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Date:7/23/2014 5:37:22 AM
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Okay, here it is, my (not so) mini blog.

I know that minis and ponies are supposed to be more susceptible to colic and founder but with a good diet and restriction from overeating I think that they're as healthy, if not healthier than their larger counterparts. Pippin hasn't been sick a day in his life. (Fingers crossed here. I don't want to jinx myself!)

The cost is minimal. He eats just over one bale of hay per year. When there is grass I graze him for about 2 hours per day. Definitely not more than 3. And he's tethered since with minis you don't have to worry about them getting into trouble with their strength and weight. He has about an acre of dry pasture in which to run. And run he sure does. He loves to go all out.

And they certainly don't need grains or other food supplements. The only other thing I give him is a selenium supplement because it is lacking in our area. And he eats alfalfa pellets. Minis can't digest the large stalks that can be found in alfalfa hay. So, he eats grass hay and alfalfa pellets.

And he gets lots of exercise. That is always key too. I think many minis are pasture ornaments which is why they can be prone to health issues.

How is your husband doing? I hope he is healing well and fast. Here's a vote for you. Have fun with Cinder.
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