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post #1 of 8 Old 10-18-2010, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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My name is Amber. I am brand-new to the horse world. I have met a few horses, & have taken a week long horses camp. I am far from a orse I have always been awed by horses & the tenderness, & compasasion they show. I am most interested in minature horses. Like sheetland ponise & such. I would like to know how often u must change their shoes, & they more expensive then I imagine. I know they need feed, shoes, brushed, running room. Any advice please!!....I want to get thurly prepared before I rescue 2 minis like I plan. Thank you.

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-18-2010, 04:51 PM
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Why do you want shoes on them? Are you planning to drive them? Have fun with them. They can be a lot of company.
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-18-2010, 04:55 PM
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Not all horses require shoes, though some do it they have bad or weak hooves. As far as the cost, it costs me about $35-40 to trim my horse's hooves about every 8 weeks. (He doesn't require or need shoes) Our other horse has nevicular (sp?) and it is $100 every 6-8 weeks. Shots every 6 months cost about $25 per horse in the fall here, spring $65. Worming costs: (I worm every 3 months) $5-20 per horse. Our grain costs about $15 every month per horse plus our board is $125.00 per horse. If you are keeping horses on your own property hay for each pony (in our area for good hay) would cost $50-75 per horse. The more room to run the better, but could easily be kept in a pen, exact size I couldn't tell you though. My horse is a QH and his pen is 24 feet X 24 feet, plus his is ridden or lunged daily for additional excercise. I would learn all you can about the breed you are planning to rescue and figure out if the additional costs of owning them would be doable before you jump in!
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-18-2010, 05:11 PM
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What are you planning on doing with the minis? There's some great mini owners on this forum who can help you our with mini-specific information. They can be great little horses and I've always wanted to learn to drive one.
Just remember that minis need proper care and training just like full grown horses and aren't just big hooved dogs
I would be careful with rescuing for your first horse. Take someone knowledgable with you to look at him. Rescues can require a lot of time, patience, and experience and you don't want to ruin horses by getting in over your head right away.

Other than that, welcome to the forum!
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-18-2010, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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I thought they had to have shoes, I just want them as pets maybe pull a sleigh in the winter, This is very new to me thats why I'm taking extra time to learn. I am not getting any til I am fully prepared. Thanks so much for the input. Doesnt seem like too much of a cost of burden if. What do yall reccomend for feed??
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-20-2010, 07:27 AM
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if your getting shetland, minis their usually easy keepers maybe just hay twice daily.
But I am no expert on feding them but from being on here that is what I gather people feed them
If you want to get them trained to pull a sleigh or something you will probably need a trainer to help you out their so that may set you back a couple of hundred? depending
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-20-2010, 08:18 AM
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Minis, even if they pull carts, don't NEED shoes unless they've got hoof issues. The minis I've been around only eat about a handful of feed twice a day, and they're EXTREMLY easy keepers, so you won't need to feed a bunch to them :)

on another note, a mini and a Shetland are two completly different breeds. A mini is a miniture horse, when in shape they're slender and their legs are small and slender like a horse's. A pony is stocky and has more pudge and
umph to them.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-20-2010, 10:15 AM
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Welcome to the HF, Mamber!

There is a lot, which comes into owing a horse. Even a min, or donkey, or a goat. Before getting them in (sounds like you just want pasture pets?) try to count all money you'll need. I can't really tell the amounts for minis, but here's been my experience with my big girls:

1) Feed. Hay is #1. I feed hay year around, because I don't have pastures. If you do most probably you can save on hay April - Oct. I have a feeling minis are not grained, but I may be wrong, so you may consider pellets, especially if they are starved

2) Shots, at least A MUST ones (like Tetanus, Rabbies, etc, you can google them up)

3) Trim (most probably you won't need shoes as long as they have healthy hoofs). Every 2 months (I go shorter in summer as they grow LOTS of hoof)

4) Teeth floating

5) Some health emergency fund if something would happen

6) Misc things like halters, leads, brushes, buckets etc.

7) Where you gonna keep them. Boarding is more expensive, on own property - lots of work (you'll need good fence, area clear of dangerous obstacles, shed, water 24/7, salt block)

I'm sure I forgot something else but that'll give you an idea.
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