Originally Posted by Lakotababii
Artemis: If I was you, I would get a mini gelding. Then they can be buddies and you don't have to worry about babies. Plus geldings with geldings, they usually get along well. We have so many minis being given away in my area, its kind of sad. Good horses, but with the economy no one wants something they can't ride
My BO has 2 of them, and they are so dang cute!! Just never forget, they are horses too
Well, some little kids can ride minis, so if you have children or grandchildren, it could be fun to have a mini that is lead line broke. You can get a well broke mini around here for about 350 to 500, which is a pretty good deal for a broke mini I think. I always wish I could have a mini for my daughter as it just seems like it's less intimidating - and I could throw a fun birthday party at my house with a little mini to lead about on pony rides ... Lakotababii is correct, though, they require all the same care of a horse. More so sometimes because they can so easily get fat and founder. But they are so super cute! And they have super cute little hooves!
Any companion will require care - even those silly goats! But I do not think a mini mare in foal is a good idea AT ALL if you are on a budget with both time and $. Foaling is tough and then you have to do a lot of ground work and training. I would keep looking around as there are several mini horse farms around here that are selling off their stock, so I think you could find a gelding or an unbred mare for a good price that has, at the minimum, some simple ground work. I think the benefit of a mini would be less $ on feed, but as the owner of a pony (not a mini, but short and round nonetheless), a grazing muzzle is probably a good idea before spring ... just incase!