Okay so I am moving to a ten acre horse farm in June/July. We are going (in time) turn it into a nice facility to train horses and board a few people there as well.
My co-trainer/friend and I want to look into buying a miniature colt next spring/summer if possible.
We wanted to train and show it and if it does well and has fantastic conformation, possibly offer him up for stud for a couple of years before selling him(possibly). And doing it again with another mini if it all works out.
So I have a few questions and we really want to do our research before buying and putting time into this.
First off, we are trainers and deal with mares, stallions, and geldings almost on a daily basis. We handle problem horses and younger ones as well as give lessons. We have both handled mini's before but only to exercise them since their owner was too busy at the time.
Now I have looked into miniatures, stallions particularly, and found numerous ones that I like and I would want our colt to look like. For example, http://www.minihorse.co.nz/legacy9.JPG, I like that he has a lighter build and is more Arab-like than pony like.
Q1: Is this a better look for showing?
Q2: What are the pro's and con's of a lighter horse?
Q3: What kind of conformation and things do you look for in a miniature stallion?
Q4: What do you look for in a colt when deciding if he is show or pet quality?
Also when showing a miniature I saw that there are many different kinds of classes and what not. We were looking into showing him in halter type classes ect..
Q5: What do the judges look for in these classes?
Q6: What do they judge in the horse?
I also read that judges like to see color in their classes and in some it said that the judge based the points etc. off of color and only 20% off of the rest.
Q7: What do you look for color-wise when looking to show a horse?
Q8: How much do you feed your show mini?
Q9: How much do you feed your show stallion?
Q10: How much does it cost you per month to feed one mini? (Stallion)
Q11: Do you think we could buy a show worthy colt for $800 or less? (TX)
Q12: Are there stallion approval or tests for miniatures?
Any advise and tips are welcome! We are looking to learn as much as possible to make an informed and realistic decision.
Thank you for reading this novel!