Originally Posted by ARTEMISBLOSSOM View Post
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