Sounds like I have a lot of farms to come and visit!! Again, I take back saying that all shetlands are hot headed, I understand alot of it can come from training. However, that still does not change the fact that the ones I have seen up here have been pretty hot headed, and I would not ever want my children around them. Now, with that said, I would like to mention that even with proper professional training... that a particular national champion shetland was being hooked at a show I attended and let me tell you what, nothing was around it to make it freak out and all of a sudden it went up in the cart, and came back down on its side, somehow got up, flipped around and then took off like a lighening bolt with the handler hanging on trying his to get it to stop. I know this may not be a "normal" circumstance, as anything could have happened to make it react that way, (stung, pinched by the harness, etc...whatever) but in my 30 years of actively showing minis, with "incidents" happening as well, I have never had one take off or flip out on me that severly. Ever. This in no way is meant to demean any of your horses by any means, it's just what I have seen. Like it was said in an earlier posting, it's all about preference and I prefer the mini type, thats all. To Jason and Amy, seems like you guys are doing a magnificent job training your shetlands AND your handlers, kudos to you two and let me just say it's about time they were handled correctly and not scared out of their minds at a show.