Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Adorable Miniature Horses

Jun 4, 2015 By Christi Mulligan

The designation of a miniature horse is determined by the animal's height, which is measured at the last hairs of the mane. Usually less than 34-38 inches, the horses are the size of a very small pony but maintain the characteristics of a horse, and they are found in many colors and coat patterns. They are also considered horses by the major registries throughout the world. There are two registries in the United States - the American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) and the American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR).


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Miniature horses are great pets. They are small enough to be easily transported and do not require the massive amount of food necessary to maintain a regular horse. The breed is great with young children due to their docile nature. Typically friendly and fond of people, they still need to be treated as an equine. Miniature horses have an average lifespan of 25-35 years, according to multiple sources. With proper feeding and maintenance, the health of these horses can be easily controlled.


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Miniature horses have also been considered a great option for service animals. There is some debate on this topic, though it rarely has to do with the animal’s disposition. The debate typically focuses on the animal’s legal classification as livestock, meaning it has to be kept outdoors. With that as a restriction, people would be limited within their own homes. Since the animals do live longer and have sunny personalities, in general, it is no wonder that they are being considered in this role.


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