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        07-10-2013, 09:25 AM
      #41
    Green Broke
    A traveling circus should be easy to track down, well, maybe not easy but not impossible.
         
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        07-10-2013, 11:53 AM
      #42
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    OP - I wouldn't worry yourself
    If anyone had lost that little guy and cared or valued him in any way they would have reported his loss to all the local police stations immediately
    He should really be grazing normally its the natural thing for horses and a healthy one should crave grass. He needs a correct balance of minerals in his diet which he isn't going to get in what you're feeding as far as I can make out
    What sort of horse feeds can you get there? Are you able to get any complete feeds that are specifically for weaned foals?
         
        09-01-2013, 05:07 PM
      #43
    Foal
    A little update on my mini:

    -i didnt find anyone that was looking for him, not at the police, nor the local paper or TV, neighter the vet has heard anything about a missing pony/mini foal in my area
    -he started shedding his hair some time ago
    -got a little bigger and his mane is considerably longer(i love his mane)
    -he has an area of ~200 sqm(2100 sqft), it is fenced all-around with net wire or web wire or whichever version is the gramatically correct one
    -he has alot of weeds to eat(the vet had a look and said none of them were to harm him) and he also has an apple tree and peach tree(he loves apples and peaches especially when I crush them for him
    -i will start training with him(just very very basic manners and maybe a command or two if he doesnt get bored)
    That's about it, if anything else crosses my mind I will update
         
        09-02-2013, 04:29 AM
      #44
    Yearling
    Your pony is very cute!

    He is lucky that he found you to take care of him.

    It was good that you tried to contact his owner but it sounds to me like maybe he was dumped in the forest by some one who maybe couldn't or wouldn't tend to him anymore. Around here that is more common that it should be with horses, donkeys, goats and dogs.
         
        09-03-2013, 09:52 PM
      #45
    Yearling
    More pictures please!!! He's a cutie, and im glad he found someone to care for him.

    I don't know much about romania, but can you find hay for him?
         
        09-04-2013, 06:12 AM
      #46
    Foal
    Yes I did find some hay for him, also I stocked up on straws and corn leaves and stems(a horse owner told me that the horses like to eat corn in winter, especially chopped down). As for photos, I will post some as soon as I get my phone fixed.
         
        09-04-2013, 09:11 AM
      #47
    Started
    I wouldnt feed my horses corn, or corn husks. Not really healthy.
         
        09-04-2013, 10:53 AM
      #48
    Foal
    Are you sure that corn is not healthy for them? Because it's going to be a tricky task to gather the hay to support him during the winter this late. Maybe I can find someone who can sell me some.
         
        09-04-2013, 01:03 PM
      #49
    Started
    I personally wouldnt feed it to any of my guys. Its high in starch, and when horses are fed on a high starch diet it has a tendency to cause laminitis or colic, and possibly a few other things. And it will make a hot horse. Corn also has about 25% more calories than say, sweet feed, and Mini horses have a tendency to get obese anyway. AND, about 99.9% of corn has mold on it, which is also very unhealthy for horses. I always avoid pet feed with corn as a major ingredient in it for all of my animals, and wouldnt recommend feeding it to any horse/pony. I know people who feed it to their horses, but if possible you would be best off with hay. Do you have any feed stores nearby? Any tack stores? And how cold does it get their? If you get lots of WET coldness, like snow, ice, or just freezing rain, I would invest in getting your guy a blanket. Oh, and whats his name? He is adorable :)
         
        09-04-2013, 05:27 PM
      #50
    Foal
    Well...thats a whole day in the field ruined for my corn:)) I named it Jimmy(i guess its a funny and cute name) and I guess I have to make him work out a little( all he's doing when I am not around is eating and sleeping, he already started building a pretty nice belly ) No stores that sell horse food or even equipment nearby. Horse owners here make their own horse equipment and gather their own food for the winter. Do you have any ideas of exercises that would make him break a sweat?
         

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