Miniature Horse Information

About Miniature Horses

Welcome to the world of Miniature Horses. These adorable little horses are a unique breed - an elegant, little scaled down version of a large size horse. Miniatures are a height breed. A true miniature, as defined by the American Miniature Horse Association, must be under 34" (measured at the withers, which is the last hair of the mane) to the ground.

The AMHA Standard of Perfection calls for a small, sound, well-balanced horse, possessing correct conformation characteristics. These horses are not dwarves, runts or "genetic" errors, but are produced by selectively breeding down in size yet maintaining as near-perfect conformation as possible.

They require the same care as a standard size horse except in much smaller quantities. Although one acre of grazing is suggested for two adult minis, it is possible to keep one in a good sized backyard. Grain is measured by the cup and roughage by a particle flake of hay. They are very hardy and can stand extreme hot and cold, suited for most any areas. Where the weather gets very cold they quite enjoy themselves  wearing winter coats that make them look like very small buffalo.

 Minis thrive on attention and display a curiosity and intelligence that make them delightful companions, allowing people of all ages to enjoy them. Because of their gentle, affectionate nature and small size, a miniature horse can be an excellent pet. Small children can learn to care for and even ride some of the larger minis before graduating to their bigger cousins. Older people have found the miniature to be an excellent substitute for the full-size horse they no longer feel physically able to handle. Those who have never experienced that very special thrill of ownership, yet always wanted to, are finding that the  "mini" is a wonderful opportunity. These little horses have already proved their worth in therapeutic programs for the disabled child or adult, as well as with the aged and blind. People in high-pressure jobs find them to be a  wonderful aid in relieving stress.


Visit the links below to learn more....


A Bit of Mini History

About the American Miniature Horse Assn

Anatomy and Conformation Info

Miniature Horse Terms

What is a Miniature Horse You Ask

Why Breed or Raise Miniature Horses

Frequently Asked Questions

Reproduction in Minis

Foal Calculation Table

Projected Height Chart for Mini Horses

Body Condition - Chart & Info  

Weighing your Mini Without a Scale

Tips on Choosing a Mini

Grooming Tips

Horse Teeth


Miniature Horse Facts

Showing Your Mini

Taking Pictures

Horse Treats

Horse Poems, Etc.

Memorial Horse Poems

Sunrise Gardens

Horse vs Human Age



These are just some of the reasons why 
Sunrise Minis only get A+ on their Report Cards




Age Comparison Chart 
20 5
40 10
50 15
60 20
70 25
80 30
90 35


When spoken to, horses distinguish tones rather than particular words.


Horses can communicate how they are feeling by their facial expressions. They use their ears, nostrils and eyes to show their moods. Beware of a horse that has flared nostrils and their ears back. That means it might attack.


In the wild horse world, the mare decides when and where the herd will go while the stallion follows.


It is impossible to predict a horse's colour from the foal coat colour. They generally will go through several color changes. The colour finally becomes "fixed" around two years of age.


There is no such a thing as a white horse. They are all called gray horses because they have little black and white hairs that combine to make them look white. Horses which are white with pink eyes, a pink mouth, and pink ears are called albinos.


Most foals are born at night under the cover of darkness and away from prying eyes and possible danger.


Horses will often stand "tail to tail" and shelter each other from annoying flies by swishing their tails for each other!



Horseshoe Superstitions

A circular ring made from an iron horseshoe nail gives the same protection against evil as the horseshoe itself. The horseshoe or crescent moon shape was seen as a sign of good fortune and fertility. The horseshoe must be hung with the points up to keep the luck from spilling out. 


A horseshoe, hung above the doorway, will bring good luck to a home. In most of Europe protective horseshoes are placed in a downward facing position, but in some parts of Ireland and Britain people believe that the shoes must be turned upward or "the luck will run out.


A horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away.


ORIENS  is a Latin word meaning "the East" or "The Rising Sun"


God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses.
R.B. Cunningham Graham


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