The Miniature Horse
Miniature Horses are fast becoming very popular equine pets in the United States and throughout the world. This popularity has resulted because they are easy to care for and is natural family pets. They are also being shown at horse shows as a hobby or business. There are now full Miniature Horse Shows throughout the country with nothing but Miniature Horses entered in them. They possess intelligence, personality, and an affectionate nature. The Miniature Horse is especially sought after by people who like to come home from work and escape everyday pressures out in the stable relaxing with a little foal cuddled in their arms. An American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) registered Miniature Horse with permanent papers cannot exceed the height of 34 inches when full grown. An American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR) registered Miniature Horse falls into one of two categories. Division "A" is for horses 34 inches or under and Division "B" which is for horses between 34 inches and up to 38 inches. These horses must have all the characteristics and conformation of a full size horse; but only in miniature. Some are slender, others stocky. They eat what a full size horse eats, but in much smaller quantities. A bale of hay can last a Miniature Horse up to one month. The breed is characterized by an even temperament.
The Arabian Horse
There are several characteristics that set the Arabian horse apart from other breeds, the most noticeable being their face. "The Arabian's head has a characteristic dished profile with a prominent eye, large nostrils and small teacup muzzle. There was religious significance in the Arabian's features; the large forehead was said to hold the blessings of Allah. High tail carriage was symbolic of pride. The arched neck and high crest signified courage (History and Heritage of the Arabian Horse). The Arabian's broad chest, short, but strong back, and sloped shoulder give him power and floaty gaits. Arabian horses come in many colors, grey, chestnut, bay, roan, brown, and occasionally black. Most Arabians stand between 14.1 and 15.2 hands (one hand is equivalent to four inches) and weigh between 800 and 1,000 pounds as adults Arabian horses are well known for being affectionate and bonding well with humans (The Arabian Horse Today). People enjoy many activities with their Arabians, from showing to pleasure riding. Arabians can be shown at local, regional, and national levels in a variety of disciplines. Classes include English, park, country, hunter, and western pleasure, sidesaddle, jumping, dressage, gaming events, and halter. Arabians have also become the breed of choice in the endurance world because of their stamina and agility. One of the most popular events in Arabian shows is native costume; in this class horse and rider wear Americanized versions of Bedouin garb, complete with tassels and embroidery, and perform at walk, canter, and hand gallop. Arabians also compete in racing, cattle and ranch work, and pleasure trail riding. Due to their friendly nature and willingness to work, Arabians are a popular choice for instructional programs and therapeutic riding. Arabians become devoted companions, a testament to their long history of importance in the people's lives they share.