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Anerio Deorma posted a topic in General Horse TalkSo I've wanted a horse for some time, and I've settled on purchasing a mini horse at some point, so that I can have a horse without the need for exponential amounts of land, and stables, and the other special ameneties (<- I hope that is spelled right) that a full size horse would need to survive and be happy, I do not intend to take it to any shows or do any type of competitions. I am simply looking for a companion animal (Because as an aspiring game designer, I won't have the time that is required to be dedicated to my horse if it were a full size breed) The catch howerver, is that I know hardly anything about horses aside from what I read in the off-hand during a random google search regarding the topic sparked by a random spike of interest. I would appreciate someone directing me to the things minis need to be happy healthy animals in a household-type environment, also what sort of medical care they need. I have read that they require as much if not more medical care than a full size horse, and that their metabolism is very very fast which could lead to weight problems (on that note, how would I know if a horse is having a dietary problem?) There is no real rush on this, as I do not intend on buying for quite awhile, I want to have a sufficient amount of education on the topic of equine care before I make any sort of decision. ADDENDUM: please understand that when I say household-type environment, I do NOT mean keeping the poor thing in the house all day. Maybe some sort of netted-in back porch connected to a dog-run type deal in a large yard. Keeping any sort of horse in the house would be dumb.
Julia3501 posted a topic in New Member ForumHello All, I've been around horses along long timebut just recently got the opportunity to get one. Now, i have a trainer and technicly it's a shared "pony". I have full acess to her, and her yearling, but don't have to pay anything!!!! (Sweet deal!) When i come up with the money for my own horse, full sized, i can buy it and house it with Daisy and her baby (yet to be named.) Here is what i need help with, 1) Where is the best place to buy cheap grooming supplies? Online sources would be best but any stores are good too! I found a site called chickssaddlery.com and it seems REALLY cheap but i'm unsure of quality. 2) Cheap tack/halter and lead rope places. Same deal as above. 3) Name suggestions for the filly, flower names are best, Lily has been used at this barn ( just my neighbors, a little private place) and so that's off limits. 4)Any other tips for me. Rember guys, i'm not completely new to this. I work with horses frequently and have seen all aspects of horse-y life.! Thanks to everybody! Also, I'm doing an report (extra credit) for home- school, i'm covering costs, scedule, and need more topics. Any topic ideas?