Originally Posted by Endiku
Out of curiousity, what are you getting the mini for? Riding? If that's the case, let me encourage you to get a shetland instead. They're much hardier, can take the riding better- and tend to have far less health problems while being nearly the same height.
We feed our working (showing/driving) minis a scoop of Purina Horse and Pony feed, as well a flake of 2/3 timothy 1/3 alfalfa daily. They keep their weight beautifully eating this, but I wouldn't recommend feeding so much to a mini that doesn't work hard. Ours are expected to work 45 minutes to an hour every day- earning them more feed.
Our 'pasture puff' minis, or the ones that are off show season/lightly used, get half a scoop of grain (if even that...just enough to think they're getting something, and to provide suppliments/sand-clear/dewormer) and a flake of 2/3 timothy 1/3 alfalfa. I would recommend this for your mini. All of our minis are on a dry lot.
I would also point out that Triple Crown Complete is not a good feed for miniatures. They do not need any of the extras that are in this feed. TCC is made for in-prime performance horses. It has a very high concentration of protein and fats. A mini will do better on a more basic feed.
Thank you! Very, very helpful. Just lead-line. It wont carry very much weight (light weight saddle, small child) - I'm actually only looking at CL minis that I can train from scratch, so to speak. I can buy new feed no problem, all my animals are proper weight & get fed according to how they look.
I have inquired about a mini that would need to be gelded - I'm unsure of his condition but will be properly cared for. If he can't be ridden, I would be willing to try driving. A mini could serve multi purpose for my boss & I. Learning parts of the horse, easy for grooming/ handling for smaller kids. Posted via Mobile Device