Keeping a horse and a mini together?

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Keeping a horse and a mini together?

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    05-16-2011, 11:45 AM
Keeping a horse and a mini together?

Hello, I am moving on to 2 acres this summer and I have a 6 yr old Canadian gelding that is currently boarded on pasture with a small herd. He is the boss! I would like to get a mini horse to keep him company at the new place but I am worried if they will get along? I plan to introduce them slowly and monitor it. I also will have several pasture paddocks to keep them seperate if needed. What do you think?
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    05-16-2011, 07:15 PM
The problem is the size difference. Horses scrap, that is a given. Should the horse fire a kick at the mini it could do serious damage. A mini can't defend itself against a horse.
    05-16-2011, 07:27 PM
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As long as your gelding isn't completely crazy, I think he'll be fine =] we have three large horses (one being a 17hh tb) in with our miniature horses and they all get along just fine ^^ just keep an eye on them
    05-16-2011, 07:34 PM
I also keep my mini with a TB gelding. The mini is a stallion and a little bit aggressive, so the first week or two was tough. I kept them separate and gradually introduced them, and both ended up with some minor injuries (kicks and bites). They are very bonded to each other now. I would think that if you use introduce the horses carefully you shouldn't have any big problems.
    05-16-2011, 07:40 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
Keep in mind though, that some horses are afraid of ponies xD we have a mare who is sure that ponies are from hell and have the intention of dragging down to her death ;) might want to consider letting him meet a smaller equine before buying one for him. Just to be sure
    05-16-2011, 07:51 PM
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If neither are particularly aggressive and they aren't being confined to a small space, it should be ok once they are introduced.

My horse is kept with a couple barely over mini-size ponies for turnout. They absolutely love him and he loves chasing them. Good diet/exercise program for them and him!
    06-10-2011, 07:19 PM
We keep our 17.2 hand Belgian Draft with our Mini/Shetland pony :) They live together 24/7 in pasture with our two mares, no problems at all.

    06-10-2011, 08:21 PM
I keep two minis/ponies in with my girls.

You just ahve to be careful. Can a horse kick and kill or seriously injure a mini? Sure, but a horse can kick and kill or seriously injure another others.

Weigh your risks and see what you are comfortable with.

boarding, companion, horsemanship advice, miniature horse

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