Originally Posted by DixiesPaintedNova View Post
Ok well i've been doing a lot of talk with my mom and she really wants to get involved with horses. Her problem is that the big horses and ponies make her nervous so she wants a mini. Now I have plenty of experience with the bigger horses, but i've never really handled a mini. I've only really done driving and that's what my mom really wants to do. My mom also wants to do halter showing with a mini.
So my question is, is there any thing I should know about owning and handling a mini? I know that they should be treated like a horse and not a dog stuff like that. But I wanna know what else is involved. Sorry for the long post.
Congrats! How exciting!
I owned and bred miniature horses for 6 years before I eventually just kept the one and sold the herd. There aren't any different to care for than a full sized horse tho there are few things you need to make sure you set up before you go ahead and do it.
Fencing. I never had problems with mine because they were raised on a massive piece of land BUT miniatures can sometimes be escape artist. Heard the saying "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence"? Well those buggers live by that!
I can only assume you have great fencing. All is usually required is adding another line of fencing on the bottom of what it is you already have.
Feeding- no difference. They obviously eat a lot less and if it's staying with another large animal, I would not change the rations of what you are currently giving(no need to make a mini pile), UNLESS there might be conflicts such as fights etc. Non of the horses I owned(who stayed in with the broodmares) ever had problems with sharing food. It was regular routine to see a horse head in a feed tub accompanied 2-3 mini heads. Quite cute actually. The one thing you have to be VERY careful of is foundering. Ponies pack on weight very easily so you need to make sure you keep a close eye on that. Make sure if they are on grass, that it's only a few hours a day. Keep rich foods out of their diet. Some of my mares could not handle grass. They were in diet pens all year and only received hay. A couple of my other minis were on grazing muzzles.
Blankets- They are EXTREMELY hardy ponies. I live in an country where during the winter we can reach as low as -45 with strong winds. They are just fine. They grow mammoth winter coats
I am in the middle of finding a blanket for my mini...but only because it's adorable
Trims- same as horses
They are soooo much fun!! I love miniatures. They make outstanding company animals for other livestock or horses you might have. They are adorable and just a blast to play with. These little buggers have no idea they are tiny which makes it even more fun because you'll see a rainbow full of different horse attitudes cooped up in this tiny, cute little body.
...which brings up another issue. They are horses, small yes, but they are horses. Make sure you handle him/her the same way you would handle a horse. Keep on top of his/her manners. They will develop the same bad habits and attitudes as horses if not cared for properly.
Lastly, HAVE A BLAST!
Here is my current little mare. She is 34 inches at the wither.