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        08-11-2013, 03:33 PM
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    to mini or not to mini?

    Hello! We have two horses right now a mare and gelding. The pastor whos church is next to us offered us a mini 26 inch mare. He wants to see her go to good home as he is down sizing his horse farm.

    My questions are: do they have more health problems, could she be ridable for a preschooler with lead rope, what would her purpose be for us as we already have two dogs (not trying to be mean but I would like it to serve some purpose) or should I just say thanks but no thanks???
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        08-11-2013, 03:40 PM
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    I wouldn't think that they would have any more health problems than a regular horse. My sister bought a 2 yr old uncut mini for her daughter. The mini loves the daughter to death but is not to fond of my sister and her husband. But keep in mind that my sister has no "horse smarts" but the mini serves his purpose for the little girl. She rides him, grooms, and takes care of him. And she is 7
         
        08-11-2013, 04:15 PM
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    Yearling
    I have a mini that is about 30in. I would not say they have health problems per say. The biggest problem we have had is that his teeth are to big for his mouth so sometimes he gets food compacted up in his cheek and I have to reach up and pull out the food. Teeth problems are not uncommon, other then that he has been healthy and I have had him 17 years. My kids have rode him around, and play with him but other then that he is more like the barn mascot. They are just as much care as a big horse, feet still need to be trimmed, shots given, teeth done, they just don't eat as much. And they get fat on nothing so you have to be careful what and how much you feed. 26in is pretty small I would not imagine she could be rode. But if your looking for a mascot then go for it.
         
        08-11-2013, 04:38 PM
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    Green Broke
    No, a mini should not be used for riding - especially a really small mini like a 26 inch.

    One thing you really need to consider is if you have a mini-safe area that is separate from the big guys? They really should not be kept together because even if they get a long - a frolicking kick in play could easily end your mini's life. You may also want to consider a similar-sized buddy for this mini since they are herd animals.

    Since getting mine I have found they are more prone to stifle issues and you have to be careful on what dewormer you give them. Quest is not advised.
         
        08-11-2013, 05:38 PM
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    Originally Posted by chlee1083    
    Hello! We have two horses right now a mare and gelding. The pastor whos church is next to us offered us a mini 26 inch mare. He wants to see her go to good home as he is down sizing his horse farm.

    My questions are: do they have more health problems, could she be ridable for a preschooler with lead rope, what would her purpose be for us as we already have two dogs (not trying to be mean but I would like it to serve some purpose) or should I just say thanks but no thanks???
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    Absolutely they can be ridden by really small children, you just have to train them like you would a regular sized horse. Miniatures are fantastic companion animals to not just horses but other various animals as well. To feed they require next to none. In fact I wouldn't change anything feeding wise to the other 2 horses you already have. Expense wise farrier trims and shots are the 2 things you will have to worry about more than anything.

    They are very easy to care for.
         
        08-11-2013, 06:05 PM
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    Absolutely they can be ridden by really small children, you just have to train them like you would a regular sized horse. Miniatures are fantastic companion animals to not just horses but other various animals as well. To feed they require next to none. In fact I wouldn't change anything feeding wise to the other 2 horses you already have. Expense wise farrier trims and shots are the 2 things you will have to worry about more than anything.

    They are very easy to care for.
    A 26" Mini is way too small for any child. 34" Minis can be ridden by small children of under 70 lbs. And that weight includes the saddle. I see too many parents allowing much older children and even teens, to ride Minis. That is abuse. Much better to train them to the cart.

    Many Minis do suffer from straight rears and stifle issues. They are very prone to foaling problems. They should be kept on dry lots and fed carefully. In lush pastures they tend to become fat and can founder very easily.

    Lizzie
         
        08-11-2013, 08:33 PM
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    Weanling
    I've heard mini's can founder really easy? I would say don't, once you have a mini they are kind of hard to get rid of and plus if your other horses start having a little kicking war it could be a problem, but then my friend has a draft horse, 3 reg. Sized horses, 2 ponies, and a mini all in the same paddock together and they get along fine.
         
        08-11-2013, 10:13 PM
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    Yearling
    26 inches is far too small to ride, no matter how small the child. At that size, you could show in hand, or use as a therapy animal if they have the right temperment
         

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