd use a mini as a trick pony. You know, teach it to do things like lie down, smile, count, pick up objects, pull a blanket over itself, umm... I'll pull up some videos for you to get some ideas

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Any of these can be taught from the ground, they don't have to be from horseback
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I don't have any ideas for you, but wanted to say how cool those videos were, Nokota! Awesome <3
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You can do anything you think of. Honestly to me i'd use a mini as a trick pony. You know, teach it to do things like lie down, smile, count, pick up objects, pull a blanket over itself, umm... I'll pull up some videos for you to get some ideas
How would I go about teaching those?
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How would I go about teaching those?
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There are different ways you can do it. I know myself, I haven't don't all of those tricks. But I have done some like teaching my horse to yawn on command. I haven't mastered the lay down, but I have started teaching it to horses before. What I did for that was put a rope around one front leg just above the hoof and picked up the horses foot. The rope shouldn't be tight, in case the horse freaks out and needs to get it off. I would then bring the leg further back by degree, never going farther than the horse was comfortable with. When I'd find the limit to where the horse was comfortable, id hold it for only a couple seconds and then completely release the foot. I would reward the horse with a treat if he put in an effort. As you bring the foot back it will cause him to shift his weight back and ultimately 'bow' down.
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There are books you can purchase, and certainly websites you can visit that will likely have tutorials.

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Check out horse agility on youtube. Also there's an excellent book with great illustrations and concise explanations.



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Loved those videos. They're very inspiring, to see what a person could do with her/his horse if they work with them long enough.
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