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  • Do mini horses have more foaling problems

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    01-01-2010, 12:41 PM
Thanks! I'll look into that. Do minis follow the basic "foaling rules," like waxing teats a few hours beforehand, foal should arrive headfirst with soles of hooves facing down, normal foalings fall between 11pm and 2 am, etc? Are they different in any areas?
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    01-07-2010, 06:47 AM
Yes, it's true they have more foaling problems than big horses.

Minis rarely wax. The foals sometimes (more often than big horses) need help breaking the sac once they're born. They're more prone to dystocias.

You'll learn a ton on marestare, check out the foaling updates on the message board to see who's due soon and on cam, and follow the threads to learn a lot about horses foaling, many of which are minis :)
    01-08-2010, 12:04 AM
Originally Posted by tscowgirl    
is there a particular reason why you have decided to make more horses that you don't know what to do with? I have and love minis but there are too many people that don't know about them breeding them, they are a responsibility just like big horses but have totally different charecteristics.
I couldn't agree more.
    01-08-2010, 12:22 PM
Can I see some pics of your new minis?
    01-10-2010, 08:39 PM
I would strongly recommend the following 3 things:
1) Get a "Mini-Mentor." Someone who has bred minis in the past/presently breeds them, shows, etc. You can find some experienced mini-folk at your local Miniature Horse Club.
2) Go to LilBeginnings.com and read up. Make an account so you can take part in their WONDERFUL forum, miniaturehorsetalk.com that is full of many experienced breeders, showers, drivers--anything mini-related!
3) Buy the book, "Miniature Horses: The Veterinary Guide for Owners and Breeders." (Click http://www.amazon.com/Miniature-Horses-Veterinary-Owners-Breeders/dp/1570763984/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263173868&sr=8-1 for amazon page where you can "look inside" the book/order it.)
Hope that helps! Keep us updated.
    01-13-2010, 08:57 PM
OK! Thanks everybody so much...I will definetly be doing my homework, and I will get pics soon! (They actually look quite a bit like the mini in the pic you have, CheyAut, except a lot fuzzier at the moment! :) )

And if anybody thinks of anything to add to this topic, please do!
    01-20-2010, 10:40 PM
Hey all... Its great to see some of my Lil' forum over here. Thanks... I am new to this forum!

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