How to Measure a Miniature Horse

by Amy Pierce

Mini horses are a result of hundreds of years of selectively breeding small horses and ponies. Minis have grown in popularity over the years due to their adorable appearance and gentle nature. Overall, this breed is intelligent and eager to please, which makes them very trainable. 

Minis can be found competing in a variety of classes ranging from showmanship to in-hand obstacles. They can excel in jumping and hunter classes as well. Minis are also commonly used to pull small buggies or carts. 

Today, you can even find registries, clubs and associations celebrating and highlighting the many positive qualities of this breed. 

What Size Is a Miniature Horse?

According to the American Miniature Horse Association, a mini horse should be 34 inches or less when measured at the withers. Compared to a typical horse, a miniature horse's height in hands would be 8.5 hands maximum.

While this is the breed standard, the American Miniature Horse Registry does recognize a division of miniature horses that range in height from 34 inches to 38 inches.

How Is a Mini Different From a Small Pony?

Ponies — especially small pony breeds like Shetlands — can be hard to distinguish from miniature horses. While they might look similar at first glance, there are actually quite a few differences between the two. First of all, miniature horses are bred to look just like a regular horse. So, a mini will have the same proportions and features as your typical horse but on a much smaller scale.

Ponies, on the other hand, are usually stockier, with short legs and longer, thicker necks. With a maximum height of 14.2 hands, they are much taller than a mini horse.

There is also a difference in how you express their heights. Ponies, just like horses, are measured in hands, whereas mini horses are measured in inches.

How to Measure the Height of a Miniature Horse

To measure your mini horse, start by making sure they are standing square on an even surface. Then, using either a measuring tape or a wooden yardstick, measure from the ground to the top of their withers. 

Another quick and easy way to get an accurate measurement is to use a miniature horse measure stick. Remember, regardless of which measurement method you use, a horse counts as a mini when they measure less than 34 inches.

Find Quality Tack for Your Mini at Horse Tack Co.

With their small stature and refined features, miniature horses represent a challenge when it comes to finding the tack, training equipment and supplies you need to care for them. At Horse Tack Co., we understand the unique needs of this breed and have an extensive collection of products to keep your mini happy and healthy. 

In our store and online, you'll find:

  • Grooming Supplies.
  • Mini tack (halters, girths, bridles and bits).
  • Training equipment (surcingles and lunging whips).
  • Stable staples (fly masks, grazing muzzles and blankets).

Order Your Mini Tack Today

Horse Tack Co. has been helping make people tack happy since 1996. We have the mini tack you need at the prices you'll love, and all orders over $75 qualify for flat-rate shipping.

If you have any questions, just reach out to our knowledgeable customer service team at 866-624-8225 or via our online form.      

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