Fencing For Minis
The fence height can be lower in an area where only minis are kept, but the rails will need to be spaced closer together to ensure safety.
If you are breeding minis, use no more than six-inch spacing from ground to the first rail and in between rails.
Also, realize that some wire mesh fences can have spacing that is too large for the hoof of a mini foal. Think about your minis playing, laying down or rolling and install a fence that will keep them safe. Some horse owners will pasture minis with full-size horses behind standard fence. Be aware that as horses play and romp, a mini could get severely injured or worse just from the playful kick of a larger horse. We suggest keeping your minis separate from your full-size horses.
As with all fence systems, decisions for your mini should be based on safety.
Flexible fence, which is available in varying widths of 5.25 inch , 4.25 inch, 1 inch and 5/16 inch, is very forgiving if your mini runs into it. Made of plastic polyethylene, it has very low maintenance requirements and the rails will never need painting. As with all horses, when pasturing watch your mini's weight to avoid ''founder.'' Grass that is moist with dew should be avoided or monitored closely. Additionally, if your minis are in a sandy area, supplement with hay to avoid colic.
When you think that eight to ten minis eat about as much as one ''regular'' horse, they really are ''easy keepers.''
Enjoy your little pal!
Debbie has over 45 years experience with horses and equine-related businesses. She has owned, trained, boarded horses and run stables at various times in her career. She is a certified fence installer, has given balanced riding lessons, and has shown horses in Western, Western Pleasure, Trail, English, Hunter/Jumper, Fox Hunting, Hunter Trials, Dressage and driving classes. Debbie has been involved in foaling, and just about every aspect of horse ownership possible, and she welcomes your questions and comments. If you are interested in using any articles by Debbie, please send her an email.
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