The American Miniature Horse


It is a breed of miniature horses that originated in the United States. Fruit of the crossing of several breeds of small horses or ponies (Shetlands, Welsh Mountain, Arabian Thoroughbred ...), the breed has been stabilized since the 1950s.


It measures on average between 78 and 86 cm and must be the replica of a horse in reduced size; well proportioned . It is therefore possible to meet several "types" of minis, thus similar to breeds of light horses (Spanish, Arab, Quarter ...), which makes the breeding of these horses all the more interesting. Miniature horses take 90% of their size in the first year , this express growth requires serious dietary monitoring in order to avoid deficiencies.

Here is a table of the average AMHA growth curve:

In addition, the miniature horse has exactly the same needs as a large horse , only the proportions change. Like any equine, he is particularly gregarious and needs a friend to be happy. Just like a hectare for a large one, it takes around 1500 m²  of land for a mini.


Not to be confused :

  • Falabella , originally from Argentina: there are actually only 1,500 in the world (against more than 300,000 for AMHA) . The term is commonly used in riding to talk about small horses but it is rare to come across real ones. And more damagingly, some merchants appropriate the name in order to belly more expensive ponies without papers or origins.

  • The Toy-Horse , originally from England: from the BMHS register, there are few in France. He is heavier in frame than the American.

  • The Mini-Shetland , originally from the Shetland Islands: this is the smallest size section of the famous Shetland Pony.


The received ideas :

  • They are horses before they are minis

  • Living inside houses is absolutely not suitable for them

  • They are not the result of genetic manipulation

  • They are not "dwarfs". Dwarfism is a defect that conscientious breeders try to eradicate and which is characterized by hydrocephalus, balance problems and birth defects. Most often the cause is too much consanguinity which ends in the premature death of the affected individual.


It is the first breed of miniature horses recognized by the National Studs!

We are often asked what can this be used for ?! Has "nothing" in itself except to bring you happiness. Otherwise all equestrian disciplines are accessible to him except riding of course! In addition, the miniature horse shows itself particularly voluntary and gifted in Work on foot (lead, long reins, ethology, etc.), Obstacle in hand, Dressage / Show, Driving, Skiing or Roller joering or even in Equitherapy.

To have a miniature horse is to have a horse in order to ... have a horse. And not having a horse to ride on it. And this distinction changes everything about our relationship with animals and the relationship that we can build with them.


You should know that a mini can pull between 2 and 3 times its weight and weighs on average a hundred kilos; this therefore leaves you with good prospects as to its capabilities!

Work on foot

Long reins

Longues rênes cheval miniature
Longues rênes cheval miniature

Obstacles in hand

Obstacle cheval miniature
Longues rênes cheval miniature


Obstacle cheval miniature
Longues rênes cheval miniature

Ski-Roller Joering