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Old 07-17-2014, 05:12 PM
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Ok, so there are regular horses.
and then ponies, which are shorter horses.

Are the TINY horses called mini-ponies (which was my guess)
or MINI-horses (which my date thinks. WHICH MAKES NO SENSE BECAUSE EVEN SMALLER WOULD BE SMALLER THAN A PONY A PONY IS A SMALL HORSE)
Or are there mini horses which are like a medium and mini ponies which are like extra small?

and how do you go about making these tinier horses??

...I await answers.
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:15 PM
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They're technically called Miniature Horses... Although everyone just refers to them as "minis."
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:22 PM
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Miniature horses!
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:22 PM
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Well, it's a lot like dogs. You have big dogs, and little dogs, and dwarf dogs.

Similar concept. But it depends a lot on the breed, the organization/registry, actual height, and phenotype more so than it does in dogs.
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:48 PM
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Ponies have a height definition but also a conformational definition. You wouldn't call an Arabian horse a pony just because it's 14.1. The Caspian horse is called a horse even though it's pony-size, due to its conformation. I think that's what the mini people were going for as well.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:11 PM
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Yes, what Xandra said. While "pony" heights apply to non-breed specific showing (If your Connemara is over 14.2, it can't compete as a pony even though it is still technically a pony because Connemaras are always ponies), breeds are either pony breeds or horse breeds. And Mini-horses are (in theory) horse proportioned. In reality, most of them look like hippo crosses, but in theory, horses.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:02 PM
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Miniature horses. Which, yes, are smaller than ponies.
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Ok, so there are regular horses.
and then ponies, which are shorter horses.

Are the TINY horses called mini-ponies (which was my guess)
or MINI-horses (which my date thinks. WHICH MAKES NO SENSE BECAUSE EVEN SMALLER WOULD BE SMALLER THAN A PONY A PONY IS A SMALL HORSE)
Or are there mini horses which are like a medium and mini ponies which are like extra small?

and how do you go about making these tinier horses??

...I await answers.
They are supposed to be "scaled down" versions of big horses, like, everything I'd in proportion ... just smaller. A pony is a completely different class of equine who are still measured by "hands" (I think pony height is 10.5-14.2 hands, but am not positive) I know that doesn't make sense, lol but that's the best way I can explain it lol.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:41 PM
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I have 4 minis that I train for driving. It's a buttload of fun! There are a lot of different types and, as with dog breeders, crappy mini breeders breed some really unfortunate looking little critters. It doesn't help that most people just think of them as nothing more than a novelty or backyard pet.

There are 2 main mini registries, the AMHA which registers miniatures up to 34" at the last hair of the mane and AMHR which registers up to 38" at the last hair. A lot of the modern miniatures also have some American Shetland breeding as well and a lot are double or triple registered.

Let me know if you have anymore questions!
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:14 AM
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Okay. So that doesn't really clear anything up except to say that both horses and ponies have a wide ranges of sizes and body types. lol
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