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American Miniature Horse

Country of Origin: USA

American Miniature Horse

Image from Larrywalmart


Miniature horses in America come from English & Dutch mine ponies that were imported to the Americas in the 19th century. The small breeds imported were robust & perfect for use in coal mines of the Appalachian mountains.


The bloodlines of the American Mini draw from many sources. Initially it was mainly Shetland & Dartmoor stock, but later the Americans crossed them with Hackney, POA & Thoroughbred blood for refinement & size.

Going Legitimate

In 1978 the American Miniature Horse Association was formed to protect & document the American Miniature horses as a distinct breed. Only animals within the required size guidelines & proper confirmation were allowed to be registered.

2 American Miniature Pony Types

Division A Miniatures
Up to 34″ in height at the withers

Division B Miniatures
Between 34″ & 38″ in height at the withers


Average height – up to 38″
Agile & strong


Due to the different bloodlines, there are different body types of American Miniatures. The main two are Arabian & Draft.
Physical characteristics will vary, animals are registered based on height & well-proportioned confirmation.

Traditional Colors

All colors


Alert & intelligent
Thrive on attention
Curious & playful


Show horse
Riding horse
Driving or cart horse
Therapy animals

Helpful Links

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American Miniature Horse Association
American Miniature Horse Registry

Where to Buy

American Miniature Horse
American Miniature Horses
Donabi Miniatures
American Miniature Horses UK
Unicorner Farm

American Miniature Studs

Amazing Sonrise
Blackertor UK Stud
Mandrake Miniatures


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Country of Origin: USA | Colors:
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