Species group: Miniature horses
The Miniature Horse is exactly what its name implies....a miniature horse, not a pony. The breed was developed in Europe, with records dating back to the 1650’s when they were noted as being part of French King Louis XIV’s exotic zoo. They were also bred as pets for the Hapsburg nobility in the 17th century. However, in addition to be the pampered pets of royalty, these hardy horses had a working class counterpart. Miniature Horses were also utilized in coal mines throughout Europe for centuries.
Mini horses have a reputation for being friendly, social, and hardy. Their average life span is 25-36 years. Their size, personality, intelligence and longevity make them ideal for horse lovers who can no longer ride, and they are also being utilized as service animals, similar to assistance dogs, for the disabled. The Falabella Miniature Horse is a rarer type of mini, and was developed in Argentina in 1800's.
Minis are used for driving, and as companion and assistance animals. Miniature Horses should not be ridden by anyone over 70 pounds.
Appearance / health:
Miniature horses come in all colors and patterns. The general rule of thumb is that if you saw a photo of a Miniature Horse, without anything to indicate size, the conformation, characteristics, and proportions should be identical to those of a full sized horse.
Miniature Horses have two size categories: an "A" sized Miniature is up to 34"; and a "B" mini is from 34" to 38".
Miniature horses are generally healthy animals. However, Minis are especially prone to laminitis and founder, due to the tiny amount of feed that they need to stay healthy. Dwarfism is also a concern. Dwarf horses, while often setting world records for size, are not considered to have desirable traits, generally have incorrect conformation, and may have significant health and soundness issues. Therefore, many miniature horse registries try to avoid accepting minis affected by dwarfism for breeding stock registration.
Behavior / temperament:
Miniature Horses are inquisitive, energetic and friendly.
perfect 4h project, great companion animals, grandkids, ideal family pets, sweet personalities
weight issue, vet bills, vet care, founder issues
thick winter coats, Pintaloosa miniatures, Therapy work, Lower feed bills, nursing homes
My Favorite Little Guy
Apollo, my miniature horse, was the first horse I ever bought and the bond I have with him is amazing. I bought Apollo because at the time I couldn't afford a full-sized horse and I planned on training Apollo to pull a cart. From the moment I brought him home, he was sweet and full of personality. The biggest take away of owning a miniature horse is how well it prepares you for handling a full-sized horse if you're a beginner horse owner like I was. They have the same mannerisms, habits, and behavior as a full-sized horse, without the intimidation of size. Owning Apollo taught me how to handle horses correctly and with confidence. He was so little that I had no fear if he kicked, spooked, nipped, or misbehaved. I was able to correct all of his bad habits in the best way possible that I could then take to a full-sized horse. As you can probably tell from this description, I loved horses; but was still intimidated by them. That fear wouldn't work when training, so owning Apollo helped me master that fear by understanding horse behavior and treatment. If you want to learn how to handle and train horses I highly recommend starting with a miniature horse. They are adorable but still pose enough of a challenge to keep you on your feet. .
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The Pelham May Help
Sometimes, your horse is just too strong, and he may have been trained to bolt when you apply your leg. The pelham is a stronger bit than the snaffle, and it may help, especially if your horse gives mo reaction to the snaffle. .
From Monnie Gilder 712 days ago