When a man took off running recently in a barn aisle, he had a tiny horse right on his heels. The little filly in this video is a baby miniature horse, and she's as cute as can be, don't you think? The two engaged in an adorable game of tag, with the filly following the man up and down the aisle.
Miniature horses are popular because of their small size yet high degree of usefulness. And who could resist how cute they are? These small horses stand less than 38 inches tall at the withers, so they're truly miniature-sized versions of larger horses.
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A miniature horse's lifespan is often up to a third longer than a traditional-sized horse's is. Miniature horses are quite hardy and require very little food to maintain their physical condition.
Additionally, miniature horses require much less space to live in than an average horse does. That means they can be kept on small lots and their stalls don't need to be nearly as large. It also means miniature horses are more accessible for people living in areas with more development.
Miniature horses are so small that they can only be ridden by small children, but they're highly useful in other ways. They make effective driving horses, pulling a cart. They're also suitable companion animals for traditional-sized horses. There are many shows and classes designed just for minis, and these little horses compete in in-hand, jumping, driving classes and others.
But miniature horses serve another purpose, too. They can be trained to serve as guide animals for the blind, as well as for service or therapy animals. These horses are highly trainable and intelligent, and they are at home as pets, too.
Another major advantage of minis? They cost less than full-sized horses. Top-quality show minis may command high prices, but many minis are available for people on more limited budgets.
Want to have a mini of your own? These little horses are fun, and their versatility means you can do many different activities with them, including a fun game of tag every now and again.