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Are Miniature Horses Healthy

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Daniel Brown
• Monday, 14 December, 2020
• 7 min read

They might fit into the back of the Suburban or even hang out in the living room, but MiniatureHorses need to cared for like any other horse. Minis have the same health needs and risks as other breeds, as well as a number of more unique issues.

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In some extreme cases, both hind limbs are affected and the Mini stands parked out and unable to move forward. Treatment includes blistering, splitting or cutting the medial patellar ligament that connects the kneecap to the tibia below.

This can cause a similar stance as upward fixation of the patella and might result in long-term lameness. The patella locates (Dislocates) laterally, or to either side, due to congenital abnormalities of the stifle region, including a shallower than normal femoral groove (where the patella slides) and a hypoplastic (abnormally small) or deviated tibial crest, which is the front edge of the tibia.

Veterinarians must reposition the tibial crest and deepen the femoral groove surgically. In pragmatism, or monkey mouth, the lower incisors extend beyond the upper.

Severe cases can prevent Minis from chewing food properly. Megaliths are rocklike manure impactions caused by poor mastication (chewing) of food, poor-quality feed, or eating foreign materials.

Enteritis are rocklike masses that occur when minerals form around some sides, such as a swallowed rock or other foreign material. Megaliths commonly develop in the small colon, whereas enteritis can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract.

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Occasionally, they will pass with fluids and mineral oil, but most cases require surgical removal. If they go off feed or are stressed due to pregnancy, lactation or disease, their bodies begin to mobilize fat into the bloodstream and then to the liver to process into energy.

Signs include anorexia, fever, colic, diarrhea, jaundice, head-pressing and circling. Minis have evolved to be very efficient at utilizing minimal amounts of calories.

Offer hay at 1.5-2% of each horse's body weight per day, minimize grazing and use muzzles as necessary. Dystrophic dwarfs have multiple limb deformities, domed heads and roached backs, and they generally need support, including splints or surgery, to move properly.

In this condition, certain parts of the eye, such as the cornea, iris, lens, ciliary body and retina, do not develop normally. Owning MiniatureHorses can be a fun venture as long as you are armed with the information you need to be prepared for and care for their special needs.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. They are tiny and full of personality but don’t let their size fool you, as they still need lots of care.

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Due to their small stature, miniature horses are prone to more health issues than full-sized horses. Miniature horses stand no taller than 38 inches and come in a variety of different coat colors and patterns.

Miniature horses should not have access to 24/7 grass pastures, as they are capable of easily gaining weight which can be detrimental to their health. Quality grass hay is a good foundation for a miniature horse’s diet.

Some may benefit from a small amount of grain in their diet, but it must be given with caution as it can easily cause them to gain weight. Miniature horses are prone to more dental problems compared to most horse breeds.

In addition, miniature horses can develop sinus issues from dental problems. Miniature horses should have regular visits from a horse dentist to ensure their teeth are in good condition.

Exercise also helps stimulate their mental health, keeping them happy. Most minis will typically go barefoot and generally only wear shoes for therapeutic reasons, in order to treat underlying issues.

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Miniature horses should be routinely checked up by veterinarians to make sure they are in good health. A veterinarian will also examine a miniature horse to make sure they haven’t developed any of the health problems they are prone to.

Be sure to regularly check your mini’s weight to make sure you are administering the right amount of reformer. However, it is important they have the proper care in order for them to live a happy, healthy life.

Based in Oklahoma, Michael has been working with horses all his life, acquiring rich experience and professional insights, which he happily shares with other fellow equestrians. They’re tiny, cute, and appealing, and just looking at a Miniature Horse makes the average person want to cuddle it and feed it a treat.

With obesity being one of the most common problems among MiniatureHorses, this very natural response can lead to health challenges in a breed of extremely easy keepers. Regularly weighing the Miniature Horse on a scale gives the most accurate information on weight loss and gain.

Even without grain in the diet, full pasture turnout can be problematic for some MiniatureHorses, especially if the forage is of very good quality. Some MiniatureHorses are used for driving, breeding, or showing in hand, and these animals may have higher caloric demands than their idle cousins.

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If they are unable to maintain body condition, owners might add a small amount of grain or a little alfalfa (Lucerne) mixed into the regular hay ration. In MiniatureHorses and some pony breeds, stressful situations such as pregnancy, illness, lactation, or feed deprivation can be triggers for the release of stored fat and its conversion to glucose.

Obesity adds to the likelihood of this reaction, so preventing excessive weight gain is more than just a cosmetic issue. Early and aggressive veterinary treatment is necessary to save affected horses, and up to 70% of MiniatureHorses with hyperlipidemia die if the liver has been damaged.

To minimize the chance of a Miniature Horse developing hyperlipidemia, obesity should be avoided by careful dietary management. A veterinarian should be consulted if a horse shows illness or loss of appetite, as treatment is much more effective if it is begun as soon as the condition is noticed.

Angular limb deformities occur when the leg deviates from its normal axis (is crooked). Surgical corrections to deepen the grooves in the hind leg bones can help this condition and will hopefully allow the Miniature horse to have a normal life.

Minis can have an overbite or an under bite, both of which require extensive and frequent dental care to enable proper chewing and digestive processes. Improper breakdown of fiber in hay and forage can lead to episodes of choke and impactions within the lower GI tract.

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Their heads are no exception to the size rule, and the shortened jaw doesn’t always allow enough room for all their teeth to fit comfortably. This traps bacteria within the sinus, which multiply and cause infection, pain, and chronic nasal discharge.

Diagnosis of these issues is usually accomplished by radiographs and may require removal of the offending teeth or creating surgical bone flaps over the sinus to flush out infection. These xenoliths normally develop within the small colon and can occasionally pass with medical colic management, but often require surgery.

Minis are very good at utilizing calories and most don’t need any sort of grain to provide appropriate caloric intake. Obesity can lead to increased incidences of insulin resistance, equine metabolic syndrome, and laminates.

If they stop eating due to sickness, limited access to food, lactation, or pregnancy, their body quickly responds by mobilizing the fat stores to provide energy and nutrition. Horses require a properly-functioning liver to help maintain correct water balance, metabolism, and clearance of waste throughout the body.

Mortality rates range from 60-100% with this disease and clinical signs can start to occur after just 24 hours of inappetance. Horses are only meant to be in active labor for 30 minutes, so if you notice the mare having trouble giving birth, a quick reaction time is essential to deliver a healthy foal.

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Being aware of the potential health issues they can face, and recognizing these problems quickly, can ensure your Miniature horse lives a long and healthy life. January 31, 2013May 2, 2018By Kentucky Equine Research Staffed’re tiny, cute, and appealing, and just looking at a Miniature Horse makes the average person want to cuddle it and feed it a treat.

With obesity being one of the most common problems among MiniatureHorses, this very natural response can lead to health challenges in a breed of extremely easy keepers. Regularly weighing the Miniature Horse on a scale gives the most accurate information on weight loss and gain.

Some MiniatureHorses are used for driving, breeding, or showing in hand, and these animals may have higher caloric demands than their idle cousins. If they are unable to maintain body condition, owners might add a small amount of grain or a little alfalfa (Lucerne) mixed into the regular hay ration.

In MiniatureHorses and some pony breeds, stressful situations such as pregnancy, illness, lactation, or feed deprivation can be triggers for the release of stored fat and its conversion to glucose. Obesity adds to the likelihood of this reaction, so preventing excessive weight gain is more than just a cosmetic issue.

Early and aggressive veterinary treatment is necessary to save affected horses, and up to 70% of MiniatureHorses with hyperlipidemia die if the liver has been damaged. To minimize the chance of a Miniature Horse developing hyperlipidemia, obesity should be avoided by careful dietary management.

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A veterinarian should be consulted if a horse shows illness or loss of appetite, as treatment is much more effective if it is begun as soon as the condition is noticed.

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