A friend of mine wants to get a mini stud and board him here at my place.
My question is, can he successfully breed my 15hh mare?
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Yes he can and will given half a chance.
Yes! Mares will lay down, squat, and do anything possible to help the process. Nature always finds a way.
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First of all, you do NOT want to keep a Mini with a full size horse. Besides that, he is likely to bug her until she gets fed up with him. One kick can kill him or at the very least, injure him badly. Being with a mare, he will also likely run himself ragged, chasing her around. Breeding her, might be the least of your worries.
Mini + full size horse = not a good idea, ever.
Now, apart from that, if you have a dry lot to keep the Mini in and with very secure Mini-proof fencing into which no dogs or wild animals can venture and not with a full size horse, go for it. You should not keep a Mini on pasture, since they over-eat and founder easily.
Mini studs, unless very well trained, can be wild, nasty and even dangerous, so no children handling. If he is not absolutely top quality, he probably should be gelded anyway, since we have thousands of Minis needing homes already.
Yes. If the right opportunity arises, he can and will breed the larger mare. Mini's don't realize how small they actually are, for all he know's he's a 17h paint who's single and ready to mingle. That being said, if the fence he's kept in isn't (as someone else called it) "mini proof" you will have a stud out running around looking for something to breed.
He may be small, but he's got enough hormones in him to power a clydesdale.
I shall remember that saying. "Mini stallions have hormones enough to power a Cydesdale." And SO true.
I've seen people buy Mini stallions for their very young children. NOT a good idea.
Lots of amazing show jumpers have a miniature pony in the stall with them for company.
For years I bred show miniatures, more often than not I always had 1-2 horses in a herd of 10+ miniatures of all ages, genders and sizes. Your statement is completely false.
Not false at all! Even a playful kick which running, can kill a Mini. Think of it as a small child, running behind a large horse and being kicked. I've heard of more than enough major accidents and even deaths, to know that most of the time, it is not wise to keep Minis and large horses together.
Now, very, very knowledgeable horse owners, who absolutely know their horses, can and have done it successfully, but I never advise those less knowledgeable, to stick Minis and grown horses together.
Incidentally, Minis are not ponies. They are Miniature Horses, unless Shetland Ponies.
Although I agree, it CAN be done, I don't think it's the best decision to keep a full sized horse with a miniature.
We have had both minis and arabians for the majority of my life and we have only allowed them to be companions ONCE. Granting, it worked out in our favor (to the most part, despite the full sized mare treating the yearling mini like her foal) I still don't think it's the greatest idea.
I by no means think it's impossible, just dangerous.
I always suggest not to on this forum, because most who come here asking, are new to Minis and often new to horses in general.
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