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    02-12-2011, 02:54 PM
Originally Posted by SpiritedLittleCopperSpots    
Sorry that was not clear....
Hmmm, trying to think of a better way to put it.
Ok, basically I think that because of a minis stature, it is easy for people to think they are just walking, breathing stuffed animals.

Well, as an example.
I have some friends who consider themselves "show people".
They spend a lot of money on well trained minis, then they just treat them as pets, just think they are some thing cute and cuddly that they can love on and spoil.
Then they wonder why they are completely pushy, and disrespectful when they need to do any thing with them.....
They do not think they have to put any effort into re-enforcing what the horse knows.
Every one of their minis has turned into a hard to handle brat because they are not being handled as horses.
So, they go through minis like toilet paper basically.
Buy good ones, ruin them, get rid of them, buy some more. I really hate it.
It is not fair to the horses.

Don't get me wrong, I completely LOVE all over my minis, and do all kinds of goofy, fun things with them.
But I also make sure I treat them as horses,with training, respect, good ground manners, grooming, driving, etc.......
There just needs to be a good balance.

oooh, I am reading this an realizing I have absolutely spoiled my minis, and not in a good way! Of course, I won't be getting rid of them, but I do need to be tougher. I think part of it is that they are so darn little, it just seems mean to be tough on them. Kind of like my chihuahua...so hard to discipline her...she is just so cute and little!

Anyway, SLCS gives lots of great advice here, as do the others! I do agree that maybe you should get a more "been there, done that" mini. Just because you can see the temperment whereas with a baby, it is hard to tell.

I am still learning myself, so don't have much more to offer but wanted to say good luck and post pics when you get them!
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    02-12-2011, 09:08 PM
Dirtymartini, and any one else who I may have "upset".....
Please, please do not misunderstand what I was trying to get across or take it in any way personally.

These friends of mine are the exception, not the rule thank goodness.
I should ad that they really do not have any real horse knowledge either, so that also makes a big difference!
I know they do not do, what they do, intentionally.
They mean well, they just do not have the ability to handle it any better then they do.....
It is frustrating, and hard to watch.

Like I said, I absolutely spoil and love all over my minis too.
I probably should not have even opened my mouth about it.
I could use an edit button on myself apparently!

    02-12-2011, 09:22 PM
Oh no....I was not offended AT ALL! I am so sorry if I came across that way! I just know I should be a little tougher on my horses/dogs/ child...and truth be told, probably my husband, too!! LOL!!

I know what you mean...it is one thing to overspoil a horse, but another to ruin it and then get rid of it, just to get another to ruin also!

Please know I was NOT offended. Really, I know what you are saying is truw and just realize I need to be a little more strict!
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    02-12-2011, 10:10 PM
Okay, Whew!
I'll try to be more careful about what I'm saying from now on.
    02-12-2011, 10:16 PM
Nah, don't be more careful....be yourself! You are always so helpful and your love for horses (not just yours, but all horses)is evident.
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    02-12-2011, 10:32 PM
Awww, shucks!
Thanks again...
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    02-12-2011, 10:44 PM
I agree that I'm glad you said it, too, otherwise I may have started to make mine think they were something other than horses! So, from what I understand, you're saying just to make sure that they're being stimulated like a horse should and not like a dog? I get it!

I think it's harder to put your foot down with little animals, but I've noticed that the smaller ones are the most stubborn when it comes to ANY living thing!
    02-12-2011, 10:46 PM
Originally Posted by Claudettebillie    
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.

If you have never dealt with young horses, it might a good idea to get them unless you have a professional trainer to be there. But, if you feel confident then as soon as you get them, handle them. Always, everyday go out there even if you only pet or brush them, this will help out incredibly . Try to get them use to putting halters on them as much as you can (you can get mini halters and bridles from Jeffers catalog or possibly a feed store).

Your land sounds like plenty enough for them to play in .

As for brands, you have to alternate wormers. Panacur is one of the best. One of the methods I use is get a different box every time you worm. As for feeders, you can put their food on the ground in a feeding pan and they will be fine, or if you have a wood fence, you can get a hook over bucket and put it on the lowest part of the fence. If you have any more questions I would be glad to help . And if you find out anything interesting it would be cool to know too, I love mini's.
    02-12-2011, 10:52 PM
Originally Posted by Claudettebillie    
I agree that I'm glad you said it, too, otherwise I may have started to make mine think they were something other than horses! So, from what I understand, you're saying just to make sure that they're being stimulated like a horse should and not like a dog? I get it!

I think it's harder to put your foot down with little animals, but I've noticed that the smaller ones are the most stubborn when it comes to ANY living thing!

And yes, it does seem like some of the most tenacious critters I have ever encountered are also the smallest ones!
    02-15-2011, 07:12 AM
For supplies, google these and add miniature tack in your google search

Double diamond

Ozark mountain

Star lake

And I'm blanking on the fourth... will come back later if I remember it.

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