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    Does anyone long rein/drive/ride their mini bitless?

    Locket is going to be 4 in August and we plan to start training him. He is a good size so should be suitable as kids riding pony like our other adults and i plan to long rein him this summer, doing some short walks with the kids on with aim this winter he'll start his training as a lead rein...
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    Advice/Views please on my little gelding - Poor confirmation/possibly dwarf

    I got Splash when he was 18 months old, i had no intention of getting him.. took one look at him and just remember the money, time and heart ache of my first two rescued minis... but after i had time to think about it i took pity on him and he came home with me! He was very poorly, crawling in...
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    Undershot Jaw & Twisted front teeth..

    i bred this little boy so obviously after the decision to see how he coped as dealing with a reasonably bad undershot jaw i would obviously keep him. (mum is retired from breeding.. he was her last foal, dad was gelded the year he was born.. and he is a gelding.. so i do hope i've acted like the...
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    Do minimal dwarf miniatures age quicker/have shorter life spn

    I have a suspected minimal dwarf miniature... or if not his confirmation is terrible and he has an array of medical problems!! Either way recently i've notice he just appears old.. if that makes sense.. past year he's gone quite high withered and this weekend we've had some damp weather and...
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    Locking Stifles - But not reacting to normal treatment..

    I have a 4yr old british shetland pony. She is out of miniature parents who are 33" and 33.5" and she is currently standing in excess of 36/37" so she has way overshot both her parents and pretty much all her siblings! She came back to me April 2010 and i had noticed her locking stifles (upward...
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    Not quite right... but can't put my finger on whats up..

    I've noticed lately that my 3yr old colt is slightly 'off' but i can't quite put my finger on what is up with him.. He is still eating, drinking, active (to a sort) and doing everything that he should.. But he seems down at times.. slightly depressed and quiet... has a bit of a bloated belly...
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    Adult teeth not erupting...

    I took splash, my 6 yr old (suspected) dwarf down to the vets today to have his teeth floated. Routine.. or so i though.. She standed working with him and instantly found bit of tooth.. closer expection showed a baby cap that had broken that had to sitting where the adult tooth should have...
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    Any advice for caring/managing a mini with an undershot jaw..

    Haven't posted on here in a while... my baby boy, Locket who was born with various other problems a long with an undershot jaw is now 2yrs old and was discussing him with vet today when getting his teeth checked. He still has a few niggly problems and dispite vet/edt trying a new thing to see...
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    Touchy Miniature Filly...

    My rising 4yr old filly has recently become very touchy. She has been biting if we try to touch her sides/flanks/belly... i tried to check how warm she was this morning and she nearly took my leg off and drew blood! But yet she is ok to be brushed.. its just general fussing. Now normally she...
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    Miniature unable to eat hay...

    Locket is a yearling who was born not quite right. He was a late foal, mum wasn't ment to be in foal as vet scanned her empty, when he was born he had undershot jaw, enlarged joints and we had two episodes of mystery lameness. My vet has worked to try and correct the jaw/prevent it becoming too...
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    Older entires showing agression towards big horses..

    So more of an interesting thing i've noticed rather than anything else. I recently rescued a 16yr old stallion who'd been neglected, been living with a herd of entires of all older ages and all trying to kill each other! So he is currently being rehabilitated. Still in field by himself but...
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    5 week old colt foal attacking other, adult horses!

    Few days ago i noticed Twister, my 5 week old miniature colt foal striking out at the fence when ever any of the colts got close.. i thought it odd but will admit i didn't take much notice. However today everything got a lot worse! I put my 3yr old filly out with the 2 mares and foal, Twister...
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    At what age do your colt's start covering..? EDITED

    As the title states really? What age do you first use a young stallion on mares? And how many mares do you give them for there first year? And do you allow them to run with them or cover in hand? Edited: Thanks for all the replies. Certainly seems to be a cover at either 2 or 3yrs old. So my...
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    1 month old foal down on his heels..

    My coloured colt was born very down on his heels, farrier came out to him at 2.5 weeks old and trimmed his feet, he did say he'd never seen feet so long on one so young before.. to just keep running the rasp over him every few weeks, its been 3 weeks and although someone said to me he'd come up...
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    Clipped my 2 yearlings..

    Little Locket, who was born a bit.. wrong.. still under vet treatment for his undershot jaw but rest of him i don't think is looking too bad... still gonna be gelded come winter thats for sure but maybe he'll be able to drive or something when older.. At the moment he is doing therapy pony work...
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    Young foal with a odd coloured tongue...

    Tonight i noticed by 4 day old foal has a odd coloured tongue. His gums and bottom on his tongue the normal pinky colour.. but the top is a bit of browny/yellowish (off milk) colour. Now i may just be having a dumb blonde moment but cant' say i've ever noticed something like this before on my...
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    Estimating adult height..

    I've been looking at the info pages on here as trying to do some esimating of adult height on my youngsters, aged foals - 2yrs old. I'm sort of coming unstuck... especially when i compair the height's i'm getting to a height of my 3 yr old.. Chaos was born at 22" tall, very tall, very leggy...
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    My 3rd and final foal of 2009

    Born 4am this morning, after quite a bit of help Piper finally gave us a very leggy chestnut & white colt. Calekio Painted Whirlwind aka Twister. Mum and baby doing well now, although mum is understandable shattered after a hard delievery. Twister is already shaping up to be a little...
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    My 2009 foals so far..

    This year we have 3 foals due... all by my now gelded piebald stallion... (who when he puts colour on he don't do by halfs! As seen below!) First to arrive was Calekio RainCloud, a beautiful black filly - after a 3 week wait first time mum Minx gave birth in the rain at 3pm in the...
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    Temperature control problem... getting too cold..

    I've 3 little ponies who i asked advice on if they dwarfs... someone said one (the worse of the 3) was definatly a dwarf), but all three have been loosing weight in the cold weather we currently have. We have had nights around -5 and days around -1 (currently a bit warmer... but not much)...
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