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    09-08-2013, 07:29 AM
  #21
Yearling
Ohhhh.... My..... Goodness! Pictures! Please! Minis are the sweetest things. I want one, but it would be squashed by by other horses!
     
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    09-08-2013, 10:14 AM
  #22
Foal
So far two stalls works, one with the top door closed for the mini. She ducks in there and pins her ears at my big mare as if daring her to come near when it's feeding time, but otherwise there are no problems come breakfast/lunch/dinner, the mini knows to stay out of the big girl's stall. I haven't seen any squabbles, the mini pony seems to know she'd better not get under those hooves. However I was riding and come on... I couldn't help it... the mini was out while I was hacking, my horse was already trying to follow her... so I, y'know, chased the pony a little bit ... I only let my mare go at a trot and follow the pony, pony had a little heart attack and bolted off. I had to leave her alone when my mare started reaching out to nudge her in the butt, I figured the mini might decide to kick in response. No hard feelings, she still came whinnying and tried following us a few times afterward.

Pony tends to scuttle around much more than my mare, it's funny how the paddock used to be smooth wet sand and grass because my big mare hardly used it for anything but rolling, and now it's covered in tiny pony tracks!

I still can't get the mini to come when called. I let her have the same routine as the horse, though, so when it's time to call them in from pasture, I can get the big mare to come running and the mini goes in a few frantic circles freaking out, before galloping after her on them twiggy legs!

Ok, setting up my phone to Facebook again so I can upload the pictures! Going to try to go out and get a shot of both my mares :)
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    09-08-2013, 10:45 AM
  #23
Foal
Here we go!

I went to get a shot of the mini, but Genny decided she's first in line for my attention, so came up and pinned her ears at lil pony -_- Jealous mare...



They both started losing interest in me, which made it easier to get some pictures xD










And then because I wasn't doing anything but taking pictures, they got bored and went back to their stalls... Genny wouldn't give the mini a chance to say hi to me. Bosssy butt.

     
    09-08-2013, 11:26 AM
  #24
Green Broke
OP - first: good looking horses. Second: clever idea with the top stall door to only let in the mini to the stall.
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    09-08-2013, 06:09 PM
  #25
Teen Forum Moderator
I don't think the suggestion to pony her off of anything but another horse...golf cart/bike/4 wheelers, etc, is a very good idea. Too much risk.

And oh my goodness she is a cutie!!! I actually did a double take, she looks almost exactly like one of our therapy ponies; except that our gal (Myss Poni) is a registered Shetland, not a mini. Very good idea with those stalls though. It gives the little gal a safe haven if she needs it.
     
    09-08-2013, 06:36 PM
  #26
Foal
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Originally Posted by Endiku    
I don't think the suggestion to pony her off of anything but another horse...golf cart/bike/4 wheelers, etc, is a very good idea. Too much risk.

And oh my goodness she is a cutie!!! I actually did a double take, she looks almost exactly like one of our therapy ponies; except that our gal (Myss Poni) is a registered Shetland, not a mini. Very good idea with those stalls though. It gives the little gal a safe haven if she needs it.

She certainly didn't like it when I left both their stalls fully open to the paddock and the big mare went in to eat her hay! Genny tried to block the doorway and little Taffy squeezed inside... only to bolt out when Genny apparently spooked her by lumbering around. Yep, the girls need their rooms, can't have that big ol' boss mare hogging them to herself. I think they oughta be fed separately. It's obvious the mini is quite a few pegs down from Genny's position.
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    09-08-2013, 08:04 PM
  #27
Foal
Lunging and the little jumps is a good idea, but I would probably take her for walks as well, like you would a dog haha. But you say she leads in hand well, so taking her for a walk should be fine, even a half hour walk every afternoon would be enough, as long as you kept her feed down. From personal experience, I know these horses to be very good doers, so if theres not enough grass in her paddock for her to live on, half a biscuit of decent quality hay should be enough feed for her every day. Just watch that she doesnt get spoiled! We got our miniature off the local 'dogger-man', he ended up there becuase his last owners spoiled him and he got really aggressive, but he is going well now. Good luck :)
     
    09-08-2013, 08:42 PM
  #28
Foal
The road is going to work on her hooves; she was commonly kept on grass and dirt, so I bet it will take some getting used to. So far I've been taking her out on the road for 20 minutes each time, once a day. Her hooves are chipping a bit, though picking them up and looking at the angles, they look level. I suppose chipping and wearing down is just the expected wear and tear, so I'll keep walking her on the road as long as there aren't any cracks. I've been battling various cracks with my full sized mare, I trust I can tell if the mini's hooves are in trouble.

She's bouncy! I don't like letting the horses jump in the sandy paddock, due to there being too depth in some places; I led her over a 7in obstacle on firmer dirt ground, she floats over with room to spare. No doubt had something to do with how well she can rear up and squat with fairly good balance to look over her stall door. Well, well, well... Genny could learn a few things from her ;)
     
    09-09-2013, 03:05 AM
  #29
Weanling
Hahaha, I love the image of a fat little mini getting all flustered about cantering. I don't have any advice, but it looks like you've gotten plenty of good stuff. Good for you for taking such nice care of that little thing :)
     
    09-09-2013, 01:28 PM
  #30
Foal



Got the chance to say hello. I guess you would call her a... dappled brown roan color with a... overo pattern? :/ Clueless here.
     

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