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Is anyone breeding old style minis anymore???

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  • Is anyone breeding old style minis anymore???

    So, I have been watching the for sale ads to see if anything pops up. These minis don't look ANYTHING like my mini. My guy is 21 and a tank who has double the bone of minis I have seen, stocky and looks like a small shetland. When I say shetland, I mean the chubby little tanks we all knew growing up- NOT the "shetlands" that are bred today (that look more like little hackneys). I guess I like the old style mini that is stocky with good bone, a short back, and big butt. I am shocked at how crazy refined these minis are nowadays. It's absolutely not my taste at all but to each their own! Where would I look to find an old style mini? Mini Horse Sales and Lil' Beginnings seem to showcase the modern, ultra refined minis. I don't see any in MHW either. Any ideas? Can the old style mini not win in anything anymore? What about performance? Can they, at least, be competitive in performance or not really? I guess there is always pleasure driving and CDE!

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    You don't list your location Sunny74 but the Midwest - NW IN - breeders of my mini have both the old type & the newer "mini-shettie" style.
    My guy turns 5 at the end of this month & the way he approaches Cones tells me has a future in CDE.
    I've shown him since he was 3, so just a single CT to measure against, but he BOOKED!

    He also excels in trail drives - 10-12mi RT, he trots the whole way, keeping up with my fellow Drivers, even the Drafts.
    His sire was the modern type, dam the older style & he takes after Mom.

    If you are looking to buy & not too far, I can point you toward them.
    I do know they show in TX and have some Champions to their credit.

    When you say "performance" do you mean Breed shows? In-Hand? Or??

    Not the best pic, but here he is (at not-quite 3) with my other 2 - 16H TWH & 52" Hackney:

    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


    • Original Poster

      He's handsome!!! Unfortunately, I am in the Northeast. :-(