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post #1 of 13 Old 11-10-2008, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Miniature horses anyone?

Do any of you prefer a miniature horse to an average sized horse? Why or why not? I know that some of the competition at miniature horse shows can be fierce, but other than halter, driving, and in-hand jumping, what can you do with them?

I personally love miniature horses. I used to want one, but then there is the obvious disadvantage that you can't ride it!
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-10-2008, 08:00 PM
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Miniature horses are a lot of fun but not comparable really. I prefer big horses over the minis. Training is a blast but the options as to what to do with them is so out there compared to rideable horses, it's simply holds a different area of it's own :)
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-11-2008, 11:25 AM
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I DO love Minis...they are soo cute and they are quite athletic. You can still do jumping/carting courses with them, and all that stuff. It doesnt compare to riding a bigger horse though. Carting them is such a BLAST!!!

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post #4 of 13 Old 11-11-2008, 11:39 AM
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Minis are adorable, hehe! I like 'em. Never personally owned one though or trained one.

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post #5 of 13 Old 11-11-2008, 12:06 PM
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i want a mini sooooo bad....I've got a name picked out and everything:

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post #6 of 13 Old 11-11-2008, 12:10 PM
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haha kickshaw thats a cute name!

I also want a mini really bad! They're so darn cute. I saw a baby mini this summer when I went on farm calls with our vet to assist him and I fell in love with it. oh my goodness..the girls boyfriend had gotten it for her for her birthday.

Ahh..someday...Right after I get my Gypsy Horse!!

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post #7 of 13 Old 11-11-2008, 01:45 PM
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I think having a mini would be adorable. I do prefer having an average size horse because I am able to ride them but I still think there adorable little things.
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-11-2008, 02:44 PM
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i had a mini and the mill breeder that i got him from weaned him too earily and we faught so many gastro problems...he lives 6months and nine days..with that being said. i took him everywhere with me! he was NOT nippy nor did he kick. he was very loveable. wanted to be touched all the time. loved his rear being scratched. tried to sneak into my plate and get an extra snack. i will have another one someday. his time here was short but was spent well. he met thousands of people and everyone who met Cash fell in love instantly! he could reconize my voice out of a croud. i love that little angel..strange how everything works out i always called him my angel....well thats my pov on minis. i do prefer bigger horses though....but i love the minis...

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post #9 of 13 Old 11-12-2008, 01:44 PM
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I have both a mini and a large horse. My parents also own 2 minis. Minis come in different temperments just like big horses. Rusty (my mini) a gelding is nippy and likes to be an instigator. He can be a pain to deal with but even at only 3 yrs old is excellent in the cart and has done extremely well at shows. Treasure (one of my mom's minis) has such a sweet personality. Treasure drives, jumps, competes in showmanship and halter, and also does excellent in trail in hand. My mom has some minor physical disabilities and does not ride but Treasure has shown her that she can do things she never thought possible. This is something I don't think would have ever happened if she had bought a large horse (this is her sitiuation and does not mean that it would be the same for everyone). That 4 year old horse has made a big impact on our lives. My parents other mini Angel (a full sister to Rusty) is currently in cart training. She will be great in the cart but will not have the versatiliy of Treasure. She is very sweet but can be extremely stubborn. I would personally never give up my big horse and focus just on the minis but for some people they minis are the best option. I get a kick when I walk at a show with my 17 hand horse in one hand and a 32" mini in the other. Also how many big horse owners can say they walked their horse through the house? I took Treasure through my parents house on day. She walked right in like she belonged there and even snooped in the grocery bags and investigated the couch.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-12-2008, 02:13 PM
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I used to have a Mini... his name was Mr. Magoo. He was double registered in AMHR and AMHA, and I was going to show him in the pinto as well. I had to sell him when I moved to the metro area because the place where I was boarding didnt have a set-up for minis. He stood 30.5 inches and was a If I ever sell April Im going to get an all around show mini (driving, halter, trail, jumping...etc). I have a hip that gives me problems sometimes so sometimes riding can get me pretty sore (but i realy love it and havent stopped), so having a little guy might be easier.

Now where I board she has minis, so that is fun. I was able to take one to a show this summer for driving and halter.

The black and white was Mr. Magoo and the other one is Dandy Candy.
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