Monday, March 25, 2013

How to put muscle on a mini horses chest?

This is a tricky question. It has been my experience that if you work out a mini horse on hill sides while dragging some weight, like a cart, so they have to use their front shoulders more they will build up muscle. Anything that will make them use those front shoulder muscles works. Jumping training can also help. 

Just be carful that you are not trying to put a chest on a young horse thats body just isn't physically mature for it. I would always wait until the horse is 3 years old before doing any training to build a chest. You could end up doing more harm than good by tearing up their knees, joints, and more. You would make a 8 year old do body building would you?

But like people some horses are genetically incapable to build any muscle on their chest. We had a stallion that put his chest on every babies he ever had and they never needed any help building it up. They needed help sliming it down. We also had a mare that all her little boys by the time they where 3 looked like mini replicas of draft horses. Meanwhile we had a stallion that I couldn't build muscle on his chest for anything. He was a narrow man. Looked like a young filly his whole life. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What are Miniature horses good for?

There are many fun activeits for children to do with minis that are just as fun and even more safe than ridding . Such as carting. You can get as small a mini as you want and not only can your kids have fun but you can too!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The pony look: Look Past the Hair

I have had people call me up asking me if I had any mini's for sale that didn't look like a pony. This always confused me because a pony has just a much potential to look like a horse as a mini. But I think I know what people are talking about now.

People are looking at a show ready and conditioned Mini horse and do not realize that the horses they are seeing for sale on farms are not kept in show conditioned. Most breeding farms do not keep all their animals show ready unless they are showing that animal. 

So here we go!

Conditioning your Mini To Show

Showing Miniature Horses is a great hobby for both adults and children. Whether you are showing 4-H shows, breed shows or open shows, getting your Miniature Horse in show condition is easy with a few tips.
Feed is probably one of the most important aspects of getting a Miniature Horse ready for the show ring. It is much easier to take a few pounds off a Miniature Horse than try to add weight later. The top mistake made by horse owners new to the show ring, is having their Miniature horse too thin. Many new owners mistake a thin Miniature for being in show shape. Judges will penalize a horse in the halter ring for being too thin.

Do I need a mini Trailer?

How do you haul miniature horses?

The way we see it at Ferrand Triple K Farms you either need a horse trailer of any size, or you can take a very small baby( Just weened from it mother) and put it in the bed of your truck in a set up that I often see people use for goats. At the age of weaning a mini baby isn't much taller than an average goat and is pick-up-able enough to put in the back of the truck if needed.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring grass coming on?

  It won't be long now before those first blades of grass begin poking through the soil in your pasture. After a winter of feeding hay, most horse owners typically rejoice at the sight of new growth, believing that the tender green shoots will be a tasty treat for their equine companions. But just how beneficial is the first forage of the season?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Putting Muscle back on Miniature horses

Lets say you have a mini horses that had gotten sick, or gotten thin for some reason and you want to put some muscle back on. Fist step is to look at why your hoses has lost the muscle in the first place, and in the case of sickness you first need to solve the cause. Only a healthy horse will build muscle. So if we are looking at a horse that is older, 25 to 30 area and older, then there is a good chance that there is nothing you can do. Just like people, the older you are the harder it is to get the beer gut off and the muscle back in. In younger animals fist find the reason for the wight loss.