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post #11 of 20 Old 05-03-2014, 04:48 PM
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Minis are also air ferns and depending on your pasture being out full time may result in an obese and possibly laminitic horse. I kept my mini in a dry lot on a hay diet and let her have a couple of hours grazing a day with a grazing muzzle on. I let my mini mare in with my large horse but only because he was old and placid.

I personally wouldn't risk putting a mini in with a herd of large horses.
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post #12 of 20 Old 05-05-2014, 08:32 PM
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We had a 2yr old mini stallion. We kept him with our Llama. He got out one night when one of the big mares was in heat and we found him dead. It was very sad. My guess is one of the geldings killed him. We have one that is a little aggressive (he's 34+). I would be careful. They are so precious. Good luck. I know you will love having your mini. My little avatar here is our mini Gizmo. We miss you Gizz.

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post #13 of 20 Old 05-06-2014, 11:29 AM
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We used to think it was no problem until it suddenly became one. We had an established group of 4 full sized horses and 1 mini out every day together for about 3 weeks with no apparent problems.
One of the full sized horses is a real loner, he stays off by himself and doesn't like any other horse coming near. One day the mini must have taken just 1 step too many towards him and he turned and ran that mini down with ears flat and teeth bared. He knocked her back legs out from under her and fortunately we were able to get in there and separate them.
Any other time the other full sized horses would just move away and he would go back to eating and not give chase. With the mini, he seemed to realize she had no defenses.
I think that sometimes normal sized horses don't always realize that a mini is just another horse and will take advantage of the situation.
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post #14 of 20 Old 05-06-2014, 01:55 PM
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at the barn where my guy is they have a mini, my horse hates him with a passion. Avoids him at all costs, and my guy is usually the one chasing the other horses around establishing dominance.
go figure!
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post #15 of 20 Old 05-06-2014, 03:06 PM
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My mare is pastured with two minis. She is convinced they are foals and acts like they are made of glass. That being said she will also let them push her around. They are never out of their stalls unsupervised and are not out all day. They are out 2 times a day for at least an hour to 2-3 hours. The mini's owner is always there with them when they are out and is either watching them or cleaning their stalls.
I would not pasture full sized horses with minis 24/7. My mare is laid back and dose not kick or buck even when playing so no risk of stray hoof to the head for a mini. IF you want to turn the full sized horse out with minis i would run the play out of them first, but i would not let them out 24/7 with a full sized horse.

(My mare is a 14-14.2hh arab so she is a lil on the small side herself)
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post #16 of 20 Old 05-09-2014, 04:59 PM
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My huge shire cross has lived with his best friend, mini shetland, Bo, the whole time we have had him.
This said, he is not a kicker and is quietly dominant over the mini. He also lives with a herd of sheep, who are lambing right now and he really looks after them.
But they should be introduced carefully and properly.
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we got her ... sparkles

she is pastured with a 9yr old QH, a 2 yr old QH and a 19 yr old standardbred

she moves the 2 yr old off her feed, and is working on the 19 yr old --- but falls well below the 9 yr old in the pecking order
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post #18 of 20 Old 05-09-2014, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by jmike View Post
we got her ... sparkles

she is pastured with a 9yr old QH, a 2 yr old QH and a 19 yr old standardbred

she moves the 2 yr old off her feed, and is working on the 19 yr old --- but falls well below the 9 yr old in the pecking order
Haha cheeky! I've heard they can be very bossy. Ours is a strange one and just goes with the flow, very placid and doesn't mind being bottom of the pecking order. Sometimes catch him trying to boss the sheep around though.. Bless
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post #19 of 20 Old 05-11-2014, 05:43 PM
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I think it would be fine, as long as they get along :)
My two minis and full sized geldings get along just fine. The worst that has happened is when they get excited some times my mini stallion gets pushed around.
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post #20 of 20 Old 05-11-2014, 05:59 PM
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Pasturing Minis with Big Horses

My mare is pastured with an elderly TB gelding, a mini donkey gelding and a mini horse gelding. They all get along really well. My mare has gotten really attached to the mini horse; he's been on stall rest due to laminitis and we stop by whenever we can for a visit:
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