Miniature Horses are absolutely adorable, and it’s no wonder that so many people want them – they seem like ideal little pets. While Minis can make great companion horses, you shouldn’t rush into buying a Mini unless you’re familiar with these five aspects of owning a Miniature Horse.
Many Minis Can’t Deal with Grass
It may seem that caring for a Mini will be a cinch, but many Minis can’t deal with grass turnout. Minis are prone to becoming overweight and to foundering on the rich grasses common in most of America. Your mini may need a dry lot, so it’s important to consider whether your facility can appropriately provide for the Mini’s needs.
You’ll Have the Same Vet and Farrier Costs
While it may seem that it’s far more affordable to keep a Mini than it is to keep a full-sized horse, that’s not necessarily true. Yes, Minis eat less than their full-sized counterparts, but Minis require the same vet and farrier care that horses do. Their vaccinations, teeth floating, and hoof trims all cost the same, so owning a Mini is very much like owning a full-sized horse.
Additionally, if you’ll be boarding your Mini, expect to pay boarding costs close to what you would pay for a full-sized horse. Some barns offer discounts for boarding Minis, but others charge the going rate for a stall no matter how small the horse is.
Minis Require Training and Regular Handling
Just like horses, Minis require training and regular handling. Plan on working with your Mini at least a few times a week to keep his manners in check.
Minis Require Weight Monitoring
Minis can quickly become overweight, which can threaten their health. You will need to carefully monitor your Mini’s weight and may need a way to restrict his diet to help him lose weight. You may need to put your Mini in his own paddock so that you can regulate how much he eats.
Your Mini May Need Special Fencing
If you plan on bringing your Mini home to a horse farm, you may need to carefully assess your fencing. Depending on the size of the Mini that you buy, you may need to add an additional lower line of fencing to prevent the horse from crawling under the existing pasture fencing.
Minis can be a lot of fun to have around the barn, but you need to make sure that you’re up to the task of providing them with the care that they need.