Thinking about getting a mini.
Ok well i've been doing a lot of talk with my mom and she really wants to get involved with horses. Her problem is that the big horses and ponies make her nervous so she wants a mini. Now i have plenty of experience with the bigger horses, but i've never really handled a mini. I've only really done driving and thats what my mom really wants to do. My mom also wants to do halter showing with a mini.
So my question is, is there any thing i should know about owning and handling a mini? I know that they should be treated like a horse and not a dog stuff like that. But i wanna know what else is involved. Sorry for the long post.:lol:
Having a mini really isnt much different from having a regular sized horse. My neighbor has two and he literally treats them the same as he does with his full sized horse. And there is a mini where my lease mare is, and he is used just as any other horse is with lessons, and what not. He actually beats up the big horses! haha
Yeah my aunt has a mini that she keeps as an companion/ trail lead pony. She is the boss of the pasture. Its so funny watching her boss a 16hh around haha.
Like Jillyann said... they are really not much different. Just gotta watch out for what you feed them because they can get over weight really fast.
I have a 3 year old mini, and they really have that pony attitude! But they're a lot of fun, Rio lives in a big field with a bunch of older retired horses and he rules the roost. They are just like any other horse, they need their feet done, they need to be dewormed etc. I've found they they learn really quick! Be careful with feeding, they can get overweight fast and then can founder. My little guy wears a grazing mask when they rotate to a big grassy pasture so he doesn't eat himself sick. Good luck! Minis are wonderful! and so much fun!
Minis are extremely smart. They do not have many fears that big horses have. They rarely spook at things that make big horses spook. They are extremely curious and playful. They can out-smart you a good part of the time. They love toys. If they cannot find a toy, they will steal something from the barn and run with it.
They can overeat and colic. They are very hardy in all types of weather. They are not afraid of big horses, but big horses are often scared of them.
They are a "big horse" in a tiny body. Brave and bold.
Couldn't have put it better myself!
I owned and bred miniature horses for 6 years before I eventually just kept the one and sold the herd. There aren't any different to care for than a full sized horse tho there are few things you need to make sure you set up before you go ahead and do it.
Fencing. I never had problems with mine because they were raised on a massive piece of land BUT miniatures can sometimes be escape artist. Heard the saying "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence"? well those buggers live by that! :lol: I can only assume you have great fencing. All is usually required is adding another line of fencing on the bottom of what it is you already have.
Feeding- no difference. They obviously eat a lot less and if it's staying with another large animal, I would not change the rations of what you are currently giving(no need to make a mini pile), UNLESS there might be conflicts such as fights etc. Non of the horses I owned(who stayed in with the broodmares) ever had problems with sharing food. It was regular routine to see a horse head in a feed tub accompanied 2-3 mini heads. Quite cute actually. The one thing you have to be VERY careful of is foundering. Ponies pack on weight very easily so you need to make sure you keep a close eye on that. Make sure if they are on grass, that it's only a few hours a day. Keep rich foods out of their diet. Some of my mares could not handle grass. They were in diet pens all year and only received hay. A couple of my other minis were on grazing muzzles.
Blankets- They are EXTREMELY hardy ponies. I live in an country where during the winter we can reach as low as -45 with strong winds. They are just fine. They grow mammoth winter coats :lol: I am in the middle of finding a blanket for my mini...but only because it's adorable :lol:
Trims- same as horses
They are soooo much fun!! I love miniatures. They make outstanding company animals for other livestock or horses you might have. They are adorable and just a blast to play with. These little buggers have no idea they are tiny which makes it even more fun because you'll see a rainbow full of different horse attitudes cooped up in this tiny, cute little body.
...which brings up another issue. They are horses, small yes, but they are horses. Make sure you handle him/her the same way you would handle a horse. Keep on top of his/her manners. They will develop the same bad habits and attitudes as horses if not cared for properly.
Lastly, HAVE A BLAST!
Here is my current little mare. She is 34 inches at the wither.
I would just say what others have already said...invest in a grazing muzzle, because they really do seem prone to founder. My grandpa raised minis and many had to have a grazing mask in the springtime, especially.
And they are very smart, and because of their size are often spoiled. LoL, it's way too easy to spoil them, because they are adorable. But be firm with them and they're great.
I think they're absolutely great and really miss having them. They often have jokester personalities and are really entertaining, loving, and rewarding to own, IMO. (Can you tell I'm biased? :)
in my week of owning a mini(no i didn't selll her after a week, i just got her a week ago), here is what i can tell you---don't baby it, these little things will try to get away with EVERYTHING! Also, watch there diet sause they get FAT! lol!
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