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is he really a mini?

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    02-11-2012, 05:01 PM
I know they still consider them a height breed but since the registry is closed to all but foals of amhr registered parents or aspc shetlands who do meet height requirements and a inspection by a steward (if I remember correctly) or amha registered horses by paying the hardshipping fee. They have a full breed standard and full lists of disqualifications. In most opinions they are a breed now and not just having to meet a height requirement. If the registry still stood open to any horse that met the height requirement and paid the hardship fees, I would agree with you.
As far as if the horse going over the 38" and losing its papers, yes I would still say it is a mini. BUT if the horse were to be sold I would list it as a grade pony and not advertise as a mini horse. A mini horse to me can only be advertised and sold as a mini if it contains papers to prove so.
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    02-13-2012, 04:24 PM
It is a bit confusing, isn't it.

I tend to think, that Shetlands should have their own Mini division, if they meet the height requirements and Minis (there are certainly enough of them) should be classed as a breed and not be mixed with Shetlands in the future.

I think it then, might make Minis more uniform in appearance. At the moment, the types are all over the place.


    02-13-2012, 04:40 PM
I do agree with the fact that shetlands should be classes in a ministure shetland division while the the minis should be alone and not capable of cross registering. I say this even owning cross registered horses too. The types are everywhere, even in my own barn I have anything that matches a tiny QH to a tiny TB and even some that look like mini saddlebreds. My one mare was a big winner several years ago but now put up against the ultra refined shetland type, she doesn't stand a chance at first but still does usually place in the top 5. I am betting within the next 10 years that shetlands will not be able to be cross registered anymore and honestly I see it as a way out because some of these shetlands being registered in as a mini are only being done that way cause they cannot compete within their own registry. Even looking at minis from AMHA to the AMHR is a huge difference let alone throwing shetlands in the mix.
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    02-14-2012, 10:20 PM

He looks like a handsome little man regardless of breed!
Sounds like he is fitting in really well. Congrats on the new family member.
    02-18-2012, 10:43 AM
I think he is a shetland cross he has more feather then I have seen on a shetland.
    03-27-2012, 10:19 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
I've seen miniatures that are as tall as 40". It doesnt make them not miniatures, it just makes them unregisterable. Much better suited to riding though, if that's what you're wanting him for.

He does have more of a shetland build though, if you ask me. Atleast with ours, the shetlands tend to have more 'stout' builds and larger heads because they're ponies, not horses. And your boy has quite the head! It will be easier to tell once he sheds out though. He sure is a cutie!

For reference: the paint in front is 100% Shetland, and the black in the back is a 1/2 Shetland 1/2 miniature horse.
My best guess is he is either a very large mini but most likely a Shetland cross! I have a miniature that is due to foal soon and he has a thread called mini mate close to foaling and she is 35" and the stud she is bred to is 30" but he has shetland in his background and he is AMHR registered as a mini!! So it's hard to say!
    03-27-2012, 10:25 PM
I had a mini that was 40". As long as your not going to show or anything it doesn't really matter. If you go to World Class Miniature Horse Registry, Inc. Full-service miniature horse:registry (540) 890-0856 you could register him there no problem under hardship for only $70 instead of hardship under the AMHR for $600. I was looking into it for my miniature and we r going to register her through the wcmhr. It's a nobrainer unless you are going to show big! But if he is registered at all it will increase his value and make him look better but otherwise it is all up to you!
    03-27-2012, 10:35 PM
By what I have read on the Mini Horse forum, many sent their money there, but never received anything back. It pays to use reliable registration orgs when registering a horse. Some registries (just as in dogs) will register anything.

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    03-28-2012, 01:14 AM
Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
By what I have read on the Mini Horse forum, many sent their money there, but never received anything back. It pays to use reliable registration orgs when registering a horse. Some registries (just as in dogs) will register anything.

That is the breeder we bought our mini from registers her mini horses at! Besides $530 is a big difference money wise! If you just want to register for fun just use wcmhr and I don't think they would rip you off.
    03-28-2012, 02:58 AM
Before plonking down any money with any registering body, it pays to do a great deal of homework. Do a search on Li'l Beginnings Miniature Horse Forum, and it will tell you pretty much everything you wish to know about the registry you mentioned.


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