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        11-23-2008, 04:02 AM
      #1
    Foal
    Need mini info

    Hi All,

    I am getting a mini on Friday and welcome any tips and information. I know for alot of stuff, it is no different than the big horses, so what I am looking for is advice on the things (feed, care, etc) that are different. Also, HOW do I keep from spoiling her rotten??? She is 5 months old and so darn cute!

    Thanx
         
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        11-23-2008, 05:09 AM
      #2
    Weanling
    You can spoil her rotten, but just treat her like you would any big horse. I have had minis hurt me worse than any big horse, if they get you on the ground you are done for! Those tiny feet can be vicious! Same kind of care and same amount of care, just takes less time. Read some of my postings for feed on this thread here.Mini Advice Needed
    Also, I can not stress enough, please try and not make them or let them be fat because a lot of them are fat on air kinda horses and they are 100times more prone to founder and have ulcers and insulin resistance.
    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
         
        11-26-2008, 04:40 AM
      #3
    Started
    Never use Qwest wormer on a mini
    And you should avoid bute as well (banamine is fine)

    Always remember, they're little and cute, but they ARE a horse! :)

    Make sure not to overfeed them! :)

    And beware, they are ADDICTING! :)
         
        11-26-2008, 11:38 PM
      #4
    Foal
    I concur with minihorse, and CheyAut. I wanted to go a little further with CheyAuts comments. Banamine injectible should only be used as a last resort, the paste should be used with minis if possible. Minis can have negative responses to injectible banamine that could cause death. Bute causes ulceration of the stomach wall, that could lead to serious harm.

    Watch your protein, mineral and vitamin intake with minis they sometimes cannot get enough with the smaller amounts of feed being fed, one sign is a pot belly and loss of conditioning. I do see minis that are fat, but I have seen more minis that are underfed, don't be afraid to feed your mini, just watch the body condition.

    Most of all I must warn you if you suddenly feel the need, and get giggly while doing it to buy small feed and water buckets, and get that warm happy feeling when seeing anything mini size you have it CPPS- Compulsive Pony Purchasing Syndrome and minis are the carriers for this disease.LOL

    The biggest thing is enjoy your mini, treat it as you would a "big" horse, and it looks like there are many people here to help you on your way to the small side!
         
        11-26-2008, 11:56 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Yes, I have been nailed by my mini's hooves more times than I have been from all of the other horses I have owned combined. I think they tend to be more protective of themselves than a large horse. It is kind of a I am going to get you before you get me tactic (like a black bird picking on a hawk as it is flying). Be cautious when introducing her to your big horses, she may make the first move. My mom's mini mare will not let my big, very kind gelding get anywhere near her.
         
        11-27-2008, 10:49 AM
      #6
    Foal
    Thanx everyone for all the information! I go get her tomorrow! Can't wait!!!
         
        11-27-2008, 12:23 PM
      #7
    Showing
    There isn't anything special you need to do, actually less than most regular horses. Mazke sure you have the correct fencing and NO grain. You shouldn't need anything extra as far as blanketing goes this winter either. Those guys re incredibly strong. You would always find my minis as blobs in the middle of the field during storms. Fo some reason they never used their shelter. Make sure you post lots of pics :)
         
        11-27-2008, 12:51 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    We have a mini at our barn. His name is Lil' Bear. He figured how to unhitch his stall door and get out of his stall. I've also had times where he trys to kick and if they want something they'll take it. He can get into a gallop and drag you if you don't let go.
         

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