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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I'm not sure whether or not that is true, but I do know that we float our minis twice yearly, and have had no problems with their teeth so far.
Here is what I know so far that you should look out for or be aware of if buying and owning a mini =]
1) Miniature horses tend to have very sensative digestive systems because many of their organs are the size of a normal horse's. This means that everything is rather cramped inside of them, so when something upsets their stomache and they are more likely than a large horse to colic and twist an intestine. A simple diet of pony nuts, limited amounts of grass, and hay is a good choice for most. You must also becareful about the amount of grass that a miniature is allowed to eat, because- once again, it can make them colic or sometimes even founder. Generally if 20-30 minutes of grazing is more than enough for one day for a mini, and even less if you have rich grass.
2) miniatures horses almost always go barefoot, so you MUST stay on top of trimming. A good barefoot trimmer or someone who is very familiar with minis is a good choice when it comes to minis. Never let a mini go more than 8 weeks without being trimmed.
3) Because they should not be ridden, (their backs are extremely weak, and they were bred to be driven, so they have more power in their haunches and shoulders than the average horse) you often need to get creative with exercising a mini. Lunging is always a great thing, but they need something else too, so that they don't get bored and develope bad habits. In-hand jumping, showmanship training, trail training, driving, and trick training are fun variations that will keep a mini happy.
That's what I can think of right now, but I'm sure someone else can tell you more ^^
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