Mini owners i need your help!!

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    12-24-2009, 05:46 PM
Question Mini owners i need your help!!

Ok so I have a small quarter horse and her only socialization with other horses is once a week when I take her to my barn for a lesson once a week. Her only other socialization is the 2 "outside" dogs. She is young (3 1/2) so I feel it is vital for her to have other horses around... could a mini be the answer? Is getting a mini a good or bad idea?(a horse is just out of the question as of now)

If it is a good idea, what do minis take as far as care taking (ie. Feeding amounts)
Do minis living expenses cost as much as horses?
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    12-24-2009, 09:33 PM
I feel a mini is a great idea. We did the same thing here. We have two mares and when one of us goes riding the other horse sits at home all upset so we bought a mini to keep the other horse company. It has worked out very well for us. They do take the same maintanance as a big horse. You still have vet and shoer that costs the same. Or at least for us it does. But the feed bill is alot smaller. You do have to be carefull they don't founder in the spring time on grass. Its best to just get them a muzzle. Minis stay very fat as it is. Or ours does. I guess I can only speak for ours. Im sure they are probably all different. Id do it! Let us know what happens!
    12-24-2009, 09:38 PM
I have mini. I have about 2 acres fenced in with 2 other horses. The only problem I have encountered is I MUST leave a grazing muzzle on him in the spring/summer/fall. He keeps it on for 12 hours and comes in a stall at night for 12 hours. If you have short grass or a dry lot it would be best. I feed my mini a flake of hay at night with about 1/4 lb of triple crown 30% supplement.

My mini loves to run about with my young yearling and loves to groom with my old horse too. I like my mini and thing they can be great cheap companions. Best of luck on your search if you choose to get one.
    12-25-2009, 12:09 AM
I've got two minis that run with my "big" horses. They love each other
    12-25-2009, 03:32 AM
Why is a horse out of the question, but a mini isn't? Just curious :)

I think it's important for horses to have other horse companions, even if it's just a neighbor's horse they can see/talk to. So if a mini works out for you, great! :)
    12-26-2009, 12:07 PM
We have two miniatures currently.
Depending if your horse is pasture kept 24/7 would a miniature be easy. If so, then yes. Our just stay out in the pasture with the horses all the time. I don't have problems with them getting fat. And they have unlimted hay.. They don't eat much. They are very easy to take care of. As for trimming, they have very small feet, so I just do it myself when they need it. They seem to keep them worn down...
I think a miniature would be a great pal if you don't have room for a horse.
    12-26-2009, 12:22 PM
I did the reaserch on this once. The only issue that I know of is you have to worry about the big horse hurting the little horse. We have a very dominant mare, so it was out of the question. I think our mare would hurt or kill a mini if it got to close to her food. I have heard on rare occasions of this happening too.
    12-26-2009, 12:26 PM
I think anything from the equine family would be better than nothing at all. I would watch them at first to make sure that your 'horse' doesn't try to beat up/pick on the 'miniature horse'. I've seen horses and miniature horses getting along just fine. Let us know how it goes, and good luck.
    12-26-2009, 12:36 PM
Depends on the personalities of the horses. My geldings would kill my mini geldign if they were todgether but my mini filly got out with the big horses and they were just fine together, if fact everyone was sad when I went and got her. Lol!! Like I said, depends on the personalities of the two.
    12-26-2009, 05:05 PM
Ok thanks eveyone!!

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