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    07-18-2010, 05:11 AM
It also upsets me when people think a sick mutated horse is "cute" ,that mini next to the drafe has very long toes by the way, and is probably bruised all along his hoof wall because of it .
Dwarf miniatures usually have a handful of health problems that are costly and time consuming. I wish miniature horses got the same respect that full size horses get, they need the same amount of space ( to thrive) they need exercise, good nutrition , training ,and a carefull diet, and NO your kid can not ride my halter show horse! (how many times a year do we have to say that to our neighbor before they get the point ) Any stallion that produced a dwarf should be gelded , and the mare should not be used for breeding IMO, there are so many nice healthy Miniature horses out there for sale that there is no need to breed carelessly.
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    07-18-2010, 06:06 AM
I see nothing cute in such awful deformity. I see those horses just as cute as a baby human with 2 heads and 1 foot.

Selective breeding has done wonderful things for some and awful things for others.
Many breeds are actually accidental genetic mutations. Such as the Sphinx cat.
As for size, honestly I dislike extremes in any sort of domestic species.
I don't really want to have a horse or a dog that I could kill by accidentally trampling over or a crow fetching him in its beak and flying away with it.
    07-18-2010, 06:17 AM
Green Broke
One story that really warms my heart is the 'seeing eye pony' for the blind

They use dwarf minis because they are not suitable for anything else and they will have a good, quiet and happy life looking after these people.

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BUT... these images make me sad

    07-18-2010, 06:42 AM
Originally Posted by speedy da fish    
One story that really warms my heart is the 'seeing eye pony' for the blind
What's wrong with the classic dog?
    07-18-2010, 07:00 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by inaclick    
What's wrong with the classic dog?
Nothing... but it is nice that dwarf horses are put to use
    07-18-2010, 07:20 AM

Although I'm not exactly sure, but a blind person caring for a horse might have a bit more issues than caring for a dog (if the seeing eye companions are meant to live with their owners)

I'm just not sure if you can potty train a horse?
    07-18-2010, 07:57 AM
The reason they use the miniature horses for seeing eye horses is because they live quite a bit longer then dogs , with the exception of the last 2 photos above , they both look like they need a compasionate euthanasia. The first two are not really dwarfs, they are just very small, typically a dwarf is very disporportioned (is that right) meaning very large head, cow hocks, bent legs, bloated belly and over all unhealthy looking , like the last two photos. A healthy miniature can be as small as 27 inches tall, and not be a dwarf. The first photo looks to be just a small miniature. I prefer the 32 and over size , they look a bit more balanced in my eye, but occasionally you will find a very balanced 29 inch mini that is beautiful....
    07-19-2010, 03:51 PM
I'm sickened by anyone who would knowingly breed dwarfs. Period.
    08-11-2010, 01:26 AM
AWWWWWW!!! They r sooo cute!! I am totally getting one! And He is going to live in my house
    08-11-2010, 08:54 AM
Krissy-I do have a 29 inch mini...he is not stumpy looking at all (although certainly not show quality or anything, I don't think.)

I prefer a stockier look on a mini. My 34 inch pinto is more fat, and his legs slightly shorter. My DH likes the more refined look.

To be quite frank, I don't really believe in breeding ANY minis. Too many horses at slaughter, or abandoned, abused or neglected.

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