An elegant, scaled-down version of the large-size horse, the American Miniature cannot be taller than 34 inches at the withers. The Miniature horses of today are stylish, well proportioned and the product of nearly 400 years of selected breeding. The American Miniature Horse Association is the official registry of the American Miniature horse. Formed in 1978, the AMHA was organized by a group of dedicated horsemen to aid and encourage the breeding, exhibiting, use and perpetuation of the American Miniature horse. Because of their gentle, affectionate nature and small size, a Miniature horse is an excellent companion.
They are ideal pets for young children, adults, senior citizens and people with disabilities. A small child may be intimidated by a large horse, yet that same child will show an eagerness to embrace and hug a Miniature foal. The foals are particularly lovable due to their small size, ranging from 16 to 21 inches in height at birth. People with disabilities have found the Miniature horse an excellent substitute for the full-size horse they may not be able to physically handle.