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    01-23-2012, 03:14 PM
  #11
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I was not quite sure about your question. Was this hay or grain, the stallion was trying to steal from your mare? Either way, if she had left more than was good for the stallion, he could easily have some major problems from overeating. This is just one of the reasons, most never keep Minis with full size horses.

All horses have different feed requirements and Minis really need very careful feeding supervision. Since you have decided you will keep them together, then I suggest you take the mare to her stall for feeding and put her back when finished. This unless you always stay on hand at her feeding time.

There again, when feeding her, you could always take him out and work with him, until the mare has finished her food completely.

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    01-27-2012, 09:11 AM
  #12
Yearling
209lbs could be about right for him, to be honest. Our stallion who measured 30.5 officially at the Jambalaya Cup last year weighs just under 300lbs at full conditioning.

But when spring does come around, you do need to geld or separate him. They are cunning little devils and you could see yourself with an unexpected pregnancy quicker than you'd expect.
     
    01-29-2012, 04:04 PM
  #13
Yearling
I had a couple mini stallions with my full sized buckskin mare and they never messed with her at all. More like friends than stud/mare in there together. If she was in heat, they would smell her pee, but wouldn't even try to sniff her. Put the little guys in with a mare their size, they'll hound her to death until she is ready to breed or kicks the crap out of them!

I always left them in together and put the feed buckets higher than the mini's can reach, so there was no way the minis can reach the big horses feed. I also fed them a cup of my regular horse's feed and they always maintained good health.

I never really got why people wanted to keep them separate, other than perhaps one horse picking on another, but I never had to worry about that, lol.
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    01-29-2012, 09:09 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by trainerunlimited    
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I never really got why people wanted to keep them separate, other than perhaps one horse picking on another, but I never had to worry about that, lol.
Owning quality show minis, I reduce their risk of injury as much as possible, and this means no turn out with the 'biggies'. Even though my Psyched colt is quite the talented jumper and has gotten with the biggies a couple of times -____- He'll be fun to show but he's hell to keep where you want him, so he usually is in the 6ft tall round pen. Wee pest.
     
    01-30-2012, 12:31 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by PaintsPwn    
Owning quality show minis, I reduce their risk of injury as much as possible, and this means no turn out with the 'biggies'. Even though my Psyched colt is quite the talented jumper and has gotten with the biggies a couple of times -____- He'll be fun to show but he's hell to keep where you want him, so he usually is in the 6ft tall round pen. Wee pest.

He sounds like a keeper, lol!!!! I taught my dog how to jump, so he can't stay in the kennel, he'll jump plumb over a 6 foot tall fence, lol!!!!!
     
    01-30-2012, 11:22 PM
  #16
Yearling
Unfortunately, I never taught this guy how to jump. The stalls we had for him as a weanling were 2'6" tall - and he would clear that without any trouble at all from a stand still. He figured it out himself! I have a mini filly who as a new foal, would slide herself under the 6" gap between the stall door and the ground. I admire their intelligence but they are sometimes difficult to keep penned!
     
    02-12-2012, 09:57 AM
  #17
Weanling
To the OP, if you have a overweight mini the last thing you want to do is feed grain/sweet feed. They are extremely prone to founder. I believe you are in the right on this one. I have one who stays fat all the time and she is 36" tall. I keep her on a basic grass hay and salt/TM blocks. I also let her have grass in the pasture and feed a ration balancer. The ration balancer gives her all the vitamins and minerals a TM or salt block may not contain. The one I am feeding is called Tribute Essential K. It runs 25 dollars a bag but a bag lasts her over 2 months. Everyone else in the barn eats Purina Mini horse and Pony. I was feeding Strategy in the past but the Purina rep talked me into trying the mini feed. So far it is doing good on most, had to take the fat one off and two of the stallions off of it. I figured the true test will be this show season when they start working hard again instead of being furry pasture ornaments.
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    02-12-2012, 02:26 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by minihorse927    
To the OP, if you have a overweight mini the last thing you want to do is feed grain/sweet feed. They are extremely prone to founder. I believe you are in the right on this one. I have one who stays fat all the time and she is 36" tall. I keep her on a basic grass hay and salt/TM blocks. I also let her have grass in the pasture and feed a ration balancer. The ration balancer gives her all the vitamins and minerals a TM or salt block may not contain. The one I am feeding is called Tribute Essential K. It runs 25 dollars a bag but a bag lasts her over 2 months. Everyone else in the barn eats Purina Mini horse and Pony. I was feeding Strategy in the past but the Purina rep talked me into trying the mini feed. So far it is doing good on most, had to take the fat one off and two of the stallions off of it. I figured the true test will be this show season when they start working hard again instead of being furry pasture ornaments.
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Thank you, I have had him now for well the day after I posted my thread "Thinking of getting this little guy" and he is doing very well.
I have not gotten any of the mini feed because he is keeping his weight....I had to get a tall feed trough so he would stop running my mare off of her feed.....she is so not a fighter that would take her getting dirty and she does not like to do that......anyways so after I mix and dump my mares feed I let him lick the mixing bowl.
He also gets a few treats everyday and there is still grass, I will also give him a little handful of Safe Choice from time to time.

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    02-12-2012, 02:32 PM
  #19
Weanling
LOL, the first pic is definitely a moment of "mom, what the heck?! I won't eat that much of it!"
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    02-12-2012, 02:55 PM
  #20
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