A Miniature Horse is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to collecting and disseminating information about small horses and ponies.
Our mission is to collect information about the history of miniature horses, miniature horse health care links and consolidate and cite useful information about miniature horses.
From sea to shining sea, Miniature Horse strives to support the horse industry and provide an information portal for miniature horse owners.
Miniature Horse works to consolidate web research and publications that are of of interest to miniature horse owners.
We strive to highlight new miniature horse medical techniques and health care practices that improve the well-being of miniature horses and to highlight any practices that may result in the unnecessary suffering or death of miniature horses.
Miniature Horse applauds all responsible miniature horse owners and breeders. We do not endorse any foreign nations that allow horse cruelty or the processing of miniature horses as human food.
The very first mention of these tiny horses being present in the US was in the year 1888 and there are some research results that show the public was not aware of these horses until the year 1960. Popular opinion hold that these mini horses have the blood of English and Dutch mine horses that were shipped to the US back in the 19th century and were used to transport coals in the Appalachian coal mines back in the 1050s.
The Shetland pony is also believed to be an ancestor of these tiny horses.
In the past decade or so, people have taken to importing mini horses from countries like England, Belgium, and Holland just to name a few.
There are other people that practice selective breeding of these tiny horses from bigger horses. These horses have a very colorful and somewhat unsure past and yet, throughout the years they have been bred not only for show but they are also bred for pets and some have been presented as royal gifts to monarchs who have shown an interest in them. But not just any small horse can be a mini horse as it can only be considered mini if it stands below 34 inches, which is quite feat for a horse to achieve but is no problem for a true mini horse.
If you have ever seen a photo of a mini horse then you will understand why people may want to own them despite the fact that they cannot really be ridden, unlike their bigger counterparts.
However, if you really do want a mini horse then here are some reasons that can help you decide on why you should by a one. For one, mini horses are great as companion animals.
They are very loving and children absolutely love them. If you have kids, then this is a great companion animal to have, but just make sure that no kid above 50lbs attempts to ride these horses or they may get seriously injured.
If you have always wanted a pet horse well then a mini horse should suit you fine. They cost less money to feed and maintenance is cheaper and a lot faster than when you compare them with those of a fully grown horse. You do not even need to keep mini horses in a stable since they can be kept inside the house, as they are roughly the size of a large to medium sized dog anyway.
If you want to buy a mini horse then you can consider buying a pet quality or a show quality animal. It is a given that show quality horses cost more money but if you want one as just a pet and you have no intention of joining shows then buying a horse that is of pet quality should be fine for you.
It’s almost that time of the year again that every Miniature Horse fan around the UK waits for – Miniature Horse of the Year Show is almost upon us!
Hosted at Arena UK, the show is bound to excite all enthusiasts around the world, however if you’re in the UK this is your perfect chance to enjoy a show that isn’t too far from you.
So in the build up to this event we want to know what your plans are for the show? Are you planning to travel up just for one of the days? Or do you plan to make a miniature-horse weekend of it and stick around for a little longer? Let us know – as always, we’ll be there making sure that we’re covering the best parts of the show for all of our fans!
The schedule for the show is available here: http://www.imhps.com/MHOYS%20Schedule%202012.pdf
See you there!