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    07-18-2012, 10:26 PM
Can someone help me please

Ok so im thinking next year of getting a small miniature horse because I ended up with a full time permanent job doing what I love most workin with horses (and picking up there mess XD). Anyway im just makeing a list of all what I need to get besides the mini heres the list I have now:

Blankets (one or two)
Brushes (even tho I have some because im also going to still be leasin my riding horse but I don't like useing my brushes on other horses)
Buckets(dont have to pay for them I have like four as well as a corner feeder)
and that's it is there anything you guys can think of?
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    07-18-2012, 10:47 PM
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Actually its very possible that you may not need grain or blankets. Many miniatures do very well on high quality hay alone, and will actually colic, founder, or develope laminitis/cushings from graining if not done properly. Also, unless you plan on clipping your mini, they're usually just fine without blankets because of their extremely thick fur coats, or with just a light blanket it really bad weather. We live in Texas where winters arent terrible, but they're comfortable without blankes while out 24/7 even in 15-20 degree weather.
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    07-18-2012, 10:51 PM
Wow that's great!!! And thanks for the grain info I was taught today how much generaly grain to give depending on size age bla bla bla. I got to visit two very adorable minis today a 19 inch gelding sorrel named dusty and a brown and white pinto 30 inch mare named annie
    07-18-2012, 10:55 PM
Hoofpick, bandages, gauze, cotton wads, antiseptic, towel, scissors (round-ended), mane comb, sweat scraper and maybe a dressage whip.

If you're boarding in a stable, you'll also need a shavings rake or pitchfork and bedding.
    07-18-2012, 10:56 PM
Ill be boarding in pasture (its a dry lot)
    07-18-2012, 11:33 PM
Oh some other questions I have are: shots do they absolutly need them? Or are there some that don't need to be done, how often do they need them, and how much are they.. and dental how often and generaly how much
    07-18-2012, 11:47 PM
I'm not sure what ones are needed specifically for the US but you should definitely get him vaccinated against tetanus and strangles. Many boarding places don't even take horses that haven't been vaccinated against strangles.
    07-18-2012, 11:50 PM
Thats one thing I will defiantly get done im so scared of strangles I've seen pictures and heard stories that made me queasy
    07-19-2012, 01:33 AM
Yep, and very yuck!

Do you have any good horse books at home? A good general horse management book is a very handy thing to have - get one that covers horse first aid, nutrition/feed and daily care. If you can, also get a book or two on minis and their care as well.
    07-19-2012, 01:53 PM
You will have to learn, exactly which shots are necessary in your area. And make sure you learn about wormers which are safe for Minis. Not all are.

Learn about dwarfism and make sure you are not purchasing a dwarf.


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