About this site

I have been into horses all of my life but miniatures have played a major part of my life for the last few years. For such high maintainence animals it surprises me the lack of information or the trouble I have finding information on all sorts of things. With miniatures it seems like you are dealing with a whole different animal to a horse and there seems to be a lack of information for Australian Miniature Horses so I am hoping to coalate and provide information needed in the one area. Some of the things I have found is if you treat a Miniature Horse like a full grown one it can mean death to your Miniature so felt the need to publish a site. Thanks for reading and please come back as often as you like and need.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Horse Sneakers and Horse Boots for Miniatures

Ok probably best I don't comment for fear of incriminating either way :)

Horse Sneakers and Horse Boots for Miniatures: "Sneakers and shoes for Miniature Horses

Because of the popularity of Guide Horses, service horses and emotional support horses, there has been a increasing demand for sneaker and shoes for miniature hoses.


This is a design for an all-purpose sneaker for miniature horses. As demand grows, this design for all-purpose shoes for miniature horse may be the most popular.


This manufacturer proposed high-performance sneakers for miniature horses, hoping to target miniature horses that exercise regularly.





Miniature Horse Boots - Western Footwear
This design for miniature horse boots was proposed by a by a Taiwan manufacturer.

The high length protects the lower legs, but some Guide Horse users felt that the decorative spurs were a bit over-the-top.

Casual shoes for Miniature Horses

Some manufacturers proposed a line of casual shoes for miniature horses.
This fluffy sneaker design was proposed for casual miniature horse shoes in the design of a slipper.



Miniature Horse Shoes - Dress shoes

Some miniature guide horse owners have created custom horse shoes for formal occasions, as modeled here by a Guide Horse from Florida:

There are several smaller commercial manufacturers of horse boots and horse sneakers. One is Sabre Sneakers, who has graciously offered to donate boots for miniature horses in the Guide Horse program. Sabre Sneakers can be reached at (203) 322-9002. Another small manufacturer of shoes and boots for miniature horses is Supreme Equine Designs. They can be reached at (800) 447-6053.


The Guide Horse Foundation finds that most miniature horse handlers prefers sneakers for their miniature horses.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Miniature Horse.com: Marketing Your Miniature Horse

While this post is American based I think we can safely relate it to what is happening to the Australian market as well but I think we have now gone past the thriving stage and perhaps overflooded stage. I myself really have to take a page out of this article my photos are shocking every one tells me so :) but we can't all be good at everything hehe.

The Miniature Horse.com: Marketing Your Miniature Horse: "Making the Most of Photography-

Today's Miniature Horse business is by no means a small one. In the last decade, the American Miniature Horse Association has seen the second largest increase (50 percent) of all breeds in annual foal registrations.

What does this mean for the average AMHA owner/breeder? Business is thriving. And so is competition. Promotion is essential to remain a competitive, successful force in the industry, whether it is the promotion of a stallion, breeding program, or individual's show performance. And, when print advertising is the primary medium, success often translates into quality, professional photography.

True, other influences contribute to a horse's marketability such as training and performance; yet, it is the viewer's initial contact with that horse via a photograph that will form the first opinion. Clever adspeak may persuade to a point, but photographs, both good and bad, can mean the difference between people marking the page or turning it.

Perhaps professional Miniature Horse photographer Stuart Vesty said it best, 'After you consider the costs of owning, training, showing, and promoting a horse, the money spent on professional photographs is often insignificant in comparison, but can be important as anything when it comes to another's opinion of him.' (*Arabian Horse Times, Marketing"
The Miniature Horse.com: Marketing Your Miniature Horse: "DID YOU KNOW?

Horses with black tones in their coats such as blacks, bays, blue roans, and grays photograph better in the morning hours? And, the afternoon hours are a better time to photograph horses with red tones in their coats such as sorrels, chestnuts, and red roans?"

Horse Hints:
- Make sure to clip your horse at least one week in advance to get his true color.

- Reclip head, ears, and neck the day of the photo shoot if taking head shots.

-Bathe as necessary to present your horse's best, pay close attention to white areas

-Less means more regarding make-up, a light dusting with a sheen produce and a damp rag will go a long way.

Tactful Tack:
-Make sure all equipment is clean and well fitted.

-A show halter is best when taking head and neck shots.

-Don't discount the power a free movement photo (taken in enclosed area without tack) might have for your horse.

Background Checks:
-Select a background that is relatively simple, as this will focus the attention on the horse not the scenery.

-Make sure background area is prepared (fences painted, lawn mowed, etc.)

Handling and Gimmicks
-The fewer number of people involved, the better as too many people will distract the horse.

-Know the props/gimmicks that will get the expression you need from your horse and have them handy (i.e. mirrors, trash bags, rattles, another horse)

Monday, March 26, 2007

Excellent site for sourcing Minature Horse Books

Premature Mini Foal


http://www.treherneminis.com/Doves%20page.htm

This site has some gorgeous photos and a wonderful story think it is worth the look and read for any mini horse owner or breeder and even though not Australian is mini :)

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Anti-Inflammatory treatment for miniature horses

This is something that I thought needed to be posted sooner rather than later, at one time or another a horse may be faced with the need of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory drugs) these are often used in lamitis or any sort of muscular, tissue damage within the horse.

Unless a vet deals with miniature horses often this issue could bypass him, it is your duty as the owner to know what is right for your horse so no use after the horse is suffering side complications to say should of would of could of.

The following information is an extract from Miniature Horses a Vetinary Guide for Owners and Breeders page 12.

The mainstay of treatment is the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs). The most frequently used are phenykbytazone and flunixin meglumine (Banamine) The action of these drugs is to decrease the inflammation of the laminae. This helps to slow or stop the separation of the laminae and at the same time provides pain releif to the patient. The potent pain-releiving can mask the ongoing progression of the disease.

Careful dosing of the NSAIDs is critical in Miniature horses. Overdosing can result in ulceration of the stomach and ulceration of the colon, or kidney failure.
A single dose of phenylbutazone must never exceed 0.5 grams and the maximum dose of flunixin meglumine is 125mg. These doses are for adult Miniature Horses weighing 200-250 pounds (90-115kg) and must be decreased further in foals and smaller miniatures. The maximum dose must not be used for more than three days in adults and more than one day in foals. The safest approach to the use of NSAIDs is to use them only under the supervision of a veterinarian.

All the above information is to be used as a guide and is not to replace sound veterinary advise as I will not be held responsible for anything that should happen through following this information.

While the link below is a American site I feel the contained information is worth a read.

http://www.americanminiaturehorse.com/Care.htm

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Should I rug during winter?

I am left in two states of mind on this issue I have been around horses all of my life and this has always been an issue of contention.

Do I rug?
Yes and No.

If I have a clipped horse and I am showing of course I do but if I can let them get their own protection I do but these are horses that are out in the paddock not stabled and have shelter to get out of the elements too.

First year I started rugging my horse I did it religiously stayed on during rainy days stayed on during cold and removed on the warmer days, well I had a very sick horse that year and the vet suggested unless I was showing let him get his natural coat it is made for all elements that nature can throw at them.

I have pretty much stuck with that one day in and out now and have managed (touch a really big piece of wood) to keep fairly healthy horses and granted one or two of the rugged ones get the sniffles or the coughs occasionally.

I have one stallion that doesn't have the greatest shelter from rain so whenever a storm looks to be brewing he gets a canvas rug shoved on him and makes me sleep better at night anyhow.

A common mistake made by horse owners is that if your horse is in a stable he must be warm and doesn't need rugging right WRONG.

A horse gets warmth by moving and running if they can't do that their body temperature cools down dramatically, so if your horse is being stabled I suggest a light rug with some filling at night if they are left unrugged during the day, if they are rugged 24/7 get a good rug with decent filling.

There are so many rugs to choose from but I am also having trouble finding ones for my minis. Minis seems to be a specialty field in Australia but each year there seems to be more and more providers and allot of folks make them, I couldn't sew for nuts but could still manage to knock up a few polar fleece ones in my time.

What are the best home made or manufactured?

It really does depend who you are buying off and the material they are using I have had some really good privately made ones and I have had some shockers that were so not worth their money.

I guess until you get to know folks stick with the manufactured ones.

How do I rug my mini on the cheap?

EBay often has good bargains but I have found a good way is purchase a waterproof unlined canvas rug and then buy a Donner rug for during winter that way the rug sees you through both seasons but occasionally the little darlings do test their rugs out and it is good to have a spare.

One of the more important things to remember is that their rug should breathe and not trap sweat in against the body it will leave the horse sopping, fungus to breed and your horse to get sores. Often all it takes is another rug underneath to put a layer between the plastic and the horses body.

Please where can I buy mini horse rugs?

http://www.horseswarehouse.com.au/

www.ebay.com.au(Put in a search for Mini Horses or Miniature Horses)
www.kingstons.net.au/

How do I measure my horse for a rug?








People often make the mistake of thinking the horses rug size is taken by their height well wrong and right.
Height needs to be taken into account for rug drop but the body length is usually the factor for rug size.
You need to measure from centre of the horses chest to where you wish the rug to end on the body usually just past the tail is a good position.