Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 12:48
Some Frequently asked Questions
I have bought a miniature horse for my 4 year old daughter. Some people have told me miniature horses cannot be ridden and other people have told me that these little horses are very strong and can be ridden by bigger children. Know I don’t know what to do, the pony was ridden by the previous owners child and seemed fine?
The standard rule of thumb is that a miniature horse should not be expected to carry more than 20% of its body weight, this includes its tack. However one must be reasonable and consider what is expected of the little horse, how far is it expected to carry weight, how fit is it, how fast do you expect it to work etc. Miniature horses that are slightly over the recommended size usually make the better option for riding and only small children up to 25 - 30kg should ride them. They are perfect for short rides when they are on a lead line and if suitably trained will happily follow along with the other horses on a short trail. However the young age of the riders at the stage usually dictates short sessions being led by someone. They are fantastic for teaching children how to care for a horse, tack up, groom and lead. Also as a parent you have the added peace of mind that if they get stood one, kicked or fall off it is likely to be a lot less serious than if it was a big horse that hurt them. But the really small minnie horses should rather not be ridden, they are just too small to carry the weight. Also miniature horses usually don’t need a bit, and a good fitting halter will do just fine. Most of the miniature horses have very tiny mouths and even a small bit can be painful for them. Miniature horses live a long time so if you plan to add one to your family be prepared. They make excellent companions for people and horses alike.
NB Stallions even miniature ones, are not recommended for little children.
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Published on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:09
Turtle rehabilitation at Bayworld - A case study – The Story of Ms Green
Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) are one of eight species worldwide and the future of all turtle species is considered threatened, despite active conservation programmes in some parts of the world (Marquez 1990). They are highly valued commercially and are exploited for their meat and eggs. Almost all species are considered threatened or endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and their commerce is prohibited in those countries that have signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
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