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post #1 of 23 Old 08-31-2015, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Two new mini weanlings - help!

My husband and I are retired, and just bought two minature horses aged 4 months. Although we watched tons of videos on youtube beforehand, we really have no experience with horses and now are at a loss how to 'tame' them! The sellers assured us they would be weaned and halter broke when we picked them up, but instead they were still with their mothers, had just been run into a cow head catcher to get their first halters put on, and had never been touched. We have a large, fenced pasture area for them with a 3 sided pole barn for shelter, and they adjusted well - didn't seem nervous at all. My question is, how do I begin to tame them so I can groom them? They still have the sellers halters on, and will come to their food buckets but won't let us touch them for more than a few seconds. I know this is asking for alot of help, but they need a bath! Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

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post #2 of 23 Old 08-31-2015, 10:24 PM
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I think you need a trainer or someone experienced to help you with this as watching youtube videos doesn't make up for experience.
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post #3 of 23 Old 08-31-2015, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow and ...

We are prepared to pay vet, farrier, and food bills, and whatever else owning these minature horses entails. Maybe we should have renigged on the deal when we realised the seller wasn't honest with us, but we want the horses. I guess what I'm really wondering is should we let them 'adjust' to their new home and gain their trust over time, or should we try to lead train them now before they need any hands on care? Sorry if I sound like a total newbie, but I am!
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post #4 of 23 Old 08-31-2015, 10:29 PM
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Rainaisabelle gave you the answer, and you seem to have dismissed it.

Trust me, you definitely want these horses socialized to humans and trained to some extent or you will be sorry down the road.

It's worth paying someone who knows what they're doing to help you as you haven't a clue.
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post #5 of 23 Old 08-31-2015, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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No, I didn't dismiss her reply, was posting and saw it after. I do know watching videos on the internet is not experience, and if you both think the only answer is paying someone else to train them I'll see who I can find to do that. Thanks. : )
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post #6 of 23 Old 08-31-2015, 10:42 PM
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Welcome to the world of minis. I wish the sellers would have done the training they promised you because I've found my minis in a whole different category than horses when it comes to halter training.

First you need to get them in a smaller lot which will make catching them easier. Also minis should not have unlimited access to pasture because they founder so easily. Thankfully yours are young enough that it most likely hasn't hurt them yet but you really need to establish a dry lot (an area with no grass growing) before next spring.

A gate across the opening of the shed will help you contain them so you can get ahold of them. Watch your knees as that is a perfect target area for a kick to land. Once you have ahold you just start desensitizing. Brush, rub, scratch and pet them. Do not let go until they relax but when they do release immediately. That's a good first lesson and the release is their reward for relaxing under your touch.

Giving them a bath really isn't necessary as a good grooming will get them as clean as they need to be. Once they get used to it they will probably love being groomed and will stand for it without being restrained. I would not worry about leading lessons until you have them used to being handled.

Moving on to leading lessons in a few months I prefer to get them used to the pressure by turning them instead of trying to make them walk forward right away. Do not be surprised if they throw themselves on the ground and act like a little kid throwing a temper tantrum. Stay calm and consistent and just wait them out. After they're done with the tantrum go on with the lesson. Anytime they move in the direction you're giving them release tension on the lead and praise. Eventually they'll get the idea of it. Keep lessons short and as stress free as possible since they are so young.

You just build on their lessons from there. Once they learn to totally give to the pressure of the lead rope then introduce them to tying. Then you desensitize to other things like throwing a rope over them and around their legs, rubbing them with plastic bags, walking over tarps...wherever your imagination leads you. After this point is when I would start working on bathing.

Just some notes for you: The above suggestions are the slow way which is how I liked to move with youngsters. It also gives you time to work with them and get more comfortable before moving on to more intense lessons. If you're wanting to show your minis you probably need to put them on a faster track of training.

Please take their halters off so the don't get hung up on something and get injured, if you feel the need to leave one on get a break away halter.

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Oh, I forgot to add, providing pictures is a must. We all like to ooh and aah over babies. LOL

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JCnGrace, thank you so much!!!! That is exactly what I wanted to know. We will take your advice as I think we can do it ourselves instead of paying someone else. No we dont' want to show them, and I like the slow way too. We just want to enjoy their company. Your kindness is appreciated ; ) I did post their pictures in my barn, but guessed at how tall they are! Have not measure them lol
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post #9 of 23 Old 08-31-2015, 11:24 PM
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They are cuties!

If Bingo hasn't been gelded yet this fall once the flies go away is the perfect time to have it done. You need to add getting him used to being touched around his parts to his desensitizing list (the filly too but his is more urgent). You have to be able to feel up under there to make sure his testicles have dropped so he can get gelded.

I'm more than happy to answer any questions you have but keep an open mind to other advise. There's always more than one way to skin a cat and it's nice to be able to draw from a whole slew of methods and use what works best for you.

Minis are fun and addictive and I love mine to death but they can be stubborn little things, you just have to be more stubborn. As bad as you want to spoil them, DON'T! Insist on good manners at all times.
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post #10 of 23 Old 08-31-2015, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with you in everything you have said, and will take your advice. I'm open to hearing anyone's opinion, and will do what works best for us. If they were small dogs I might spoil them, but when they outweigh me good manners sounds like the best way to go! I do have one thing I wish you would clarify? You said to take their halters off, but isn't that how we can catch them to start the desensitizing?
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