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  • Do miniature horses make good companions for full six=ze horses?
  • Does my mini horse need a companion

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    09-17-2011, 05:12 PM
  #31
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ARTEMISBLOSSOM    
I agree that a gelding would be the best option if I can just find one. I can't believe how difficult it is to find a mini in my area. Has anyone had any problems with the horse hurting the mini? There is such a size difference I am concerned that the little one could get hurt. I sold my paint today and as of tomorrow my Morgan will be alone, so the search for a suitable companion will begin in earnest. I'd love to have a donkey as well but from what I have read they can't handle cold weather and my horse is an outside horse.

Haha well actually you may have the opposite problem

In my experiences with minis, they seem to be the dominate ones. Of course, each situation is different. I am moving my gelding in with a mini come October,and I fully expect the mini to kick my gelding's butt. Think about how horse's establish dominance: when it comes down to it, a mini is a smaller target, and is generally more agile than a full grown horse. Plus they can kick a big horse right in the gut, due to their small size.

I don't think I have ever met a mini who knows its small

I learned this little concept when I led a Tennessee Walker (all 15.2 hands of him) past a mini, she kicked the crap outta him. He freaked and ran. Luckily I got him past her quickly, I truly believe he would have had it handed to him!! It was kinda funny to watch

Oh and 2SCHorses, you're absolutely correct, minis can be ridden. My BO actually uses one of them for her granddaughter. I commented the way I did because most people up here see it that way, since they are so small and only a very small child can ride them. It is a shame though, they are so cute under saddle
     
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    09-18-2011, 01:35 AM
  #32
Started
Horses are like people we need to be around horses and people. Or for horses they need other horses or animals or people.
     
    09-19-2011, 10:42 AM
  #33
Weanling
Just a thought here............so far the closest mini I have found (other than across the border into Minnesota is about a 15 hr drive one way......how about a cow or a calf do they make good companions?
     
    09-20-2011, 02:29 AM
  #34
Foal
Hi,
Thanks for your very nice and informational post,
Just keep it up!!!
     
    04-27-2012, 04:04 PM
  #35
Foal
Anyone had a mini cow as companion?
     
    04-27-2012, 04:15 PM
  #36
Banned
My gelding LOVED be an "only horse".

He has a stereo and a small TV.

The only problem was when he first was rode in western pleasure.

He was afraid of the other horses coming up behind him.

He was busy in the day.

It took 3 to 4 hours keeping him ready to show.
     
    04-27-2012, 04:28 PM
  #37
Yearling
In a horse care video, they said they can bond to a pair of geese... Is this true?
     
    04-28-2012, 03:10 AM
  #38
Weanling
A true mini (under 36 inches) should never be ridden, their backs arent strong enough. They are great if you want to learn to drive though, no issues with pulling a little cart. I have lead a friends 2 year old around on mine but that is the most weight I would ever put on her. You do need to be wary of putting a mini in with a horse as they can get injured easily, copping a kick to the head could be fatal. I let my mini in with my horse but only when I am in the paddock, even though he is usually at the bottom of the pecking order he is quite happy to bully her. Also minis need a restricted diet as they get fat just looking at grass so she always has her grazing muzzle on if she is in with him. Otherwise she has a smaller area within his paddock taped off that I keep mowed right down to the ground.
     
    04-28-2012, 03:23 AM
  #39
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Horses are herd animals that need other horses. And not just stalled in seperate stalls, but able to graze freely with the herdmates, work out their hierarchy, play and communicate. Geese, goats, llamas and whatnot can't replicate the companionship of other horses. It is important not only for the health of their minds, but also of their bodies. Period. :)
     
    04-28-2012, 10:05 AM
  #40
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Originally Posted by Saranda    
Horses are herd animals that need other horses. And not just stalled in seperate stalls, but able to graze freely with the herdmates, work out their hierarchy, play and communicate. Geese, goats, llamas and whatnot can't replicate the companionship of other horses. It is important not only for the health of their minds, but also of their bodies. Period. :)
Halter horses can not be lose with other horses...and they do just fine.

In fact, most show horses can not be turned out.

My foals never ate a blade of grass.
     

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