About Miniature Horses
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.