The gestation period for a horse is 320 to 360 days, approximately eleven months, but the gestation period for a donkey is a full year. Foals are born weighing anywhere from 12 to 25 pounds, and typically stand anywhere from 15 to 22 inches tall at birth. Foals are normally weaned from nursing at 3 to 6 months of age. Miniature horses grow to approximately 90% of their adult height by the time they are a year old. Depending on their size, adult miniature horses and donkeys typically weigh anywhere from 150 to 350 pounds.
All foals will be imprinted at birth and handled daily. CL7 foals are halter trained and taught to stand for basic grooming which includes brushing of their body, mane and tail, trimming the bridle path, and cleaning their feet. Foals are wormed according to the schedule on our Mini Care page, their feet are freshly trimmed when they leave, and they will have had nothing short of a million kisses!
If you're new to miniature horses we can show you how to continue the training they receive here when you take them home, and we're always just a phone call or an email away.
Lila had a filly the morning of June 8. Unfortunately she was born with Equine Maladjustment Syndrome, also know as Dummy Foal Syndrome. She lacked the desire and knowledge to eat. She didn't have a suck and swallow reflex. I called Oaks Veterinary Equine & Farm and Dr. Emily came out. Click on her picture below to see the pictures of Dr. Emily's visit.
July 8th at 2 AM we welcomed Gladass' baby into the world. It's a girl! Click on her picture below to see more.