I would love a show mini, but that is not what we are looking for nor do we have the finances to buy one. I was told most minis do not offer to kick or buck. Unlike a Pony who can have some attitude with good reason. Now I know anything with 4 legs can kick or buck. The mini will be strickely a pet. My daughter is 1. She has been riding horses since she was able to sit up. Now not by herself mind you. We walk next to her ready for any need to grab her. (We have 20 horses, but this will be our first mini) But durning her learning I would much prefer something alot smaller for her to really learn balance and how to ride over the next 3-4 years. I want her to learn how to pet, brush, and lead the mini. So I am looking for a mini that has been there done that, and hopefully not one that was owned by run a muck kids as I know that can make any animal a little on the mean side. I know this may sound stupid, but we have a rocking horse for her and we are working with her on brushing it and it has stirrups on it and she already knows how to use them to mount and sit on the rocking horse and put both feet in the stirrups. My daughter may be only one, but she's been walking since about 7-8 months old. We will be building a smaller paddoc off one of the pastures for the mini and it will be seperate from the horses and in a pen next to our Husky who is good with all animals so it will have company. It will not have much grass growth, so the mini will be on what we feed it. We grow our own grass hay, no can't say it's the best superb hay, but not one of our horses are thin on it or ever got sick on it. All our horses are turned out 24 x 7, but are called in once a day to be grained, but they don't get much because none are in full work, and it's more for our own way to check them over to make sure no one is sick or injured.
Thanks for the advice. :)