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    12-15-2011, 06:50 AM
Exclamation WANTED: A Horse

Hello, everyone!
I'm new to these forums, and relativly new to horses. But I'm wanting to buy myself a miniture pony. I've never owned any type of horse before, but I have had a bit of riding experience and have stolen every oppurtunity to spend time with horses. Ever since I was little I have loved horses, but we don't have the space to keep a fully grown one. So that is why I have decided to buy myself (with my parents' help, advice from this forum and advice from my cousin who owns a gorgeous mare), a miniture pony, of which I may be able to provide for depending on their needs.

I have lots of experience with caring for animals (such as dogs, cats and birds), but I think horses are very different compared to most pets. I was wondering if you could start from the very beggining and tell me all that I will need know before getting a miniature pony, covering the healthy size and enviroment of a paddock all the way down to the costs of keeping the pony healthy each month.

I hope that you can help, and I thank you all in advance!

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    12-15-2011, 08:15 AM
Welcome to the Forum, Sarurn!

Let me ask you how much property do you have and what is the minimum (if any) in your state to keep the animals?
    12-15-2011, 11:36 AM
Agree with above ^^^

Once you find this out we can be much more helpful :)
    12-15-2011, 02:55 PM
Green Broke
Costs of keeping a miniature healthy depends greatly on the horse, their immune system and any allergies they may have, as well as what they are fed, and the area they have to roam. You have the costs of vet care (shots, worming, care for injuries), hoof care, grain, hay, and possible fence repair. You also need to be careful that what you feed doesn't cause miniatures to founder, their nutritional needs are very different from full grown horses. Too much rich feed and they founder, too much filler feed and they are obese and unhealthy.

Horses are herd animals and prefer company, although some miniatures are happy with a goat or some other small animal for company.

The cost to buy a horse is the cheapest part of horse ownership, a require a lot more in care than dogs, cats and birds. If your cousin already has a horse, you can find out what the costs are for the vet and farrier (if you are using the same ones they use).
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    12-15-2011, 08:05 PM

We have about 1.25 acres of land, if I'm correct. As for the quantity of horses allowed in my state... I'm not 100% sure, but I do know that it is definaitly at least two or three (as that is how many my cousin has had before).
Would it be best to keep the miniature pony with a compainion? Well, silly question. Yes it would, as SunnyDraco said, but would it be okay if I could have just one (as I don't think I'll have enough room for one, let alone two)? Would there be any extra commitments?

Thanks heaps for the help, guys.
    12-15-2011, 08:11 PM
A miniature pony to ride?? They're the size of a Corgi.. :P and a miniature horse is about the size of large Rottweiler.

You could ride a mini but I think you'd probably be suited to a taller horse (Haflinger is a horse...) (11hh-13hh?)

Eitherway I hope you find what you're looking for!
    12-15-2011, 08:18 PM
Green Broke
Probably not enough land if you want pasture grass (some will be eaten but most will be trampled). You will need to feed hay year round.

Check your local laws for anything pertaining to horses. If you live within city limits, check their laws as well. I have lived in a small town that allowed you to have several horses on a relatively small property (less than an acre) if their were fenced in properly.
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    12-15-2011, 08:21 PM
If you end up buying a Miniature horse, make sure you have a companion animal for him. Goats work fine, but another miniature would be preferable. Horses are herd animals and thrive on being with other animals.
    12-15-2011, 09:55 PM

I didn't even realize that there was such thing as a miniature horse, but maybe I might have to look at getting one of them rather than a miniature pony... thanks for the info, Skyseternalangel! I wasn't actually planning to ride it, as it might not take my weight. I weigh around 52kg, I think. Could a miniature horse (or halflinger) even hold me? Which one would you rather keep, a miniature horse or a halflinger... or even a dartmoor? Can you please give me a description on what they are like (if you can)?

Okay, so I don't have enough land for the horse to feed on grass all year round... okay then. That is another thing to think about. I might be able to do hay all year round, and times when the grass is low.
As for where I live... I don't really live in the city (well, the town isn't really a city). We're sort of on the outskirts in an area where we have a bit of land. There is a man who lives down the road from us and he owns a clydesdale and a couple of other horses. He probably has a bit more land than us, but his horses look happy and healthy. When I was taking the family dog (Ziggy) for a walk, the man's german shepard (Zac) followed us the whole way. When we returned Zac back home, the man mentioned that he fed his horses hay mosty all year round.

As for getting two minatures, I don't think that I'd have enough room (or money) to keep them both. What are the concequences on getting just one? Yes, I am obviously a serious newbie at this, but I'd like to find out as much as I can.

Thanks for your time, everyone!
    12-15-2011, 10:06 PM
Have you thought about asking this man if you could help with his horses? Then in 6 months or so with some experience and understanding of how demanding it can all be you could look at getting a horse of your own. Also, rather than keeping a horse on it's own in a small space you might be better looking at a barn to keep your horse with other people.

Remember you'll need a shelter for the horse too, suitable fencing, hard standing, etc.
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