About Miniature Horses
rnrnMiniature horses are, as expected, smallâ€¦really small; usuallyrnless than 34â€“38 inches (86â€“97 cm) as measured at the last hairs of the mane, whichrnare found at the withers. While miniature horses are the size of a very small pony,rnmany retain horse characteristics and are considered "horses" by theirrnrespective registries. They have various colors and coat patterns.
rnrnrnMiniature horses are friendly and interact well with people.rnFor this reason they are often kept as family pets, though they still retain naturalrnhorse behavior, including a natural fight or flight instinct, and must be treatedrnlike an equine, even if they primarily serve as a companion animal. They are alsorntrained as service animals, akin to assistance dogs for people with disabilities.rnMiniature horses are also trained for driving, equine agility, and other competitivernhorse show type events.
rnrnrnAccording to the American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA),rnthe smallest miniature horse breeding stallion in America was Bond Tiny Tim.In the AMHA Online stud book, Bond Tiny Tim isrnlisted as a miniature horse stallion measuring only 19 inches tall. Bond Tiny Timrnwas a dwarf horse who was bred extensively and appears in the pedigrees of hundredsrnof miniature horses in America. Bond TinyrnTim sired numerous national champions and lent his dwarf genes to generations ofrnhis descendants.
Miniature horses are very common and it is not necessary to spendrna large amount of money to buy a miniature horse from a breeder. Every year thousandsrnof pet-quality miniature horses are sent to slaughter and The Guide Horse Foundationrnrecommends that you consider adopting an unwanted, abused or rescued miniature horsernfrom a horse rescue organization or buying a miniature horse from an auction wherernthe killer buyers attend. There are alsorninternet miniature horse sales and owner-posted miniature horses for sale on thernweb.
rnrnContent and Photo Source: the Guide Horse Foundation.rnrn