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post #1 of 7 Old 10-08-2015, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Tell Me About Minis!

Hi guys. I was wondering if there was a sticky or something on here about miniature horses? My best friend has owned quarter horses for years and I've always loved horses. I'm getting interested in owning one in the future, and I was wondering what I need to know about miniature horses before I would get one? Pros? Cons? I'm most likely not going to be buying any kind of horse for at least a year just to make sure I don't jump into it without enough knowledge. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-09-2015, 12:11 PM
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I remember years ago when they first started breeding miniature horses and they cost a bundle. There were a lot of horrible genetic results but eventually they ended up with pretty decent minis that look like a true miniature of a horse and not just another pony. I watched a horse parade recently and there were tons of minis there. There was only one grouping that were the distorted body shapes, twisted legs and even faces that many of the original minis were born with-obviously not the kind of breeding that should be encouraged!

Now, unfortunately now I see a lot of minis out there that are dumped for very cheap prices or sent off to an auction. I suspect that non-horse people buy them as pets and they end up becoming unmanageable and/or hurting a kid. The biggest thing to know about minis is to remember that they are a horse and treat them as such. Teach them manners and work with them and they are a lot of fun.

You can trick train them and/or drive them and join one of the Miniature Horse Clubs for showing and information. One thing that bothers me a lot is the number of people I see putting their great big kids on one of these little guys.
They simply aren't constructed for heavy riding but people don't seem to realize that there is a difference between a stout pony and a mini horse.

Minis obviously need a lot less food than a full sized horse but every other expense is about the same. They are pretty easy to transport too-I've seen people take the seats out of their mini-vans, cover the floor with rubber mats and haul their minis back there. Of course you have to build a little portable ramp and teach them to use it too.

If you are on Facebook, check out the Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses page. They have some of the highest quality minis I've ever seen and they take them into hospitals all over the world to visit patients.
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How much land do they need to live on? About how much could I expect to spend a year on average on one? Thanks!
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-10-2015, 09:02 PM
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I own/show/breed minis, they are TONNES of fun. But they are proper horses they need the same care but in miniature sizes. They manage on quite a small area of land, but you still need a good acre to make sure they get enough exercise and grazing. Cost is a factor individual to the horse. I have spent hundreds on one horse, nothing on another. AS said, you have to remember they are miniature. Most problems with minis are that people overfeed and overwork them or treat them like dogs and ruin them
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-12-2015, 06:39 AM
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How much land depends on how many you've got, how much you want to feed them, etc. Like any horse, they're best off in an area they can get some exercise & live with herd mates(not nec another mini or horse, could be goat, alpaca, etc.). Like any horse, their primary diet is 'low grade'(compared to most rich horse feeds & cattle fattening pasture) forage, and they aren't built to go hungry between 'meals', but to have small amounts going through their system near constantly. So free choice hay or grazing is generally best.

BUT minis, because of their size & type & lifestyle, are even more prone to obesity & overfeeding. And the serious health probs that go along with that. Lots of exercise, good nutrition & care not to feed rich grass/hay. You can put hay in a 'slow feed' net or such, and soak & drain hay first if it's sweet. You can put a grazing muzzle on a pony with too much grass...
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I've never owned a mini but I understand they are escape artists. What is your reason for wanting a small horse?
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-12-2015, 11:07 AM
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I've never owned a mini but I understand they are escape artists. What is your reason for wanting a small horse?
Kay, I laughed at this....we had 2 mini's....for about 1 1/2 days.....thankfully the breeder took them back!! We could NOT keep them in for any amount of love nor money!!

Our fences are mesh wire, and the pipe gates were covered with mesh wire on the breeding pens, but they found their way OUT!!

They would get in with the big horses, or out in the driveway, and I was so afraid they would wander onto the road if we were gone, so she took them back.
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