Can anyone educate me on Mini's?
I might or might not look into buying a miniature in the next few months or so... but before I do (if I decide to go that way), I would like to become educated in the mini world! Lol. I know nothing about mini's, so please, tell me anything and everything!
Your best bet, is to join Li'l Beginnings Mini forum. You will get all the answers there and from people with tons of experience.
They are FULL of personality and can be mischievous little scamps. Mine love to grab shoelaces and try and run off with them. For the most part they're pretty confident and fearless (mine chase my two dogs - a husky x and a rottweiler x :-P).
Again, I'm lucky, mine have rarely experienced any health problems - but from what I've heard from other owners and breeders, for the most part they're very healthy little critters.
Combine a horse and a Shetland, shove it into a tiny package of about 32" (or less or more). That's my comparison from experience in getting to know two studs and a gelding at one point. However, they are adventurous. I've also found them to be very smart, and sometimes even cuddly in the right mood. I love the little guys, and am considering one for (much) later down the road. Even if you find you can't do much with whatever you end up buying, they're great teachers when schooling anyone (especially children) about basic horse care. They're also good at putting smiles on people's faces. :)
Failbhe is right as well. They're just as capable of getting any illness as any other horse, if not a little easier at getting sick. My next advice is, for safety reasons, try to not pasture them with horses or larger ponies. I've known of a sad incident where my favorite little stallion got kicked to death by a mare because she came in heat and he decided to check her out. I can see this avoidable by simply not getting a stally, but even a gelding might get curious.
I hope you get the advice you need! Good luck :D
Keeping them OFF lush pasture is a biggy. They over-eat and founder very easily. Keep them on very short or no grass with a dry lot prererable.
Don't be tempted to spoil them. They can become very rude and actually dangerous, in a hurry. Treat them as you would a big horse.
Don't allow children to ride them. They are not riding horses.
Teach them to drive. They are super-fun driving horses.
Aquaint yourself with dwarf Minis and make absolutely sure, you do not buy one.
I second joining Lil Beginnings Miniature Horse Forum, a great forum for Mini people.
I also second that its highly advised to keep your Miniature Horse seperated from your full sized horses. Even gentle horses who get along just fine with the mini can spook and run the little guy over some day. A ill placed playful buck can end up very, very bad etc.
NEVER leave a halter on a Miniature Horse while un-attended. They are to light to break anything, there are many Mini hanging horror stories. I used to breed a few show AMHA/AMHR/WCHMR Miniatures and sold a beautiful filly to a nice couple. Within a few weeks I got the call that they had left her halter on while she was "new" to their farm and she hung herself. Very heartbreaking.
Do not use Miniatures for riding horses. They are not cute childs riding mounts.
Minis are however a blast to drive! Miniatures are typically sweet, easy to train and are honestly fun to have around. I know a number of gals who had taken enough riding spills so they got into Miniatures to take "trail drives" instead. They are also fantastic to trick train, that seems to entertain just about anyone.
They are super easy keepers as I'm sure you've guessed. Grass hay and NO pasture does them best. A little handful of a low sugar feed, some BOSS and a little beet pulp was what I fed ours to help keep the bellies off.
Do some research, you'll learn more than anyone here can tell you in a single post.
That is a great picture, New Image!
Minis are very fun to train. I just ordered books on trick training and horse agility, and I'm planning to audit a clinic (all the slots were full) on agility at the end of June.
What are you getting a mini for, Cat? (Other than their just plain awesome cuteness :wink:)
I meant to ask that also, what will you be looking to do with a Mini?
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