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  1. We just feed a locally manufactured 14 percent grain to almost everybody with varied amounts, depending on their need. Our grass hay is also locally grown. They also get a vitamin/mineral with salt supplement. (We are in a low selenium region.) Your seniors look in good weight, but we've had seniors drop weight (usually rescues) who benefit from a Senior Grain. This year we had two "older to middle-aged" stallions drop weight with their pacing.....even though they had girls with them, so we fed them the Senior Grain plus soaked beet pulp and they look amazing now.
  2. Good advice from Cayuse about the legs. We also use the command "Foot" or "Hoof" when praising. And then pat the bottom of the hoof. It's a gradual process. Once he is okay with patting, do a swipe with the hoof pick.
  3. From the pictures you posted, including her teats, she is probably a maiden. Maidens can be tricky as they don't show as obviously as experienced mares. Keep us posted!
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    Newbie to the forum.

    Are they also getting a vitamin/mineral block or a crumble version?
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    Newbie to the forum.

    Welcome Aboard! And Kuddos for rescuing two middle-aged mares! We've owned and bred minis for 28 years and WE are still learning stuff..... We have only fed BOSS or flaxseed for shedding off or improving their coats. What else have you been feeding them? Are you worried about their weight?
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    colt nutrition

    We feed a 14 percent locally manufactured grain to everyone who needs it......Amounts vary according to the need. (We had 2 stallions get underweight during breeding season with their pacing, so added a senior grain AND soaked beet pulp to their diet and they are looking wonderful now.) Nursing mares have always been fed 4 to 6 cups of the 14% morning and night, again according to their need..... Foals often share, but we try to give them their own as they start learning that what mom is eating is rather good. Our foals are always grained for at least the first year into their 2nd year and then we make a judgement call on graining further. Any who are not being grained are still getting a vitamin and mineral supplement. For weaning, we have tried all the different ways that you describe and have settled on the complete separation as the least stressful for both mom and baby. (They call for each other for a day or two and then life goes on.... ) The gradual method seems to just prolong the emotional stress plus keeps the mare producing milk longer. We also keep the foal in with his/her familiar surroundings and pasture mates and move the mare into another paddock. The mare gets NO grain and even if she has been bred again we do not grain her until at the earliest her mid-term. The most important time to bring on the grain to a pregnant mare is actually her last tri-mester, unless she is underweight. It's those last few months when the foal in-utero is growing the most. That's just what WE do..... It's taken us many years to settle on this method.
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    New mom needs advice

    Horses are a herd animal, so getting a second isn't a bad idea. We got our first mini in 1990. She was an older weanling, but we also had 4 pygmy goats to keep her company initially. Two months later we bought a second filly and the two were best buddies and I think our first girl was happier. However, our first one also bonded to US much more before we got her friend. She and I are still bonded more than any of our others we've since bought (or rescued).... She's 28 now and yes, we still have her......The second filly, died a few years ago from cancer.
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    Advice on Horse therapy training

    I'm surprised no one else has responded. There have been several other mini horse owners who have done what you describe. We've done it for a local retirement home, but it's been awhile. The one thing you should look into is liability insurance regarding your horse. We have a farm policy as part of our house insurance which covers taking our horses off the property.
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    Advice on Horse therapy training

    What kind of therapy work are you planning? If you mean taking him into Nursing Homes, etc..... you really don't need to be licensed for that.
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    Awww......... Yes, they do become very personable....especially when you get them one on one. Eight years is a nice long life for a chicken.
  11. Good! If you can feel something, I bet the vet will be able to have something to work with. BTW, around here it's fly season.....So, we are putting off gelding for about a month or so.
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    Heritage of mini horses lines

    You have some old big names in both your boys' background.... Champion bloodlines. Buckeroo, Rowdy. and Red Boy..... The history of the miniature horse -- way back is rather murky. Miniature horses all have Shetland in their background somewhere and probably Welsh Pony too........The American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR) was the first to be formed by breeders of small Shetlands........ And because of the height issue some breeders formed The American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA).
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    Just dropping himself to the ground

    I agree that it should be the child who does the correcting and the water idea is good too.
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    Stop Throwing Your Food!!!

    I like the carpet idea! It's cheaper than rubber mats.
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    Stop Throwing Your Food!!!

    We've had decent luck with laying down a row of rubber mats for their hay and then puting scoops of grain over the hay piles. Seems to keep them focused. They are probably nosing and tossing to get to fine bits and seeds in the hay.