I just had a few questions on mini horses...
1) to hold on to one, do your house have to be zoned for horses?
2) I know all general horse and grooming nurture, is there anything special you need to know about charitable for one?
3) i have a very large backyard, competent to hold a mini, but live on a mountain with coyotes- can you coyote proof a stall or pasture?
4) any other information would be helpful!
1) Depending on where you live, your house probably does enjoy to be zoned for farm animals. You probably couldn't keep one in the suburbs.
2) I don't give attention to there is anything special you need to know about gentle for one. I do know that the vet calls for a horse are much more frequent these days compared to decades ago. In general, animals aren't as hardy as they used to be (maybe it's the pollution, perchance it's the new strains of bacteria).
3) No, coyotes are pretty sneaky. Best to keep the mini horses inside a closed barn after dark.
2) Nope, same grooming utensils. You also use them the same as on a large horse.
3) Yep dogs/coyotes are the #1 contract killer of Miniature Horses. You could get a donkey or llama (or alpaca I can't remember which) that can be its friend and then fend off coyotes.
4) Well, Miniatures' foot sometimes dont have to be trimmes quite as often as a sizeable horse's feet, and some farriers might give a discount because it doesn't pocket long :) Ummm...they need the same vaccines as a large horse whether you didn't already know that ^^ and yeah that's about it
I'd be especially worried about a mini w/coyotes. We don't have really greatly of large wild animals, our boarding stable is on the outskirts of a metropolis within a suburban area-so you could probably take my advice with a pellet of salt. I wouldn't turnouot at night, I'd probably use an electric fencing system with an additional strand to discourage wild animals from getting in, and if you own a locking stall then you won't have to worry nearly anything getting in.
Can't help you with zoning, I lately board =)
I know with some minis they don't need grain they're such natural keepers, but they need good hay and atleast a fitting vitamin/mineral supplement or ration balancer.
Minis entail just as much hoof care as an average horse, sometimes more.
They founder easy! Minis catch fat easy (which can cause founder) Unlike a horse, a mini not accustomed to grass can founder on that as capably. We peg ours out in the spring for an hour a day and gradually work the time up until they are accustomed to the grass. (Feed hay within corral) Stear clear of straigh alfalfa. Keep grain intake to a minimum. We use grain as a treat only for our minis. Important article is to watch their weight and feet. This will bequeath you a good indication on how they are doing. have the feet trimmed regularly. The heel on minis give the impression of being to grow longer than the toe and curl under. Prevention is the best key.
If your home is considered surrounded by city limits, yes you would have to get i zoned for horses.