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He Fits, But Should He Live In The House?

A pint sized horse in your living room can be quite a conversation piece.  The fact that they can be "housebroken" to a certain extent also contributes to their desirability as a companion pet.  However, the Miniature Horse is just that...a horse; and like their larger cousins, they thrive out of doors.  So, even if your landlord would agree to such an unlikely pet, if you are an apartment dweller it would probably be best for you to get a cat or small dog instead.


The beauty of owning a mini is that it is not necessary to have a lot of acreage to keep one healthy and happy.  If zoning permits, a miniature horse can do quite well in a large backyard where it can be turned out all the time, or if kept in a stall can be turned out for a few hours of daily exercise.  A three sided walk-out barn for shelter from inclement weather is ideal.


A typical horse stall will work for your miniature horse as long as you modify it to meet his needs.  Lower grain buckets, hay racks, and water troughs will be a must.  Then too, if his stall is equipped with a hanging door, it may need to be lowered to keep your little escape artist in.  Be sure that he can look over the partitions so that he can receive sufficient airflow since an open barn with plenty of air circulation is essential to good health.


While most horse fencing will work well for minis, be sure and check your fence line for any spots where a small horse might squeeze through or get his hoof caught.  Since miniatures, like all horses, are a herd animal they thrive best when they are kept with at least one friend and if introduced properly can be penned with larger horses, goats, or other animals.


So, while your mini may fit quite nicely in your house, for his benefit please consider letting him be a horse...at least most of the time.


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