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post #1 of 11 Old 11-27-2015, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Are Miniature horses good paddock mates?

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-28-2015, 02:55 PM
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I probably depends on the larger companion horse. We have minis at our boarding barn. My mare chases them. She doesn't bother any other size including smaller ponies but has a thing about the minis. The minis are I n a different pasture, but when they put my mare in with them for some reason, she wasn't very nice.

There is an 8 year old Oldenburg gelding in the mini pasture now and gets along with them fine.
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-28-2015, 05:26 PM
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I personally don't recommend mixing sizes of horses. It CAN work with a submissive large horse, but I have seen and heard multiple horror stories of minis being bullied, chased, trampled and kicked because they were outmatched by a large horse. Often with fatal results. Minus simply can't outrun a large horse. I have one mare who is very respectful of small horses and minis, but my others are too rough and will chase and bully. My standard donkey is the worst of them all, and has attempted to go through fences to kill one that was boarded here.
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-28-2015, 06:52 PM
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Contrary to above experience, I've known countless minis who are kept with big horses, without any social problems. Including a couple of places I've kept my horses that had them. Of course, like people, horses can occasionally be bullies, so pays to be careful if your horse is one.

BUT minis being tiny, & rarely being 'worked', are far more at risk of obesity/rich feed induced laminitis. Unfortunately this is not uncommon experience for me in my job. People often get minis for company because they perceive them as easier/cheaper than another big horse. They often neglect hoofcare because 'it's just a mini' or some such, although their feet need the same amount of attention as a big horse. They often don't know what a decent weight mini is meant to look like, so minis are often... morbidly obese before they even recognise they're overweight. Or already foundering. To be kept out at pasture with big horses, they generally need to be muzzled. I don't advise it actually.
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-28-2015, 06:57 PM
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They can work and I've seen them work, but they'd need to be tested first as every horse will react differently.
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-28-2015, 11:55 PM
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I have both minis & full sized horses. The minis stay with minis and full sized with full sized. It's way too easy for a mini to get hurt, too easy for it to founder if given the same access to pasture, and the minis need a little better fencing because they think nothing of crawling under or through.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-29-2015, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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So if one only kept their horse on their property, would it be better to get a mini or keep the horse alone?
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-29-2015, 09:32 PM
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Feeding is the biggest issue. A mini will eat to much if fed together. A goat makes a good companion although harder to fence in. Sheep?
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-30-2015, 12:41 AM
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I'd get another horse. When it comes right down to it if you get a healthy, fairly easy keeper they aren't any more expensive than a mini. Both need the same routine care and in our case the minis are on hay year round where the horses survive on pasture except during the winter months so if I ever figured it up the minis are probably a little more expensive.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-30-2015, 08:16 AM
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My old stables had an old paint pony around 14 hands and a little Shetland accompanied her. They did really well today. U either get really nasty Shetlands or really nice ones😊

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