I also forgot to mention in this, he is not truly a mini. I was being brain dead this morning. He is truly a shetland that is carrying papers under both registries.
His hooves are kept longer as this is common in showing the minis/shetlands and improves movement. He is in need of being trimmed (farrier due in two weeks) soon as the person I got him from received him in pitiful condition and he had skis for back feet. She had to have him trimmed every 5 to 6 weeks cause his back feet continually wanted to flare and grow skis again. If you look you can tell he seems overly long in the toes on the hind(even for being trimmed a tad long anyway). At least to me he does right now.
I have noticed arthritis problems in the breed also with many of the driving/jumping horses but for this reason have kept any of mine doing the hard work on joint supplements from the age of 2 and honestly have had minimal problems with anyone who has arthritis or joint problems. I have one here now who has the same large ankles and she does have arthritis in one of them but has had it since she was a 2 year old. I believe it came from an injury she sustained while running in the pasture and she slipped, fell, and did some damage in the ankle. As long as she is kept on joint supplements, she does fine though.
You know how to make a miniature horse even smaller? Leave them in the dryer a little longer!
"Don't ever regret something that once made you smile"
Last edited by minihorse927; 02-13-2012 at 03:52 PM.