Learning about Miniature Horses . . .

   The History of the Miniature Horse

Many colorful myths abound about the origin of the Miniature horse. Contemporary historians tend to support the breed as a derivative of many sources. In prehistoric times, small horse breeds were likely the products of surviving harsh natural climates and limited feed. Too, with knowledge of genetics, it is possible to breed specifically for size.

It is known that, at various times in equine history, Miniature horses have been bred for pets, novelty, research, monetary gain, mining work, exhibition, and royal gifts. In addition to the prehistoric evidence of small equids, it is speculated that the Miniature horse is a result of nearly 400 years of selective breeding of many extracts.Moms&Babies

The first documented mention of a very small horse being imported to the United States was in 1888; and it appears, there was little public awareness of true Miniatures during the year preceding 1960. It is believed that the American Miniature horse utilized the blood of the English and Dutch mine horses brought to this country in the 19th century and used in some Appalachian coal mines as late as 1950. The American Miniature horse, as documented in the pedigrees of some Miniatures today, also drew upon the blood of the Shetland pony.

In 1978, the American Miniature Horse Association, Inc., was organized to aid and encourage the breeding use and perpetuation of the American Miniature horse, separate and apart from ponies and other small equines. According to the AMHA’s Rules and Regulations and Bylaws, an animal exceeding 34 inches in height is not eligible for registration with the Association. To date, the AMHA has registered over 114,000 Miniature horses.

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  Advantages of Owning a Miniature Horse

YOUR CHILDREN WILL LOVE THEM!!!
Finally, your smallest child can have a horse that is just his or her size to ride OR show! Children up to 70 pounds may ride depending upon the age, height and body type of the miniature horse. Unlike riding a full-sized horse, the hazards are greatly reduced due to the animals’ size. And, for even more fun, the AMHA sponsors a full youth division for your young showman.

YOU CAN TRAIN THEM TO PULL A CART!!!
Children 3-4 years and up routinely drive at home, parades and in shows. A miniature horse can easily pull up to 1-2 adults in a cart in all gaits, minimal experience is needed. Join in community events and expand your social life!!!

THEY ARE VERY HARDY AND LONG LIVED!!!
Based on good care, a miniature horse’s health resistance to disease and natural hardiness is excellent. They have been know to live for 30 years or more with good care - many times out living most dogs. You really can have a companion to grow up with!

THEY ARE EXTREMELY SUITABLE FOR OLDER ADULTS AND PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS!!!
Miniature horses are greatly adaptable to handicapped individuals due to their smaller size and affectionate nature. Older adults find that these little horses bring an uncommon joy to their lives and often a renewed purpose and sense of self, not to mention that the grand kids seem to visit even more!

 
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