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ok so i have a small quarter horse and her only socialization with other horses is once a week when i take her to my barn for a lesson once a week. Her only other socialization is the 2 "outside" dogs. She is young (3 1/2) so i feel it is vital for her to have other horses around... could a mini be the answer? is getting a mini a good or bad idea?(a horse is just out of the question as of now)

if it is a good idea, what do minis take as far as care taking (ie. feeding amounts)
Do minis living expenses cost as much as horses?
 

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I feel a mini is a great idea. We did the same thing here. We have two mares and when one of us goes riding the other horse sits at home all upset so we bought a mini to keep the other horse company. It has worked out very well for us. They do take the same maintanance as a big horse. You still have vet and shoer that costs the same. Or at least for us it does. But the feed bill is alot smaller. You do have to be carefull they dont founder in the spring time on grass. Its best to just get them a muzzle. Minis stay very fat as it is. Or ours does. I guess I can only speak for ours. Im sure they are probably all different. Id do it! Let us know what happens!
 

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I have mini. I have about 2 acres fenced in with 2 other horses. The only problem I have encountered is I MUST leave a grazing muzzle on him in the spring/summer/fall. He keeps it on for 12 hours and comes in a stall at night for 12 hours. If you have short grass or a dry lot it would be best. I feed my mini a flake of hay at night with about 1/4 lb of triple crown 30% supplement.

My mini loves to run about with my young yearling and loves to groom with my old horse too. I like my mini and thing they can be great cheap companions. Best of luck on your search if you choose to get one.
 

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We have two miniatures currently.
Depending if your horse is pasture kept 24/7 would a miniature be easy. If so, then yes. Our just stay out in the pasture with the horses all the time. I dont have problems with them getting fat. And they have unlimted hay.. They dont eat much. They are very easy to take care of. As for trimming, they have very small feet, so I just do it myself when they need it. They seem to keep them worn down...
I think a miniature would be a great pal if you dont have room for a horse.
 

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I did the reaserch on this once. The only issue that I know of is you have to worry about the big horse hurting the little horse. We have a very dominant mare, so it was out of the question. I think our mare would hurt or kill a mini if it got to close to her food. I have heard on rare occasions of this happening too.
 

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I think anything from the equine family would be better than nothing at all. I would watch them at first to make sure that your 'horse' doesn't try to beat up/pick on the 'miniature horse'. I've seen horses and miniature horses getting along just fine. Let us know how it goes, and good luck.
 

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depends on the personalities of the horses. my geldings would kill my mini geldign if they were todgether but my mini filly got out with the big horses and they were just fine together, if fact everyone was sad when I went and got her. lol!! like I said, depends on the personalities of the two.
 

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I believe all horses are different, I myself would not put a miniature in with my full size horses, nice or not, to much can go wrong, and I for one do not need the extra vet bills, for any injuries. Although some say they have had minis in with full sizes horses may work for them , great...I have to much invested to take a chance. All horses will have a bad, at some point...:)
 

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I know of someone with a 17.3 hand warmblood, kept company by a mini. The mini rules the roost! Farrier, dentist, and vet bills will still be expensive, but feed bill will be much less
 

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We keep show miniatures, and they are 100% kept separate from our big horses. We've kept grade ponies with our big horses, but there's just so much at risk with the little ones (and ours are only weanlings at the moment), but they're too valuable to be possibly trampled by my big paint gelding.
 

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Like people have been saying, it depends greatly on the horse's personality.

I used to board one of my minis with an old appy gelding. You have to gradually get them used to each other, because a lot of horses FREAK when they see another equine of such small size. A good idea would be to have a "trial run" with your potential mini, to see if the two get along. It would be a shame for you to buy another horse, just for them to not get along and you having to seperate them...or worse.

Actually, I just made a post today on my blog, The Miniature Horse Network, about if minis are right for you. It may help you out. HERE is the link.

Hope that helps,

~TheGoldenFilly
 
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