The Book of Miniature Horses: Buying, Breeding, Training, Showing, and Enjoying

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Although pony-like in appearance (measuring no more than 38 inches at the shoulder), Miniature Horses are nevertheless small well-proportioned horses with refined features. As pets or as show horses, for driving as well as for therapy and guide animals, whether kept in limited spaces or on larger property, Miniatures are a horse lover's delight.
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Overview

Although pony-like in appearance (measuring no more than 38 inches at the shoulder), Miniature Horses are nevertheless small well-proportioned horses with refined features. As pets or as show horses, for driving as well as for therapy and guide animals, whether kept in limited spaces or on larger property, Miniatures are a horse lover's delight.
The Book of Miniature Horses, the perfect introduction to buying, keeping, enjoying, and breeding these delightful creatures, is full of essential information, including:
" Historical background, requisite land and space, amount of care needed, where to look, and what to expect to pay when considering buying a Miniature Horse.
" Tips on how to care for your Miniature, including information on feeding, grooming, veterinary considerations, and exercise.
" Non-competitive ways to enjoy ownership of Minis as pets and companions.
" Behind-the-scenes show preparation and ribbon-winning tips for showmanship-in- hand, conformation, jumping, and even trail course classes.
" Instruction on training and driving a Mini behind a cart or sulky to enjoy their company through pleasure driving and harness racing as trotters or pacers.
" How Miniatures are used as guide animals for sight-impaired individuals, as well as the benefits of using Miniatures as companion animals or as participants in r rehabilitation programs at adult care centers, nursing homes, and group homes.
" The feasibility of breeding Miniatures, selecting a stallion or mare, breeding for color, foaling and first days and months, and registering the foal.

Profusely illustrated with stunning photos by prize-winning photographer Bruce Curtis, The Book of Miniature Horses is as delightful an entry to this fascinating breed as the horses themselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592286003
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 363,340
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

DONNA CAMPBELL SMITH has a degree in equine technology, is a master North
Carolina 4-H horse volunteer, a certified riding instructor, and the author of two novels. She lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and is owned by an AMHA
Mini named Domino.

BRUCE CURTIS is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in
Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic. Books for which he provided illustrations include Show Rider, Beginning Golf, and The Art of Fly Fishing.

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Table of Contents

Dedication v
Acknowledgments ix
Chapter 1 Origin and History of the Miniature Horse 1
Chapter 2 Preparing for Ownership: Housing, Transportation, and Equipment 11
Chapter 3 Buying Your First Miniature Horse 25
Chapter 4 Care and Health 35
Chapter 5 Minis as Pets 49
Chapter 6 Minis in Service 55
Chapter 7 Showing the Miniature Horse 63
Chapter 8 A Day at the Races-Mini Style 95
Chapter 9 Breeding the Miniature Horse 103
Glossary 119
Bibliography 127
Resources 131
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