American Miniature Horse
The result of nearly 400 years of selective breeding, historians tend to support the American Miniature Horse breed as a derivative of many sources. In prehistoric times, small horse breeds were most likely the products of surviving harsh natural climates and limited feed. Today, knowledge of genetics has made the possibility of breeding specifically for size a reality.
Popular belief is that American Miniature Horses utilized the blood of English and Dutch mine horses brought into 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 Miniatures today, also drew upon the blood of the Shetland pony. Throughout its colorful past, the breed had been bred for pets, novelty, research, monetary gain, mining work, exhibition and royal gifts.
Miniatures must measure not more than 34 inches at the withers, no bigger than a large dog. American Miniature Horses are “miniature” versions of well-balanced horses, possessing conformation characteristics found in most equine breeds. They can be found in a rainbow of colors and types.
Eager to please, the American Miniature Horse makes a gentle and affectionate companion for individuals of any age or ability. Though petite, they are extremely versatile and excel in a variety of disciplines, including driving, halter, jumping, obstacle and others.
Miniatures represent a small, sound, well-balanced horse, possessing the correct conformation characteristics required of most breeds: refinement and femininity in the mare; boldness and masculinity in the stallion. The general impression should be one of symmetry, strength, agility and alertness. Since the breed objective is the smallest possible perfect horse, preference in judging shall be given the smaller horse, other characteristics being approximately equal.
Contact: American Miniature Horse Association
5601 S. Interstate 35W
Alvarardo, TX 76009 USA