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What isn't to love? 10 Replies

The miniature horse is special in the fact that you don't need a trailer to haul them around. They are used for driving, riding, and guide/therapy animals. They are sweet natured little horses with a…Continue

Started by pony gal. Last reply by TP minis Jun 29, 2009.

Christmas parades 5 Replies

Anyone else have their minis in a Christmas parade?The company that I work for asked to use 2 of mine to represent the company in some of the Christmas parades. Here are some pre-parade photos. I…Continue

Started by Geriatricacres. Last reply by Jessie Jun 22, 2009.

Another rescue 2 Replies

I would like to share Lady's story.In 2004, I had been without a horse for 3 years, had no place to put one, had no intention of getting one either. My sister and I decided to attend an exotics…Continue

Started by Geriatricacres. Last reply by Becky (ridendurance) Dec 26, 2008.

Your mini's favorite treats 11 Replies

I am wondering what the favorite treats seem to be for your miniatures. I know food is a strong motivation for them..LOL. I will be interested to see if they seem to like the same things or if it is…Continue

Tags: treats, mini, horse, miniature

Started by pony gal. Last reply by Becky (ridendurance) Sep 14, 2008.

Best Miniature horse costume ever? 2 Replies

What was the best costume you ever saw a miniature horse in? Tell us if his handler was dressed in costume too. I would love to get some ideas for costume classes.

Tags: up, mini, dress, class, horse

Started by Becky (ridendurance). Last reply by Longinthetooth Sep 12, 2008.

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Comment by Peggy Hogan on June 2, 2008 at 9:02pm
Hey gang,
There's a photo in the group pictures. I think it's Saber, and he has little mini tennis shoes on. I'd love to know where they were purchased.
Thanks!
Comment by Peggy Hogan on May 9, 2008 at 8:56am
I'd love to give you guys some starters. For the moment, there is a ton of free information on clickertraining.com. Many articles and free getting started stuff too.
Maybe you guys could look there and we could talk about setting a fun direction.

Debra...it works on big horses too... ;-)
Comment by pony gal on May 8, 2008 at 11:57pm
Yes, I think you have sold me on trying the clicker training. I am thinking of aquiring a miniature that is an untrained two year old. Is there a right age to start clicker training?
Comment by Becky (ridendurance) on May 8, 2008 at 11:25pm
I am excited about trying out clicker training. I think it can be a great addition to my tool kit! Do you have a suggestion for the best start up kit for this new adventure!
Comment by Peggy Hogan on May 8, 2008 at 10:54pm
Thought you mini owners might enjoy this fun video of Mantra. He was a very troubled mini when I got him, even though he came from a very caring home. The good news is he's being "clicked" to a trusting relationship.

Comment by Peggy Hogan on May 8, 2008 at 9:11pm
Hey Becky....look out, you're right, it IS addicting. 3 years ago I had 3 full sized horses and now I've got 3 minis as well. Yikes...somebody STOP me....LOL!
Comment by Peggy Hogan on May 8, 2008 at 9:06pm
Hey Debra,
I used to be an area coordinator for Parelli and even though I left the program just before I completed Level 3, I went on ahead and finished those tasks. This was around 8 yrs. ago.
The thing that's different about clicker training is that it gives the trainer an opportunity to let the horse "create" a behavior through exploration and reinforcement. There is no pressure to choose a different answer, only the absence of the click/treat to let the horse know to guess again.

With clicker training I can "capture" a behavior just as it happens. So for example, there are many people who want to teach their horses to lie down, but with clicker training it can be very simple.

Once your horse really understands that click=remember what you did=treat, you can click him for lying down and actually "capture" that behavior.

McKee, one of my minis, actually learned to lie down with ONE click, seriously, it was ONE click. He was really tuned into what made me click and he actually got up and down 6 times in that first session, checking out if I was really clicking for that behavior.

So there's a lot of different information available to those studying NH. It's like a whole new toolkit that's available to you. Please explore the possibilities...you'll be glad you did!
Comment by pony gal on May 8, 2008 at 8:38am
Thank you Peggy for joining the disscussion!
Freestyle dancing sounds interesting, like the whole concept of clicker training.
Have you ever heard of combining clicker training and Parelli natural horsemanship?
Comment by Peggy Hogan on May 7, 2008 at 10:58pm
Just a fun video sharing my current "mini goals" which is to encourage people to try the sport of "freestyle dancing" with their minis!
Hope you enjoy Handsome and McKee.
Comment by Peggy Hogan on May 7, 2008 at 10:56pm
 

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