I will more than likely be getting my friends Miniature horse, Dusty! She originally got him as a rehabbed rescue. He's been living wIth her for about 6 years now and is getting rid of him because she simply doesn't have the time. She thinks he is about 16, which really isn't TOO old, especially considering he is a mini. So I have some questions for all of you...
He had previously foundered before being rescued, therefore I know that he must have a low starch diet. This is fine as I have a large place to
Keep him off the grass. However I would say that our hay is at most 20% alfalfa depending on the bale. Is this too much alfalfa for him? Should I buy all grass hay for him? Does he need supplements b/c of his strictly hay diet? (I already give my horse selenium, a mineral block, and salt)
I have hopes of training him for halter classes, in-hand trail, and some in-hand jumping. Do you think he is to old to jump? Also would having previously foundered hurt him now? I mean if he's on a good diet would daily exercise hurt him? What problems could arise?
I think that at one time she may have told me that he was over the height limit for being registered with the AMHA, but would this hinder me from showing him at our local fair?
And probably best of all is that up the road I live on are the two gals that originally rescued him! They also breed mini's that they show. They do cart driving, in-hand trail, in-hand jumping, and several other classes. So, If I ever needed help I know they would be more than happy to do so!
Sorry for the so many Questions, I am just so excited! haha Fire away! Any tips or pointers are welcomed, and pics will come later.