American Miniature Horse

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American Miniature Horse

Common Name: American miniature horse
Scientific Name: Equus caballus

At the zoo: Pearl (female, 26y) - she lives with a miniature donkey named Bob; they are the best of friends!

Diet:
Hay, grasses, and grains.

Life Expectancy:
30 years

Biology:
Miniature horses are stout-bodied and come in a range of colours and sizes. A horse must be less than 86cm from the base of the mane to be considered miniature according to the American Miniature Horse Association.

The American miniature horse breed comes from many sources. Royalty in Europe bred small ponies as pets, mining operations used them as pit ponies in the mines, and some Shetland pony breeders selectively bred for their small size in the 1960’s. Today, the miniature horse is a proud breed and a popular hobby horse due to its small size, gentle disposition, and desire to please.

Fun Fact:
A Miniature horse can be trained to work as a service animal just like a guide dog!

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