What can you do with miniature horses?

For some reason, the most common question that we’re asked is “What can you do with a miniature horse?”  The answer is: lots of things.  They are used for companionship, show, as therapy animals, for investment, or any combination of these things.

Miniatures are great as pets/companion animals.  They’re smaller than “big” horses so they can be kept in the back yard just as you’d keep a dog or cat, and are lower maintenance than other breeds of horses.  They take up less space, eat less, make less of a mess, and don’t require shoes like many other breeds.  They can be handled by children (I started showing when I was 3), or by the elderly (one of our customers bought a mini for his mother’s 96th birthday).  Any age will do.  For people who are intimidated by big horses or had an accident with them in the past, or just don’t have the energy for them anymore, miniatures are the perfect alternative to still be able to enjoy the beauty of the horse.

At shows you can do anything you do with a big horse except for ride.  That might sound like a joke at first, like there’s nothing left if you take riding away, but boy would you be wrong.  The two major associations for miniature horses, the American Miniature Horse Assciation (AMHA), and the American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR) and their clubs offer halter, color, liberty, showmanship, jumper, hunter, obstacle, driving obstacle, and costume classes to youth, amateur and open exhibitors at local, regional, and world level shows.

Many have probably heard about miniatures being used as therapy animals.  The seeing-eye-miniature horse idea got some publicity for a while there.  However, our favorite use of them therapy-wise is done by Hearts and Hooves.  Hearts and Hooves is a non-profit organization that takes miniatures to hospitals, nursing homes, and many other places to provide emotional healing.

Finally, miniatures, like many other animals, can be used as investments.  Developing a winning history in the show ring can increase a miniatures value, as can breeding.

Lauren Greaves

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We are a family owned and operated miniature horse farm, now also featuring the rare Malaysian Serama Bantam chicken, the World's Smallest/Lightest Chicken!
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5 Responses to What can you do with miniature horses?

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  3. jess says:

    i was thinking about quiting riding and getting a mini… could I have more info on how much space you need etc…:) thanks in advance

    • Sorry it has taken me a few days to respond to your comment. Believe me, minis are a wonderful choice when you decide that riding is no longer for you, but you still have a love and a need for horses! I used to run a Quarter Horse stud farm for my family, but realized at the time that miniatures were my true love. From that start, Little America has developed. We currently have around 170 head.

      Miniatures are the best choice if you have limited space because they can actually work in a large back yard. Our show horse stalls are 4’x8′, having divided big horse stalls into three smaller stalls. Some people keep them in back yards, but if you are in town you will need to check the zoning rules. Locally, Austin, TX, is very liberal in allowing miniatures. One can keep a mare or a gelding in a back yard as long as their barn/shelter is 25′ or more from the neighbors.

      Feed is another advantage. Compared to what I fed our Quarter Horses, I can feed about six miniatures for what I fed one of our stallions. Wormer is by weight, so one tube that would have taken care of a big horse will usually worm a mini five or six times (or five or six minis).

      If I can help you further, please feel free to email or call me direct.

      Thanks and good luck.

      Tony

      Tony, Carol and Lauren Greaves

      Little America Miniature Horses
      Buda, Texas
      512.295.4575 home
      512.576.5903 Tony cell

  4. Do know somebody that builds miniature sheds, and fencing in Boerne Tx
    also are your miniature trained to drive?
    Do you have any miniatures for sale? and how much???
    Thank,
    Karen Herndon
    hkabooboo@yahoo.com
    361.537.6707

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