WHAT IS A MINIATURE HORSE YOU ASK?
difference between a miniature and its larger cousin is usually about 60 inches
tall versus 30 inches tall. They are tiny horses that are perfectly proportioned
and have a wonderful disposition like the large horses. You will find Miniature
Horses all over the world. They come in various colours and styles. The American
Miniature Horse is a blend of many bloodlines and has become one of the most
popular horses available. The mini is known as a "height breed". The American
Miniature Horse Association
(AMHA) registers minis that
are 34" and under. The measurement is taken at the withers, which is the last
hair of the mane. The American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR) registers minis
in two divisions: "A" Division for horses that are 34" and under; and
"B" Division for horses that are 34"to 38".
One of the most commonly asked questions is What Do You Do With Them???? One
thing you can do with them is make a child very happy! Besides
raising miniatures to sell, some people enjoy
taking their minis in shows. They are very easily trained to drive and jump and
can learn tricks and obstacle courses as well. We have found that you can have a
horse pulling a cart in about 1/2 hour.
But, the truth be known, minis make wonderful pets and companions. They are true
"Ambassadors of Good Will" participating in exhibitions, parades, fairs, and
visiting old folks homes, hospitals and the like.
Their friendliness and gentle disposition makes them very attractive to people,
young and old alike, who may be intimidated by, or can't handle the larger
Miniatures have all the same needs and traits that large horses have. If you
want to get a Miniature and you have never owned a horse before, you must learn
about equine care and health. First of all you will want to have a nice home for
your new pet. If you live in the country and have an existing barn, it can be
easily adapted for minis. A stall 6'x8' or 8'x8' is quite adequate. Ideal
flooring for stalls is clay, dirt, or spaced planks with the proper base
underneath. If you do not have a barn a three-sided run in shelter will do
nicely. We find, when given a choice, they generally like to be outside. They
know to go into their shelters when the sun is too hot or the wind too cold. We
are told that this type of environment is very healthy for them, rather than
being stabled inside all the time as some horses are.
We feed our minis quality hay, oats, and minerals two or three times a
day (depending on the season) and they have access to a salt block and fresh
water at all times. You
will want to groom your pet regularly so they look and feel good and have his
feet tended to by a farrier every three months or so. Like most other pets, they
will require vaccinations and be treated for worms on a regular basis.
No matter what your reason for wanting and purchasing a mini horse might be, you
will find they are wonderful companions and like the rest of us, you will know
very quickly that you can't just have "one". How can anyone resist?
We would be happy to have you come for a visit to talk MINIS and see all our special little friends - just give us a call.
horses come into our lives and quickly go.
Breeders of quality AMHA
registered Miniature Horses