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post #1 of 21 Old 08-02-2011, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Is it Safe to Keep Mini Colt with Others

OK it's a really long story how everything happened but it's a really neat story that I'll be sure to tell on here sometime. But right now here's the thing. I'm getting a mini colt and his mom but for a while they will have to stay with the mini gelding I am also getting and the QH that's already there. Is it safe for the little guy to be with the others? He's only 2 months old. There really isn't another option until I get the barn and fence up at my place. The only other option (maybe) would be letting them stay with some a couple of llamas and a goat. I just don't want the baby to get hurt.Do you think it's safe? Also, the QH is super sweet and calm but I don't know how he'd do with 3 new mini's in his pasture.



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Only thing you can do is try! Turn them all out together and watch them for a while. Observe feeding time and see if they all get along. If they do, I'd say its perfectly safe. Mama will most likely kick at anyone who gets too close to her colt until he's bigger, and if QH is used to minis, I really don't see a problem arising.

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There were just two Mini's being given away on CL -

They were pastured with a full size horse who kicked the stallion in the JAW and fully fractured it. The mini mare ended up with a dislocated shoulder also due to a full size horse.

Both are looking at upwards of $500 vet bills and possible euthanasia.

I don't think that's a risk I would take.
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Deslumbrar, that very rarely happens. The owner of said horses was most likely ignorant, as any well-versed horseman would only allow the horses to meet under supervision, so that if any agression was shown, the horses could be isolated. It is also extremely unsafe to turn a stallion (of any stature) out with other horses, ESPECIALLY with a mare in question. The full sized horse most likely felt that he needed to protect the mare, as did the stud, and they quarreled.

We have pastured six full sized horses and eight miniature horses together for over ten years with only occasional bickering (concluding in small cuts, bruises, etc) I know many people who pasture minis and horses together.

As long as OP supervises the first few encounters and checks routinely for scratches, kicks, or bites, and since she knows the QH is alright with minis from experience, I'm fairly sure that she will not have problems.

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Actually, I don't know that he's good with minis but he is super sweet and calm and gets along pretty good with most horses. I think he'd be fine but like you said, Endiku, the only thing we can do is try. I really think it'll be OK because of the sweet nature of the QH and because these minis are a little bigger then a lot of minis you see these days and they have lived with a Tennessee Walker in a small corral that was as jealous as all get out and would run them off before. The QH is a gelding not a stallion. They will definitely be supervised when they are first turned out together.



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Normally I would say give it a try one mini at a time, but I am someone who does not like to mix babies, yearlings, with mature horses. I would keep mom and baby separte if possible.

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wetrain17- I would definitely like to keep them all separated but this situation is very unusual and there isn't much of a choice.



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Deslumbrar, that very rarely happens. The owner of said horses was most likely ignorant, as any well-versed horseman would only allow the horses to meet under supervision, so that if any agression was shown, the horses could be isolated. It is also extremely unsafe to turn a stallion (of any stature) out with other horses, ESPECIALLY with a mare in question. The full sized horse most likely felt that he needed to protect the mare, as did the stud, and they quarreled.

We have pastured six full sized horses and eight miniature horses together for over ten years with only occasional bickering (concluding in small cuts, bruises, etc) I know many people who pasture minis and horses together.

As long as OP supervises the first few encounters and checks routinely for scratches, kicks, or bites, and since she knows the QH is alright with minis from experience, I'm fairly sure that she will not have problems.
The stallion was a winning stallion - I don't think the people that owned him were really that ignorant AND it was explained that the horses had been pasture mates for a long while, the mare was separate from the stallion.
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The stallion was a winning stallion - I don't think the people that owned him were really that ignorant AND it was explained that the horses had been pasture mates for a long while, the mare was separate from the stallion.
It's strange that they were pasture mates for a long time then all of a sudden there was a problem.....



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