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post #1 of 6 Old 01-22-2015, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Mini horse cost?

Okay, so I'm not actually 'new to horses' but I'm new to mini owning.
I am looking at a miniature mare (33") and I was wondering about how much it costs monthly to sustain a mini. She appears to be an easy keeper (not a complete air fern, but she's still a mini) barefoot with nice feet.

Please don't try to talk me out of this, I already own a horse and work at a barn 7 days a week and give lessons blah blah. Point is I want a companion for my horse who only gets along with minis and small ponies.

Any insight appreciated :)
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-22-2015, 08:44 PM
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Feed is way cheaper. As far as trimming and such, it is the same. One thing I like, is I can give the remnants of a tube of dewormer to my pony/mini instead of using a brand new tube and wasting half of it! (Of course, I put it with grain so I don't actually stick the same tube in her mouth as I did the other horse...) I love her, though! They are so much fun! Food is like 1/4 as much as regular horse so there is a plus...
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Do their feet usually need to be done more or less often than regular horses? My horse is currently on a 5 week schedule.

Also, have you found that they do well just living out or do they usually need to be stalled at night? And how much do you usually pay to board a mini?

I'm thinking maybe just rent another stall from BO and buy my own bedding and hay just for mini?
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I get mine done just as often as my horse. I know some people think that mini's have worse feet but I haven't noticed a difference. I guess it depends on the horse. As far as boarding, I can't really help. I keep mine in my backyard, but I keep her out in the pasture with the others all the time and haven't had any problems.
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minis need their feet done just as often. Same with floating, vaccines, etc. price is the same. Very few boarding facilities give discounts for boarding mini.
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My horses are on an 8 week schedule and the minis get theirs trimmed every other farrier visit. They never get overly long in that 16 week period, don't chip or split and if they got done more often than that there wouldn't be anything to take off.

Mine are on a dry lot and have a barn they can go in or out of at will. They spend most of their time out. I prefer not to have mine on pasture because I don't want to risk laminitis/founder so that means haying them year round, which means we probably spend more food dollars on them than we do on the other horses that are only fed hay 3 or 4 months out of the year since we have plenty of pasture.

I do not keep my minis in with full size horses and I don't recommend it. If you've ever watched horses playing you've likely seen horse #1 running and bucking with horse #2 running right along behind and having to raise it's head in order to avoid the kicks of horse #1. Minis can't raise their heads high enough to avoid the kick so you're looking at possible serious injuries or even death.

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