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        09-06-2013, 09:21 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by TerciopeladoCaballo    
    ...Also, can they be stalled together with access to a paddock? The stall is 12x14 ft.
    If the stall is used as a run in shed (with door always open), you probably could have them share - based, of course, on them getting along in a quiet and friendly manner. Even if they get on well together, I would be reluctant to lock them up in the stall together as there is too much risk of someone (probably the mini) getting hurt by being stepped or pushed into a wall without having an opportunity to escape.
         
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        09-06-2013, 10:15 PM
      #12
    Cat
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Endiku    

    A cart is always tons of fun and GREAT exercise for miniature horses as well, but it can be a costly investment (carts, even simple ones, run $200 even used, and harnesses are $150+) and if you've a cart beginner yourself, you'd need to hire a trainer to teach you and her how to do things correctly. However, once you do have the necessary equipment and training it is super fun and children absolutely love it. It is also much easier on the mini's body than even riding at a walk. My mini mare can pull a load of about 250 lbs (me and one adult passenger) quite easily at a trot for quite some time without being exerted, and she is only 34" tall and light boned. It took a while to work her up to that, but she's great! It keeps her at the perfect body condition and really helps her sanity as well. She's not the sort that enjoys bumming around the pasture, crazily enough.
    Wow - wish I could find a nice reliable cart for $200. Used they are running $300-$400 around here or more for something basic. Plus what I have heard is minis can pull up to 3 times their weight (so most can handle cart +2adults).

    OP- even if you don't get a cart - ground driving is loads of fun! Plus its great training if you decide someday to get a cart. You can ground drive down trails or home-built obstacle courses or even just around home. Its also easier on their joints than lunging work.
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        09-07-2013, 05:15 PM
      #13
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Cat, that's for old, usually very cosmetically damaged easy entry type carts xD that's what I got mine for; $225- but the seat is all torn up and it needed a few bolts replaced. Still a good deal though. The new/lightly used easy entry carts push $400 or so, and show carts are even more.

    Miniatures may be able to pull up to three times their weight; but that all depends on the balance of your cart and harness, the mini's fitness level, and its own height. Many people also make the mistake of measuring that number by what their mini weighs when it is over weight; straining their horses too much. Just because a mini weighs 300 lbs doesn't mean it should be pulling 900 lbs! My mini mare weighs 225 lbs and I'm comfortable asking her to pull as much as 325 lbs when she's in good condition for short amounts of time on good ground, but I never ask her to do more. I don't even ask for that much if its wet out or the ground is rocky.
         
        09-07-2013, 09:41 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I walked her around the neighborhood for the first time on the usual route with the dog. Very doable, she wasn't a nut about the few cars and barking dogs; leaving my full sized mare, she squealed her head off as did the big mare, also giving shout-outs to all the other horses on peoples' yards, with a tiny burst of unasked-for trot three times. Otherwise, easy walk; the dog wore out faster than her. She jogged up the hill with me while the dog lagged behind! No yanking, rooting to the spot, or the like, just very interested in her surroundings. I don't think I bought another horse, I think I bought another dog. People liked to slow down more than usual when passing to see her; they're used to seeing riders on full-sized guys, not a dog and a mini Who knew minis were awesome jogging buddies...

    Quick Q: There's the option of letting the mini walk on the dirt/grass shoulder of the neighborhood road, or let her walk on the asphalt. I heard that walking a full sized horse on hard road strengthens their tendons and ligaments, is it the same for a mini? Would it help wear her bare hooves between trims?
         
        09-07-2013, 10:19 PM
      #15
    Showing
    Hop on a bicycle and pony her.
         
        09-07-2013, 10:25 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    I'm with Endiku!!! Drive the little thing! Haha There's something about driving mini's that's just... entertaining, in some ways it's different from a doing so with a horse! Haha. As for the asphalt/road in my experience/opinion it does help their hooves and keep them short. Our farrier and trainer are the old cowboy types (but not inhumane) and they all take their horses out on the roads barefoot in between trims to keep them even and sturdy. I have no idea about the ligaments though but the hooves thing has always worked for me!

    Also, pictures may be in order? :)
         
        09-07-2013, 10:31 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Yeah, anybody know how to hook up Facebook to one's phone? Can't get the dang thing to upload my pictures from mobile! Standard ol' Verizon flip-phone with a camera, not a smart phone or such.
         
        09-07-2013, 10:54 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    If your worried about stressing her legs (which I really don't think is going to happen) you can buy her mini sized hoof boots. Several sites sell them.
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        09-08-2013, 12:51 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    A family friend of ours has half a dozen minis and they walk them in the evening like you would a dog. They go on both paved and non paved roads.

    Sounds like you are having a good time with her. I have wondered how a mini and a full sized horse would get along, thanks for the info!
         
        09-08-2013, 07:18 AM
      #20
    Started
    What about swimming if you have a lake, pond or slow moving river near? And provided the weather is warm enough and miss mini isnt scared of swimming haha. I go down to the river during the summer with gemma and we both swim around together. I keep her on a lead that's long enough to give space between us but not long enough to wrap around her legs underwater, I tie small floating key rings to it so theres no way for it to sink and tangle her. Its great fun!!
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