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Miniature Horses

Miniature Horses are smaller versions of standard-size horses that cannot exceed a height of 34 inches in height for the American Miniature Horse Club (AMHA) or 38 inches in height for the American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR). When measuring a miniature, you take the measurement from the mane’s last hairs. Miniature horses can be easily trained to be driving horses, just check out this video:

An excellent test for a miniature horse breeder is to photograph your animal, without a size reference, such as a person, and see if you can tell whether or not it is a show quality, full-scale horse. If you cannot tell, you have accomplished your goal. Miniature foals are very tiny and range between 16 and 22 inches. Most people can’t resist picking a foal up and holding it in their arms.

Miniature horses come in every color and shade that the full-size horse can come in as well. This goes for the color of eyes and hooves as well. the hair should be lustrous and silky.

History of The Spanish Riding Academy

To anyone who has seen the beautiful white stallions of the Spanish Riding Academy of Vienna, Austria, they are the personification of perfect rhythm and harmony with their riders.

This riding establishment is rooted in antiquity, at a time when riding was held in high esteem. When the oldest book was handwritten by Xenophon about 400 B.C., horsemanship was considered an art rather than a hobby. His words on training and treatment of the horse could form the contents of a modern book. But, wars and migrations of nations caused a decline, and it was not until the 16th century that riding again found favor.

Personal combat made necessary the expertise of horse and rider, and at this time the first important schools appeared at Rome and Naples. The first riding master, often called the “father of the art of riding,” was the Neapolitan nobleman, Federigo Grisone. He had a large number of students and wrote a book on riding in 1552.

How To Choose The Right Miniature Horse Tack

A miniature horse is quite small in size and consequently, all tack and equipment for minis are usually scaled down versions of the ordinary ones. But while this is the accepted way of things, it poses a big problem for miniature horse owners.

Miniature horse tack and equipment should be comfortable for the horse – but merely scaled-down versions aren’t always so. Instead, these scaled-down versions tend to be uncomfortable for your mini – and can also injure your horse during the ride. And that is to say nothing about the safety of the child riding the mini.

A word on size

Your average mini will not be more than 38 inches in height – in fact, a division A horse will not be more than 34 inches in height. Proportionately the back where the saddle sits will also be much smaller than average horses.

This means that the saddle you use, as well as the bit and bridle, will need to be of the right size and design, so as not to restrict movement of the shoulder or cinch over the loins area. Either of these will be uncomfortable for any horse and cause soreness and injury in the long run.

The Paso Fino Horse

The Paso Fino … A Natural Choice

The Paso Fino Horse – a distinctive breed that has its own style accompanied by classic beauty. Today, many people in America think of the Paso Fino horse as one of the most exciting and pleasurable breeds. The Paso Fino horse is characterized by its distinguished four-beat natural gait, graceful carriage, wonderfully smooth ride, and its beautiful tail and flowing mane.

The Paso Fino is a horse for all seasons, a horse for all climates, and a horse for many diverse purposes. From the Florida Keys to Alaska – from southern California to eastern Canada, the Paso Fino horse demonstrates it’s remarkable versatility – not just in the show ring, but on competitive trail and endurance rides, dressage work, at barrel racing and gymkhana events, and back at the ranch working cattle. And, most important to hundreds of owners, the Paso Fino horse is unsurpassed as a pleasure horse and equine companion.

The Tennuvian Horse

A Tennuvian Horse is the result of crossing a Peruvian Paso and a Tennessee walking horse. A Tennuvian Horse displays a unique gait developed from the breeding of these two naturally gaited horses. This new breed was developed to produce a horse that would be comfortable on a trail/pleasure ride, and perform gracefully in the show ring. Do you want a horse to pull your carriage? Try a Tennuvian. Yes, they drive too.

The Tennuvian has a sweet disposition and a willingness to please. This breed is intelligent and quick to learn. People with back problems will enjoy the smooth motions of the Tennuvian. Especially those of us who were afraid we would never be able to ride again.

These magnificent animals have the style and grace of both, the Peruvian Paso and the Tennessee Walking horse. The two breeds complement one another for strength and endurance to make the perfect all around horse.

Taking Care Of Older Horses

We have all met horses over the age of 23 that act like they are still 7 years old.  The fact that a horse is 23 or 24 years old shouldn’t mean automatic retirement.  Age is only a number and other criteria should be evaluated before making a decision to put him/her “out to pasture”.  Listed below are a few problems our older horses encounter and how to manage them.

Weight Loss
A good deworming schedule is a must with the older horse.  A physical exam should eliminate any liver or kidney failure, tumors, and malabsorption.  Does your older horse have adequate shelter to help him keep warm during inclement weather?
Older horses are requiring a higher quality and a higher amount of proteins. They also will require an easily digestible energy source that will not be overloading their hindgut. It should contain a slightly higher level of specific minerals and vitamins and not so much starch.

What Horse Owners Must Pay Attention To

FACTS
Horses who share a sweet tooth with their riders or trainers may have a problem, especially if they have a weakness for candies like M&Ms. Theobromine and caffeine (both found in chocolate) were detected in urine samples collected from research horses given 20 peanut M&M chocolates daily for eight days. These studies were conducted because a trainer claimed this must have been the source of the caffeine in his horse’s sample.


Horse owners view with some humor their animals strange eating habits such as loving residue from organic winemaking and take delight in a horse that will eat candy from their hand or drink from their soft drink can, but are dismayed later when the horse is tested only to find their innocent act resulted in a positive drug test due to some substance present in the snack or drink.

It is now known that feeding your horse chocolate can cause him to register positive for the presence of caffeine. Chocolate also contains theobromine, which is a stimulant that will show positive in a drug test. Aside from a positive drug test, these may affect the horse himself, in enough quantity.

Traditional Chinese Medicine – Horse Characteristics

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are five-elements and characteristics your horse may possess.

Water Horse
A balanced “Water” horse will exhibit the physical qualities of a strong, dense and large-boned body. Balanced Water horses have a beautiful shiny and healthy coat, mane and tail. The Water horse is solitary by nature and fearful at times. This horse likes to evaluate situations. He may display nervousness under pressure and appear hyper-vigilant. In the wild, this horse would be seen as a survivor, self-sufficient and resilient.

Difference Between A Peruvian Horses And A Paso Fino

Breeds develop through a process of selecting crosses of individuals with similar qualities that will produce offspring that are highly likely to share those same qualities.

Both Peruvian Horses and Paso Finos are Spanish bred, gaited horses that are shorter than most North American horses.  Both breeds are proud and spirited and travel with a noble headset.   However, Peruvian Horses were developed as a working breed for the large haciendas, primarily in the southern coastal plains of Peru.

What’s so typical for Peruvian Horses?

History

The Peruvian Horse descended from horses that were taken to the Americas by Spanish Conquistadors. Peruvian Horses are born with a natural. smooth way of going that was stamped into their genes and heritage by centuries of highly selective breeding.

Peruvians are shown barefoot – the gait cannot be influenced by weighted or other special shoes. This breed was developed by the Peruvian people as a working horse.
Much of Peru is desert, and therefore the haciendas were large. The Peruvian Horse was ridden mostly by the owners and overseers, and these people wanted a small, hardy horse with a smooth gait that would be comfortable to ride and stand up to the rigors for long distances and be easy to mount and dismount.