American Miniature Horses
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American Miniature Horses belong to the smallest breeds of horses in the world. Thanks to their eagerness to learn, intelligence and friendliness they took human's hearts by storm. In the U.S., these »bonsai« horses even sucessfully fill the role of guide dogs. Their abilities make them one of the most unique animal friends of mankind. With the correct education they can even be house-trained. On the other hand, not every American Miniature Horse is suited for riding.
American Miniature Horses are the most noble and elegant miniature horses. They are listed as a discrete breed in the american stud book AMHA (American Miniature Horse Association), controlled rigorously. Therefore for many years now, DNA analysis of each colt has been performed to research its exact ancestry. This is a requirement to get a pedigree. Thoroughbred american miniature horses should not grow beyond 34 inches (86cm). The measure is taken in america from the ground up to the last hair of the mane, not (as usual in Europe) to the highest point of the withers.
In the U.S. breeding of American Miniature Horses has become its own branch of industry: trade journals, specific forage, luxury goods, transporters specifically designed for theses horses, etc. have helped the market boom in the last decades. American Miniature Horses became a huge trend. Spectacular breeding shows are held in colossal halls many times each year, culminating in World Championships. About eighty competitions with up to sixty competitors - this is not rare on these big shows. Americans do love giant show events. But also here in Europe the popularity of the »american style of living« grows and enthusiastic breeders form associations to promote their love for American Miniature Horses.
Most of the time, the first question that people have on their minds when they see American Miniature Horses for the first time is, what these small animals are capable to do. Only smaller children can ride them - but there are small carts they can draw with a person sitting in it. As with larger horses there are all kinds of competitions (including open country marathons). Competitions where the small horses jump well over a meter wide are also very popular. Unbelievable but true, these small animals can also jump well over one meter high! American Miniature Horses can also be used in circuses or for dressage. Their high intelligence is the reason why theses horses can be used for therapeutical purposes. Intrepid in all situations, eager to learn and long-living - these are their amenities. The typical stubbornness that owners of other small horse breeds often complain about is not a problem for American Miniature Horses.
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