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Miniature horses make wonderful additions to farms. Some owners prefer to keep their minis with big horses, while others say it’s not worth the risk. It’s important you consider the individual horses in question, as well as the safety of everyone involved.

Minis & Big Horses

Your average horse is substantially larger than a miniature. While they consume similar foods (forage and grain), the quantity and specific type may vary between the two. When housing minis and regular horses together you face some risks…

  • A big horse could kick or bite and injury your mini.
  • Your fencing may not be suitable for a smaller horse. Some minis may test the fencing and escape. They may need a special paddock with no-climb fencing or multiple strands of electric.
  • Many can’t handle lush pasture like a normal horse can. They need to be kept in dry lots to avoid laminitis.

With that being said, it really depends on the individual horses. Some minis are too rambunctious and can get into trouble by annoying a larger horse. Many bigger horses are gentle and docile. The variables are endless!

If you do decide to mix your herd, then you’ll need to introduce the mini very carefully. It can take several weeks of sniffing between fences before they can all go together.