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        06-29-2011, 02:26 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    She is absolutely adorable!!! I know nothing about minis either so I am definitel following along
         
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        07-04-2011, 10:16 AM
      #12
    Foal
    I looked up your mini in the AMHA studbook and she has a nice little pedigree. Has a lot of Bond, Komokos, Dell Teras and
    Soats horses(they are well known older farms...don't think they are around anymore though) and Komoko's Little Husseler (linked to a article you can read about him) and NFC Husseler Star( have another article)
    If you want I can paste her whole pedigree here but it is kinda long. I don't know if you interested in that kind of thing but Good luck with your first mini but watch out I started out with just one and was like you and wanted to show now suddenly I have over 20 with foals lol how did that happen??
         
        07-04-2011, 07:22 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by aandbminis    
    I looked up your mini in the AMHA studbook and she has a nice little pedigree. Has a lot of Bond, Komokos, Dell Teras and
    Soats horses(they are well known older farms...don't think they are around anymore though) and Komoko's Little Husseler (linked to a article you can read about him) and NFC Husseler Star( have another article)
    If you want I can paste her whole pedigree here but it is kinda long. I don't know if you interested in that kind of thing but Good luck with your first mini but watch out I started out with just one and was like you and wanted to show now suddenly I have over 20 with foals lol how did that happen??
    So cool! Thanks for looking that up. Yes this is all new and overwhelming to me but I certainly wouldn't mind ending up with a few more
         
        07-04-2011, 08:08 PM
      #14
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Congrats! She sure is a cutie, I love the bold coloring. What is her height?

    Entertaining minis is actually fairly easy if you've ever worked with a fullsized horse before. As stated, they can do just about anything a 16hh thoroughbred can, with the exception of riding. I actually find miniature horses to be more enjoyable than fullsized horses because of their size and how easy it is to transport them, etc. I personally enjoy playing 'dressup' with my mini (she wears the same size clothes as me! great for desensatizing as well.) taking her to 'for fun' shows (she is registered and show quality but I personally just do not like the show atmosphere.) setting up 'courses' for both of us to jump (you don't need an expensive set, a broom and some lawn chairs, a few 'scary' flowers, blocks, beanbags, etc are perfect building material!) going for walks (many trails atleast in our area are absolutely fine with me taking Sour on humans trails providing that she wears a red ribbon and a diaper) lunging, ground driving, grooming sessions, obstacle courses (perfect for teaching to back up, sidepass, etc) and her personal favorite- hangout and graze time. It really is calming to just sit and read a book while your mini grazes besides you...for both of you! Parades are also lots of fun, as well as nursing home, school, etc visits. I personally do not participate with her in the last few due to personality quirks that makes her not-so-ideal for large group situations, but most minis love the attention.

    As for feeding, I give Sour a quart of miniature horse and pony feed and an all-she-can-eat mixture of grass hay and alfalfa (BE CAREFUL with alfalfa, as it can cause colic when fed in large qualities. I use a 3 to 1 ratio and that is more than enough.) If you show, you're going to want coat suppliments and such, but they are not necessary otherwise. I also keep Sour on a dry lot because gastronomic problems are very likely with miniatures.

    Good luck, and I'm excited for you! Keep us updated =]




         
        07-05-2011, 11:24 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I actually don't keep all of mine on a dry lot, esp with my older ones they are on strait Bermuda grass with a mineral block of course and actually the vet said that's much better for one of my older mares who has trouble digesting grain but of course they are used to it. I would not put a horse that is not used to it out of grass 24/7 I'd first put them out a couple of hours a day then build up because of founder. I like this article http://web3.canr.msu.edu/horseadults...atureHorse.pdf I love shows lol It's a great way to meet people who love what you love...minis lol. I mostly do halter but you can compete in jumping, driving, obstacle , costume, liberty etc. This is my stallion Bare at Nationals before I bought him...It's a great feeling to know you have something in your program that was one of tbe best at whatever you compete in that year. But it's not for everyone and you for sure don't have to show to enjoy these guys.
         
        07-05-2011, 11:42 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Also wanted to add clubs lists and AMHA clubs don't know where they hide AMHR list of clubs on the website lol
    Hopefully there is one in your area on that list if not google it...usually there is one nearby they are lots of help with anything you might want to know about minis. Have fun with her!!!
         
        07-05-2011, 05:46 PM
      #17
    Teen Forum Moderator
    What aandbminis said is true. I know of many people who keep their minis on straight grass. The only reason we choose to dry lot is because in our area, grass goes from extremely rich in the spring, to nothing more than weedy cow-hay qualitiy in the summer. Its too much change for our mini's stomaches to handle, so we just keep them completely off of grass. Add that to the fact that we have 30+ minis on a 30 acre farm(this includes only fives acres of pasture, the rest is wooded) and the fact that we are near a contaminated bayou that often floods and drains into our pasture, and its just not healthy for us to risk their systems on grass. Its definitely worth doing some research, though, if you have that option. Many minis are fine on regulated or freerange grass!
         
        07-13-2011, 02:17 PM
      #18
    Started
    I think I know your new Mini, steedaunh32. I think she is the mare who is not to be bred again, right? Cute little girl. You will have fun with her. I think the lady from whom you bought her, has a Gypsy mare Claire, whom my daughter used to own.

    My granddaughter has a Mini show gelding. You can see him (and also Claire) on our website. She is training him to the cart at the moment.

    Lizzie
         
        07-24-2011, 07:20 PM
      #19
    Foal
    She's adorable and I love her coat pattern. Congrats !
         

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