Not sure what to think. Glad but mad. **Mini Foal Pics***

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    07-18-2010, 04:26 PM
Unhappy Not sure what to think. Glad but mad. **Mini Foal Pics***

My mom's at a polo game all day today, I got home from my friend's weekend cottage an hour ago, went to the barn, SAW A MINI FOAL in the aisleway, and thought, my god, lulu foaled! But why wasn't lulu with him? He needed milk and nutrients! I took him for a walk and he started EATING GRASS. Grass isn't digestable for a 1-day old foal! I freaked out, put him back in the barn, and went inside to find a note saying:

We swapped Sunny For 2 mini foals. (Amish blacksmith). 10 wk old mini in barn- other one not yet weaned"

And on the back of the note, in my 10-yr old sister's (caroline) writing (she was pretending to be my mom obviously):

"The one that is in the barn is Peaches. And is C.'s (caroline's) horse. OK."

UGHHH what?!?!?!?! Now when lulu foals, we get rid of sunny, and we bring the other not-yet-weaned mini foal home, we're going to have (lemme count) Artie, Excel, Molly, Lulu, "Peaches" (great name for a colt.....NOT!!), the other mini foal, and Lulu's foal. That's 1 2 3 4 5 6 7!! Seven horses! Of which 3 will be rideable, and 3 will be minis.

Why can't people ever be rational instead of just jumping on an opportunity to own a cu-yute widdle minee bab-ehhy?? ***Two*** cu-yute widdle minee bab-ehhys at that? I'm so mad. I mean, I'm glad we're getting rid of Sunny. But to trade him for two more horses, who aren't even rideable?

I could understand perhaps better if we had the space for them all. Our plan was to get rid of Sunny, and then our three riding horses would each have their own stalls, and lulu and her foal would have a makeshift stall with a tube gate on the end in the barn aisle.

But now....once Sunny's gone and the other foal is weaned, we're going to have to find a place to put 4 miniatures. Where do we find that space?! We don't have the stalling space for 7 horses. We have the pasture for them, but we only have 3 stalls.

I don't know what to think right now. Raising and training three foals when we've never trained foals from birth before? I don't have the time for that. I barely have the time to exercise my sister's horse (because she doesn't), my mom's horse, and my horse. How do I find the time to train 3 miniature foals ranging in age from newborn to 10 weeks?

But I did take some pics of the li'l guy:). Yes, that's duct tape on his halter, the smallest size at TSC was a foal halter and it was wayyy too big for him. We'll have to make a trip to the tack store and see if they have any mini foal halters. I sticked him, and he's 7hh.

1,700lb Paint Clydesdale meets 10wk old mini foal....:

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    07-18-2010, 04:34 PM
The stupidest thing I see here, is trading a clydesdale for minature horses... when the clyde is obviously more useful, and worth more.

Horses, imo, don't need a stall for at night. If they have a shelter in the pasture, they'll be fine, and while it is "nice" to have all your horses stalled, they won't care either way.

You can teach minatures to pull a cart, or if they're big enough, to ride. If he's just weaned, and already 7HH, he won't be that tiny of a minature.
    07-18-2010, 04:55 PM
The Clydesdale was broke but had bad manners that needed correcting. The Amish buyer was a trainer, and he wanted to teach him to pull a cart. We just wanted the horse gone, we've been trying to sell him for 6 months. I do think he was worth much more than two mini foals (unregistered), even if he only liked Amish blacksmiths and bites if you turn your back. But those aren't considered problems to the Amish. Mini foals are going around $300 a horse right now.....$600 for sunny? That's low. I'm sorry, but he's worth a little more than that. He's broke to ride and extremely calm.

Our horses have access to the dirt pasture from their stalls, so while it isn't a huge issue, it still gets to me because I'm the kind of person who wants everyone to have a stall they can go in in bad weather and to lay down on soft shavings and sleep.

Lol carts and harnesses are pretty pricey for us right now....I suppose it would be fun to eventually hook all four minis to a cart eventually haha.
    07-18-2010, 05:03 PM
Again, I think he'd be worth more than the minatures. I also think that the problems could of easily been corrected, from what I've read over time - but I still understand wanting to sell a horse.
Horses, again, don't need stalls, as much as you want them to have them. A horse will be just as happy in a pasture, trust me. Stalls are nice, though.
    07-18-2010, 05:09 PM
My gelding lays down for the night in his stall whenever we put fresh shavings in it. He loves his stall. My other horses don't really care, with the exception of the one we just sold, though.

I know his problems could have been corrected, but I just don't like having a horse in the barn that I know has or had behavioral problems.
    07-18-2010, 07:01 PM
All horses are born with behavioural problems. It's bad training. Like it or not, all your horses "had" bahavioural problems.
    07-18-2010, 07:37 PM
I realize that, that wasn't what I was trying to say. I don't want a horse in my barn that I got from someone who never told me the horse bites or kicks, and I don't want to forever have to live in fear and caution of that horse because of the way I remember him having this behavioral problem.
    07-19-2010, 05:05 AM
Green Broke
So while you were away someone came into your barn, took one your horses and just left a 10 week old minature, with a note saying you'll get another one later?

If you don't want to minis give them back, they're not your problem. The person wants your other horse, work out a payment plan or trade that suits you, don't just let them dump you with horses you don't want. Sure you can sell them later but they'll end up costing more in food, care and your time than you'll get when you sell them.

He's cute, but you don't want a horse you can't use and don't have the time for.
    07-19-2010, 01:38 PM
No, no, no, while I was away, my mom and younger sister did the trade
    07-19-2010, 08:27 PM
Wait... did you get two or one minis for sunny?? But still! Both of them arent worth half of sunny! Woww :(

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