The Australian Miniature Pony became a recognised breed in 1974. There are over 1200 members of the Australian Miniature Pony Society Australia wide, with delegates in each state.
The Australian Miniature Pony was established as a result of crosses with small Shetland ponies, Fallabella, miniature horses and small ponies. Some lines of miniature ponies can be traced back to the early nineteen hundreds. The miniature pony can vary in type from the fine-boned and leggy to the more compact heavy type.
Miniature Ponies have a maximum height of 87cm and should look well proportioned. Ideally the animal will simply look like a pony in miniature. The length of the neck and legs should be proportion to the body, with well sprung ribs and a generous girth. Please refer to description page for Society's Standard of Breeding.
Miniature ponies are inquisitive, very intelligent, and have a gentle and affectionate nature. They need firm but kind handling. They make wonderful pets for people of all ages!! Often people who can not cope with a 'big' horse anymore, will take to miniatures to satisfy that need for a horse.
Ideal as a child's first pony and many are used in nursing home visits for disabled and elderly therapy. Well suited to harness work.