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    09-18-2010, 04:36 PM
  #11
Weanling
First off, your mini is adorable!

Feeding by the flake isn't very accurate. Some bales have flakes that weigh 1 pound, while others weigh near 5. I would recommend getting a hay scale and attaching a bucket to it to weigh your mini's hay. It is real easy to overfeed these little guys!

I work at a barn that has 2 mini's, and they split 4 pounds of hay per day, divided into two feedings. Each mini eats only 1 pound per feeding, adding up to a grand total of 2 pounds of hay per horse per day. They don't get grain, but the hay is very high quality and they are hardy little horses.

I petsit my neighbors goats, and they are the pickiest eaters! They don't even eat the hay that falls out of their manger onto the floor. Horses are less wasteful than that!
     
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    09-18-2010, 04:51 PM
  #12
Foal
Thanks Charligirl.

I've never heard of a hay scale before. There is quite a bit I have no knowledge about when it comes to horses. Learning something new every second it seems.

I'm concerned because I keep hearing and reading that it is very easy for these little horses to founder and I don't want my little guy to have to go through it. It would break my heart to see him sick or injured. He also has such tiny little feet. I swear my dogs paws are bigger and they only weigh about 60 lbs each.
     
    09-19-2010, 07:10 PM
  #13
Yearling
I didnt mean it was "right" for them to be. Its just super easy for them to be. Just like my belgian X qh, I sware he can like filter feed off air or something. The only reason he even gets the handful of grain is so he doesnt take down my barn.
     
    09-19-2010, 07:22 PM
  #14
Showing
Those last pictures were a lot better. Your miniature is doing just fine weight wise. As for feeding hay, the pasture shown in your photos has so A LOT of grass for a miniature. I still don't think hay is necessary at this point.
     
    09-20-2010, 11:46 AM
  #15
Foal
Thanks Folks!

I've cut him back in hay. Just a little for him to nibble when he wakes up at night.
     
    09-20-2010, 08:00 PM
  #16
Yearling
I know I am joining this thread late....

He does look really darn good and healthy!
I agree that the pasture still looks like there is more than enough to keep a mini happy, so the flake of hay a day might have been a bit much, but it sounds like you have all ready come to a decision on feeding now.

He is really very cute, looks like he will be a handsome little man when he matures!
Sounds like he has a great personality too.

I have had riding horses for years, and added five miniatures just a couple of years ago, and absolutely love them!

Do you think you will train him to drive when he is old enough?
That's what they are built for, and it is really great fun!

Please keep us posted with pics as he grows!


     
    09-20-2010, 08:43 PM
  #17
Foal
I have 15 mini's and seems what are good for some are not for others, I have a few that require more, than others, another... lack of protein is a cause for the classic pop belly look, possible wormy? Less is better with these guys, I feed a good quality alfalfa , and vitamins, and they each have a mineral lick and that's it...Keep it simple , is best, ...good luck...:)
I have a 6 month old, colt still..here...Pintoloosa, has decided he wants to eat sand, ..how he decided this was a good idea, who knows...:) He has been moved to a rubber floor pen ...and is doing better, put back out to pasture with the mares, ( all pregnant) and has no interest in it anymore, but now has a belly..Yes, he is on a serious sand clear schedule now...
All my mini's have tight tucked bellies, they get worked 2 times a week, and yes they hate it...
     
    09-20-2010, 08:58 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Right now I think you are doing great. As long as you exercise him and feed him half a flake and pasture than you are fine. He isn't fat at all. Apparently you are doing a good job.
     
    09-20-2010, 09:02 PM
  #19
Foal
I just wormed my little guy to be sure. His hay is very high in protein and he does have a mineral block he doesn't touch.

He is just so ****ed adorable. He has this happy little whinny whenever he sees me and always comes over to me when he is in his field.

I considered training him for a cart but he's not exactly show material. His rear legs are quite cowhocked. I'm not sure if that makes a difference for carting him but I'll never do it at a show. Just for fun and his health if anything.

Still not doing so well lunging him. He does't understand what I am asking. He gets it for a little bit but as soon as I try to widen the circle he gets confused. I'm still working on it and he is only young. I'll bring the dogs in to play with him and they'll race around until they get bored.
     
    09-20-2010, 09:06 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Do you have a roundpen whereyou can free lunge him?
     

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