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post #1 of 29 Old 12-25-2015, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Please help do not know what I am in for

My husband and I are going to be moving into a new home on 8 acres already set up for horses. To be honest I know very little about horses even though my grandparents owned a 600 acre working ranch when I was a child and I spent my summers there. A friend of ours has just gone through a divorce and is unable to keep her 8 mini horses and has come to us asking if we would like to adopt them. I feel like she would teach my daughters and I about good care but I am concerned that there would not be enough land to support them and the cost of veterinarian care plus food each month. Would love to know everyone's opinion on this. I am really concerned about the animals because the pictures of them show me they are underweight and need a good home ( her ex did not do a good job with them while she was gone) but I don't want to take on more than would be fair for the horses. I also know from my experience growing up that taking care of animals involves much more than what most folks realize and so that is why I feel like I need to educate myself what I am in for.
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post #2 of 29 Old 12-25-2015, 05:05 PM
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Welcome and congratulations on the move!

Minis are not regular horses...they need special fencing. They may need specialized dental and farrier care.
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post #3 of 29 Old 12-25-2015, 05:12 PM
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At the same time, with the specialized needs, they are smaller so 8 acres should be plenty to take care of minis.
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post #4 of 29 Old 12-25-2015, 06:13 PM
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TBH, I think you 'friend' is being rather selfish. It is a HUGE responsibility she has asked you to take on, requiring a lot of your time for something that is not your interest.

I suggest you tell your friend you can help her out for two to three months maximum, but she has to check the horses herself once a week at least and if extra feed/farrier/vet etc is required it is her cost. If she is not going to be following through with her interest she should sell them.

Be clear about this. You are not being asked to mind a few pot plants. You and the ponies are not being given much consideration here. I would get it all in writing what is decided between you.

If your friend gets shirty with you, just tell her straight out no. Sorry, but sometimes your friends aren't who you think they are, and a friend in need....

And if you do decide to keep them, get it in writing that they are yours to sell. PLEASE don't omit getting all decisions in writing, it can save so much trouble down the track.

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post #5 of 29 Old 12-25-2015, 06:41 PM
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Minis can be more difficult than big horses, IMO. They are very prone to founder, so you have to be careful how much grass they get. Your friend really needs to give you a LOT of guidance if this is to work, and this is no small undertaking. They may be small, but have BIG attitudes from my limited experience, and altho cute, can be pretty feisty and hard to handle. It is not easy for them to get underweight……at all.

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post #6 of 29 Old 12-25-2015, 06:52 PM
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IMO, as much as I love minis and adore really well built and conformed minis, I would say no. I have 50 + years of horse experience and while I might consider taking on one or 2, EIGHT? ALL AT ONCE? No way Jose. Not even maybe. And, as harsh as this will sound, I wouldn't even allow them to set foot on the new property or you may play merry H*ll getting rid of them.

Tell her you'd be happy to help her find homes (from her property or from where she boards them) or help her get them to a rescue, but don't you ever take responsibility for them or they will become yours and I foresee you will be losing this "friend" regardless of your decision.

This is a tough one and I don't envy you your position.

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post #7 of 29 Old 12-25-2015, 07:04 PM
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I too am in the 'no' camp due to all the previous stated reasons.

Eight minis, the care, feeding, cleaning up after, could be a FULL time job, in which you never receive a paycheck. In fact your money will be flying out of your pocket.
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post #8 of 29 Old 12-25-2015, 07:10 PM
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And this one; "The quickest way to become a millionaire in the horse business is to start with 5 (million dollars)."

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post #9 of 29 Old 12-25-2015, 07:28 PM
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IF you genuinely want to do this (and I would not hesitate to say NO to your friend either) I would highly recommend picking out say 2 of them and not taking them all.
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post #10 of 29 Old 12-25-2015, 09:33 PM
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Having any kind of horses be they full sized or minis means work EVERY DAY. Want to go on vacation? You have to find someone very trustworthy to care for them which is easier said than done. There are a lot of sacrifices horse owners make and if they aren't your passion I can't imagine that those sacrifices would be worth it.

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