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post #1 of 6 Old 06-08-2015, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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My mom is really intimidated by my horse because of her size and has mentioned that she would be interested in getting a mini. The place we board at has told us they only charge $100 for full care of a mini. Is that a reasonable price?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-08-2015, 08:28 AM
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Each place is different, it depends what full care is and where you are.

I personally have always considered minis more of a handful than larger horses. Just because they're small, it doesn't mean they're gentle. I've seen a mini drag three grown men attached to a leadrope down a yard.

Have you thought about going to a petting zoo/farm/ breeder to see how your mum reacts around them first?
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Well the place we are at has a yearlong and three year old mini already and she absolutely loves them. I would do lots of groundwork with the horse helping my mom get used to the horse and would probably get one that's slightly younger (less than 5) so it can get a good foundation on it.
The full care board would include constant turn out with the other two minis, feed and a supplment free of cost and daily handling if requested.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-08-2015, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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My mom does seem more confident around them. She was petting the mini and it went to go nip her but she dicisplined it by hitting it on the nose and saying no. With the big horses she just jumps away.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-08-2015, 11:36 AM
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Minis can be great for people who love horses but for one reason or another, can't handle a full-size one. Rather than look for a baby, who might give your mom more problems, look for an older mini with good manners who just needs someone to pet and love on them. She might even be persuaded to drive one, given enough time.

Minis are like any other horse. When people don't discipline them or train them, they can be the chihuahuas of the horse world - nasty, undisciplined and ill-mannered, just like a yappy little purse-dog.

I would look for a mini from a reputable breeder who handles their stock daily, or a mini that is already good on ground manners and possibly drives- many breeders will help you find stock that is pet-quality, animals that have great handling and breeding, but who just aren't cut out for the show pen for whatever reason. If your mom is timid, she needs something that is going to be enjoyable to work around from the get-go.

I hate it when people buy minis going "Oh I'm going to train it to _______". They will turn into the project that never quite got off the ground when you've got bigger things to worry about. Buy one that is already trained for what you want to do, especially for a beginner.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-08-2015, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Alright thank you for the advice, I'll look into it.
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