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Anybody have Miniature horses?
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KellyGa    Posted 10-21-2003 at 13:46:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been looking around online at ones for sale. Wondering if anybody has had any, and if they love having them.

Just thinking about having them instead of llamas. One day. :)


Sarah    Posted 10-22-2003 at 10:14:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello,
Kelly, I do not own mini horses. Yet I do know of someone in NC (where i am from) that raises them and llamas.
They bought the llamas for guards for their minis then decided they liked them so much they would raise them also.
It depends on how a llama is raised and trained to wether or not they will enjoy be petted,etc.
I have had the privilege to own a llama, and she would follow me everywhere, give me kisses, halter,lead,lay down right beside me,etc. I could keep on going about my little baby, that has since passed away. :(, but will not! :)
She never acted standoffish whatsoever.
So my point to it is this: It all depends on how they are raised, handled from birth, and trained .
The farm I mentioned above, is where I will be getting a llama cria from once she is weaned, around the first of the year or so. They are great people to correspond with. Here is the website address for them.
http://www.ganderhill.com
Hope this information helps. I believe their site does tell a bit of info on minis.
You might could even write them and let them give you some GREAT info on them.
The Lady I have been emailing back and forth, is Mary.
Hope this helps!
Have A Great Day,
Sarah from NC (or with a Big S ,right Cindi, )
P.S.
Please don't think I am trying to be bossy or anything about llamas, ok? I was just saying my experience with them have been GREAT. I love them to death. Ok? SO please dont think I am trying to be a know-it-all.
Hope You understand, Have A Great Day!
Sarah


Judy    Posted 10-22-2003 at 08:51:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Kelly!

We have been raising registered American Miniature Horses for about 18 years now, with a herd of 55 head of mostly pinto minis at present. Yes! We dearly love having them--and even though we didn't get into them to "make money", they have been very good to us. We used to raise full sized Appaloosas, had 18 of them until 17 years ago---but, even though I loved the "big guys", it was all money going out! We had a "Go Man Go" bred stallion, and did have some good years raising quality foals, but even when we had years with good sales--- the (especially)feed, training, vet., farm help bills were overwhelming! I woke up one morning and it hit me that before too many more years went by, I was going to be a very broke old lady!!!! By coincidence, we soon went on a vacation and ran across a miniature horse farm, and stopped by for a visit. We were intrigued! The rest, as they say, is history! We bought two minis, with plans to buy one or two more a year. We moved a little faster than that! :o) Within the first year, all but one of the full sized horses were sold, and in crept the minis! The first question that folks ask about them is "What can you do with them?" The answer is, everything that you can do with a full sized horse, except ride it. They make wonderful driving horses, they can easily pull two adults in cart. There are shows for them all over the U.S. (and several other countries). The foals are just the most fun, most are just a little armful at birth! If you have a difference of opinion with one, you just pick him up! We have several herd sires, one of which is a black and white tobiano homozygous stallion, with 12 National Championships within the first 2 generations. Everything that you do with a mini, is easier (and safer) and less expensive than with a full sized horse. Do we enjoy them? We surely do! Kelly, I noticed that you live in Georgia--we are about 20 minutes south of Thomasville, Ga., right on U.S. Hwy 19, so if you are within driving distance, I'd be glad to have you come to the farm for a visit! Just write and let me know if and when you'd like to come!


Ron in TX    Posted 10-22-2003 at 07:43:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a couple of minis, a mare and a stallion, and they are great to have around with our big horses. The minis think they are big and the mini mare rules the roost out the the BIG gelding and paint filly. The little stallion is very sweet and is our watch horse. If anyone comes up the drive, he winnies. They are no more trouble than the big horses and they eat next to nothing. Our next project is to break them to cart if WE ever learn how to drive one, that is. In short, they are fun to have around the house.


KellyGa    Posted 10-22-2003 at 04:03:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the site, I went there, too, earlier. Lots of nice sites for the miniature horses. I just think they are probably a lot more loving than llamas. Don't get me wrong, I love them too, they just seem standoffish if you dont own them.


Be Phlatt    Posted 10-21-2003 at 20:43:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
They have the same care requirements as the bigger horses , they tend to wind up more as "pets" , children love them .......also they can pull small sulkies if you want , pretty neat.....Phlatt


Steve from Tn    Posted 10-21-2003 at 19:31:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
My neighbor across the road raises them to sell.


Fawteen - No, but    Posted 10-21-2003 at 15:02:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
A feller in town has one for a Seeing Eye guide. Wicked neat, stops traffic. If I rummaged around, I could prolly find a link.


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