Mini Horse Pictures:
A Small Breed That Will Steal Your Heart

You'll love these mini horse pictures!

Short for miniature horse, a mini is just that.

  • He is the result of hundreds of years of specialized breeding to make him identical to steeds we all know and love, except much smaller in size.

 Check out all the pictures below.

When these horses were first brought to America from Europe, they had a job to do. Because of their size, they were used in ore mines to pull carts. Their small size allowed them to go through mining tunnels.

Exactly How Small is a Mini?

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According to the AMHA or American Miniature Horse Association, the tallest acceptable height for registration is "34 inches measured from the last hairs of the mane. " They are not eligible for registration until they are three years old and still under the required height. (Source: AMHA website)

  • Just for comparison, the average riding horse is 15 hands high, or 60" tall at the withers and the mane hair is not counted at all.
  • That means a mini stands at 8.5 hands and under. (Each hand is equal to 4 inches)

One more option for registered mini horses is the American Miniature Horse Registry, or AMHR.

This organization offers two classes of registry:

A: For those 34" and under

B: For those 34-38".

  • So the largest registered mini would be 38 inches tall. Anything taller than that and they are considered a small pony.

What Color Can They Be?

Any color is acceptable for registration as a mini horse. As you can see from these pictures, they come in every coat color and pattern.

  • Mini's tend to get really wooly in the winter and sometimes require clipping. This gelding has been clipped from the top of the legs up.

Popular for Children and Driving

  • These horses make popular children's mounts because of their tiny size. 
  • They are very popular for driving

Too Cute to Resist!

These guys have the cute thing down to a fine science! Along with their pint size, they have tons of personality to match! Who can resist those cute faces in any of these pictures?

I hope you have enjoyed these mini horse pictures and learned a bit more about this wildly popular breed!

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