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    CAVEAT: I am going to go on a bit

    FINALLY brought my mini home
    And I am doing the Penultimate Happy Dance.
    Amish kids who trained him (with Dad supervising) did an Awesome job.
    Baby turned 3 last Wednesday & went for training at the beginning of October with a plan to bring him home before Winter set in.
    Well... the best-laid plans
    Life & Weather prevented me from getting him until yesterday.
    But I did visit monthly & he was coming along, so it was well worth the wait.

    Yesterday I drove him on the (usually quiet) road in front of their farm & we got passed by a car, a van & a motorcycle - only the cycle made him even twitch an ear.
    Kid riding with me said mini could be iffy about crossing the yellow lines, but he barely thought about it,
    He listened, was light in my hand & showed me he has a pretty cute trot.

    We measured to make his new harness fit, loaded him up & came home.
    He rode fine for the 2h drive, not even warm when we got here, stepped - alright, leapt - off the trailer and I put him in my small pasture so he could Meet & Greet the other 2: TWH (the Boss) & Hackney Pony with a fence between.
    I'd been worried the pony would be a snot - but no striking/squealing/other Equnie EffU! through the fenceline, so I put baby on a lead & brought him out so they could do intros.
    Turned out the TWH gave him the onceover, then bucksnorted & kicked in the mini's direction < reminded me of Monty Python's "I fart in your general direction!"
    Pony could have cared less, gave him a good sniff then retreated to let Boss hand out orders.

    Brought baby in when I fed the others - they have free access to stalls from pasture but come in on their own for grain.
    Stalled baby & fed him then left him in overnight.
    This morning he had pooped, peed & finished his hay,
    After the other 2 were fed I led mini out to the small field where he will spend the day.
    Wash.Rinse.Repeat for a couple days - then I may close off the big field & see how 3 in the small get on.
    If there's trouble I can get the big guys out & go back to Step 1.

    I was told he can be feisty if not driven for a couple days.
    But I have no choice - harness needs adjustment worst for the saddle girth - 8" shorter - so I can't even use that to longline him. Repair guy can't take it until 6/10, but promised to have work finished the same day.
    Longeing will have to suffice unless I can cobble together a wee surcingle.
    Or baby can chillax until he has harness that fits & Worst Case: my indoor has 2" of sand that should help slow him down. Cart has wire-spoked motorcycle-style wheels, so it won't dig in too deep.
    Needs be I can walk behind the cart.

    Debut show will be a 4H fundraiser on 6/25 - time to see how baby behaves in company.
    If that goes well next is County Fair on 8/4-6 < he showed Halter there last year & got 2nd of 8.

    Thanks for letting me blather
    *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

  • #2
    That sounds like a well-deserved brag! Congrats.

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    • #3
      I'm betting the little guy will do fine at a show... nothing like 6 months at Bible Camp to teach them how to behave around other animals.
      Visit my Spoonflower shop

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      • #4
        Minis are REALLY good at leaping off trailers
        It sounds like he is making himself right at home.
        Your fun has just begun! Enjoy the little guy

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        • #5
          Yay! So glad he is doing so well.

          Rebecca

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            #6
            I may be a little more In Luv than this morning.
            I was gone all day, but to all appearances he was fine alone in "his" field - big boys stayed in the larger one.
            Baby Squeeeed! when he saw me, which brought the others trotting over.

            He let me clip a lead on then when I led him in he got another goose from the Boss < no teeth or pinned ears.
            Baby just tucked his butt, did not kick back & generally seemed mannerly & all "Yes, Sir!"

            Everyone got their grain & I took a shedding blade to the little fuzzball.
            Pulled out about 25% of another mini, he stood - untied - like a champ.
            Let me pick up all 4 <good thing as shoer comes tomorrow.

            red mares "Bible Camp"

            cayuse Yup, if there was Mini Eventing he'd do a drop or bank w/o a care!
            *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

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            • #7
              Congrats! Thats great news to hear! You have every right to brag and be happy

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              • #8
                LOVE YOUR NEWS ! ENJOY !

                * * please divulge his name ???




                and while I'm here ....what about your Hackney's job ??
                Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                  Zu Zu
                  This year - as a courtesy to the breeders, who are local & like to see their babies show - at the County Fair he will be shown under his (could be, but not) registered name of Wyndfyre's Missing In Action.
                  They called him Houdini

                  BUT:
                  For future he will show as Wascally Wabbit < he is smoky bay* with white linings to his ears
                  I've seen the dam & she has the same ear coloring, so I'm guessing he'll keep it too.
                  Barn Name: Bugs

                  *he is shedding out roany - sire is a sorrel with lots of roaning - unsure what the final coat will look like.
                  Legs have the black points, mane & tail black, but he has a dorsal stripe & lots of white hairs appearing

                  Kouma - my Hackney - is doing great on the longe for me.
                  HALT has vastly improved, but honestly unless I can find someone younger & stronger to rehitch him (IMO he could be driveable again) he will remain mainly a pasture pet & boytoy for me.
                  As good a job as the Amish did with my mini, my gut says they are not the ones I want to trust Kouma to.
                  He's 17 now & doesn't need any Drama.
                  *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

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                  • #10
                    Good ~ just checking on Bugs ~ didn't want him left 'Home Alone'

                    "Show your pony!"
                    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                      #11
                      Zu Zu
                      Promise to have someone take pics of me & Bugs all "suited up" for the show.
                      I've even treated myself to a monogrammed apron. < anyone looking, Mary @ Chrysalis Acres did an awesome job.
                      *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

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                      • #12
                        Oops ! I was thinking Kouma ... then became confused with 'Bugs'

                        Glad to have that unraveled

                        Nothing better than a monogrammed driving apron !!!
                        I will be impatiently waiting pics of you and 'Bugs' !!!

                        and begging for a pasture pic of Kouma - glad to know your not sending him to Amish Boot Camp ... deserves to be right where he is ....

                        Thank for sharing your driving fun !
                        Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                          #13
                          So when I brought mini (heretofore to be known as Bugs) home on 5/29 the Amish guy who trained him told me "He can be a little feisty if we don't drive him for a couple days" {Gulp}
                          Harness needed some major adjustments - 8" off the saddle girth! - so that was not happening soon.
                          I finally got to the guy who does repairs yesterday, deciphered my cryptic Note to Self about what needed fixing & Got 'Er Done.

                          So....
                          This morning before the unseasonal heatwave rolls in - August in June here - I put on his saddle(surcingle?) & bridle & ground drove in my indoor.
                          The only "feist" exhibited was when bridle went on - we disagreed on where the bit should go: I said IN his mouth, he thought otherwise...
                          Tantrum lasted for all of 5min with his Bullet Point being a teeny rear & sit down - < Fine, brings his teeny self closer to me.

                          He drove for me like a champ - very light in my hand & nonplussed by the 3 loaded haywagons in there.
                          We did figure 8s around said wagons and then I tried longlining on a circle - something I was not sure trainer had done.
                          Either he did, or Bugs is one smart mini - he figured it out and walked & trotted when asked - both directions.
                          We did all of 15min as it was already heating up by 7A - he was fine, I was a sweatball.
                          Major reward of gingersnaps - yes, he has joined my TrailerTrash herd of Dollar Store gingersnap addicts.

                          Next Adventure: hooking to my cart
                          Stay Tuned...

                          Zu Zu: not to worry - Kouma is going nowhere & is looking quite fat & sassy,
                          Complimented by both my vet & the Hackney Kid neighbor on his physique
                          *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

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                          • #14
                            Blue Ribbon to owner / longline driver !

                            Gingersnaps to 'BUGS' !

                            * nicely played Kouma !!!!

                            Sunday Sunshine for all you 'crazy kids' !!
                            Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                            • #15
                              So happy to hear of your successes!

                              Rebecca

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                                #16
                                ZOMG!
                                Best.Baby.EVER!!!

                                With a friend's help I got him harnessed - still some tweaking needed on fit - then led him around "his" pasture.
                                Traces needed a LOT of help to fit the singletree & he stood like a champ the whole 20+min that took.
                                I still haven't taken the protective plastic off the seat but even that flapping in the breeze barely got a "Meh".

                                Pasture is rutted, so we took him out onto the gravel drive in front of the barn & I got in the cart w/friend leading,
                                After about 5min she turned us loose.
                                Even with "attentive" (snorty, running up to fence) audience of TWH & Hackney Pony we were fine.
                                Their antics did not faze SuperBaby - he stayed attentive to me, trotting past them like:
                                "Can't you two fools see I'm working here?"

                                I think my Summer just got Funner


                                *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

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                                • #17
                                  BE PROUD !!!

                                  Thrilled for you !
                                  Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                                    Aww...Thanks, Zu Zu

                                    Pssst:
                                    I have his Driven Dressage Freestyle Reinsmanship music picked out:
                                    The old kids' song Put Your Little Foot Right There
                                    I know that cart is waaaaaaaaaaaaay before the horse, but how freaking cute will that be?
                                    *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

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
                                      Aww...Thanks, Zu Zu

                                      Pssst:
                                      I have his Driven Dressage Freestyle Reinsmanship music picked out:
                                      The old kids' song Put Your Little Foot Right There
                                      I know that cart is waaaaaaaaaaaaay before the horse, but how freaking cute will that be?
                                      extremely cute !!!!
                                      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                                      • #20
                                        Huge congrats!! Sounds like everything is going really well

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