About Miniature Horses
Miniature horses are, as expected, small…really small; usually
less than 34–38 inches (86–97 cm) as measured at the last hairs of the mane,
which are found at the withers. While miniature horses are the size of a very
small pony, many retain horse characteristics and are considered
"horses" by their respective registries. They have various colors and
|Owner Sue Meager with Miniature Horse (Trotter/McCulloch photo)|
Miniature horses are friendly and interact well with people.
For this reason they are often kept as family pets, though they still retain
natural horse behavior, including a natural fight or flight instinct, and must
be treated like an equine, even if they primarily serve as a companion animal.
They are also trained as service animals, akin to assistance dogs for people
with disabilities. Miniature horses are also trained for driving, equine
agility, and other competitive horse show type events.
According to the American Miniature Horse Association
(AMHA), the smallest miniature horse breeding stallion in America was Bond Tiny
Tim. In the AMHA Online stud book, Bond
Tiny Tim is listed as a miniature horse stallion measuring only 19 inches tall.
Bond Tiny Tim was a dwarf horse who was bred extensively and appears in the
pedigrees of hundreds of miniature horses in America. Bond Tiny Tim sired numerous national
champions and lent his dwarf genes to generations of his descendants.
Miniature horses are very common and it is not necessary to
spend a large amount of money to buy a miniature horse from a breeder. Every
year thousands of pet-quality miniature horses are sent to slaughter and The
Guide Horse Foundation recommends that you consider adopting an unwanted,
abused or rescued miniature horse from a horse rescue organization or buying a
miniature horse from an auction where the killer buyers attend. There are also internet miniature horse sales
and owner-posted miniature horses for sale on the web.
Content and Photo Source: the Guide Horse Foundation.