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Mini horses

Mini horses

BABY-HORSE-BFFCan you imagine taking a horse to a restaurant or a mall? Seems crazy, doesn’t it?! However, this is not something impossible! Today, there are thousands of such horses in the world, and they’re called miniature horses.

A Miniature horse is, in brief, a miniature version of its large brother, the riding horse.  While miniature horses are almost the size of a very small pony, many retain horse characteristics and are considered “horses” by their respective registries. The miniature horse is shorter than the smallest ponies. A mini must be no taller than 34 inches, measured at the top of the shoulders, where the mane ends. A full-grown mini weighs between 150 and 250 pounds.
mile-1-BThe Miniature horse is elegant and athletic in build. What gives them a distinguished beauty is that they come in every possible horse color. Some colors that are rare in other breeds are common in minis, such as dark bodies with white or cream manes and tails.

Mini horses are pleasant companions, have a gentle nature and are excellently suited as a friend for young and older, adults and children alike.  For this reason they are often kept as family pets. They are also trained as service animals, akin to assistance dogs for people with disabilities and are then called Guide horses. Miniature horses are also trained for driving, equine agility and other competitive horse show type events. They are also trained to remain calm even in noisy chaotic situations. Guide Horses readily accept new experiences.

All Guide Horses regularly work indoors, leading their handler to restaurants, shopping malls and offices.  When they are off-duty,  they are still real horses, thus they greatly prefer to stay outdoors.

On-average, miniature horses may live one-third longer than large horses, and the average life span of miniature horses is from 25 to 35 years.

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