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”.
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.
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: