Little is known about the exact origins of small breeds of horses, though historians believe they came about as a result of harsh climates and limited food supply.

We do know that the first small horse was brought to the United States in 1888. However, not much was done to study them or trace their development until the 1960s.

The popular opinion is that they derive from Dutch and English mine horses brought to the US in the 19th century, where they continued to work in the Appalachian coal mines until the 1950s.

Today, this breed is vastly popular with children and are most frequently seen in circus acts.


  • The American Miniature Horse is well-rounded, comes in a wide variety of colors, and has an affectionate nature.
  • While they are the size of a large dog, they are still considered horses instead of ponies.
  • They are extremely versatile, and excel at many disciplines.
  • On average, American Miniature Horses live 1/3 times longer than most other breeds.

[1] American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) "About The Breed"

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