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post #1 of 13 Old 06-30-2012, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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thinking of getting a mini

so im thinking when I do get a real job and getting my drivers license im going to treat my self and buy a mini. I've always dreamed of owning my own horse and im just sick of falling in love with a horse and then it being ripped from my hands. Anywho what should I look for? What tack and supply does it need etc? I already know where I want this little one to go in its career. I want to take him/her to disabled children and adults (to add my parents career as well as getting my talking skills going since im so shy) as well as old peoples homes and childrens partys. I also want to throw in a few little tricks and I would live to teach the mini to drive. I already know where it will be boarded and the owner can help me with training
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-01-2012, 12:13 PM
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Just make sure when you get a good one... I know tons of minis who are certainly cute and friendly, but will take a kid's finger off in a second if you're not careful. And they can get into ANYTHING. They can also be a pain for the vet and farrier (though fortunately our two are great.) Temperament seems to be a big deal with them, so find one that you're sure you'll be able to work with. Good luck!

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post #3 of 13 Old 07-01-2012, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Id probably be going to an auction to get him because im not looking for a pretty horse as long as its healthy sane,safe and is sound one of my friends would be comeing with me as she's gotten lots of horses from auction before so she knows what to look for.:} it sounds stupid but im terrified of big horses I've had to many jump on me or do something stupid lol and because im such a nervous person anyway I think a smaller horse would be best I've halter trained and even ridden trained a cow in two months from hardly ever being touched never haveing anything on her head to you can ride her
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-01-2012, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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and thank gosh I know the person whod be trimming the feet!! XD Bailey the horse im leaseing's owner trims her own horses feet and she said she wouldnt mind doing my minis feet for nothing because she lives on the property and that's where id be boarding my mini
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Be very careful buying from an auction, it's harder to tell the horses training level and health condition.
I like your plan of getting a mini, I also used to be really afraid of big horses after a bad experience with one, and my family bought and trained two mini yearlings and that really helped me regain my confidence. :)
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-01-2012, 12:28 PM
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I would not buy a first horse from an auction. You can find a gem there, but most likely you're going to find a horse that was dumped because of a behavioral or health problem. Search the classifieds in your area and go meet a few different minis for sale.

Remember that miniatures require dental, farrier and vet care as well as feed, bedding, shots, worming and training. They may be smaller, but they are still expensive to maintain. Miniatures are also more prone to founder and other diseases, so you will need to monitor their grazing time to avoid these problems.
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-01-2012, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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if I can find one in my area at the time for the price I want to spend I will probably get one in my area but if I can't then hopefully me and my friend can find one. I am totaly aware what they need :} I just need to get a proper job first.hopefully the field the mini would be going in is ok.... im just so tired of being scared of an animal that I love so deep it drives me bonkers. And then I've had so many horses that I love took care of and then they where ripped from my hands. Its time for me to get my own for me to love and enjoy I hate loveing something so much and then being taken away when all im doing is giveing the horse as much as I can sounds funny but if it was super cold outside and my horse didnt have a blanket id bring my own blanket and make it into a blanket for the horse just so it wouldnt be cold
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I think your best bet would to be to find a mini a farm or private owner is selling. You're going to need a really calm, maybe even older mini to help you regain confidence. If you buy a mini at an auction, and it turns out to be sick, it will cause even more heartbreak and end up costing more money than just buying one from a farm/owner. Even though mini's are small, they can have vices like kicking and biting that can ruin your experience with them and further push you away from horses.
:) good luck, and I hope you can overcome your fear!
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-01-2012, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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thank you :} im hopeing by getting a mini it will stop my fears because I bloody love horses!!! I will look everywhere in my area before I go to auction..XD but I don't want to spend an arm and a leg on my first horse we arnt showin or anything lol and least with the cow I trained I never got bit !! Lol but I always ended up with a dirty butt because shed pull me across the arena XD. I just wonna find something to call my own and love.
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-04-2012, 11:06 AM
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minis are great I have an older mini 24 yrs old I've had since he was born I got 5 boys ranging from 7 to 1 all of them love him my real little ones play cars with him under him my 3yd walks him rides him he is the easiest keeper ever I cut a mini horse door in the barn then put a rubber flap kinda like a dogy door so he can come or go as he pleases farrier comes twice yr to do his feet but really he needs it done once a yr I use him for the cub scout pack I got boys all love him I havent been able to find another on like him. Heck he even likes to get in the back of my truck and go for a ride kinda funny sometimes when I got 4 horse in the trailer and a mini in the back of my pickup and yes there are side up to his neck if you open up the rear window he will stick his head in to watch a movie with the boys

minis are great but csn cost$$ around here in ohio they run about 100 and up you still got the vet bills all tack to get they are petty easy

Taking a mini around kids is great I trust mine no problem one I just got prob not I think it be kinda hard to get a mini super kid friendly and having no kids wont be easy. Idk how many horse I've looked at the were ''kid friendly" and get there with my 5 boys and find out it really isnt.


Minis are great they are small but they are strong really strong. If you get one be careful they can be dangerous like any anmial but very sweet like ours with the right training and raising up

Childrens parties can be fun but with one mini would be hard 15 kids at a party on mini would prob equal one tired mini/ one p/o mini weight of kids also some might not be able to ride because of size.
Then visiting old people that's another ball park you got smells wheel chairs walkers scooters new different noises.

Nothings impossible will just take work and alot of it
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