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post #1 of 10 Old 09-22-2015, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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Question How much space does a mini horse need?

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I have been training my friends two mini horses for about a month and so far I have halter Broken them in just a few days, and started lunging them and walking since they are pretty fat :P so anyways, I now really REALLY want to get one for myself. I have a year of riding experience on normal sized horses and maintainence since at my place we do riding and maintainence. So I'm wondering how much space I need for one. My yard is about 1/4 of an acre with loads of grass on a slight hill. My mum is the next problem she's pretty tough when it comes to getting pets but she literally melted when I showed her Storm (one of my friends mini horses) so I guess I have a fair chance. I have managed to get 3 guinea pigs, 4 fish and 2 rabbits which I care and pay for all myself. She knows I'm responsible and she even loves horses. I'm not greedy and I will have plenty of time to care for one since I basically have no life outside of school :P I love my pets but I really want something more engaging, I can walk a mini horse to the park down the road for excersize and train him/her to be the best horse ever. Please don't say I don't know anything and I'm a noob because I do have experience and I apologise for this very long message :) please help me and any tips/info is much appreciated and yes I have done a lot of research!
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A yard would probably work fine for a mini! They do tend to be on the chubby side though, so keep it well exercised!

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I have 3 and their lot is about 1/8 of an acre. That's plenty of room for them to run around as much as they want. They like to do laps around their barn. One thing to think about is that minis shouldn't have a lot of grass and it's best to have a dry lot (bare ground with no or very little grass growing in it) and then if you want have a pasture area that you can let them graze for short periods of time. Unfortunately this means providing hay year round and not being able to depend on grass to feed them for the major part of the year.

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post #4 of 10 Old 09-22-2015, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hi stormwolf68 and JCnGrace,
Thanks for the info but I found out that my yard basically consists of the top 20 toxic plants to horses :( any ideas on how to make it possible? I thought about fencing off the area at the back where most of the plants are but I don't know... Thanks again, Bea :)
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-23-2015, 08:58 AM
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Hi & welcome,

Unless you have other grazing animals for it to hang out with, I wouldn't suggest getting only one horse(whatever size). They do tend to survive, but they're herd animals & tend to stress & be unhappy alone. Like a dog. I like dogs & horses, so don't want to make them miserable, so wouldn't consider keeping a lone animal like that.

Also, while you do sound responsible, you don't mention a job or money to pay for stuff, and horses(of any size) are a lot more expensive to keep than guinea pigs. I suggest before you get your hopes up, even if your mum might help you pay, you work out your budget. There will be hay, supplements, farriery, dentistry, vet bills, worming and equipment to consider for a start.

Assuming you 'can do' and can get a couple of minis, or a mini & a goat or some such(does your mum knit?? Angora or sheep she can use wool from?? ) then yes, a quarter acre will be adequate, and altho I agree with people's caution about too much feed for a mini, that area is likely to be eaten out very quickly, so you'll soon be left with a dirt yard & feeding hay full time(they need about 2% bodyweight daily in forage). As someone else suggested, you could always fence off half of it for them to live in, and let the rest grow & be grazed only part time.

Yes, poisonous plants need to be fenced off or got rid of, especially if there will be no grazing.
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Have you double checked that you are properly zoned for horses?

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post #7 of 10 Old 09-23-2015, 12:55 PM
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The horse would need shelter. A shed would work. And you need to consider the cost of a vet and farrier. Personally, I'd kill those weeds dead and then do a bit of reseeding. You could fence off a paddock area as a dry lot and only let the mini out on grass for a limited amount of time...once the grass grows. Also, some weed seeds can be dormant in the soil for years before they sprout and grow so your weed battle could be a long one. Actually a battle with weeds is a constant one.
Also keep in mind that horses like to be part of a herd so a friend may not be a bad idea.
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-23-2015, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hi DustBunny,
I'm from Australia and my friend lives a few blocks away with her sheep and horses so I'm hoping it's the same rules for here.i want to get 2 but I'm not sure if that's enough space. Any tips on convincing mum? She pretty much told me there was no way in hell until we move house, we are looking to move to a larger property where we can have enough space for a few big horses and ponies/minis. It crushes me to not be able to have a pair of minis. But we will see.
And to Loosie, I am 14 and I work at my barn and pet sit for people so that's how I get money.
Thank you guys so much! Maybe sometime soon I will be able to show her this thread and she will understand just how much this means to me.
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Any tips on convincing mum? She pretty much told me there was no way in hell until we move house, we are looking to move to a larger property where we can have enough space for a few big horses and ponies/minis.
She must be planning on a quite big property for that many paddock beasts! Lucky you guys. Perhaps you just need to be patient. Unfortunately, being a mum who loves animals(I'd have a zoo if I could!), loves my kids & likes to indulge them where possible... but don't have a big property(I'm on 1/3 acre & agist my horses), or unlimited funds, there are reasons for 'no way in hell' that there's no point in trying to convince otherwise... unless perhaps you win Tattslotto & can buy property!
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Yeah we are hoping for minimum 5 acres and we go searching every once in a while to find properties, thanks for all the help even if I don't get a pair of minis now I will definitely in the future since mum said yes to minis when we move and a few years ago dad promised me a big horse! I hope we move with in the next few years!
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