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        06-30-2013, 03:29 PM
    If you do really want to keep him, the best thing to do would be get him to a vet, find somebody with experience with horses (look up farms/horse places on the internet near you) and see if you can pay for them to care for him until he is older and you can safely keep him at your home. While he is away (you could even visit, most likely) you can read up and learn as much as you can so that you are prepared to give him the life he deserves.
    Good luck..
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        06-30-2013, 03:36 PM
    Thank you for all your answers! Tommorow a vet should be here to have a look at him. I think he is pretty healthy, he eats really good and is really really calm. I will attach a picture of him. Sorry for his hair, it looks pretty messy even if I brushed him like an hour before the photo. I am trying to figure out a way to get a picture of his teeth without making him nervous or something. As for lost animal notices, I posted an ad at the local newspaper.
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        06-30-2013, 03:45 PM
    An ad in the paper? That's all? Someone is desperately missing their horse. You should go the all of the farms surrounding the forest he was found in and ask if they're missing one. Post on craigslist, or whatever you have around there. Find local feed stores and post notices. Post fliers. Animals aren't 'finder's keepers' until you have exhausted ALL of your options trying to get it home. How would you feel if you lost your dog, and the people just decided to keep him (without knowing how to take care of a dog) and only posted an ad in the paper? Plenty of people don't read the paper.

    It does look like a mini horse. Regardless he needs to havce mama, and he needs to have someone who knows how to take care of him.
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        06-30-2013, 03:46 PM
    Almost certainly that is a mini....he is a foal so the hair is going to be fuzzy...that's normal.
        06-30-2013, 04:10 PM
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    Post on craigslist and call the police and tell them you found a baby mini. If there are any local barns call them. Get in touch with any local horse associations. He must have an owner and a mother somewhere and they probably aren't very far from you.
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        06-30-2013, 04:11 PM
    Post on craigslist, alert animal control, call up local feed and tack shops and vets and let them know you found the horse.

    I'm sure his owners are desperately looking for him. He needs to be back with them and gettin proper care.
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        06-30-2013, 06:09 PM
    I am from Romania and I know that it seems weird but here people don't use craigslist, it's true that not many read the newspaper but at least I tried and there are no farms around that forest, just some houses(as I said the forest is IN the city). I will go to a police station tomorrow and seek advice. I posted on this forum hoping to see some "he needs that and that" because I really am inexperienced but I want to take good care of him while he is with me. I am sorry if I left the impression of a "horse thief"(or mini-horse in my case)
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        06-30-2013, 06:17 PM
    Green Broke
    Many people keep minis in their backyards. I know several people who do.
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        06-30-2013, 06:39 PM
    He is probably going to need more to eat than just grass in your backyard. Do you know of anyplace that sells horse feed? Some hay will help him. He looks pretty young judging by his feet and uneven shedding. If he is without his mom he needs proper nutrition so he can develop properly and not die.

    Do you know for certain that he is infact a he?
        06-30-2013, 07:01 PM
    Short-term, don't worry about teeth or hooves. Focus on keeping fresh water in his pen at all times (full-grown horses can drink 20+ gallons per day in the summer) and good hay (not straw, and no mold or weeds) several times a day. Pick up some fly spray from the feed store and spray him down daily so he's not miserable. He also needs a large, safe enclosure. No barbed wire, no plain wire unless it's electrified and clearly marked, and no protruding t-posts or dangerous objects in his pasture. If there's really lush grass available, buy him a grazing muzzle so he doesn't founder.

    It's imperative that you continue to search for his owner. Put up flyers in the feed store, on telephone posts (no picture, they need to be able to identify him themselves to weed out liers), on local FaceBook groups, etc. Post his picture on NetPosse and check it regularly for new missing horses. Contact the police station and give them a picture and information. Call local farriers and vets in your area.

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