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post #1 of 5 Old 01-07-2019, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Question Which horse??

Recently I've been visiting various farms and barns in search of another [small] horse or pony. This is due to the event that my past mare has been re-homed to a rehabilitation facility, as she experiences excessive and unpredictable episodes of Laminitis. She is also insulin resistant. So, I often could not cart drive her or show her as I first planned.

As of late, I have been searching for a low-maintenance pleasure driving and liberty trick horse. I have taken into consideration a mini horse, and am not opposed to it as they require significantly less care than a larger horse, but are capable of driving.

I have seen 7 horses with my trainer. Two of which seem the best candidates, although they are a ponies.

BRITTANY: Black and white pinto, 17 years old by May, gentle and floating strides. Brittany has not been exercised for some time, and is reportedly "very bonded" to another horse (I briefly exercised her away from this horse: no issues). She is 10 hands and a very sweet Shetland, so on the shorter side a pony. She is not trained to ride or drive, but is a suitable prospect. She also appears to reference her handler for assurance and confidence-plausible anxiety?

CARAMEL MACCHIATO: "Caramel Macchiato" or "Mocha" is a petite strawberry roan driving mini horse. She is 33" tall to her withers and is as sweet as can be, with no vices. She is quite push-button, but is not stubborn or lazy either. I have nothing bad to say about this horse.

I have not been able to decide which of these horses, as upon meeting them in person, Brittany was unbelievably upbeat, enthusiastic and quite independent from the other horses. Mocha was exactly as described above. Neither were spooky. Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-07-2019, 07:06 AM
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I'd go for the second. She's already trained to do what you want.

The other is older and unproven and if she has anxiety or confidence issues driving might not end up being suitable in the end.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-07-2019, 07:30 AM
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Second. She's already trained and ready to go. The first is older and you don't know why she hasn't been trained to that point. Not that it is late to get started but if you are going to train then start with something that you know where it has been and how it has been handled to that point.
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You did not tell us how old Mocha is...but unless "ancient" it is this one I would pick of these two offered for consideration.

The first sounds a good project, but the unknown in untrained to do anything and 17 years old already makes me think...
How much time might you truly have together as a working team and partnership?
To me, driving horses need to have a strong confidence in place as they are not "seeing" or able to touch their handler for confidence...
You made comment that this pony "touches" as a reassurance & confidence booster...

Do you want to train, to take the time to do all the basics, all the groundwork before you can even do a hitching to a cart and start to train to pull?
Or do you want to go out and have fun almost immediately with a animal who already spent all that time learning the basics and is now a driving partner ready to go?
You're going to need to invest some time no matter what "tuning-up" either, but there is a big difference to me in spending 10 days or months..
Only you can make those decisions and choices...

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-07-2019, 09:17 AM
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No brainer. The 2nd horse, Mocha, is already trained to do what you want. The other one is an 'aged mare' and not doing anything at this point, appears to have some anxiety issues and is basically what my parents would call 'a pig in a poke', in other words totally not proven for what you want. Unless Mocha failed a PPE, I'd go for her hands down.

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