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post #1 of 12 Old 11-21-2009, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Keeping a Miniture with a larger horse.

Would it be resposible to keep a miniture, shetland or combination of the two pastured with a 17hh TB?

He has bad seperation anxiety and we are moving my filly to a new place and getting a big warmblood but she won't be in the same paddock as my gelding.

Is it safe to keep a mini in with him? He is great with other horses...

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post #2 of 12 Old 11-21-2009, 07:11 PM
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If they have a disagreement, you're risking the pony's life (one kick can do a lot of damage if there is a large size discrepancy between the horses). HOWEVER, I have seen it done with no apparent harm done to either horse, but only in the case where the larger horse wasn't particularly dominant or cantankerous.

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post #3 of 12 Old 11-21-2009, 07:28 PM
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I keep my 2 mini girls with the rest of my horses and have never had a problem. They know to stay out of the big horses way but they are also quick to stand up for themselves if the big ones do something they don't like.
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You'll be lucky if the mini will let the big gelding eat. Most ponies hold thier own just fine with big horses. I have a mini dankey that runs with the young stock and he thinks he's the herd sire and boss of the world.

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post #5 of 12 Old 11-21-2009, 08:08 PM
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I've seen it done before. I may do it in the future.
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-21-2009, 09:19 PM
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My sister has a herd of 7 or 8 "bigs" and a mini -- they have been together for years and the mini runs the show. We recently brought home a mini as a pasturemate for our TB and they absolutely love each other. As with any pairing, it will depend a LOT on the personalities of the individual horses - regardless of who is what size. I didn't realize just how lonely our TB was until we brought home her new friend.
The only thing we have encountered so far is that the mini is a very easy keeper (they are, after all, known for this) and our TB can be a bit of a hard keeper. We've just adjusted how we make feed available so that our big girl gets all she needs w/out our little one overeating.
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post #7 of 12 Old 11-21-2009, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Appy Luvr View Post
I keep my 2 mini girls with the rest of my horses and have never had a problem. They know to stay out of the big horses way but they are also quick to stand up for themselves if the big ones do something they don't like.
Same with me. My freind has one mini with all the large horses, and it bosses them around! That just goes to show the whole 'bluff' thing and how we can bluff the horses to think we are more stronger and dominant then they are, lol.

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post #8 of 12 Old 11-21-2009, 11:15 PM
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In the past I have kept my Miniatures in with my full size horses also, for three years, with no trouble.
I "got out" of minis for a few years and am "back in" now I do have them in there own separate mini sized paddocks with mini sized run-ins.

IMO it depends on the horse you keep the mini/small pony in with and as long as you are willing to take the risk (Even if your 17hh guy is grazing quietly next to his mini friend and spooks... He can trip right over the mini and hurt it, doesn't have to be a intended kick)

Like I said, I too have done this and had no issues other than FAT minis. Which is the main reason they are separated this time around.
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post #9 of 12 Old 11-23-2009, 03:10 PM
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it is been done safely all the time but i wouldn't try it. my mini filly got inn with my to big geldings and she was fine but if it has been my mini gelding then they woulod have killed him. i wouldn't risk it

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post #10 of 12 Old 11-23-2009, 03:25 PM
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My weanling was pastured with a small mini ( I could pick him up and im 120lbs.) They loved each other. My weanling moved in with my mare and they got along great. He stays out of her way durring feeding and all is well.
Its not much different then keeping a weanling with adult horses.
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