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    10-03-2011, 04:22 PM
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His height and the fact that he is a cross might make him a good cannidate. He looks to be very curiouse, and it's definitely a plus if he can drive. If you go see him, I'd bring a surcingle (borrow or buy one, they're only about $25-30) and see if he'll ground drive for you. If he will, I'd say theres a good chance that he does know how to drive- although he'll probably need brushed up on it.

Still...it would make me a bit wary to start a mini myself then plop kids on him...
     
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    10-03-2011, 04:28 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Totally understandable. I have a few methods of breaking one without me physically riding. The (horse) will only need to know how to lead with a child. I've broken horses to w/t/c & jump.
I'd love to drive, just don't have a lot of space to.
Thanks for the tips! Ill look further into everything. :)
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    10-03-2011, 07:05 PM
  #13
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Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks    
I don't know much about minys.. But I would NEVER feed them more than like a couple handfulls of grain- unless they have some strange skinny disease?? - and that would only be as a "come to the gait" or "eat or vitamins & minerals". 2 flakes seems a bit to much.. Get low nutrient hay... or they can get founder fatness.. etc. definitely NO afalfa- maybe a couple handfulls - like mentioned above a "come to gait" or if they have a skinny diesease... (I love that!! Skinny disease... )Maybe 1- 1/2 flake.. I would reccomend a slow feeder - you know a hay net with small holes in it? As it slows their intake.. And they get fed so little, but they are meant to eat hay all day.. But yeah! Good luck!

Ok, to the OP DON'T listen to this advice.

I own seven miniatures and never once have I heard of such preposterous advice.

You MUST weigh your grain. Go to home supply store and buy a kitchen scale for $9. I have two of them. My miniatures get 1lb-5lbs of feed EVERY DAY. So handfuls will NOT work unless you want your miniatures to be skinny. I should know. I went from doing nothing to graining and my horses have looked the best they have in years.

And what is this talk of "come to the gait" or "eat or vitamins and minerals"? We aren't even talking about their gaits and YES you should have a mineral block and salt block for your horses!

As for 2 flakes of hay: WEIGH it.

And YES DO feed alfalfa. Its a rumor that miniatures can't have alfalfa but to be honest its the BEST hay to give them! Lots of protien especially for growing horses.

Please don't use a hay net. I wouldn't trust my horses with one.

PLEASE join the Lil' Beginnings Forum for better advice from people who have been in the industry for YEARS.


EDIT: I feed the Miniature Horse and Pony feed by Purina and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.
     
    10-03-2011, 07:56 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Thanks, ill look into the forum. Can you give me an approximation on how much hay I should feed weight wise? Ill still feed my normal hay (alfalfa is expensive here)
I have a scale. Should I feed the grain by weight of the horse?
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    10-03-2011, 11:07 PM
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I have a mini, and she gets absolutely no grain, just a few hours of grazing every day and also a small flake of hay twice daily. She's been on that same feeding schedule for years now and does great on it, so I think grain/no grain/how much depends totally on the individual horse.
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