Although they are ponylike in appearance Miniature Horses are nevertheless small well-proportioned horses with refined features. As pets or as show horses for driving as well as for therapy and guide animals whether kept in limited spaces or on larger property Miniatures are a horse lover's delight. The Book of Miniature Horses the perfect introduction to buying keeping enjoying and breeding these delightful creatures is full of essential information including: Historical background requisite land and space amount of care needed where to look and what to expect to pay when considering buying a Miniature Horse Tips on how to care for your Miniature including information on feeding grooming veterinary considerations and exercise Noncompetitive ways to enjoy ownership of Minis as pets and companions Behind-the-scenes show preparation and ribbon-winning tips for showmanship in-hand conformation jumping and even trail course classes How Miniatures are used as guide animals for sight-impaired individuals as well as the benefits of using Miniatures as companion animals or as participants in rehabilitation programs at adult care centers nursing homes and group homes The feasibility of breeding Miniatures selecting a stallion or mare breeding for color foaling and first days and months and registering the foal
Author: Donna Campbell Smith
Publisher: Lyons Press
Author Notes: Donna Campbell Smith grew up just a few miles inland from North Carolina's Outer Banks. She dreamed of having a horse when she was a little girl, and wasn't aware that wild horses roamed free on some of the coastal islands that she loved to visit with her parents on their numerous fishing trips. Donna grew up, and became a professional in the horse industry as an instructor, breeder and trainer. She has written for several print and online publications including Grit Magazine, Back Home Magazine, The Horse, Stable Management Magazine, Western Mule, The Brayer, USA Equestrian, Young Rider, The Chronicle of the Horse, Boys Life, The Gaited Horse, Our State, Carolina Country and Conquistador. Donna Campbell Smith has an AAS Degree in Equine Technology from Martin Community College, where she also took extended courses in art and composition. She is a certified riding instructor and served many years as a Master NC 4-H Horse Program Volunteer.