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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
They can be, yes. But there is more risk to it, especially if you have playful horses. I'm not saying not to do it- we have mixed pastures of miniatures, shetlands, and full sized horses. However, we make sure to keep all geldings with geldings, mares with mares, and stallions alone.
Its not so much the mare that you worry about as the little horse, because one kick that would bruise another horse her size can easily kill him. You just want to be very careful to watch for any disputes or injuries every day, and have a backup plan just incase.
As for your mare being 16hh, I wouldn't be too sure about him not being able to breed her! We've had some VERY stubborn little ones who swear up and down that they are tall enough. Even had one little colt come around biting the mares knees until they would kneel down for him.
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