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Date:8/2/2014 12:55:48 AM
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Thanks for stopping by. Pippin is running for horse of the month and I'm writing daily mini facts. Here's today's in case you're interested.


Dwarfism is a genetic defect that results in deformity and health problems. It affects miniature horses more frequently than large ones or ponies. Being small predisposes animals to dwarfism and unfortunately, and especially in this country, many genetically questionable mini horses were bred exclusively for their small size with no consideration made to their health or conformation.

Thankfully it is less common now for people to breed or show dwarf horses and the miniature horse's health and conformation has greatly improved. Most famous tiny minis, especially the record holders, were dwarfs. Tiny Tim, one of the most famous of all, was used in multiple breedings to ensure small offspring. Unfortunately, he also passed on his defects and they pop up now again in his progeny.

Today's featured video does not show dwarfs because thankfully I don't know of any of Pippin's relatives who are afflicted with this defect. (Though I have to admit that I think a couple of his ancestors were less than attractive!)

Pippin: Miniature Elegance

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I didn't have time to take Pippin out today which was too bad because it climbed into the 50s today! Leaving a vote for you. See you tomorrow.
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