Originally Posted by kiwi79
Although at 39 inches he's not technically a mini being over 36 inches they shouldnt really be ridden - their backs arent strong enough. I havent measured my mini but she is definitely on the taller side and possibly doesnt class as one, I have lead a friends 2 year old around on her but that's it - I wouldnt put a larger child on her.
You could definitely lead him from your horse for exercise though providing your mare is ok with it and wont kick out at him. I have been getting my mini used to it within the paddock so that if need be I can drop the lead rope - she tends to suddenly stop and wont budge or will trot up past us and things can get tangled quickly! It definitely requires a little more practise as opposed to leading a regular horse given the height difference. I would be wary of putting the two in together until you can be sure there will be no kicking matches - a mini can get hurt easily by a larger horse. A friend grazed her mini with her other horse for years with no problems and then came home one day to a mini with a dislocated jaw
For worming I get 3 doses out of a tube that would do my horse once - a full syringe would be way too much for her. I don't give her any minerals, just a salt lick.
Once we get into winter she will be stalled at night, she wont be able to see out but there is a window between the stalls so my gelding will be able to look over. If its just at night I don't think not being able to see out would stress him too much as long as he has company next door. If it does seem to be stressful then you could always look at cutting out a little window which I will do if necessary.
Good luck and please post some pics when you get him!
Thank you for your reply. I will be sure to monitor them. My mare is very low on the horse herd scale, and she gets drylotted a lot because she is metabolic, and she just paces around because the gelding is in the pasture. I think it will be less stressful for her to have company, and the mini is pretty fat, so he will need to be drylotted, too. I am hoping they will bond, but I will keep watch. He would only be stalled at nighttime and during storms, but my big gelding can look over at him, so he will at least see another horse. I am training my mare for endurance, so I will probably just jog the mini on my own ... she will most likely go too fast for him. We have a round pen area in the big pasture that has grass in it, so I can put him in there with a grazing muzzle to be 'near' my big gelding but be safe. I would be devastated if he got hurt, and our gelding is HUGE.
It is good to know about riding. They say they rode him but now I wonder about his health from that. I don't think my kids will mind if they cannot ride him. He is white and my daughter will want to brush him and do his forelock like a unicorn horn. I don't think anyone's paid any attention to him in a long time. She will most likely just be his friend (she is emotinally disabled so I think he could be good for her after lots of groundwork).
I give my mare Microphase and Quiessence for IR. I suppose I could put him on that, too, at a smaller dose. I don't think he's been wormed in awhile so I think I will use Equibits to worm him first, I can get 2 doses from the bag and he will probably enjoy eating pellets. I have heard you can teach minis to drive and maybe if I ever had the time I could try that.