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post #1 of 9 Old 05-29-2015, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Mini for my first horse

Hey:) so ive been thinking about getting a mini for my first horse. Any opinions? tips? I am having a very hard time choosing what kind of horse to get. I love riding and plan on getting a draft cross for my riding horse but i figured a mini might be a good first companion horse? any and all opinions i would appreciate

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-29-2015, 07:13 PM
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You can certainly hone groundwork skills with a mini. I hope you realize that they are best kept on a dry lot with minimal access to grass as they are prone to founder. The sugars are highest by about noon when we have cool evenings and hot days. Then the sugar levels drop toward evening. My horses are out about dark and in about 8:30am where it's dark to escape the bugs. They get hay while in. OOPS - Welcome, hope you stay with us. We're a great bunch.

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Thank you:) i plan on staying this forum has given me so much useful info on horses. Now how are minis for driving? and how much can one pull?
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-29-2015, 07:33 PM
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Get a couple minis. They get lonely:). I'm new to minis and just bought my first little girl Jewel about 3 weeks ago. I also have a 17 year old Quarter Horse. I am head over heels in love with this mini filly. We are having fun working on her groundwork and some clicker training. She's smart as a whip and boy she will try and get away with stuff if you aren't on top of it. my best advice is to treat your mini like she's 1000 pounds. It's very easy to get in the mind frame of treating them like a dog but they very much have the mind of a horse. Jewel is very tiny right now at only 92 pounds but she doesn't know it. lol. I am enjoying her so much that I am actually bringing home another mare tomorrow:)
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-29-2015, 08:16 PM
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I have seen a mini pull one adult of average size .
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-29-2015, 08:45 PM
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I'm actually trying to decide if I would like to get a large mini for driving myself. I've worked with them before and they're about like a large horse- but Prisstine is right, you need to treat them like big horses! Otherwise they can be the chihuahuas of the horse world.
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-29-2015, 10:44 PM
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They are cute, addictive and can be little poop heads but I adore my minis.

Like Stevenson said they can pull an adult. Even ones on the smaller side can as long as it's on flat, smooth terrain.

I'm not a fan of using a mini as a companion for a full size horse. Minis have no compunctions about trying to push a bigger horse around and it wouldn't take much of kick to seriously and even fatally wound the mini, even it was just a play kick. You also have to really control a mini's food intake unless you want a foundered marshmallow on toothpicks. Mine are on a dry lot with limited hay and they are still too fat.

If you can only have 2 equines you're better off going for 2 of like sizes. Now if you can manage 4 equines 2 minis and 2 full size would be wonderful. LOL

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-30-2015, 12:08 AM
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To be honest I'd probably recommend a pony over a mini.

A somewhat larger pony can be ridden by children/small adults (a great help if your horse needs exercise). They can also be kept more easily with other horses (less of a risk of injury from a large horse) and more traditional fences can keep them in. It's also easier to have them boarded places, and could be easier to sell on.

I guess I'd just wonder why you would want a mini for first horse. If you want to get into riding, going with lessons and then a good riding horse is probably the best path :)

However, as a disclaimer, I'm not a fan of minis, so my opinions are a biased.
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-30-2015, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Well I live in South East Alaska. I dont really have the room at the moment for a full size horse or I would just take the plunge and get my dream horse (Percheron) but at the moment I the space and availability for feed and hay for a big horse like that. So I figured that since i want a horse now and ive never owned one before that a mini or even a shetland would be a good start, I would most likely learn to drive and if i went with a shetland i would use him/her for packing as well.
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