Miniature Horses

A miniature horse makes an ideal companion for anyone who, because of age or infirmity, are not able to cope with a full-sized horse. They are also used in equine therapy for people with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The miniature horse is a recognised breed on its own.
The South African Miniature Horse is a striking, small, well balanced horse that, if all reference to size were eliminated, would have the same conformational proportions of other full sized light breeds.
The mares demonstrate refinement and feminine qualities. The mature stallions show boldness and masculinity. The general impression is to be a balanced individual regardless of size with symmetry, strength, agility and alertness. Movement is strong, natural and athletic. In motion the horse will exude athleticism as demonstrated by suppleness of the shoulders extending into forearm and knees, while engaging the hindquarters, with fluid articulation of hocks. In judging, all things being equal, preference must be given to the smaller horse, but never compromising correct breed type, overall construction and soundness for size alone.
Temperament is reflected in its personality and behaviour. The South African Miniature Horse is intelligent, curious, gentle, sensible, willing to cooperate and easy to train.
Measured at the highest point of the wither, a mature horse (5 years or older) must not exceed 95 cm be it a mare or a stallion. Horses younger than 2 years old and Geldings are to comply with the height requirements as set out in the show rules.
Any coat colour, markings, pattern, eye colour are equally acceptable in SA Miniature horses.
These horses can live up to thirty years of age
Miniature horses are generally bred to be friendly and to interact well with people. For this reason they are often kept as family pets, though they still retain natural horse behaviour, including a natural fight or flight instinct, and must be treated like an equine, even if they primarily serve as a companion animal.

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