If you happen to have Dish Network check out a channel called RFDtv. There are many shows about training on there, you can also check out videos and books that has helped me a lot. I have learned how to train and have trained several horses for myself and family members. Clinton Anderson and Pat Parelli are my favorites as far as trainers. Natural horsemanship can be done with any horse even minis and can be quite fun and challenging. We have competitions down here for Natural horsemanship and I am probably going to enter one this year. My daughters pony is amish broke (broke is not a work I like to use) even though she is very respectful when under saddle and cart she does not know the kindness that a human hand can have. She is very stiff and flinches a lot (showing that if she didn't do something right she got beat). Yesterday was the first day I was able to walk up to her with halter and lead rope and not have her run from me (thank god because I hate chasing horses). My goal for her this year is to get her to be relaxed, both while being handled and under saddle. Get her to flex her body and move more fluidly instead of the rigid board feeling and the tense (can't screw up feeling). My profile pic is my oldest daughter on my first horse that I bought when I was 23, showing her first year in 4H. I love this lil mare and she is here for life. Good luck with your lil minis and if ya ever have a question I am sure I could help ya out.
It is beautiful here. I love the quiet, the stars, the clean air, the wildlife - but not the cold. I will post some pics once I get a handle on spark people. Right now I seem to be spending so much time just finding my way around. I couldn't even find a profile pic to post as I seem to always be the one holding the camera. Need to change that. As to riding trails, I really don't know as we don't ride our minis on trails but I would expect there are as many folks around us have full size horses and ride...We never had horses until we got a granddaughter who is horse crazy. We go the minis when she was 3 and I became "Grandma with the horses". She still calls me that at 7. We started just putting her on bareback and leading the horse around, graduated to a saddle next and then on to a cart. None of our ponies were formally trained but they are so docile that it has all been easy. They love kids and are so gentle with them - especially our little stallion. Sparky is about 34 inches but when he has a child on his back or in his cart I think he grows to 36. We only have a light cart - one pony at a time. I don't know how to train a team - though I have a mare named Hope who would be the perfect match for Sparky in size and build so I've always wanted to try.
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The UP what a beautiful part of Michigan. I have wanted to bring the horses and ride up there, are there trails for horses up there? I know what ya mean about the horses tying you down, they do require a great deal of care and attention. I am lucky enough to have a few horse lovers in my family that is willing to come over and take care of them when I am away. That and I live close enough to a few kids that absolutely love horses and would probably be willing to take care of them for a few riding lessons, or just the chance to ride them. LOL Do you do and carting with your minis? I see people down here all the time out on a drive with a few and a buggy. Looks like fun. My youngest daughters pony is amish broke so she drives, but I don't have a cart yet. Its in the plans though.
Hello! My name is Evelyn and I think I am the only Yooper on this Michigan team - I haven't found any others. We are retired and have 3 dogs - a shih-pom who barks all the time, a shih-tzu who sleeps all the time (we call him "the rug") and a spaniel mix who ignores them both. We also have 5 miniature horses that we got for the grandchildren but now we are so attached I wonder if we will ever get rid of them. We would like to travel a bit but the ponies really tie us down...sigh. None of our children live in Michigan.. I need to grab some time and focus to take care of myself and spark people is going to be part of that. I'm ramping up to lose weight and feel better this summer so I can enjoy my ponies and our big garden.
Thank you for the warm welcome, I go through Reed City often during the summer. We have a small vacation trailer on Wolf Lake just north of Baldwin. We try to spend many of our weekends in the summer there. I look forward to getting to know my fellow Michiganders and hope that I can be as inspiring to them as they are to me!
Amy I have to say your post made me smile and even giggle a little. I like your sense of humor. Welcome to spark! I like in a little podunk town myself. Reed City--it is at the crossroads of US10 and US131 . I'm going to sparkfriend you too. I look forward to getting to know you.
Hi Amy and welcome to Sparkpeople! Everything you need to reach your goals is right here. It will take you a little time to find your way around, but you'll be making Sparkfriends, recording your food and fitness and joining Spark Teams before you know it.
I'm from Saginaw and often pass by your way when I visit my son in Kalamazoo.
I'm making you my Sparkfriend, so if you like, all you need to do is friend me back on my Sparkpage. Don't forget to check your "Friend Feed" often to see what all your new Sparkfriends are up to! And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
Hello Everyone. I am Amy from the middle of the mitten. Not exactly but close enough. I live in a little (blink your eye and miss it) town called Six Lakes. I have two girls 8 and 5 and a loving hubby. We have a small hobby farm consisting of 1 cat (11years old and still crossing the road, smh), 2 dogs (1 pom that barks constantly) and (1 siberian husky, who will not eat the pom, for some stupid reason), 3 horses (well 1 is a pony but we don't tell her that). Over the last 8 years my behind has gathered some baggage along with my legs and belly. I felt so horrible for my horse last year I hardly rode him. I am now on a mission to lighten his load for this summer (and mine to). I was doing a search on dieting and found Sparkpeople. I hope that this works for me because I don't think my horse is going to forgive me if things don't change. LOL
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