***A special note to those who have Miniature Horse stallions:

It is never too late to geld your Miniature Horse stallion. Because of their small size, they can easily handle the operation even when they are mature. We have gelded well over 100 surrenders and rescues over the past few years and they have ranged in age from 2 months to late 20's.

Please, do the world a favour and geld that Mini! They make much better pets all around once they are gelded. If you ever part with your Mini, he has a much better chance of staying in one home if he is gelded. The majority of Minis that come through our place are stallions. They are usually ill-mannered, rude, pushy and high-strung.  Even if they have been fine for you, a change in location usually sets them off.  We geld them and they turn into lovely, steady companions. Also, your Mini will be safer if he is a gelding. He will get along with other horses better and he won't be in a dangerous situation by trying to put the moves on a larger mare.

Mini FAQ

How much do Miniature Horses cost?
The cost of a Mini is comparable to that of larger horses. Ranging from a pet quality bargain of under five hundred dollars, to hundreds of thousands of dollars for champion stock.

What can you do with a Miniature Horse?
Miniature Horses can be taught to pull carts and also to show in-hand. They make excellent companions for people of all ages. Minis usually love to work and be active. Many people drive their Minis for fun.  Miniature Horses can show in classes such as Halter, Showmanship, Liberty, In-Hand Obstacle, Jumping, Hunter, and many types of Driving. That is just to name a few. There are combined driving events and there is even Horse Agility!  There is something for one and all.

Can you ride a Miniature Horse?
Miniature Horses should not be ridden. Minis are incredibly strong and can pull people in carts or sleds, but their backs aren't built to support the weight of a rider.

What's the difference between a Miniature Horse and a full-sized horse?
They share the same requirements of shelter, nutrition, farrier services, vaccinations, and other veterinary care.  Miniature Horses are still horses, they require the same training for ground-manners in order to be safe for everyone to work around.

What is involved in the care of a Miniature Horse?
Farrier - Minis need their feet trimmed every six to eight weeks.
Dental - Minis need their teeth checked and floated on a yearly basis.
Vet - Minis need the same yearly vaccinations as big horses in your region.
Worming - Minis need to be wormed on a regular basis.
Feed - Minis need a quality hay and some type of grain or pellet with vitamins on a daily basis.
Salt - Minis need free access to salt.
Water - Minis need free access to clean, fresh water.
Shelter - Minis need free access to adequate shelter.
Grooming - Minis need to be brushed to keep their skin and coats healthy.  Their long winter hair can trap debris and house fungus and parasites.
Companionship - Horses are herd animals, they need at least one other equine friend.
The Miniature Horse

     More and more people are discovering the Miniature Horse. Truly “the horse for everyone”, the Mini has a wide range of uses and abilities. From children to senior citizens, the Miniature Horse has charmed its way into many lives and lifestyles. Minis are a great alternative for folks who love horses, but can no longer ride or handle the larger version. Many people who are intimidated by larger horses also find the Miniature Horse very accessible.

     The most asked question is: What are they good for? The answer: Just about anything! The primary purpose of (non-edible) domestic animals in our lives is to provide companionship. The Miniature Horse makes an excellent pet provided that you remember that they are still a horse! They require the same nutrition, shelter, farrier and vet care as their larger counterparts. They are not a dog-wannabe and cannot live in your garage, basement or backyard! They also require the same training for ground-manners in order to be safe for everyone to work around.

     Miniature Horses make great jogging or walking partners, given the right footing. They can be trained to pull a cart and many people find this to be a great alternative to riding. People with injuries or other physical limitations have discovered just how much fun driving can be. You can drive recreationally, or competitively. There are events for registered and non-registered Miniature Horses, both in the ring and out and about. Minis also make great therapy animals due to their size and personalities. Riding a Mini is not generally recommended. They can pull hundreds of pounds, but they are just not built to carry weight on their backs.

     There are many showing opportunities for registered Miniature Horses. With so many class types to choose from, there is something that everyone can enjoy in the arena. There are many types of driving to choose from, as well as jumping, obstacle, halter, liberty and showmanship classes. The classes are further broken down into youth, amateur and open categories. There are opportunities for every skill level in regards to the horse or the handler.

     British Columbia is home to many great Miniature Horse Clubs. The members in general are very happy to share their knowledge and expertise. The Clubs host many clinics and fun-days throughout the year and welcome guests to these events and usually to their farms as well. It is a very good idea to attend some events, or visit some farms in order to learn about Miniature Horses before you decide to dive in. To find information about a Miniature Horse Club near you, visit: www.bcminiaturehorseclubs.com