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post #1 of 17 Old 06-03-2014, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping a mini and a horse together?!

So I am going to get a horse soon and I'm keeping him at home but the main problem i have is that there are no other horses near me. I don't want to keep the horse on his own as I know that horses are herd animals and it's cruel to keep them on their own.

I definitely CANNOT afford to keep two full sized horses but I was thinking I could get a mini asa companion. I heard that they are generally easy keepers and don't eat as much as a horse. I know that while out in pasture the mini would have to wear a grazing muzzle and I will make a dry lot as well.

Has anyone ever kept their mini and their horse together?

(p.s I will probably be getting a pony like 14hh or so)
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-03-2014, 04:14 AM
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I have seen minis and full size horses living together with no problems. Of course, like any horses living together, it depends on the individuals.

Question: Why do you think a mini would need a grazing muzzle if a large horse would not?

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post #3 of 17 Old 06-03-2014, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thats good news!

Well I have read that minis founder if given the chance to graze on too much pasture, thats what I read anyway! I guess more information is needed on my part before I get them!
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I own a miniature horse and she is put out with four full sized horses with no problems at all! She's actually quite fearless and is best friends with the biggest horse out there haha

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Ha awww how cute! I've been reading about them and discovered that there is a miniature horse farm not far from where I live!
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I keep a mini stallion with two regular-sized horses (a mare and a gelding) and they usually do just fine, every once in a while there can be a little chaos but they work it out quickly and no one has ever gotten hurt.

I work at a farm with 39 horses (including the minis, ponies, donkeys, and full-sized) and some of the minis stay out with the full-sized horses and there are absolutely no problems, but there is one mini at my work who can't be with the larger horses because he bites at their legs and has gotten hurt before.

Each individual is different, so just be careful and pay attention.
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^^^ same here. I had a mini stallion with a full size horse and it was fine. It really depends on the temperament of the horses in general. Just like with normal sized horses you have to consider how they will act with one another. Some horses get along fine, whereas some do not.

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I've had mini horses and mini donkeys out with full sized horses, including some with strong pasture personalities. No problems at all. In fact, I had an old blind horse and the mini donk acted as his seeing eye donkey for his last year of life.
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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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I too have seen the match work many times. Right now the barn my friend keeps her horse at has two horses with mini living with them. One pair of horse and mini actually go on the same stall together. I personally wouldn't condone that, but to each their own.

That said you really do have to be VERY carful about the mini's safety, like Endiku said. Heck, you don't know if, personality wise, you'd be even able to keep two full size horses in the same paddock. You may be also interested in looking for someone to board at your place, even if it's just for a retired horse.
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