Scientific Name: Equus caballus
Diet: Hay and grain
Life Span: 20-30 years
The miniature horse, also referred to as the Falabella, stands only 34-38 inches (86.4-96.5 cm) tall, unlike the standard horse, which stands at least 60 inches (152.4 cm) tall. They generally weigh between 100 and 200 pounds (45-90 kg). These horses resemble standard-sized horses, and come in just as many colors, styles, and breeds. This horse is the descendant of English and Dutch mine horses, as well as the Shetland pony.
The Miniature Horse is a domesticated animal, and may live solitarily, with several other miniature horses, or with other domesticated animals. The gestation period is 11 months. Foals are born 16-21 inches (40.6-53.3 cm) tall.
Miniature horses were originally used inEnglandto pull carts through coal mines. Miniature Horses are most often used for show, and do very well in obstacle courses. They have a gentle nature, are also used for animal therapy for the elderly and hospitalized children. Minis may also be used as a “guide horse” like a seeing-eye dog.