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        06-30-2013, 07:18 PM
      #21
    Foal
    Yes I am 100% sure that my mini is a he:). I will ask at the animal pharmacy for vitamins tomorrow. He has clean, fresh water at any given time because I change it regulary through the day (clean water in a clean container is one of the few things I know about horses) He is not enclosed during the day, so he has access to our front yard, the back yard and that garden(it's not a garden because it has not been taken care of for a long time -it has all sorts of weeds- but I don't know how to call it)
    He seems to enjoy running but he only runs when I do so I guess I will have to get used to cardio exercices.
    And if he is ever to be claimed by his rightfull owner you guys can be certain that I will give him back, even if it will be heartbreaking.
    Thank you again for your advices and quick responses, I will start taking care of some thing tomorrow.

    Regards,
    Spyrydus
         
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        06-30-2013, 07:30 PM
      #22
    Showing
    What do you mean "animal pharmacy for some vitamins"

    A foal does need nutrients but not in the form of pills.. they obtain it from their mother's milk (which to clarify is NOT like cow's milk) and from their hay and grass.
         
        06-30-2013, 07:31 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    He also needs the company of his own kind, Horses are herd animals! It's likely he is stressed about being away from his herd/mother, hence the not eating. At the very least he needs the companionship of a goat.
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        06-30-2013, 07:56 PM
      #24
    Started
    Look through ads in your area and see who has Miniature Horses. I'm sure there must be some breeders there. Could be, someone actually dumped the little fellow.

    If the owner cannot be found, read through our Miniature Horse forum here. You will learn a great deal. Do not spoil him. It is easy to do. Mini stallions can become very wild, naughty and dangerous, when spoiled.

    He's lovely and if eating grass, then hay will be better, once you get a bale.

    Keep us posted.

    Lizzie
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        07-01-2013, 06:28 AM
      #25
    Foal
    Well I tought that I could give him some vitamins in water or something to eat to keep him strong. I never heard about anyone having poneys or minis in my area. I believe that he got lost from the circus(we had one in my town a couple of weeks ago but it left). I am aware that he needs company and I will look for some, let's hope that I find. Today I left him alone for 10 minutes and when I came back he was in the same spot, eating. It is kind of hard for me to be there with him the whole time he is grazing. Do you think it would be good if I got him some bridles, or is he too young?
         
        07-01-2013, 08:31 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    Is there anyone near you who has horses that you can contact for more local advice? Horsepeople are very good about helping one another.

    You need far more guidance than the internet can provide.
         
        07-01-2013, 08:49 AM
      #27
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    Originally Posted by Mrspyrydus    
    Yes I am 100% sure that my mini is a he:). I will ask at the animal pharmacy for vitamins tomorrow. He has clean, fresh water at any given time because I change it regulary through the day (clean water in a clean container is one of the few things I know about horses) He is not enclosed during the day, so he has access to our front yard, the back yard and that garden(it's not a garden because it has not been taken care of for a long time -it has all sorts of weeds- but I don't know how to call it)
    He seems to enjoy running but he only runs when I do so I guess I will have to get used to cardio exercices.
    And if he is ever to be claimed by his rightfull owner you guys can be certain that I will give him back, even if it will be heartbreaking.
    Thank you again for your advices and quick responses, I will start taking care of some thing tomorrow.

    Regards,
    Spyrydus

    Wait, the mini is running loose on your property? What if he wonders off...again. What if he gets into something he isn't supposed to. Also, horses wont eat weeds like goats will. They are quite picky when it comes to what grasses they will eat. Have you contacted a vet yet?
         
        07-01-2013, 08:54 AM
      #28
    Foal
    Perhaps look up the circus, and contact them? They should have a website. I would also research miniature horse breeders within an hour of your house. He may have come a long way.

    If you cannot find the owners, and you decide to keep the foal, you need to get him gelded. Colts - a male foal - will grow up to be difficult to handle. They only ever think about mating, and can get very aggressive.

    Bridles are used to ride horses. Since you will not be riding him, you will need a halter, sometimes called a headstall, and a lead rope. Until you know who he belongs to, I would not buy too much for him. Even though mini's are smaller than regular horses, they are just as expensive! You don't want to spend all that money on him only to have him taken back to his rightful owners.
         
        07-01-2013, 09:22 AM
      #29
    Green Broke
    You also need to check zoning laws in your area. You may not be able to keep livestock on your property.
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        07-01-2013, 09:57 AM
      #30
    Foal
    I am still looking for horse owners near me. He does run loose on my property and he wont run away because I have fences around my yard, also there is nothing that can harm him and he wont leave my doorstep. I was indeed talking about the halter(it is obvious that I don't want to ride him) but the dictionary gave me bridle(i only know the names of the "horse equipment" in my language)
    Another thing: He wont eat grass or weeds or anything I cut and bring to him, even if he eats the exact same thing when I take him to graze.
    My english is a little messy and I am sorry. I hope you can make something out of what i've written.
         

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