The Lucky Hart Blog

The NEW Miniature

By luckyhart
Jun 27, 2012

Miniature Horses, lucky hart ranchTwenty-five to thirty years ago when ASPC decided to create a division for miniature horses, they made a division for the over 34 inch horse. I think they did this in order to have a place for the horses that went over 34 inches, and also to allow the breeding down of the larger ones and, of course, to make money.

I don't think they did it to influence the size of the Shetland Pony.  I also don't think they did it to create a new pony - horse.  But, it has done just that. It has changed the Shetland Pony and it has created a New Horse.

You see twenty+ years ago, a few of us saw this as a chance to honestly create something different.  And we have used the AMHR stud book to do it.  It is called the  STRAIGHT AMHR B horse (for lack of better name).  And it is, although most AMHR judges don't know it, a little horse with its own look.

If we had wanted to raise Shetland Ponies or any other breed we would have.  But, the problem with that for me, is that when you do that, you get the same old thing.  When you honestly breed two horses of the same breed you get that breed.  If you breed a short Shetland Pony to a short Shetland Pony, all you get a short Shetland Pony.

I didn't want that, I wanted to be part of something new.  Well, it took a long time to get something New,  but we are close. I am not saying that this New little horse is better, I am just saying that I like it, and it is different.

Twenty years ago we registered some small Welsh AMHR, then through the years we registered some AMHA oversized AMHR, and then there were the Shetlands registered AMHR.  They were all AMHR. We used individuals with characteristics that we liked and were legally allowed by AMHR.

We are very excited to present some of these horses and will only be registering and breeding those that will more establish their own identity . I don't know if they will stand the test of time, but I love the way some of them look and after all I'm the only one I have to please.  So, if you are tired of the same old thing check into - The Straight R Miniature Horse - Ours are called  AMERICAN EXPRESS HORSES.  It really isn't fair that Express gets all the credit for these horses, as so many generations of other horses have gotten us to this point, but he is the one that has complemented the mares of the Lucky Hart, so I guess I'll name them after him.

Our Website is being updated and through the course of the summer there will be lots of horses pictured, most for presentation, but a few will be offered for sale.  Thanks much for reading and thank you to the American Shetland Pony Club for giving me the opportunity to try to do something different and New.

Renee LaBarre Reiten, Lucky Hart Ranch.

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