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  • "Buy a mini", they said!!

    **This is meant to be humorous...also to vent.**

    "I need a companion for my big horse. But I don't want a big feed bill to go with it."

    "Buy a mini. They don't eat much or take up much space. Easy to haul around in your stock rack, if you have to."

    "Sure, that's what I'll do."

    Mini gelding is bought, admittedly without thinking it thoroughly through.

    Me to hubby: "We can leave him in the pasture with the hot wire."

    Me later, to hubby: "He goes through the hot wire or under it. Maybe we need a real pen for him."

    Me, even later, to hubby, who has built first pen: "Well, he bulldozed the fence and is out again, going through the hot wire."

    Me, later still, to hubby, who has rebuilt fence and reinforced it: "He bulldozed the fence again!"

    Hubby: "*(%$(^#((W*%$%(#^&*#"

    Hubby, after cooling off and coming back from hardware store: "I bought some welded wire fencing. That should keep him him."

    Me, after hubby had sweated and cussed over rebuilding yet again: "Erm, honey, when you rebuilt the fence, you forgot to put a gate in."

    Hubby: "*%(#)(%#*#((*&^%$)) *big breath* *(%$#()%)@("

    Me, after hubby builds another gate and hooks up hot wire on top of fencing: "I think this will hold him."

    Hubby: "If it doesn't, he goes down the road."

    Me: "The *%(#*$# he will!"

    So, then I look out and my Sammy, the big horse, couldn't care less about Jack (pony). Matter of fact, Sam ignores pony except to body slam him around and chase him. So much for a companion!!

    However, I will say, the last fence hubby put up, with gate, is actually holding the brat in. He can't bulldoze it, nor get his head over the top to mush it down. Now, my Sammy has decided the little short poot is fun to have around and they play, nicely I might add.

    GR24's Musing #19 - Save the tatas!!

  • #2
    I think the whole "mini" terminology is to trick people into forgetting what the little boogers really are...p-o-n- <BLEEP>

    Tell your hubby he is a good guy
    & word to the p<BLEEP>y


    • #3
      “Pray, hope, and don't worry.”

      St. Padre Pio


      • #4
        Actually is pretty funny! And yes, hubby sounds like a really good guy.
        What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!


        • #5
          "It'll be fun", they said!
          Ride like you mean it.


          • #6
            I heard that too! Get a mini, they said! It'll be fun, they said!
            So I bought a weanling colt! Oliver opens pasture gates regularly. Climbs his no climb fencing, bites at my jeans no matter how much i repremand him and mounts his goat friend's head on occasion.
            Aside from that he is the cutest little thing and I wouldn't trade him for the world. Good luck with him! I wish I could say something positive but it doesn't get easier from here!


            • #7
              Half a century ago, before minis were so popular, one of the first serious breeders of minis were nuns in a convent in TX.
              They used to say the minis were God's penitence exercise for them.


              • #8
                I love my mini. Bulldozer is the perfect description.

                Mini = all the evil of a pony packed into a smaller body.
                Come to the dark side, we have cookies


                • Original Poster

                  Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                  Half a century ago, before minis were so popular, one of the first serious breeders of minis were nuns in a convent in TX.

                  Yep, I actually remember the nun who did. I never met her, but remember reading stories about her. Those minis sold for big money, too!

                  They used to say the minis were God's penitence exercise for them.
                  This, I would believe...
                  GR24's Musing #19 - Save the tatas!!


                  • #10
                    We got three minis a few months ago... So far only the metal round pen will keep them in and we're hoping that if we run about 2 more strands of hot wire around the paddock they're supposed to be in it will actually keep them in


                    • #11
                      Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.


                      • #12
                        They aren't miniature. They're concentrate.

                        I saw that somewhere, it's apt.

                        I actually have a good little mini, though he loves his bestie and has damaged a snap at the gate when I left him out and brought Rory in to work. I may need to buy a heftier snap. My DH has said very few censurable words about him, but I do get the sideways look from time to time.
                        COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                        "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


                        • #13
                          I have Poquito, aka The Wild Stallion of the Lost Prairie. Soon to be the Wild Gelding of the Lost Prairie but he doesn't know that yet! He's 19 mo. old, grulla paint and cute as a bug's ear. He also bites me on the butt when I'm not looking and thinks he's 17hh, not about 8hh. It's a hoot to see him bow his neck and trot or canter around like he owns the world. He stays in the back yard, chain link with constant maintenance and locks on the gate will contain him.
                          I'm a second hand Vegan. Cows eat grass. I eat cows.


                          • #14
                            I have goats so keeping my two minis behind bars is actually quite easy compared to them.
                            Crayola Posse - Pine Green
                            Whinnie Pine (June 4, 1977 - April 29, 2008)
                            Autumn Caper (April 27, 1989 - May 24, 2015)
                            Murphy (April 28, 1994 - May 5, 2017)


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Murphy's Mom View Post
                              I have goats so keeping my two minis behind bars is actually quite easy compared to them.
                              I was going to say it is just like having my goats. My big Boer buck is a test for my husbands pen building skills, for sure.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by TheJenners View Post
                                They aren't miniature. They're concentrate.

                                I saw that somewhere, it's apt.
                                That's my sig...and it is so true.

                                I'm sure nobody will be surprised that I adore my minis/small ponies, orneriness and all -- even after Scarlett, my Shetland mare, broke my wrist badly.

                                My 38-inch gelding and equine soul-mate, Mingus, demonstrated for me how easily he could jump over our 48-inch corral fence, just to make it clear he stayed in by choice rather than necessity. He has never jumped out again, but he had to make his point. (We've since added hot wire top and bottom, so we've both made our points, lol.)

                                Minis are put here to remind us that the purpose of a horse goes far beyond riding -- and to remind us that we shouldn't get too comfortable thinking we're the smartest creatures on the planet.
                                They're not miniatures, they're concentrates.

                                Born tongue-in-cheek and foot-in-mouth


                                • #17
                                  I've had goats and I've had minis. At least the minis don't tap dance on top of your vehicle. We had a kiko cross billy that liked to jump on top of the dog house and watch TV through the window. It was kind of startling at night to look out and see these yellow eyes with the verticle slits and long curlique horns looking in the window. It looked like Satan was paying a call.
                                  I'm a second hand Vegan. Cows eat grass. I eat cows.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                                    Half a century ago, before minis were so popular, one of the first serious breeders of minis were nuns in a convent in TX.
                                    They used to say the minis were God's penitence exercise for them.
                                    Funny, I was actually at AHMA Worlds (drive help from Nevada) with some friends, and there were some nun's that owned a horse with a big trainer. Said friend said it wasn't fair because they had god on their side.


                                    • #19
                                      Have to admit the mini at the barn is my gelding's bestest friend. And my guy is the kind who will annoy, annoy, annoy, but isn't the top horse, so in return he'll get payback. He is much grumpier towards full grown horses but these two are a good pair. They hang out well together. But the BOs often seem to have to switch things around for various reasons, and that just institutes various carrying-ons, and pony escapes. So I guess he isn't done training them yet.
                                      But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson


                                      • #20
                                        My best pony story is the one we had left after supplying some for a sweepstake.
                                        He just kept bucking people off, so he was more of a pet.
                                        He was a very small black shetland, small enough to qualify for a large mini, I think.

                                        He and the goat kept going places they should not be, like the town's grocery store.
                                        One Sunday, the call came from the church, the pony and goat walked down the aisle during the sermon and would we please come to get them?