Miniature horses are breeds of horses that are distinguished by their short stature and their characteristic of riding. Mini-horses are proportional to the body length of the limbs and are peculiar to the horse-to-horse format. Due to their small size, kindness and outward appeal, miniature horses have become widespread and are now bred in many countries around the world.
So how much space do you need for a mini horse?
The maintenance and care of mini-horses is no different from that of large horses and ponies, with only one amendment: the size of the baby. Therefore, at the normal stop of size 3 × 4 m usually contains 2-3 miniature horses, depending on their caliber. By the way, keeping horses in small groups at stalls is even better than a single horse: mini horses have a quiet disposition and get along well with each other, often even adult stallions graze quietly by their side and do not conflict with others.
Maintenance of the mini horse
Miniature horses can be successfully contained even in the house, instead of a dog; special diapers (Pampers Active Pony) were developed for horses and boots for this purpose in the west (so that the hoof does not close), but it should not be forgotten that miniature horses need special walks and movement . Despite their apparent tenderness, mini-horses are not at all thin. With shelters and a small top dress with hay and concentrates, the mini-horses feel great all year round in the pasture. They easily tolerate the winter cold: in winter the mini-horses cultivate thick wool. However, like large horses, babies need to be protected from drafts.
Miniature horses have a maximum height of 140 cm; the smallest representative has a height of 80 cm. However, its weight ranges from 100 to 200 kg. The smallest horses weigh 14 kg. These representatives even contain in the conditions of the apartments as pets, such as cats and dogs. Miniature horses graze very well on pasture throughout the grazing season with minimal feeding. But even during the grazing season and during the stop should not forget about mineral and vitamin supplements, as they are especially sensitive to the lack of nutrients and minerals in feed.
What is the difference between mini horses and ponies?
The body structure of the mini-horse is proportionate and has the appearance of a large horse, only reduced by 5-6 times. Muscular croup, strong cross, elegant neck, elastic body, long, slender legs with small hooves, a moderately large head with intelligent and expressive eyes, lush mane and tail, assorted dresses: this is the portrait of most representatives of dwarf races. These horses often erroneously appear as horse horses, differing in a disproportionately long body with short legs.
What are the advantages of mini horses?
All miniature horse breeds are mainly used as decorative animals. Due to the small caliber, the mini does not take up much space and can be kept at home as a favorite pet. Mini-horses are innate jumpers and runners. Mini horses can be trained perfectly: various tricks can be easily taught and in the circus halls, with big horses and mini-horses, they look spectacular. Because of their flexible temperament, patience, and understanding, miniature horses have become excellent playmates for children. Mini-horses are indispensable for working with children with disabilities: young children do not see a threat to themselves in good-natured little creatures and are happy to contact them, feed them, comb their hair, ride horses. The mini horses have been successfully replaced by guide dogs. They quickly memorize the necessary route and, thanks to the calm and balanced nature, less than dogs, react to external stimuli.
Today there are about 20 dwarf horse breeds. Mini-horses are much smaller than their peers, so they take up several times less space. They have a quiet and charitable disposition. Their main advantage is the attractive external data, which certainly attracts them. Like large horses, mini horses need daily cleaning, systematic bathing, and hoof cleaning. Horses need to be vaccinated and dewormed regularly, but it should not be forgotten that, to avoid overdose, they are all given to mini-horses based on their body weight.