The Miniature Horse: More Than Just a Smaller Horse

Miniature Horses are more susceptible to some health problems than their larger counterparts.
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The Miniature Horse: More Than Just a Smaller Horse
Although the care of Miniature Horses is nearly the same as that of larger breeds (but on a much smaller scale with regard to feed, deworming doses, medication, etc.), they are more susceptible to certain health problems. | Photos.com
Reprinted from The Horse Report with permission from the Center for Equine Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis (UC Davis).

Gary Magdesian, DVM, of the UC Davis William F. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, and Mark Rick, DVM, of Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, Calif., contributed to this article.


What comes in a small package, has all the characteristics people love about horses, and is easy to manage and a delight to have around? A Miniature Horse.

Miniature Horses are no taller than 38 inches and come in a rainbow of coat colors and patterns. They are easily trained, have a gentle nature, and can pull four times their own weight. These horses are descended from Shetland ponies and were selectively inbred for their size. In earlier times, small horse breeds were likely the products of surviving harsh natural climates and limited feed sources. As human knowledge of genetics grew, it became possible to breed specifically for size

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