I opened this email today:
“Stacy, How do you make the mini’s forlock so White? They are eye catching!” -Marcia
I could see that Marcia was replying to a thank-you email she had received from me after signing up for my weekly newsletter. On that page there is a photo of me squeezed between two very fluffy mini horses. I responded with this:
“Marcia, mini horses are very similar to unicorns…so they naturally glow! …And those minis now get washed several time a day by summer camp kids:)” -Stacy
She replied, “Stacy, your smile is contagious , your mini’s smile with you. Take care.” -Marcia
I’m sharing this with you for two reasons.
First, everyone should know that minis are closely related to unicorns because then everyone will have an excuse to get one…and it also explains all the mysterious trouble minis get into.
Second, I want you to know that I’m over here reading your emails. Some are fun and playful like the one with Marcia but many are more serious. They take on tough subjects that I could write books about or emotional subjects where I wish I had better answers.
After reading them I take my best shot at a reply. Sometimes there is a direct answer and others I offer a series of things to consider or try. Still other times I reply that I will be adding the topic to my list because the question is big and deserves a full write up or video answer with it. Many of these become future blogs as the three listed below did.
Question, “…I recently got a new horse and while he’s 9 years old and has TONS of trail riding time, I’ve noticed that if something startles him, he whips backward and pulls — regardless of being tied/being held, etc. Not very respectful of pressure…”
or this, “My life fell apart and I cannot give her what she needs. If you know anyone looking for a beautiful mare that is very athletic. Please contact me. I want her to go where she can shine. Thank you for…”
or this, “…How can I encourage my gelding to have fun with the ball and interact with it?! Do you think some horses just aren’t lovers of the exercise ball and that is that? He plays with his mini in the field and other horses, they run and play but the ball… he basically just ignores it…”
Why am I telling you all of this? Because I think its important that you know you are being heard. Your questions and feedback help me know how to best help you. You help shape the next blog I write, the next video I make and the next DVD I produce.
Right now many of your questions are shaping my weekly emails. These emails are designed to educate and inspire you on a weekly basis. They are writings and videos that are not on my blog or anywhere else and they lead to an even more personal experience. I don’t mind having a bad hair day in my email video…but I won’t post that same video to Facebook!
If you would like to check out my Tuesday emails use the form at the side or bottom of this page or click here. It is another way to connect and learn and its totally free…and so far the topics have been more serious than unicorns and minis!
(those of you who love mini-almost-unicorns as I do…check out this video that features the minis being discussed above)
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I got a mini on, believe it or not, St. Patrick’s Day last year! She is SO MUCH fun, and we love to drive all over the place, especially at a canter! She is also the perfect horse for our kids that are in our therapy programs. Very patient and kind. Keep having fun!
Stacy. I love, love, LOVE the mini video. (I couldn’t help but smile at the music!) They’re so cute.
If you ever do a Mini clinic, I’m so in! I’m having a hard time adapting to doing ground work with leprechauns! I mean how do you keep a munchkin from pushing into you when their head is level with your hip?
Lol…I keep saying I should keep a small (get it) herd of them here and when someone comes to a clinic they must also conquer training a mini! It does make you more creative. A stick n string that you can use on their cannon bones (like I do with the big guys) is how I teach the minis. You have to have the cues you would want at liberty with a big horse.