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post #21 of 29 Old 12-26-2015, 02:02 PM
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When you are ready, and not before, there are plenty of rescues out there with mini's (and larger) to adopt that will provide guidance without any strings attached (ok well there are strings with a rescue but designed only to help the animals).

Rushing in is never a good thing and while I understand you want to help you seem to know it's a bad idea, at least at this point in time.

Start small and do what YOU want when YOU are ready to do it.
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post #22 of 29 Old 12-27-2015, 09:43 AM
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You guys have confirmed pretty much what I thought. I would not mind taking on two but really it would not the be fair to the animals since I really do not know how to care properly for them. I love having animals around but I would not want to risk their health because I let the ball drop on my end. I originally had thought about a few chickens and a large garden for my first year or two at the new home and had never even considered anything more. If I was confident in caring for a couple of mini horses it might be a neat experience but at this moment I think it would probably be more than I know how to handle.
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Good decision. Start small and enjoy those fresh eggs! :)
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post #23 of 29 Old 12-27-2015, 10:47 AM
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I think everyone has given you excellent advice. If horses were something you were considering, you might think of picking out the two best-behaved minis, but certainly not 8 at one time!!! Minis are still horses and while they eat less and need less space, everything else is the same except you don't get to ride them. It's a HUGE commitment that does not go away. Even two is a lot for someone who hasn't yet done all the research about what is involved in having horses. It's probably a better idea to pass on this situation which could easily become awkward and do the research, THEN look for a horse or two. You were very sensible to ask the question before jumping into this!
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post #24 of 29 Old 12-27-2015, 12:00 PM
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Remember this......There is no such thing as a FREE Horse. (including adopted)

I believe you are making a solid decision. I can't imagine the initial cost of taking 8 minis that have not been cared for - vet, farrier, feed, supplies. I might be tempted with a couple but only if you are ready for a crash course in mini care, and NO stallion.
Enjoy your new home!
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post #25 of 29 Old 12-27-2015, 12:22 PM
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I gotta say, ALL of the posts on this thread have been so helpful for the OP!
My 2 cents?
You are gonna lose this friendship, one way or the other. If you want a horse, you need help and should be picking only one or two FULL SIZED HORSES, that you and your husband can truly enjoy. Minis are ponies, and without regular training they get out of control. Plus, they are strong enough to really hurt you, despite their height. I have a ~1,500 lb, 16'3hh (5'6" tall at his back) horse that wouldn't hurt a child, but it's because I train him to behave and it's every day. Horses are smart and must have good leadership.
Horseman that ENJOY miniature horses don't start with them. They are a special group of people and minis need specialized training. Most of the horse world is looking for a full sized (~14'hh-16'hh) finished horse that lets you groom, handle, tack up and ride and makes all of the money your spend and the caretaking time worth it. Many of us are happy with boarding and may not ever keep a horse in their back yard. Those that do have them behind the house (and that's me,) wished for it for a long time for this and I knew what I was getting myself into. There is not one day that I do not have horse responsibilities, unless my DD's are caring for all of my animals, the few times I go out of town.
I also keep chickens, and getting someone to care for them is far easier than even one horse.
You are a smart cookie. Don't be intimidated or bullied by your "friend" (aka, "user"), who just wants to dump her problem on you. The property sounds nice!

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post #26 of 29 Old 12-27-2015, 07:44 PM
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Yes, you are going to lose this friendship either way. Do what is right for you.
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post #27 of 29 Old 12-27-2015, 08:41 PM
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While I do think taking on 8 minis to start is a lot to handle (not to mention - quite expensive), I also feel everyone has to start somewhere! My family did the same thing you are about 2 years ago. We bought a 9 acre farm and moved our horses to it. Previously our horses were boarded so we had no knowledge of the care that needed to be done, but after a few trials and errors we got into the swing of things and our horses are still going strong two years later! If you'd like to take 2 minis to start I think that would be a great idea. Start doing some research and gain some knowledge about care.

What to feed minis?
How often to have hooves done?
Dry lot vs pasture for minis?
Fencing?
Driving minis? (Just a suggestion since you can't really ride minis!)

Everyone has to start somewhere and the internet is a vast world of knowledge! Asking questions on here is a good idea too because you'll get many opinions and find what works best for you! I think your heart is in the right place and I commend you for wanting to help your friend.

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post #28 of 29 Old 12-27-2015, 08:56 PM
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While I do think taking on 8 minis to start is a lot to handle (not to mention - quite expensive), I also feel everyone has to start somewhere! My family did the same thing you are about 2 years ago. We bought a 9 acre farm and moved our horses to it. Previously our horses were boarded so we had no knowledge of the care that needed to be done, but after a few trials and errors we got into the swing of things and our horses are still going strong two years later! If you'd like to take 2 minis to start I think that would be a great idea. Start doing some research and gain some knowledge about care.

What to feed minis?
How often to have hooves done?
Dry lot vs pasture for minis?
Fencing?
Driving minis? (Just a suggestion since you can't really ride minis!)

Everyone has to start somewhere and the internet is a vast world of knowledge! Asking questions on here is a good idea too because you'll get many opinions and find what works best for you! I think your heart is in the right place and I commend you for wanting to help your friend.
OP wasn't looking to 'start' anywhere. She is being imposed on by a 'friend'
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post #29 of 29 Old 12-27-2015, 08:58 PM
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OP wasn't looking to 'start' anywhere. She is being imposed on by a 'friend'
Oh. What I got from her posts was that she was eventually looking to own some horses but because of her 'friend' it may be coming sooner than later. I also feel that she doesn't feel like she has the know how to care for minis which led to my post of 'starting somewhere'.

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