people smile. No doubt about it. Every, Every drive we
go out on, some stranger waves and smiles big. Every,
every time that we drive, some child wants to touch a
mini. Every time!!! They are true joy-bringers.....to us
and to everyone they come in contact with.
compared to a full size horse, most minis are less than half the height,
weigh only 20% (1/5) of a big horse and eat only 1/4 or 25% of
what they do. Due
to the center of gravity being so low, that they can pull 4
times the weight of a draft horse, size by size. A
miniature horse is able to pull 3 to 5 times its weight, but
younger horses should not be as weighted down. A miniature can
also jump higher proportionally than a big horse.
claims minis are healthier due to these reasons:
all, minis show their symptoms faster. They don't hide them like
a big horse so you find out about problems like stones or
impaction before a lot of internal damage has occurred.
The other is
the little dog syndrome. Just like little dogs live longer than
big dogs, miniatures live longer, as a general rule, than big
horses. In fact, that is true for the horse world. Minis live
longer than light horses who live longer than draft horses. On average, miniature horses may
live one-third longer than large horses.
They are also able
to withstand more cold than any other breed of horses. The vet
said that this may have come from the blood of the Shetlands
that were originally left to starve on the Shetland
Islands...and they did not...they
survived and prospered and created a breed that can withstand
the brutal cold...although we are spoiling that by introducing
the finer bloodlines and that over time will decrease that
Minis sweat less than large
horses in the same conditions.
They seem to oxygenate
better as their heart rate and respiration are quite remarkable
after covering the same distance as a horse literally four times
their size. One vet told me that he does not think their heart
and lungs downsized as much as their body which would account
for their greater capacity. I know even our pregnant mares can
go trot 3 miles without a problem while pulling ME in a cart
behind them! A mini can pull 100-150% of their own weight and
still be energetic; whereas, it is recommended to only have a
big horse pulling 50% of their weight in a strenuous CDE.
Their legs do not break down
like big horses. There are so many leg and foot problems in the
big horses of today; whereas, minis do not go lame and they are
jumping and driving on pavement. This could be due to their
lower weight to bone density ratios or due to their short
pasterns. To learn how to make some great mini jumps,
were raised as pets for over 400 years, as a general rule, they
are very people-oriented.
If you are
just beginning to learn about miniature horses, here are 3
websites that have some introductory information:
nothing my girls and I like more than to visit the websites
that are listed in the various "top list" sites. Many
breeders have wonderful articles on their sites and true
experiences that are instructional.
I copied the
buttons from my site, but you can find these on
most every site. You can click on the buttons in
this email to get to the 'top list' sites. Then,
just go down the list and enjoy many pictures of
miniatures and lots of text.
Lil Beginnings also has tons of information on the site.
There is a forum at
you can read on everything you could ever want to know about
there are also yahoo email lists. There are ones that are
topic-specific (i.e. they cover breeding or driving) and
there are ones that do not limit content and just talk about
miniatures in general.
Miniature Horse Farm of Inman South Carolina, states that
the smallest miniature horse in recorded history was a stallion
Pumpkin." At 14" tall and 20 lbs, he is the smallest I have
found on record. However, the
Guinness Book of
World Records lists Black Beauty as the worlds
smallest miniature horse at 18.5"tall.
Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) says that the smallest
miniature horse breeding stallion in America was
Tim. In the AMHA Online stud
book, Bond Tiny Tim is listed as a miniature horse stallion
measuring only 19". Bond Tiny Tim was a dwarf horse who was bred
extensively and appears in the pedigrees of hundreds of
miniature horses in America. Bond Tiny Tim sired numerous
national champions and lent his dwarf genes to generations of
his descendants.I hear so many comments from others
about minis that echo my heart perfectly. I have started copying the
tidbits that I hear others say....
there is something about
these minis that people just can't resist. If someone had told me my
hubby would give up on riding arabians to drive a mini I'd have had them
long ago. Minis are just not intimidating.
I had 'big' horses for over 30 years before I got
my first mini, but if there is one thing I am CERTAIN of, it is that I
will not give up owning at LEAST one miniature horse until I die!! They
are endearing in ways it is impossible to describe, until you EXPERIENCE
them first hand...!