I hope someone can answer the question that comes after the long explanation.
I am looking for a companion for my mare. My gelding is on pasture. She is very much a "momma's girl", but I can't stay w her all day and night, short of building her a casita. She has an "eating disorder" that only surfaces when around other horses - she vacuums her food up at an extremely dangerous rate of intake in order to make a run at other horse's groceries that are entirely separated from her. I was thinking this might not happen w a little guy, since she might not view it the same.
After reading many of the posts on this mini forum, I noticed several people say not to put them with full sized horses. Ever?
She's a horse. Whether it is with a horse, a giraffe, a pony, or a goat- if she feels like she can get to both her food and someone else's too, she's going to do it. The only difference is that she'd quickly learn that she can bully a miniature horse much easier than a full sized companion, and can very possibly kill it with single kick that would only bruise another horse or hurt it's pride.
With that said, you're going to get different answers on whether or not to EVER put miniatures with horses. We do, but only with our older, calmer horses that don't have a problem with food agression and don't tend to play around very much. Like I said, miniatures can easily be killed by a full sized horse being playful. They don't weigh much more than we do (150-300 pounds depending on the mini) and its crucial to realize the extra risk you're taking when putting them together, and to always check EVERY DAY for injuries.
Thanks for the reply, Endiko. That makes sense...it was such a wonderful "vision" I had. I guess I won't risk it.
My mare is always separated from other horses (when present) at feeding time - and I would have had to separated the "maybe mini" at meals, too. The mare is not food aggresive, she is an expert at passive aggresion. She can get food from the biggest, smartest, dominant - you name it, w/o ever so much as "raises her voice" to do it! So, separation is the only option.
I think it would be too much of a trial to constantly worry about some little guy getting hurt. Ugh! I've already started looking!!!
haha, well thats not to say that you can't have a mini! ;) just keep them in pens across from eachother. They're quite fun!
Try a slow feed net for her. They have small holes that force them to eat much slower.
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I used to breed miniatures and placed with full sized horses all the time, young and old. What you need to make sure of is to make sure that the horse you put it with treats the mini properly, the same you would do if you mixed 2 full sized horses together.
ITA with the above - we had a mini with our full-sized horse for over two years and I would do it again in a heartbeat if the two(three) were a good match - but I would not do it in the situation you describe above.
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