Keeping Miniature Horses as Pets

Miniature horses can be kept successfully as pets but it should be remembered that they are still equines and need all the care and attention that full-sized horses need. Although they can be quite inexpensive to buy, it can cost a lot to care adequately for them.

Miniature horses are found in all countries of the world. They reach a height of between twenty and thirty eight inches and come in a multitude of colours and patterns. These are gentle and friendly creatures as long as they are treated properly, and they do tend to live longer than their full-sized cousins, reaching more than thirty-five years of age in many cases. Records show a few miniatures living for as long as fifty years. The miniature horse is still a horse and needs the same care that would be given to the more common, larger variety of horse.

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Training and Stabling Miniature Horses

These horses can be trained to assist people in the same way that dogs can learn to lead the blind, or become the ‘ears’ of a deaf person. They can be brought inside but are much happier when allowed to run free like other varieties of horse. They need adequate shelter during bad weather but are generally outdoor creatures. So, to keep a miniature horse as a pet, you need somewhere for it to run in safety and to be aware that it does have a long lifespan and will require the same care and veterinary treatment as an ordinary horse during its lifetime.

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Availability of Miniature Horses

Miniature horses are fairly easy to get hold of and should not be very expensive if bought directly from a breeder. Choose one that looks fit, is active, friendly and has good clear eyes and strong teeth.

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Smallest Miniature Horses

The smallest recorded miniature horse, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is a horse named Black Beauty which stood at eighteen and a half inches tall. However, a South Carolina breeder claims to have measured a stallion named Little Pumpkin at a height of just fourteen inches, with a weight of twenty pounds.

Feeding a Miniature Horse

Although these horses are small, they can be expensive to feed and require grass in summer and hay when there is no lush grass to be eaten. They also need crimped oats and mineral and salt blocks to lick on. Lots of fresh, cool water is essential and miniature horses also enjoy eating apples, candy and breakfast cereals and drinking fizzy drinks (soda). Care should be taken not to overfeed them as they can be very greedy for treats.

Health Care for Miniature Horses

The number one problem with health for miniature horses is colic. Horses cannot vomit and anything stuck in their digestive tract make just stay there. This is very serious and painful condition and can cause such severe blockage in the intestines that the animal will die. If there is any suspicion that the horse is in pain, veterinary help should be sought immediately.

To keep a pet miniature horse happy and healthy it needs room to run around, a healthy diet, regular veterinary care and grooming plus lots of affection and company.

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  1. Jenny Heart

    On August 25, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Loved this article. Love your pictures. Very enjoyable read. Like it!

  2. papaleng

    On August 25, 2009 at 10:01 am

    very interesting article with great photos. But I don’t know if miniature horses are available in our place.

  3. Lex92

    On August 25, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I used to ride a miniature horse!! Way beack in the day… they’re so cute… but soo stubborn :D Great article

  4. Joe Poniatowski

    On August 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Great article, with some great pictures. As a long-time horse owner and enthusiast, I can concur that colic is serious business, and miniatures and ponies seem even more susceptible than “regular” horses.

  5. Vikram Chhabra

    On August 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Great article with great pictures to complement it!!

  6. CA Johnson

    On August 25, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Great job! I have never seen any horses this small. I really enjoyed the pictures too.

  7. Daisy Peasblossom

    On August 27, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Perhaps, when I retire, I will trade in my Ford for a sturdy little Welsh pony. I have always wanted a horse, but find the big ones a bit intimidating. I’ve read that the Welsh ponies have a nicer temprement than Shetlands. Maybe you can advise me on this, Louie?

  8. LoveDoctor

    On September 1, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Very well-written and informative. I love horses.

  9. Jane Benitez

    On September 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Great article and for many years I raised miniature horses in Texas and it was a great hobby. They take alot of time and care but the rewards were tremendous. We would haul them to horse shows for competition – alot of fun!

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