I have always been interested in horses (miniatures specifically), but never got one. My grandfather came up to me about a month ago and said that he wanted a pair of miniature horses. Being the animal guru of the family, he asked if I was willing to help him take care of the minis and I agreed.
I have been researching and told him he can't get the horses until I feel that I'm ready, but there are some things I'm confused about. There's a breeder in the area that will have babies ready in the spring, and he heard that it's better to get them young, but I'm scared- will it be difficult for me to teach them to walk and follow me, etc? Do they wear bridles- if so where the heck do I find mini bridles?
What is the minimum amount of area do they need to play? Area is NOT an issue, we have 80 acres, but I just want to make sure the fenced area is enough for them.
Finally, I'm really having a hard time on brands. I know they need to be wormed, but what wormers do you suggest? And I keep finding conflicting information about feeding them? Where can I find mini-specific items, like bridles, feeders low enough to the ground, etc? I've found sites but the sizes have absolutely no meaning to me.
Thank you for tolerating my questions- I know a few horse owners and am planning to ask them where they get their stuff and one man offered to trim their hooves for a bit and show me how, but I thought it would be great to have feedback from other horse owners.