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Date:7/23/2014 1:56:33 PM
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Miniature Blood

Today's mini fact will be a concise history of the breed, or rather type. The American Miniature Horse as we know it today descended from numerous breeds of horse and pony. The largest contribution to its bloodlines came from the pit ponies that were widely used in coal mines, many of whom were Shetlands. The Argentinian Falabella also played a large role in their development and refinement and contributed the loud and splashy colours that are not found in the Shetland.

Arabians and other fine boned horses were bred down and helped refine the pony shape of the minature into the horse shape that is expected and required today. The breed standard requires a miniature horse to be 34 inches or less and must have the same conformation as its larger counterpart. In other words, it should look like a perfect tiny replica of a well formed large horse.

Without going into detail for all of the particular standards of perfection I will highlight one and that is it must have even bite. Perhaps this is not what they had in mind but I can attest to the fact that Pippin has a very nice even bite. I've had a few bruises as proof and today's video will be a prime example!

Featured video of the day: Pippin: Rise and Shine

http://w ww.horse chan nel.com /hors e-vid eos/w atch-vid eo-6 9866 DCE6 EE30D B5B98D 652 D847 F8BE1.aspx

(Don't forget to remove the spaces. If that doesn't work just search HC's videos for Pippin: Rise and Shine)

Thanks SO much for your support. I ponied Pippin from my bike this evening and got a big workout. The roads are icy and it took all my effort to stay upright and still lead Pippin who was feeling a bit mischievous at times. Leaving another vote and I'll see you tomorrow!
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