- Interesting…In the 1600s, European nobles kept miniature horses as unique pets in their zoos.
Miniature horses descend from many breeds of horses and ponies, the most common ancestors being Shetland and Hackney ponies. They are characterized by their height, growing to 35-40 inches tall and 100-200 pounds . The smallest recorded miniature horse was less than 20 inches tall. Horses eat grain, hay, and grass. Their teeth grow continuously throughout their lifetime in order to allow for this grazing diet. Miniature horses interact well with people, making them good pets or guide animals.