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”.

Many people buy miniatures who have big horses and want their children to love, to know how to care for, and to learn to ride years before they are ready for even the most gentle big horse. As the child outgrows riding the mini, it can be trained to pleasure drive. They easily pull a cart or small wagon with children and/ or adults.

Older people find that these little horses bring and uncommon joy to their lives and often an renewed purpose and sense of self, not to mention that the grandchildren seem to visit even more!

In the USA, but also in more and more areas of Europe, shows are being organized, where the owner can exhibit his or her little horse in halter classes, but also in performance classes, such as jumping or driving.

Here are some snapshots to show you how wonderful life with a miniature horse can be:

jump
jump

 

drive
drive
be loved
be loved

see them excel in harness
see them excel in harness

find friends for life
find friends for life

 

be a proud breeder
be a proud breeder

teach them tricks
teach them tricks

 

have show ring success
have show ring successes
play in the sand
play in the sand

go swimming
go swimming

 

get healthy
let them heal you
spoil them
spoil them

hug them
hug them

 

greet visitors
greet visitors
share all thoughts
share all thoughts
play ball
play ball

have a partner by your side
have a partner by your side

 

hold them in your arms
hold them in your arms

ride
ride

 

minis come with a "smile guarantee"
minis come with a
"smile guarantee"

make little girls very happy
make little girls very happy

just enjoy them
just enjoy them

 

share the most beautiful days in life
share the most beautiful days in life
rock them to sleep
rock them to sleep
make a siesta
make a siesta

pick flowers
pick flowers

 

make plans
make plans
take on any obstacle
take on any obstacle
let them carry you
let them carry you

make gymnastics
make gymnastics

 

confuse their bigger counterparts
confuse their bigger counterparts

have them mow
have them mow

have them help with the barn work
have them help with the barn work

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