| ||Average |
|Purchase Price ||$1,000 to $200,000. Depending on gender, size, conformation, blood-line, show record. The smaller & more correctly conformed, the greater the value. || ||$1,000 to $3,000,000. Depending on gender, size, conformation, blood-line, and show record. |
|Feed Costs ||Approximately $25 per month/horse. Includes hay and grain. || ||Approximately $150 per month/horse. Includes hay and grain. |
Professional Stable Cost
|$50 to $150 per month/horse |
Miniatures can be kept in backyards with a Mini barn or shelter depending upon local zoning laws.
| ||$200 to $600 per month/horse. Varies according to facilities, pasture availability, riding opportunities. |
|Trainer Costs |
(Halter In Hand)
$300 & Up per month/horse. Family involvement encouraged. Even children can help train a Miniature Horse.
| ||$550 & up per month/horse. Depends upon the reputation and demand of the trainer, stable & breed. |
|Pasture Size ||3 Miniature Horses per acre. With supplemental hay & feed || ||Minimum 1 acre per horse. With supplemental hay & feed |
$4 to $8 per horse
$25 to $150 or more per horse
| || |
$12 to $18 per horse.
$75 to $500 per horse.
$200 to $400.
$750 to $1,400.
| || |
$350 to $4,000.
$1,500 and up.
|$25 to $65 |
$20 to $45
Not normally used on Miniature Horses.
$375 to $1,500
| ||$85 to $200 |
$40 to $75
$250 to $5,000
$1,000 to $5,000
|Farrier Cost - Trimming ||$10 to $18 per horse. Some owners do their own trimming due to the ease of handling Miniature Horses. || || |
Trim $30 to $50 per horse. Some very knowledgeable owners do their own trimming.
|Shoeing ||No shoes || ||$50 to $200 per horse. |
|Suitability to Ride ||Children up to 70lbs may ride depending on Miniature's age, height & body type. Riding generally not recommended. || ||Children & adults can ride. Risk increases due to animal's size, training, rider experience. |
|Suitability to Drive ||Children 3-4 years & up routinely drive at home, parades and in shows. Miniature Horses can easily pull up to 1-2 adults in a cart in all gaits, minimal experience is needed. || ||Children - questionable. |
Adults - dependent upon experience.
|Health & Hardiness ||Excellent - with good care. || ||Excellent - with good care. |
|Life Span ||20-30 Years || ||20-30 Years |
|Veterinary Care |
Medications & Worming
|Same as for larger horses. Determined by horse's weight - greatly reduced dosage for Miniatures. || ||Same as for Miniature Horses. Determined by horse's weight - 4-5 times the cost of Miniature Horses. |
|Suitability for Special Needs Individuals ||Greatly adaptable to individuals with Special Needs due to Miniature Horse's smaller size and affectionate nature. || ||Difficult for some individuals to handle due to larger size. |