Miniature Horses! How much do you know about them!
Miniature ponies and horses such as dwarf horse, toy horse, and pygmy horse are used interchangeably for ponies and horses with regular proportions but these stands just about 34 inches or even less. Many of these horses and ponies are known to be the descendants of the Shetland ponies, while the others are miniature breeds of horses in their very own right. A number of breeds with such stunt growth have been registered worldwide, some posses horse like characters, while others have typical pony characteristics.
Size is a major factor when you consider this unique breed of horses. Miniature ponies just like modern-day toy dogs were bred to their existing size from bigger models. Miniatures basically look like mini drafts or Arabians. Height is the distinguishing factor for ponies and miniatures. Miniature horses are classified into several breeds, like the Australian Miniature Pony, Miniature Toy Horse, Micro-Mini, Dartmoor and Falabella pony. Ponies have been classified into specific breeds, like the Ponies of America and the Shetland pony.
Australian Miniature Pony
This pony traces its origin back to the Shetlands the Australian Miniature is the final result of cross-breeding the well known Shetland, the Miniature Falabella and a couple of other diversified breeds. The ideal specimen of the Australian Miniature Pony looks like the miniature version of the Shetland pony. To accredit for an Australian Miniature breeding, only 1 parent must be registered who shall be a miniature pony. Any color is acceptable. Jaw alignment is an essential factor for this miniature pony. Registered miniatures are not approbated to have any overbites or underbites. The Australian Miniature exhibits a calm and composed temperament, making it the ideal pony for kids.
The Falabella pony is a well established unblended miniature breed belonging to Argentina. Known to be the first miniature pony which has a natural existence, the Falabella is acclaimed to be the descendant of the Andalusian breed, migrated to Argentina by the Spaniards who had then started colonizing during the 1500s. In around 1840 Patrick Newell, a breeder, built this original herd. Patrick Newells son-in-law Juan Falabella, acquired these horses and endured this breed. Falabella has been registered everywhere, these extremely rare miniatures are a little less than 1500 in number. This rarity makes this miniature a highly priced acquisition but prestigious in its own right.
Dartmoors are semi-tamed breeds that have inhabited the Dartmoor National park in south-west England for almost 1000 years. Some Dartmoor ponies can be large enough to ride while some measure even less than twenty-eight inches. None of the half-wild Dartmoor ponies have extremely dwarf traits.
The Caspian horse is an ancient and genetically distinguishable breed dating back to even more than 3,000 years ago. It has small ears, big eyes, and a delicate body. But these horses are pretty sturdy inbuilt yet fragile in appearance. This breed does not include the standard piebald but allows white dorsal-markings. The Caspian horse is more often classified along with ponies as it too has s small stature.
Miniature Horse - Miniature ponies and horses such as dwarf horse, toy horse, and pygmy horse are used interchangeably for ponies and horses with regular proportions but these stands just about 34 inches or even less.