I've owned and shown horses for 4 years, and now we're working on something we've wanted to do since we started, but we now have the knowledge to move forward. We want to start our own mini farm, but I still have some questions about different things.
We will start getting a harem of mares together as soon as we upgrade our property, extend our pastures (basically decreasing our yard work which is FINE with us!), and adding stalls and all that good stuff, so I have a wagon load of questions!
1.) Mini's can have overo coloring, so does the OLWS gene exist too? I would think so, but I'm not familiar with mini breeding.
2.) What other defects (besides dwarfism) can happen to minis that could be potentially fatal?
3.) What is a good stall size for minis?
4.) Are the 'arab' style face clips still 'in' or was it a small fad?
5.) What type of fencing have you found to be affordable, and safe?
6.) Alf-Alfa is rich for full grown horses, so if you have a mini mare who is pregnant and you can't feed it grass hay because of fescue, how much (or should I say, how little) should you feed a mini?
Our goals are to build a small harem of great mares (which is going to be expensive, but it'll be worth every penny saved to buy quality), and show them.. The mares, once proven, will be bred to stallions who also have their own sets of credentials, and from there our farm will hopefully grow to be one of the best! But first, we have to make our property nice and safe to contain and manage a small herd of minis, as well as support two regular horses. We're looking to also in compliments to conformation, to breed for color - don't get me wrong - Color isn't necesarry, but I show an APHA gelding who I'm going to show on the PtHA circuit as well, and it'd be utterly convenient to pack him and a few minis to head out to a show, ya know?
Soo yeah, it'll take awhile to build but I think it'll be well worth it.