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        05-07-2010, 11:50 PM
      #11
    Bek
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PaintsPwn    
    Just because they do get along, does not mean it's a good idea - at all.
    Why not?
         
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        05-10-2010, 11:48 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    I did some local research, and there is a trainer just about 5 miles north of us that teaches driving lessons. We may go ahead and get a mini, learn driving with it, teach little girl how to care for a horse with the mini, and she will learn to ride on the "big" horses (I say big but to tell the truth, they are kind of small QHs ). We would keep the mini "with" the horses, but not in the same pens. Mini would have his/her very own paddock and be turned out alongside but separated from the bigs. If they all get along swimmingly, we'll go from there, but for now, we may just look into keeping them separated but close to each other.

    We'll see!
         
        05-10-2010, 08:12 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bek    
    My mini and tb get along really well :)
    Bek,

    No thread comment,
    Just wanted to say what an adorable pic that is!
         
        05-19-2010, 10:48 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I keep my mini mare in with my Appy Gelding in the pastures and they share a run in shed and we had problems before when I also had a mini stallion out there but once he was removed my mini mare and Appy Gelding get along perfectly and it's easy to find them in the pasture by finding the gelding and I know the mare is there close by. Around here I would never keep a mini alone even with another horse nearby, we have WAY too many coydogs and coyotes and Missy, the mini mare, is blind in one eye and 21 years old, she can run and play but run and protect herself against a pack of 6 coydogs? Alone? NO. So keeping them together is making sure that if some coydogs came up they would think twice when they see the large white horse standing with the little gray one. I don't even like keeping her alone in the stall so I have it set up so she can move to her own 'side' with a few boards across and Glyder can't get to that side but she can, but everytime I have been in there they are standing side by side in the same side, usually with Missy Snoring.

    Keeping Minis in with another horse is a great way to keep them socialized and get them use to new things. I know I had amish come over and thier horses FREAKED OUT! At the sight of the minis, they had no idea what they were and took off down the drive with thier owners running after them! So it's just another thing to get your horse use to.

    Also as for the kids, that's how I learned. My mom gave me 3 minis at once and said if I can keep them healthy and happy for 2 years when I turned 16 I'd get a horse. So I did, you can do just about everything with them that you can with a big one, keeping wieght of the rider in mind. I did not ride them, but I got lessons from a instructor and learned off her pony. But when the time came and I got my first horse, I knew what to do. Minis can be stubborn as well but Minis being bratty is easier than a Thoroughbred or Appy being bratty and with the minis your kids can learn ALOT about horse language and what NOT to do much easier.
         
        06-06-2010, 04:27 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Just keep in mind that typically(not all the time) the smaller the horse, the more trouble they are. I have a little pony and an Arab mare. I let my 4 year old ride the mare(dont freak out everyone, she has a helmet and is on a lunge line), but I wont let anyone ride the pony until I work with him a lot more.
         
        07-18-2010, 12:17 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I would get a pony , minimum of 13 hands and this is why. If you take them out on rides together the horse will out walk the mini and your daughter will have a hard time keeping up , or you slowing down enough. Minis do accidently get hurt with big horses , not always but when they do it can be pretty damaging. If your horse wears shoes its a bit unfair to have a mini in with him, unfair advantage in a kick. Your daughter will outgrow the mini faster then you would like. It would be nice for your daughter to grow up with a horse that she can develope a special bond with over many years of riding or showing. I would pick up a quarter pony 13 hands or so.... It will last you a long time, and give your daughter years and years of enjoyment. Good luck ,another reason, you can hop on that pony to give it corrections if need be, or a teen . If you get a mini there is no chance of you training it to be riden.
         
        07-19-2010, 12:43 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Thought I would put this link in from another forum about a big horse attacking a mini.... it is all ok until one day they don't get along Scary "big horse got in with the minis story".. - L'il Beginnings Miniature Horse Forums
    Just saying it may be something to think about
         

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