Sunday, September 29, 2013

Will a bobcat kill a Mini horse?

They have every capability to do it yes. They will take down a deer and will go after Quarter horses, but only when food is scares and they have no choose. We have never had a problem with our bobcat in Indiana. 

Minis travail in very herds so it makes it very dangerous for a bobcat to go after not only babies but adults. So if you are seeing few rabbits, game birds, or anything that bobcats will usually eat then its time to be worried. The biggest problem for Mini horse owners are the people that only own one horse. For the people that only have one horse keep them close to home and not the the back paster.

Anyone have any thoughts or have problems with bob cats let me know and I will post your stories on this article. Since our bobcat leaves us alone I would like to get others in on this. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

What is a good breeding season?

On our farm we let the stallions loose with their mares so that they have babies from late March to early July. This way we arrange our full time jobs so that one of us is home for a short time while our horses are having babies. 

Others will let the stallions lose all year long with the mares and are not sure when the babies will be born. 

What ever works for you.

What age do Mini Stallions stop having babies and when can the babies not be Registered?

I got asked this question by a dog breeder. When male dogs reach the age of 10 apparently any puppies they have can not be registered. This is not the case with Miniature stallions. So long at they produce the babies can be registered so long as mom has the same registrations. All our stallions have babies up to the year they pass away. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Question of the year: What are the odds of a mini being goared by a deer

Verrrrry tinny. In 20 years of working with minis and having many deer on our property we have never had this problem. 

What about you my readers? Any stories the help this person out? Send me an email and I will add your reply to this post.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Are Mini horses good for children?

Rockyhill's 12' colt named Mystro. 1 Year latter
With out question yes. When going to buy a Mini from a reputable breeder make sure to tell them that you are looking for a kid. Some Miniature horses are better suited for steeling your children and clamming them as your own than others. Like us there are people that love kids and others that can't handle them until they reach an older age. Stallions will think of children as one of their foals and herd them up with the rest of the babies, and mares will never let them out of their sight.

Rockyhill's 12' colt named Mystro. Weenling and
his new owner
Foals will have a little harder time with children sometimes as they are brand new to the world and can accidentally push or shove past kids and knock them down. But they will learn too. Just like buying a puppy they will make mistakes with your children without meaning so you will have to educate them and the kid of proper respect for each other.
Ferrands Triple K Darling Angle and her new owner 
Rockyhill's 12' colt named Mystro.
Weenling and 
his new owner

Monday, September 16, 2013

Miniature Horses and Dogs

Purchasing a mini horse that is older than 2 or 3 can present a problem with dog owners. Some farms, like ours, have coyotes and irresponsible dog owners that chase and bit at our horses. Thus our older horses have learned to gangue up and chase dogs and bit at them to make the leave the fenced area they live in. Remember that it is very hard for a pray animal to see the differents between a dog and a wolf or coyote. This will be very bad when there are babies being born, but our mares will let the coyotes eat any placentae left at the edges.