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Minis are Huge!

Published: 6/28/2009
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By Maddy B. Gray
Ok, minis are horses, too.
I have to admit – I’m one of those horse owners who considered miniature horses a bit of an anomaly. Like herding dog owners might consider those toy dogs in purses. What’s the point, really?
You can't ride minis, sooo...??
But I got the point at the Pine Tree State Classic Miniature Horse Show at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. It is a pointed show for the American Miniature Horse Association. Karen Iversen, an AMHA World Judge, traveled from Florida to judge participants.
I'm here to report that there’s plenty going on at the short end of the horse world!

Minis are an up-and-coming breed. For many would-be horse owners, it makes a lot more sense to start with a mini than a 16-hand, thousand-pound project. They are cheaper and easier to care for than their larger counterparts.
Generally, minis weigh between 200 and 400 pounds and top out at about three feet in height. That means less hay, less grain, less poop, and smaller shelter, pasture and paddock requirements.
The minis I watched at this show were very well-mannered. But considering their size, even a rude mini is easier to handle than a rude thoroughbred!

No wonder the AMHA is dubbing their breed “The Horse for Everyone!”

Classes were divided into those for A and B heights. “A” horses must not exceed 34 inches. “B” horses must not exceed 38 inches. For comparison, Shetland ponies top out at 46 inches.
Participants at the Cumberland Fairgrounds show competed in dozens of classes. New Gloucester’s Peggy Montoya (see top photo) competed with her four year-old gelding, Lucky, in the Amateur Country Pleasure A class and garnered third place.
Kristina Slobody (driving a cart and dressed in green and red) traveled from her family’s farm in West Brookfield, Massachusetts to compete with her four year-old bay mare, SRF Revelette. Slobody and Revelette won a number of classes, including the Roadster classes.

Cathy McDevitt (dressed in black and gold) and her 11 year old gelding, Crystal Ridge Carousel Royale, won the Adult Jumping class in a jump off with Julie Files. This class reminded me of dog agility competitions. The minis are lead over jumps while their owners jog alongside them.

Files of Hidden Brook Mini Farm in Windham placed second in this event with her five year-old palomino mare, Toffee.

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7/4/2009 peggy montoya
Thank you for the great write-up thank you for the great write up!!! That was lucky and my first time showing!!!

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