SA Miniature Horse Breed Standards

GENERAL IMPRESSION

A small, sound, well-balanced horse, possessing the correct conformation characteristics required of most breeds, refinement and feminity in the mare, boldness and masculinity in the stallion. The general impression should be one of symmetry, strength, agility and alertness. Since the breed objective is to breed the smallest horse, preference in judging shall be given the smaller horse, other characteristics being approximately the same.

Head

Finely chiseled head, with big nostrils, big eyes that are set wide apart and with a broad forehead. The head should be in proportion to the body. The distance from the poll to the withers should be at least 1.1 times the distance from the poll to the end of the muzzle. Clean refined muzzle. The top and bottom jaws should be of the same length so that the bite is even.

Ears

Well formed ears that are well placed.

Neck

The head and neck should from grom a slanting (striving to 45°strong and muscular shoulder. The throatlatch should be fine. The length of the neck should be proportional to the size of the horse.

Body

The chest should be broad. The back should be short with a high tail carriage. THe outer thigh should be well developed and well muscled. The body must be well balanced with the girth depth less than the foreleg length. See figure of correctly proportioned miniature horse.

Front leg

Well placed under the shoulder and chest and should be perpendicular. The forearm should be well muscled with fine formed knee and cannon. THe pastern and hoof must slope about 45°.

Hind legs

Strong well-muscled thighs. Well developed gaskins and fine developed canons and pasterns (no cow hocks or wide from behind).

Hooves

Hard and well formed pointed directly ahead.

Eyes and colour

Any colour or colour pattern coat with any colour eyes will not be discriminated against. (Personal choice)

Action

Straight free movement, flexing the knees and hocks.

 

SA Miniature Horse Breeding Standards

SA Miniature Horse Breeding Standards


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