Miniature Horses

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Miniature horses are known for their friendliness and love of human companionship. While they naturally exhibit equine behaviors and must be treated accordingly, mini horses are primarily kept as pets. In contrast, most other breeds are valued for their equestrian and horseracing potential rather than their companionship.


American miniature horses are descended from pony breeds selectively bred for their diminutive size, and are cousins of the dwarf miniature horses that were the fashionable pets of European kings and queens in the 17th century. Additional refinements to the breed took place in the United States in the 20th century, leading to its standardization.


Mini horses are primarily used as companion animals, though they can also be trained as service animals to help the blind or people with other physical disabilities.


Body Size: As measured at the withers, miniature horses cannot exceed 38 inches in height. Most healthy adults weigh in the range of 250 pounds. Their bodies are proportionally identical to their full-sized equine cousins, only with smaller dimensions.

Color and Patterns: Coats of any color are acceptable, according to breeding standards. Spotted tobiano coats, characterized by a base color with white patches on the body, legs and face, are also common in this breed. Appaloosa miniature horses display the leopard-like coat spotting, striped hooves and white facial markings that define Appaloosa horse coat patterns seen in other major breeds.

Caring for a Miniature Horse

Feeding: While mini horses require less in terms of horse feed volume, they still need to be fed twice a day with a diet of roughage and minerals, just as any other pet horse. Since miniature horses are rarely used in competitive athletics, you won't likely need to worry about special dietary regimens.

Grooming: Even if you fit your miniature horse with horseshoes, you need to inspect the animal's feet on a daily basis to check for signs of injury or infection. Brushing, coat trimming and mane care are a matter of owner preference; many horse owners choose to complete these tasks on an as-needed basis.

Health Problems: Leg, tendon, shoulder and respiratory problems are common in mini horses, especially as they age. Equine arthritis commonly sets in as the animal's age advances, as well. Dwarf miniature horses also frequently suffer from abnormalities in muscle and bone structure.

Life Expectancy: Mini horses are exceptionally hardy, with an average lifespan exceeding that seen in full-sized breeds. Expect a healthy miniature horse to enjoy a lifespan of about 30 years. The oldest horse on record was actually a dwarf mini, which lived to be more than 50 years old.

Locating Miniature Horses for Sale

Deal only with reputable breeders when seeking mini horses for sale. Contacting equine registries and local breeder associations will help you locate a suitable vendor in your area.

The prices of miniature horses for sale vary wildly. You might pay as little as $300 for a pet-quality animal, while horses from show champion stock can command tens of thousands of dollars.

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Posted by Marcus on November 25,2015 at 01:16 AM
Thank you Shari and Ken for the nice response, we were so happy to see a flimay trying so hard to do right by their horses. The public is making sure that wonderful people like you and your flimay don't fall through the cracks. I could tell right off that you all loved your horses and were worried that you might loose your wonderful friends. You are why I put this program in motion. I know you are working hard to get back on your feet so that you can keep your flimay going through the tough times now, so god bless you and your flimay for doing the right thing. If you need us again please call, that is what this program is here for. I know you all will pay it forward to the next person who is struggling to keep their horse with them. Judy Glore
Posted by Melanie on October 13,2015 at 12:02 AM
Amy and I just started with HEART, and just two days ago filled out membership forms. Every day we are there is a joy. I cannot believe the welcome we received from Judy and Mark when we first showed up. This is a couple with a huge heart for horses. Their knowledge about horses is incredible. Everyday we are there is a day we learn somethings new. Amy and I already own a bay quarter horse and we also share the same love and respect for horses but we are green. It is amazing just how busy they are but they will always stop to explain something if needed. If you watch Judy as she speaks about each of the horses you will see in her eyes the love she has for each and she has a story for each one of them. Amy has fallen in love with one of the horses named hunter, what a great horse and we hope to welcome him as a new member of our family soon. There are still great horses waiting waiting for the right family to love them to, til then I know Judy, Mark, and all the members and volunteers of HEART will be giving them plenty of love.
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Wow Judy, I am so sorry to hear about Baja and his cancer. This makes me so sad. I know for a FACT that you being there for him and still ttiraeng him as a horse and friend will make him spend the time he has left on earth the best he could spend anywhere. You are so right, I often take for granted the gifts God has given me to take care of and I do not want to do that. Everyday, every person and animal I hold dear to me, should be such a joy. Thank you for reminding me. I am proud to be a part of the Heart of Tucson because it makes me remember that life is precious and love is forgiving. So many hurt horses that I have seen in my last month or so go through Heart, have brought inspiration and renewed HOPE AND FAITH in life. I call them Miracles because if it wasn't for HEART, these animals would have died. Baja is giving us his best and we are giving all of the rescues our best. THAT is what life is all about. Heart gives comfort, love and healing to EVERYONE involved. Thank you Domino, Tamale, Baja and the rest of ya all for giving us love, comfort and healing too! We love and cherish you all. P.S. Judy, thanks for making me cry so early in the morning, but it is a good cry, a good reminder to remember how much I can love. Keep it up : ) And as for Digalow and my first pony Fantasy, they are both proud that we are out there saving their friends They are probably saying keep it up moms, don't give up One horse at a time makes a GREAT difference! [url=]lzukooopm[/url] [link=]dvacllxya[/link]
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Posted by Delores Pollard on July 26,2015 at 03:38 AM
I have a miniature pony and has arthritis is their any medication that can help him with his mobility.
Posted by Beth on September 26,2010 at 07:03 PM
Mini's do make great companions! Maybe I say that just because I have one and I'd never own any type of horse but a mini! The municipality looks at them as livestock, where I look at them as a pet, a companion, and a lifelong friend.
Posted by Tamara Mason on May 25,2010 at 03:02 PM
Hi we would love to have a mini for companionship however the municipality thinks minis are livestock while i beg to differ. What do you think honestly? If they are so intelligent that they can be used as seeing eye companions then why are they being treated like a pig or cow?Thank you.
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