Mini horse owners! Mini horse tips needed
I am becoming the owner of a mini horse. It is a long story, but he's basically a rescue as the neighbors no longer want him and asked us to take him. He's been languishing in their pasture for awhile, but he is supposedly broke to ride (going to have to do some ground work with him, get his SUPER LONG hooves trimmed, and then test it out myself, or at least put a saddle on him, and see what he does). I own an Appendix and a Welsh/Arab, but I've never owned a mini. Is there anything about a mini I should be aware of? I am getting him a grazing muzzle asap because he's FAT, and I will keep him in the drylot in the AM with my metabolic mare. I do go on trail rides with my mare. Can I pony him along for exercise? Can you trail ride a mini? My daughter is only 40 lbs and rides (provided he's really broke to ride). Could she ride him on a trail or is that too much (he is 39 inches)? What vitamins do you feed, and how much do you give - I don't want to over suppliment him. I am assuming he will need all the equine vaccines and just worm him like a regular horse, right? He's so small! He cannot even look out of the stall window at night. Will that stress him out? Thanks in advance for all the advice!!!