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post #1 of 11 Old 03-11-2016, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Advice wanted regarding miniture Shetland.

I was just wondering if anyone could help me. Ive just acquired a mini Shetland mare. I purchased her to give her a better life, she's been left in a field for months on end without any daily handling, care etc. We need to catch her to be able to check her over, worm ect but obviously down to not being handled for a long time she's rather nervous and will only come so close when a feed bucket is in sight. I have owned horses for a good 10 years before having my son but this breed and situation is new to me. I was just wondering if anyone had any advice or helpful hints on this situation? I would be ever so greatful!
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-11-2016, 07:19 PM
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Corral it into a small area so you can handle it daily.
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post #3 of 11 Old 03-11-2016, 07:31 PM
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Ha good luck. We have a mini Shetland mare. We got her June 21, 2015. She is still scared of people. Daily to very other day handling. She has gotten better but she is still scared. But stay with it! Good luck. Daily to every other day handling!

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post #4 of 11 Old 03-11-2016, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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We was thinking of decreasing the size of the paddock, but another problem I've got is the previous owners left it in the field with its head collar on and now it is hanging around her neck but she will not let you near her face she's rather head shy! ... Any ideas on that one lol? .. I do think she's going to give me a run for my money she's my little project lol I won't be giving up on her ��
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-12-2016, 10:10 AM
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I have a couple of borrowed Shetlands in my backyard that are smart. They knowing being caught means work. Silly things think nothing of running 7 miles to evade the humans.

Small pen would be a good thing.
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post #6 of 11 Old 03-12-2016, 10:47 AM
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This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. A mini loose in a field (thinking spring grass and the possibility of founder) wearing a halter around her neck that she could get herself caught up in and you can't catch her? Is she at your house or the previous owners? If she is at your house you had to have had your hands on her at some time.
Do you have another horse or is there one close by that a neighbor could bring over. Thinking maybe she would come to another horse.
You said she would come to a feed bucket. If she is eating out of the bucket can you get ahold of the halter?
Can you get her into a barn or stall and block her exit?
Do you know anyone with roping skills?
She absolutely needs a much smaller space until you can get her accepting of being caught and handled. You do have a project!
Wishing you the best with this girl. Hopefully someone here will have the perfect solution for you.
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post #7 of 11 Old 03-12-2016, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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The gentleman I brought the mini off rents some land off my partners family member, he's basically brought 3 horses and chucked them in a field he removed the bigger 2 and left the mini. I brought her 2 days ago, she hasant had no contact or proper care for the past 4-6 months. The gentleman has had no previous experience with horses so thinks leaving them run free in a. Field with no contact ect is ok. The mini is 19 years of age so we just want to give it the rest of it's days with a nice loving life and correct diet ect lol. We are in the middle of building a stable for her and sectioning the field to have a smaller space to work with her, she's extremely head shy so getting close to the head collar has been near enough impossible the minute you move your arms/hands she backs away. So any help advice on this situation or minis in general id be so greatful lol!
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post #8 of 11 Old 03-12-2016, 11:15 PM
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Get her cornered to get the broken halter off. Stand by her shoulder and work your way up her neck until you have ahold of it instead of coming from the front and reaching towards her face. She may fight you but remain calm and keep ahold of the halter while acting as if it's no big deal until she calms down. Once she's standing calm start rubbing her neck working your way from shoulder up to behind her ears. If she starts throwing a fit again hands off except for holding the halter and wait it out again, start over with the rubbing. Once she stays calm through the whole process remove the broken halter. The next time you want to catch you'll probably have to corner her again. To put a halter on again stay by her shoulder, slip the nose piece on and then buckle the crown. I have a mini mare that is extremely head shy, probably from being in an unsupervised petting zoo. 12 years later when she sees me get her halter out she puts herself in the corner of her stall and I still have to put it on and take it off by using the crown piece buckle instead of the cheek snap.

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post #9 of 11 Old 03-13-2016, 01:51 AM
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If she'll eat out of a bucket maybe put a lead rope around the bucket and when she puts her head into the bucket slip it around her neck. I've used that trick to catch a few feisty llamas in my time !
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-13-2016, 10:35 AM
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It always seems to help when there is more than one person trying to catch a horse/pony.
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