Growing up, my sister and I shared a room. She played with her Barbies. I had my Breyer model horses. Those plastic horses still reside on a shelf in my home.
Though I love my sister, we weren’t the best roommates. In one infamous incident, she attempted to divide the bedroom in half, laying claim to the section she believed to be superior, as it was larger and had a window. My side contained the door, however, which meant she couldn’t leave or enter the room. She never forgot that mistake. I also enjoyed tormenting her with obnoxious squeals and farting noises while she tried to sleep.
I often imagined what it would be like if my model horses came to life. They’d only require a few handfuls of hay and a pinch of oats, so I could afford to feed them all. The tiny horses could even live in my room. Of course, I would have to find a way to shrink myself so I could ride them, and a way to grow back to normal size when I was done, but if Alice in Wonderland could do it, so could I.
If you had a choice between sharing a bedroom with your little sister, or sharing it with a miniature horse, which would you choose?
Go ahead and admit it. You’d choose the horse, wouldn’t you?
Believe it or not, some people train their miniature horses to go inside their house. You can probably find adorable pictures or videos of them online. There’s even a commercial featuring a lonely dwarf mini using a dog door to get inside the house so he can cuddle with his owner.
So… Can a mini horse live in your bedroom? After all, they aren’t much bigger than a dog. They might even be smaller than a Great Dane or Saint Bernard.
Unfortunately, the answer is no.
I won’t go into detail about the mess your mini will make or what your house will smell like after a few hours. I will leave that for your imagination.
No matter how small a mini may be, it’s still a horse, not an overgrown dog. A responsible owner needs to consider what horses need to be happy and healthy.
All horses, no matter what size, require fresh air and adequate space to move around freely. Many people mistakenly believe that horses are content when they live in a comfy, warm stall, but unless a horse must be confined because of an illness or injury, it will be much happier being outside as much as possible. Keeping a horse in your bedroom is a bit like locking a human in a bathroom. You might have fun taking a bubble bath, but after an hour you’d be ready to bang the door down.
If your horse could decide where to live, she’d probably choose to spend most of her time outside in a pasture or large paddock, with free access to a barn or three-sided shelter. Many minis are perfectly content to remain outside in miserable weather, but this arrangement allows a horse to get out of the snow, rain, or wind, and to rest in the shade, away from biting flies.
Many people prefer to keep their horses in stalls at night, or during bad weather. This can be especially helpful in giving elderly horses or horses that tend to get picked on a chance to eat and rest. Just be sure to clean the stall every day and provide as much turn-out as possible.
Of course, if everyone in your family is in agreement, there’s no reason why you can’t take your horse inside your house for a fun photo shoot or a quick visit. Be cautious on slippery surfaces and around objects that could injure your mini, and make sure you share your pictures with me!