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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Actually PalominoPrincess, you're right. Miniatures, ponies, and donkeys are very prone to foundering if on too rich of feed or grass. So yes, you'd need a grazing muzzle for it while out in the pasture.
PERSONALLY, I suggest that people do not keep a true mini (under 38" tall) with a full sized I'd say over 13.2hh or so) horse. This is because if they decide to play, or if the little one gets too full of itself and annoys the big guy, a small half hearted kick from the big horse could easily kill the mini. The farm I used to work for had minis and full sized horses together occasionally, and had no problems for 12 years. Then, one day a mini who had lived with big horses his whole life got kicked out of the blue by a yearling colt, was bleeding from his ears, eyes, and nose, and had to be put down. IMO its a big risk.
If you need a companion for your horse and can't do another full sized horse, I suggest looking for a larger pony. Perhaps a large shetland or a shetland cross. American Shetlands can be up to 11.2hh or about 46 inches tall, which is much safer to have with, say, a 14.2hh horse because the head will likely be out of kicking range unless the horse has serious skills. A large shetland still doesn't eat much either...maybe 7-10 lbs of hay a day and no grain. Maybe a ration balancer.
Remember though, that regardless of height, a companion will need the same vaccinations, farrier work, and dental work as a full sized horse, and the price is the same.
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