The Australian Miniature Pony was derived from selectively breeding down in miniature, the smaller known pony and horse breeds. Decades of dedicated breeding, refining height and conformation, has achieved the breed as it is seen today.
As the name suggests, size is a very important requirement and the Ponies must never exceed 87 centimeters.
The Australian Miniature Pony Society Inc was formed in July 1974 at Liverpool, NSW, as a result of an inaugural meeting attended by a number of people intent on creating and promotion this unique, new Australian Pony breed. From this and many subsequent meetings, the Australian Miniature Pony Breed was registered in its own right.
Interest has spread to all Australian states, with small, quality breeding stock being in great demand.
The Australian Miniature Pony is small, well-proportioned and has a kind disposition, showing refinement and femininity in mare and boldness and masculinity in stallions. The pony should look just like a typical pony in miniature with a wide range of colour being desirable. To be eligible for registration, an Australian Miniature Pony must meet the Society's requirements, which briefly means that it is 87cms or under in height (measured at the highest point of the withers) and free from hereditary unsoundness. Additional requirements are explained in the "Information and Guidelines Handbook" which all members receive on joining the Society and, other Society Publications.
The Australian Miniature Pony is highly intelligent, has a gentle and affectionate nature and requires firm but kind handling. These tiny ponies have gained many admirers through their regular public appearances at children's hospitals, schools, retirement homes and functions.
A balanced diet, fresh water, a suitable environment and the application of commonsense will generally ensure your Australian Miniature Pony stays healthy and happy, with the addition of a few important factors:
An Australian Miniature Pony does not require a great deal of space, but should have adequate shelter and if stabled or kept in a small yard, should be regularly exercised. Regular removal of manure (at least twice weekly), will assist in pasture management and parasite control.
Australian Miniature Ponies are the perfect answer for horse lovers who have smaller acreages or who no longer wish to ride or handle larger animals.
Before embarking on the exciting adventure of purchasing your first Australian Miniature Pony, it is advisable to keep the following points in mind to ensure that the pony you choose is the perfect one for your needs.