Mimi owners, some questions!
I might be getting a mini, and since I've never owned one I have some questions.:-)
If I do get this mini, he will be out on pasture 24/7. The pasture is ok right now, not great, which is fine for a mini, and he would have access to hay all the time. Would I even need to give him even a little grain? I'm thinking he would be fine without. I don't want him getting chunky! Come better weather when the grass is richer, depending on our pasture, I won't hesitate to put a grazing muzzle on him.
Are there any physical problems minis are prone to?
How difficult is it to maintain weight on them? This mini would be getting worked as much as my horse, of course his training program would be altered lol.
Hmm, I had more, but now I can't remember them! Any other info would be greatly appreciated!:-)
Here's one to add to the list (I'm campaigning for one myself right now) - how do they do with winter?
Ohh yea! That was one of my questions, too! lol.
Hope you didn't mind me taking a small hi-jack on the thread - will definitely be watching this one to see what I can learn.....
No not at all! Any info I can learn on minis I'd love to know!
Arent they just like horses but smaller.......
Being on pasture is fine for a mini. Just be sure they are used to grazing. If the mini has been in a stall, the mini might overdo the grass and get colic or founder. Those are two things to watch for.
Minis are very hardy little horses. In the winter they grow very long, shaggy coats to withstand the cold.
Minis are extremely smart and clever. They are personable and loving. Each one has a personality to love.
Minis are more curious, IMHO, than big horses and do not seem to spook as much as the big ones. At least that has been my experience.
Big horses are often afraid when they see a mini, but a mini doesn't seem to be afraid of big horses. Minis are big horses in a little body.
They do get chubby easy so be careful! They are so much fun, so friendly, and adorable. Have fun!
One thing to remember is if you start seeing a big belly make sure that it isn't protein deficiency. IMO Mini's do require more protein less carbs and sugars.
Most miniatures cannot be on pasture 24/7 especially if its a really good pasture as they can founder or get obese. Ours are on pasture for about 8 hrs per day then moved to a drylot.
I agree with the above that many people accidentally underfeed their minis and mistake that big pot belly for fat when actually the mini is protein deprived. Young growing miniatures especially need a good hi protein pelleted feed. We never feed sweet feed here to any horse :)
Other things to know are never use Quest dewormer and always try to use banamine as opposed to bute as bute is very hard on miniatures.
Mature miniatures that are not working or breeding usually do fine on just a good hay as long as they were in good body condition to start with.
During winter they get a very heavy coat so you have to really use your hands to feel body condition. The back should always be flat and you should not be able to easily feel ribs.
Many people make the mistake of thinking a mini is a big dog. They are NOT! They are horses and act like horses. Another mistake is not training them. They need to be trained and handled just like a big horse and not let to be spoiled brats. Even though they are small a mini can hurt a person as they are very strong for their size. I have unfortunately had to re train quite a few minis that their owners let do whatever they wanted and ended up with a nasty spoiled horse that couldnt even be led.
They are very smart and easy to train as long as you handle them like the horse that they are :)
Miniatures are more prone to hyperlipemia then large horses. I always tell people if a mini stops eating get a vet out asap as they can go into hyperlipemi within 24 hrs of not eating.
They can be a little more prone to colic as they are closer to the ground and will put literally anything in their mouth. Always checks pastures etc to be sure no trash has blown in.
They really are awesome little horses!
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