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post #1 of 8 Old 12-13-2010, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Minis as first horses

I was thinking of maybe proposing a miniature horse to my parents to prove that I can care for a horse and maybe somewhere down the line get a full size horse I can ride. Just so I can learn to care for a horse without some of the dangers or hazards of a large horse. I know they are still horses, not dogs, but I thought they might be a little easier than jumping in and getting a horse that would be too much for me to handle. Any suggestions or thoughts?
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-13-2010, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know if this goes in this section, but what about shetlands or other small pony breeds? I think I would get a little frustrated that I could not ride minis at ALL. I think would weigh too much for a mini :( a little girl at my barn rides the mini there though. but shes only like 60 lbs.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-13-2010, 04:51 PM
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If you're just looking to convince your parents you are responsible enough to own a horse, I think there's betters ways. Go out and get a job to start saving for it would be the best option, but you could also get a hamster to care for to show your parents you won't lose interest in an animal.

Basically, I don't think getting a miniature is a good stepping stone to getting a full sized horse. They require all the same things that full sized horses need, but you wouldn't be able to ride them, which is what you want to do. When you buy a horse, you should buy one that fits your needs. Kind of like, you wouldn't buy a golf club to learn to play tennis. It's very frustrating when you get a horse that doesn't fit your needs, but you are too emotionally attached to sell it, especially if you can only have one horse.

I think you can convince your parents in other ways :)
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-13-2010, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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I guess...Well I do have a job. I walk dogs for a man on regular basis. This is about my fourth year doing this for him, so I have a ton of money saved up. And I actually did have a hamster, but my brother fed it very salty sunflower seeds and she ended up getting very sick and dying. I'm not allowed to get another one either...
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-13-2010, 04:57 PM
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You could try it, I managed to convince my parents to rescue Gemma in 2008(i think) who is now my own [the owners GAVE her to me a few weeks ago ]
We rescued her because if you were to call her obese, that would have been an understatement and she's an awesome little girl at 38" and 6yrs old.
Because I wasn't going to be allowed to break in a full sized horse I started breaking in gemma when she had lost the weight to safely trot and canter without hurting her back. [yes I got on her and still do but i was very very light at the time and it was only for 5 minutes at a time at the most]
In my experience they are pretty easy keepers, although gemma seems to gain weight upon hearing the word "grass" They keep you on your feet a bit more than full sized horses though because obviously you need to keep them fit and you can't very well ride them like you do a normal horse.
So [god help me] I do inhand jumping with gemma and we walk down the road and go swimming etc etc etc. <an upside to the mini is that they cost a little less to feed, although gemma got laminitis after we got her (during her diet) and now pays for it during spring by only being allowed in a dirt paddock with hay and feed until the grass sugars have leveled out again... dang dairy pasture :roll:.
They seem to be easier to teach tricks etc than full sized horses. Gemma will bow and back up and lay down a lot faster than my full sized horse will. (like with gemma i just lift the reins up and she backs up, with bubbles you have to full on lean against her chest and push her backwards while saying back... she just doesn't get it:roll:)

I'd say give it a go, but in trying to do so make sure your parents know that you do understand what you have to do with them etc like the excercise and feeding and teeth and hooves and worming etc.
Good luck

*oh btw, miniatures need dental work slightly more often than bigger horses due to the fact that they actually have full sized teeth, not miniature ones so they are more prone to crowding etc.

This is Gemma the day we rescued her
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This is her a few months ago

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post #6 of 8 Old 12-13-2010, 05:15 PM
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I just have to say to HollyBubbles first...
Wow! Gemma looks great now! You did a wonderful thing by her!
(Okay, got that out of my system.)

I think every one has made some real legitimate pro and con comments here so far. Lots of things for you to think over.

I suppose the only thing I might ad is that even though you can not ride a mini. You can train them to drive, and that is really fun too!
But if you are really interested in a riding horse,
ptvintage made some really good points about that in her post. So, if you would not be content with driving....

Are there any barns in your area that might need a hand with chores?
That way you could get a lot of experience being around horses, and also show your parents responsibility?


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post #7 of 8 Old 12-16-2010, 10:23 AM
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I have also been trying to convince my parents to get one..... I know a girl who is now a senior in high school first got a miniature horse and kept it ast her house and now she is a very accomplished 4-H rider. I need to remind my parents about that... I LOVE MINIS!!!
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-16-2010, 01:02 PM
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You know what, I dont think that getting a smaller version of a horse is a a good way to prove anything to your parents. Not only that but you are not doing yourself, them or the animal a favor. What are your plans with the mini should you succeed in getting a horse?

Showig that one is responsible, starts off with the financing part of ownership. You need to make a list of all the costs of having a miniature(which except for winter feeding, will be the same as a full sized horse), and calculate how you are going to pay for this. Make a plan, see if you can get a job after school at a barn, or somewhere in town. Save money and show that you are willing to work hard for this.

If horses are your passion, you will take good care of a horse or miniature, and Im sure your parents know that already. What you need to show them is that you are acting maturely about your decision.

Good luck.

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