1. Basic Horse Knowledge. Miniature Horses are horses with the same reactions and motivations as large-size horse. While Miniatures tend to be affectionate and easy to handle, as with all equines, temperaments and abilities vary by the individual. Before purchasing, it is important for a newcomer to consider: a. His/her level of horse ability/experience b. His/her goal as a Miniature Horse owner (show, breed, companion, etc.)
2. Research. Learn about the breed. Visit reputable breeders. Request information from the American Miniature Horse Association. Visit the AMHA website at www.amha.com. Read the Miniature Horse World Magazine. Locate and attend AMHA-approved shows.
3. Own Responsibly. Consult resources like the Unwanted Horse Coalition to learn more about the responsibilty of owning a horse, and the valuable resources that are available to you. The Unwanted Horse Coalition represents a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the American Horse Council to educate current and potential equine owners. For more information, visit www.unwantedhorsecouncil.org.
4. Maintenance. Maintaining a Miniature Horse is about 1/10th the cost of maintaining a large-size horse. Once acre can support as many as three Miniature Horses. Miniatures tend to thrive on pasture, sunshine and room to run and play. They are also prone to overeating, so it's important to monitor their nutritional needs and avoid excessive food intake.
5. Versatility. Miniatures are eager to learn and excel in driving, obstacle, jumping and a variety of other disciplines. Miniature Horses should never be ridden by any but the smallest children (under 70 lb.).