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my2geldings 07-02-2009 01:36 PM

Dwarf Miniature Horses
It has come to my attention on a few occasions that a lot of the general horse population, have seen and found photos such as these adorable.

I know there is also a photo of what is considered to be "the world's smallest horse", a photo of what is in fact a dwarf miniature horse standing next to a draft.
Here it is:

What bothers me is that people find those poor animals cute or adorable without actually realizing they have a serious genetic defect. Most of these poor horses do not make it past a few years of life, unless they receive continuous orthopedic work and general surgery.

Thought it would be a good idea to post some info about them here, for general knowledge info. Hope this thread will enlighten a lot of horse owners.

Dwarf Horses

Miniature Horse Registries have screened all foals up for registration to prevent these unfortunate dwarf miniature horses from being registered, therefor try to help prevent further breeding of sick animals.

HorseLuvr 07-02-2009 06:51 PM

Aww, that last picture is so cute and funny! :D Thanks for sharing!

BarneyBabby 07-02-2009 07:15 PM

I agree. But I remeber when I was little there was one at my sisters instructers sisters place (mouth full!) She raised dokeys and she bought one donkey from theses old couple and when she put the donkey the trailer this dwarf horse came on. They just told her to keep him. She took him home and let the donkey out and the little guy took off running in the field. She hasnt been hable to catch him sence. She told my sisters and her friend if they could catch him they could keep him. I was 4 so I wasnt aloud to go out there. But it was funny watch them try to catch him. Needless to say they never caught him. he still out in that field to this day.... Talk about wild stallion.

my2geldings 07-02-2009 07:49 PM

Well I guess thats how he wants to run his life eh :lol:

MacabreMikolaj 07-02-2009 10:49 PM

Thanks for this post. Dwarf miniatures infuriate me. No responsible breeder could ever find that cute. I'm sure the natural inclination is to find them adorable for the short stature, but the bulging heads and midget legs just make me sad. Thumbalina is a monstrosity, and I find it sad that the people in charge of world records don't realize the damage they're doing by recognizing something like that as an accomplishment.

minihorse927 07-02-2009 11:16 PM

I am infuriated just as much by the dwarf problem in miniatures and the fact of the backyard breeders who know nothing of the problem and breed anyway. Your problem lies with the people who buy a stallion and mare and proceed to breed them without knowing anything about them, all because they are cute, then they end up with a dwarf and they think it is cute and so on and so forth.

barefoot 07-02-2009 11:22 PM

Yeah, it's sad and it's an issue. At least they have a loving life. People don't actually breed them though, do they?
I figured people who are knowledgeable breeders understand that this is truly a genetic defect and wouldn't want it to happen again.

minihorse927 07-02-2009 11:30 PM

I am not going to name anyone but their is a local farm who breeds for quantity around here and not for quality and I have went there and seen at least 12-15 dwarfs at one given time. I have seen some of the minimal dwarfs in their breeding pastures! I know people who they have suckered into buying a dwarf who knew nothing of minis when they went there, they believe they had a healthy regular miniature until they asked my opinion. I hate to say it but it is a lot more common than some people think it is in the breed because of careless breeders. People who actually breed to better minis will not breed a dwarf and if they breed two horses and get a dwarf, you better bet it will never happen again!

It is not neccesarily knowledgable breeders not breeding dwarfs but the ones who care enough to be careful in their breeding selections.

my2geldings 07-03-2009 12:41 AM

That's why I hope a lot of people will read this post and learn about this issue because I have read nothing but "cute" or "adorable" type comments regarding photos of those very ill little ponies.

chrispy 07-03-2009 01:23 AM

My main criterium for an animal is that it at least theoretically could survive in the wild. Although I can like or even love individual animals that are overbred, like my niece's pug, I am upset when people breed and buy them thinking the deformities are "cute". They wouldn't be considered "cute" for a human, so why for an animal?

And, yes, I wish my niece hadn't bought a pug even though Phoebe is a nice dog. My niece just bought a second dog -- a boxer, now 12 weeks old. Much more the thing. I wish my niece woud adopt rather than buy, but that's another story.

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