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        04-29-2010, 04:16 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    Question Hey Mini Owners...!

    I have a question for you all on whether or not I'm bonkers for this thought, as I've never owned a mini.

    We are considering possibly adopting a mini for a few reasons. The first being that we have one horse (Zonie) that is severely buddy-sour, and it would be nice for him to not feel "left behind" when we take Dixie on rides. The second reason is that we have an infant now, and we are wondering what you all think of the idea of having her (when she's old enough obvsl) learning to care for and ride on a mini until she's old/big enough for a full sized horse? That may be the stupidest idea ever and if so, let me know!

    I think that once baby is older, the mini we adopt will be ready to be a companion-non-rideable and will then be a buddy horse/cuddle monkey

    Thoughts?
         
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        04-29-2010, 04:26 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Perhaps a pony rather than an actual mini? Or, if you do go with a mini a "B" (larger) mini at the minimum. Only because of the riding factor. While minis can support some weight, I am not really a fan of using them for riding even with very small children.
    As far as a companion, though, our mini is the best thing we could have ever gotten for our TB. I know some prefer not to keep bigs and littles together, but we have not had a single incident that made me second guess our decision....and I have several friends and family members who also keep them together with no problems.
         
        04-30-2010, 10:23 AM
      #3
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by themacpack    
    Or, if you do go with a mini a "B" (larger) mini at the minimum. Only because of the riding factor. While minis can support some weight, I am not really a fan of using them for riding even with very small children.
    I was hoping you would reply!!

    But yes, that would be a definite, to have a bigger mini, if we went this route. Even if we never found one suitable to ride, I think it would benefit her to learn how to care for a horse of her own without ever getting on its back. We'll see!
         
        04-30-2010, 11:54 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    I agree that a pony may be better if you are just looking for something for your baby to learn to ride. However, if you go the mini route it can be trained to pull a cart and the whole family can still enjoy it after the baby out grows it (which will happen really fast). My nephews love the minis! Some of them prefer driving over riding.
         
        05-01-2010, 12:47 AM
      #5
    Yearling
    Keeping a mini and a big horse together can work depending onthe personalities of everybody. For example, my filly Misty has gotten out into the big pasture with Jake and Elroy(my qp and tb) and they were fine untill I got out tp the barn(about 20 min away). They could be kept together if I needed to. But had my little gelding Copper gotten out, somebody would have gotten seiously injured(problably Cop). So it could definitely work depending on the personalities of alll the horse involved. Or you could even keep the mini in a pasture/pen that is sharing a fence with your big horses if you are not completely comforatlable with keeping them together.

    As for getting a mini for your child, if you truly want a mini, please get a B size. YOu could also try a small welsh pony or shetland. Yes shetlands have a reputation for trouble, but trained properly they shouldnet be any more trouble than any other horse/pony. If you do go the mini route, I would be afraid that by the time she/he was able to ride, they would have already out grown the little horse :/. Well, whatever you choose I am sure you will love as will your baby. :)
    tcg
         
        05-03-2010, 12:11 AM
      #6
    Foal
    The minis eat just as much as a pony . Mines 36in and eats like a horse ,ha haand she's only 2
         
        05-05-2010, 06:08 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    Great info everyone, thanks!! :)
         
        05-07-2010, 10:03 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    My show minis eat about 24 ounces of food per day. The mare gets 16oz per day of Enrich 32 - it has a lot in it so you have to feed practically nothing. The colts are on a 'Show Mix' that is mixed feed with several things, and they're looking awesome on it.

    Mini's are easy to keep as pets, but if you're showing (which doesn't sound like you are) it's much more difficult to keep them lean, yet keep them 'peaked'
         
        05-07-2010, 10:09 PM
      #9
    Bek
    Foal
    My mini and tb get along really well :)
         
        05-07-2010, 10:19 PM
      #10
    Yearling
    Just because they do get along, does not mean it's a good idea - at all.
         

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