but the breed remained fairly unknown until 1960. Minis owe their existence
mostly to English and Dutch mining horses brought to the U.S. in the 19th
century for use in Appalachian coal mines. Many pedigrees also trace back to
The Right Size for the Job
The Mini’s smaller size means they need less space and food compared to an
average horse, but they can still do just about anything! The fact that Minis can’t
be ridden doesn’t mean they’re pasture ornaments. Both children and adults
enjoy showing Miniature Horses in halter, in-hand jumping, costume, driving and
more. There are many different driving opportunities for Minis, including pleasure, roadster, obstacles, reinsmanship and more.
A Little Help
People who have a fear of larger horses or are physically unable to ride can still
enjoy ownership with a Miniature Horse. Minis are also perfect for introducing
children to the responsibilities of horse ownership. Their size makes them much
easier to handle and groom, and they’re less intimidating for children who are
just learning about horses.
Miniature Horses are beneficial as
therapy animals, as well. For years, they
have been visiting hospitals, schools and
nursing homes to provide comfort and
boost spirits. Their small size, easygoing
temperament and cuteness lend to their
success in therapy.
Although they may be small, there
is no less to love.
To learn more, visit the American
Miniature Horse Association at
www.amha.org or the American
Miniature Horse Registry at
KIM KLIMEK is a freelance writer based in
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