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Care and Mainentance
This foaling chart is designed for Miniature Horses only and is based on a 330 day gestational cycle. Mares should be watched more closely starting around 300 days.
Heart girth in inches = body weight in pounds.
The person you call to look after your horse's feet is called a farrier. These people are trained to give simple trims, corrective trims, and to shoe horses.
Miniature Horses go barefoot. In other words, we do not shoe a mini since their hooves are so small and cannot accommodate horse shoes.
When horse hooves are trimmed, excess hoof wall is removed to allow the horse a natural way of going. Sometimes trimming may be done in a specialized fashion to alter the way of going, or change the appearance of the horse's feet and legs.
Trimming should leave the foot's ground surface on a single flat plane at right angles to its bone support column and preserve natural angulations of the hoof/pastern/shoulder axes. Removal of too much hoof wall causes the horse to be sore and removal of too little wall may cause angle and balance problems before another trimming is scheduled. Average trimming is 6 to 8 weeks but may extend to 9 weeks, depending upon hoof growth. Hoof growth is often influenced by the weather.
It is important to check your minis feet for stones or other debris and clean them with a hoof pick regularly, especially if you have been driving them on a gravel road.
In simplified terms, trimming a horse is much like giving a human a manicure. Just like a manicure, a horse does not feel the trimming. A “hoof pick” is used to clean debris and buildup of dirt out of the hoof. A special knife is then used to cut away and trim the sole and frog. After that is cleaned out a “nipper” is used to clip a little off the hoof wall . A “rasp” or “file” is then used to even off the hoof all around the bottom of it. Too much hoof cannot be taken off at any one trimming so it is advisable to have the hooves done regularly to avoid having them grow too long.
By evaluating each horse's body condition regularly, the feeding and exercise program can be adjusted up or down to maintain the desired condition. Each class of horse, based on age, workload and use has an optimal body condition score. For example, a performance horse need enough body fat stores to use as an energy source to maintain performance, while too much fat can decrease performance. Learn how to score your horse...
1 cup uncooked oatmeal
1 cup flour
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp. Salt
1 T. sugar
2 T. corn oil
¼ cup water
¼ cup molasses
Mix ingredients in a bowl in the listed order.
Form small balls and place on cookie sheet sprayed with Pam.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
MICROWAVE HORSE COOKIES
2 cups flour
5 cups oatmeal
½ cup corn oil
1 clove garlic
1 cup diced carrots
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and form into small balls.
Flatten with fork and place in pan or on a sheet (for mic’s)
Zap for 6 minutes per batch.
SWEET HORSE COOKIES
1 cup sweet feed
2 cups bran
1 cup flax seed
4 large carrots, shredded
1 cup molasses
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup applesauce
Mix molasses, brown sugar, carrots and applesauce in a bowl. In another bowl mix the dry ingredients the slowly combine the molasses mixture with the dry mixture. Add only enough molasses mixture to form a thick dough, add more bran if needed. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and use approx 1 T. of mixture per cookies. Flatten with fork. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour, turn and bake for approx ¾ hour, until they are dried out….watch they don’t burn.
Mix carrots, molasses and grain until it looks good.
6 cup bran
2 cup oatmeal
2 cup cracked corn
2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 T. salt
2 tsp cinnamon
16 oz. Sweetened apple juice
6 T. corn oil.
Roll dough into 1 or 2 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 45 minutes (or until they are dry and crisp) in 435 deg oven. This dough is very sticky. I find dipping my hands in water every once in a while helps.
OATIE SWEET FEED BARS
1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup sweet feed
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup flour
Mix ingredients in a bowl as listed. Take tin foil and mold into a rectangle about
2 inches wide and 6 inches long with sides about 1½ inches high.
Spray tin foil with Pam. Scoop ingredients into tin foil.
Put on a pan and place in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 22 minutes. Let cool in the freezer for 15 minutes. Turn tin foil over and the bar should fall out. Makes 1 bar.
HORSE AND DOG COOKIES
1 ½ pint (500ml) molasses
1 jar applesauce
½ cup corn or vegetable oil
8 cups large flake oatmeal
4 cups bran (horse or people cereal bran)
½ cup salt
1 ½ T baking soda
2 lbs shredded carrots
10 cups whole wheat flour
Mix all ingredients and drop by large spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes in 350 degree oven.