Thanks for all the information!
Now - what price would you consider reasonable? As I said: assuming registered but no special show lines.
I thought a Mini, to be registered, can't be above a certain hight?
I, too, thought that the Minis are fat, but except the bay mare not exceptinal obese assuming they are pregnant.
As I said: I do have the setup to house Minis (small pasture that never has any grass to speak of, corrals with low fence and grass hay from own production). As for feeding: I estimate the weight of a Mini about 300lbs (please correct me if I am wrong), which would calculate to about 5 to 7 lbs of hay/day? No grain, of course, what about supplements for breeding stock? Protein blocks or such allowed?
AMHA registers only Miniature Horses under 34 inches, the AMHR has two divisions; the “under” Miniatures are under 34 inches and “over” division Miniatures can be 34 to 38 inches. We just took ours to the vet yesterday to be gelded, her first comment was about his weight. He is not fat at all, and she was impressed, saying about the same, "you don't normally see them this healthy, they are usually much fatter!" He weighs 300 pounds, we give him 2 cups of Purina's Mini Horse & Pony feed in the winter once daily, keep coastal Bermuda hay in the hay net (he probably eats maybe a flake a day) and let him graze grass in the warmer months cutting the feed back as needed. He is in GREAT shape. I wouldn't think all are so self -regulating as him, when we first brought him home in August, he was an eating machine. I made sure to only keep so much hay in the net, adjust the feed, and keep an eye on his grazing. He trimmed down nicely and seems to enjoy that weight as again he's not eating everything in sight anymore. For instance, I can put 3-4 flakes in the hay net and refill it a few days later when it's empty.
The kids give him treats, but he favors apples, won't eat carrots, and loves peppermints. The ones in the pic are either heavy or pregnant, but not much more than he was when we first brought him home.
We purchased him off Craigslist, they were asking $100 for him. When I said I'd go to the ATM and get $25 more, they took the $75 I had on me. I am unsure if he was ever registered, they were going through a divorce, he spoke about the classes and height requirements, said he knew the parents were but wasn't sure if "she" ever got the babies done. For $75 a cute mini for my son's 2nd birthday was enough (never called back about the paperwork, he's just a pet). As I say in many posts, he is nothing more than a big dog around here, matter of fact when I picked him up from the vet this afternoon it was the ONLY time I have seen him act like a horse! Guess he was mad about being gelded, as soon as I got him back into our yard, he was loving and "hugging" on us again
They are a pleasure, but as another poster said, now that I have one I see them all the time for sale, trade, or please just come get this mini! Kind of sad, I would hope if they fall into a breeding program it's a positive one for these little guys. They are everywhere for nothing (another reason I went to see ours spur of the moment, was worried he'd become Fido's next meal at that price!)
Good luck and keep us updated