The Miniature Horse is a unique breed -- an elegant, little scaled down version of the large size horse -- and cannot be taller than 34 inches when measured at the last hairs of the mane. Today's stylish and perfectly proportioned Miniatures are the product of nearly 400 years of selective breeding. Although many purchases and breedings of Miniature Horses have been regularly documented in America since the early 1800's. Accurate accounts and pedigrees were not maintained by most breeders until the 1940's.
Because of their gentle, affectionate nature and small size, a miniature horse is an excellent pet. It is not uncommon to have a little nose nuzzling you as you work in the barn or pasture. the foals are particularly lovable as they normally range between 16 and 21 inches in height at BIRTH!!!. Many an owner has yielded to the temptation to pick up a foal like a baby and "rock away."
The miniatures require much the same care as a standard size horse except
in much smaller quantities. One acre of grazing is suggested for two miniatures,
but it is possible to keep one in a good sized backyard with supplemental
feeding. A bale of hay will usually last one miniature Horse for a MONTH
and approximately one pound of a good grade commercial food per 100 pounds
of body weight is normally adequate for a stalled horse.