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        09-04-2013, 05:35 PM
    Yeah stay away from corn.

    His diet should consist of lots of hay and he should be fine, otherwise you may need to look into natural grains like oats (but be careful)

    As for exercises? You can just let him be. As long as he has enough room to run around he'll be happy. However if you do want to work with him, lunging on a large lungeline would work, or running with him next to you on lead around an open space. Just remember to wear gloves and try not to get kicked.
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        09-04-2013, 06:14 PM
    If I let him be he just eats and sleeps I will try running with him beside me after he gets used a little bit more with basic leading.
        09-04-2013, 08:40 PM
    My horses are no more interesting. They eat all day and spend about 0.01% of the day playing/running around I think Jimmy is a adorable name. How is he with leading? Have you been working with him allot? Is he still calm and mannered? I know nothing of where you live, but could you possibly look online for anyone that sells hay? And pay for it to be delivered? There might be farms in the outskirts of where you live. Also pretty soon, if not already, your going to need to find someone that trims horses/minis feet.
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        09-05-2013, 04:33 AM
    I am working with him in small sessions untill he gets used to the halter. I talked with someone that lives in the country area to find me some hay and I am waiting word from him.
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        09-05-2013, 06:56 AM
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    Feeding corn is a very debatable subject, mostly the old-timers feed corn and their horses did and still do fine on it.

    I kept my horse at an old farmers' place for the last 4-5 years and it was always a difference of opinion with him. He fed corn and oats mixed with pellets, and extra corn in the winter.

    I do not feed corn except for this time of year in Ohio when I pick some out of the field and give it to them as a treat. I buy pelleted feed at the store and they only get about a cup in the morning and evening plus a lot of grass hay, not too rich.

    There are lots of things you can teach and do with Jimmy, I saw part of a mini-show once and they had a little trail course set up. A tiny bridge, an overhead arch with streamers hanging down to walk through, back through poles, water crossings, cones to weave. And a lot more. Get a teeny cart, or make a back pack and he can carry your books/groceries, or tote back forage you find for him on walks.

    I work at a hotel and had to take a ADA course (Americans with Disabilities Act) where I learned that Miniature horses are approved for service animals, and the hotel is required to allow them in the same as service dogs. There is a vast amount of things you and he can do in your lifetime together.
        09-05-2013, 07:27 AM
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        09-05-2013, 07:32 AM
    @anndankev: I did a little bit of reading on corn and how it affects the horses. Of course it's not a smart ideea to feed it to your horse as the only/primary source of food but I really believe that if you give a little bit of corn during winter it will help giving your horse a little bit of "kick" during the cold days of winter( I read that it is higher in calories than hay and it is almost like sugar). I still have to decide whether I will mix in a little bit of corn during his winter hay diet or not. Still waiting to read more opinions.
        09-05-2013, 07:53 AM
    I have promised some photos of my little guy so here they are.
    PS: he was following me around so these are the best shots I could get of him .I had to give him some apples so we would stop following me.
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        09-05-2013, 08:34 AM
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    Originally Posted by Mrspyrydus    
    If I let him be he just eats and sleeps I will try running with him beside me after he gets used a little bit more with basic leading.
    All a baby horse needs to do is eat, sleep and play. He probably doesn't play much since he doesn't have any herd mates which is *very* important. It's not advisable until at least a year, even then it should be very light work. Their bones aren't done growing at that age and you can do damage to their joints with serious rigorous exercise.
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        09-05-2013, 08:48 AM
    I don't want to make him drag/carry heavy stuff...I just want to see him run a little bit so he will get a little leaner but I will wait untill after the winter to start working with him on losing fat Right now I plan to let him enjoy the little sun that's left.

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