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        10-18-2012, 09:56 PM
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    Well, spoke to my cousins agai and I was wrong, they're not totally unhandled. They said the mans daughter goes out and pets them and handles them, they're just hard to catch because they run on a huge pasture and aren't asked to do much or be much more than 'pasture pets'.

    They're not high quality stock, I could see that when I went with them to see them. Though, the man claims they are worth $1500-$1800,but he sells them for $500 when the market is good and much less than that when the market is bad... (yet he's giving my cousins these mini's) I don't think they are registered, either...

    My cousins aren't worried about conformation, the mini they get is just going to be a pet for their kids. I have been talking to them, their mom especially, as she's the one who takes these things super seriously, about health issues, etc...
         
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        10-19-2012, 02:15 PM
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    Theres no way that an unregistered miniature with minimal handling could be worth $1500, and if he really did have minis worth that much- I guarentee you that he would be handling, stalling, and clipping them from birth- not letting them roam around together in a big pasture :)

    I just bought my miniature horse mare (34", registered, trained to drive) and her miniature mule filly (father is show proven and registered) for $600 together and that was even a bit pricey for the economy right now. We sell our show quality babies for $500-600, and they're handled and taught to set up, lead, bathe, clip, etc from birth.- if that gives you any idea ;)

    Be warne though, if this guy is trying to just give your cousins the weanlings, there might be something more than conformationally flawed with them. I'm not trying to be pessimistic, hopefully they're great, healthy, little guys that just need a bit of work- but I just want to make sure that you know when something is too good to be true! ;)
         
        10-21-2012, 11:22 AM
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    Yes, I'm aware of all that, lol.

    He's giving the mini as a gift to my cousins because my cousin has been cutting wood for him. There's no way they're actually worth a lot, from what I saw, maybe 100 dollars, tops...

    My cousins don't want nor do they care about 'show quality'. These are just going to become 'pets' for their kids to play with and pamper.
         
        10-21-2012, 12:27 PM
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    IMO your cousins should get the kids a cat or dog
    Minis require more reaponsibility
         
        10-21-2012, 07:27 PM
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    I wouldn't go a Woman- as long as they have an experienced adult to help they'll be just fine with the minis. Provided that they're gelded, ofcourse.

    Definitely post pictures if you get some, OP :) I'm a sucker for the little guys!
         
        10-21-2012, 09:16 PM
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    As I stated before, I will be helping them out. These cousins are some of my only family members who are wiling to listen and actually be hands on and 'do' things for the good of their horses. My cousin's wife is already reading up and asking me all sorts of questions whenever I see her, and I'm doing a lot of studying and research of my own so I can answer her questions. :)
         

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