A Horse of Course! Miniature horses
are wonderful family pets, good investments, and fit into almost any
lifestyle. Appealing to all ages, miniatures are easy to train and even
easier to fall in love with. Except for being ridden a miniature can do
almost everything their larger relatives do only on a smaller scale. A
miniature although cute and friendly is a horse……..
have their minis help around the farm, pulling carts and small garden
equipment. Miniatures can be found visiting schools, hospitals, and
children's centers all over the United States. A mini can’t be ridden
but they can pull two adults in a cart. A youngster can easily be
taught to drive along with mom or dad.
There are miniature
shows all over the country. Most of the larger shows have over 100
classes for exhibitors of all ages. Shows include youth, amateur, and
open divisions. Minis’ show in halter, trail, jumping, showmanship,
hunter, pleasure driving, roadster, and costume classes. There is even
miniature harness racing.......sound like fun?
Statistics There are about 90,000 registered miniature horses in the United States today. There are two main registries for minis. AMHA and AMHR. AMHA is the largest. Both associations help keep track of pedigrees, registrations, show points, various club activities, and they help promote miniature horses. There are many individual clubs across the United States that offer help, shows, socializing, and miniature horse activities for the whole family.
Miniatures are about 16-18” tall when they are born. They have very fluffy soft coats. They nurse for about 4-5 months but will begin to nibble hay after just a few weeks. A full grown mini will weigh 275-350 pounds.
Miniatures are a height breed. They are 38”” or under. In the breed you will find all types and colors. Some will look like Quarter horses, Arabians, Morgan's or sleek Thoroughbreds. What ever your preference you will find it in the miniature horses breed.
Miniatures vary in price from pet quality to show or breeding stock. Prices start from about $1500 and can go up to $20,000 or more depending on quality.
Big horse stall miniaturized
Care and Feeding Minis are easy to
care for, however they do need adequate fencing, good shelter,
nutritious food and clean water. Minis eat about one bale of hay per
month. Some minis get grain in addition to their hay. Usually they get
1/2 to one cup per feeding, depending on their age and use. Minis do
tend to over eat so a well planned diet is needed to keep them in good
Regular shots and worming keeps them healthy. Minis need
to have their feet trimmed about every 2-3 months. They do not wear
shoes. Show horses get trimmed about every 5 weeks. Minis have very
thick coats in winter and sometimes in summer it is a good idea to clip
it off for comfort. Minis are eager to please and with a few lessons in
handling can be the perfect family pet!