the American Miniature Horse is one of the world's
fastest growing and most beloved equine breeds. Classically elegant, gentle
by nature and appealing to people of all abilities, this small and
unique equine - standing no taller than 38
inches at the withers as measured from the last
hairs of the mane - is truly the "Horse For Everyone."
A scaled-down version of the standard-size horse,
the American Miniature Horse comes in a rainbow of coat colors and
patterns and several body types including draft and Arabian. The result of
nearly 400 years of selective breeding, today's Miniature Horse is refined
and well-proportioned. For those who have yet to see an American Miniature
Horse or have made the discovery and want to know more, an exciting new
One can't help but
smile when introduced to the American Miniature Horse. Youth, adults,
special needs and older individuals enjoy this amazing and unique breed in
many ways: as investments, show partners, or companions. Children who may
be afraid of the standard-size horse often jump at the chance to embrace a
Miniature Horse or foal. And the foals are especially lovable at 16 to 21
inches in height at birth! Adults, too, are reaping the rewards of
Miniature Horse ownership. Transcending generations, it is not uncommon to
see entire families from grandparent to grandchild working together to
care for or work with their horses. Miniature Horse ownership encourages a
wonderful learning experience and sense of accomplishment.
Special needs individuals find the Miniature
Horse an excellent substitute for the full-sized horse. Miniature Horses
have long been used in therapeutic settings with positive results. Older
individuals, no longer as mobile and preferring not to manage a
standard-size horse are discovering the benefits of the Miniature Horse
whether in competition, recreation or as an investment.
The versatile American Miniature Horse makes an
ideal show partner with talents ranging from halter and jumping to driving
and obstacle. The opportunities are endless. AMHA & AMHR offer several divisions
of competition including youth, amateur, special needs, and open. In the AMHA
& AMHR show ring, individuals learn competitiveness and sportsmanship. The
thrill and satisfaction from winning that first blue ribbon make effort
worthwhile; and, while winning is exciting, striving for a personal best
is often the greatest satisfaction.
Guiding a young child in the proper care of the
American Miniature Horse encourages discipline, responsibility and
respect. Working with a Miniature Horse builds confidence and self-esteem
- important qualities that carry over into adult life. Maintaining a
Miniature Horse costs about one-tenth that of maintaining a large horse.
The feeding program is basically the same but clean-up detail is much,
much smaller. Care and maintenance for these petite equines can be
performed safely by persons of any age, including children.