What is the first advice?

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  1. Dec 5, 2018 #1

    Zarah

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    I’m wondering what the first advice you’d give to someone looking for a place that would be suitable for miniature horses, and what would be the first advice on buying a miniature?

    One day I’d like to see about having the land and the miniatures.
     
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    Firstly you’d either want very small paddocks with low sugar grass or yards/stables as miniatures are known for getting fat on air and are also prone to conditions such as laminitis and EMS. I’d say that’s the main thing, depending on what you plan on doin with them you may want to look for a place with hills, trails, shows nearby, etc. You’re going to need to monitor your minis weight very carefully and research signs and symptoms of the conditions minis are prone to. Also don’t get caught into the way of thinking that miniatures need less exercise than bigger horses, exercise lowers blood sugars, keeps weight off and is fun for the horses and you!
     
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    Couldn't agree with RebelZ more. I would want somewhere to be able to lock them up in the event of laminitis or to restrict grass intake. A combination of small yards and paddocks works well here.

    The answer to question 2 really depends on you. Is the miniature for yourself ? For kids? What you are intending to do with the mini etc. Do you have experience with horses ?
     
  4. Dec 9, 2018 #4

    Zarah

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    I’m a total newby, but the smaller size of these horses seem more manageable that some huge horse. I would think kids would come visit. Posting this, it seems as if somewhat pets for adults. Is this bad?
     
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    Miniature horses are still horses. Yes, they are more manageable because of their small size. But they have temperaments just like big horses; not all are "kid" horses. They can live in small places, such as a town yard if your town allows it. Having one is fine, as long as he gets attention. You might look into finding a local club, and visiting with horse owners to get more care information. Every horse person has to start somewhere; we never stop learning. Having a miniature horse for a pet is perfectly fine!
     
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    Marsha has a good point in finding a local club so you can learn some basics.
     
  7. Dec 12, 2018 at 10:53 PM #7

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    Thanks Ladies. I’ll start looking around to see if there is a club that is around that has at least a few minis.
     

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