Miniature horses are always referred to as “horses”, not ponies, because of their proportions, character and size. They are smaller than pony breeds.
One of the myths of the miniature horse is that they are a throwback to Eohippus of the Eocene epoch which were only 10 to 20 inches tall. These Eohippus lived about 50 million years ago, both in North America and Europe. Another myth was that these little horses were found stranded in some box canyon where years of short rations had reduced them to today’s size.
Learn About Miniature Horses
Actual documentation of the miniature horse goes back to the Renaissance period during the 14th and 16th centuries. In the 1850’s in France, the Empress wife of Napoleon III had a miniature horse to pull a small carriage. Miniature horses have also been found buried in tombs with the Egyptian Pharoahs. In Buenos Aires, Argentina in the mid -1800’s, Mr. Patrick Newtall and his son-in-law, Mr. Juan Falabella discovered some unusually small horses among the tribes of the Pampas Indians. Through successive crossings, they gradually built the first well proportioned miniatures under 38 inches tall. Even today, the Falabella bloodline is a pure strain with all ancestors tracing their origins to the Falabella Farm. As these small horses were being imported to the United States in the early 1900’s, Mr. Norman Fields of Bedford, Virginia started to raise them for working in the coal mines. By 1964, he had 50 miniature horses in his herd. Another breeder who contributed the most to develop and promote miniature horses in America was Walter Smith McCoy of Rodderfield, West Virginia. In 1956, as a hobby, he began collecting miniature horses under 32 inches and at that time had the largest herd in the world.
In early 1971, the American Miniature Horse Registry was founded and opened to all miniature horses that met height requirements of 38 inches and under. There were approximately 900 miniatures registered as foundation stock under the open registry. At the year end 1973, the registry was closed and only the offspring of registered animals were eligible for registration. There are two divisions of height in the American Miniature Horse Registry. Class A consists of horses measuring 34 inches and under while Class B consists of horses measuring 38 inches and under. In 1978, another registry was formed called the American Miniature Horse Association. This registry requires all horses to measure less than 34 inches in height.
At Tanglewood Farm, the average height of our broodmares is 30 inches. Most of our stallions measure 26 to 28 inches. Miniature horses come in an assortment of colors. The more rare colors include those of paint and appaloosa backgrounds. At Tanglewood Farm we specialize in rare, unusual color patterns including horses with blue eyes. We have tobiano and overo paints and pintaloosas. Miniature horses are members of the equine family. Male horses are called stallions. Altered males are called geldings. Female horses are called mares. It takes a mare eleven months to have a baby foal. At birth, a baby foal weighs 20 to 30 pounds and can be 16 to 20 inches tall. They are weaned between 3 to 4 months of age. Miniature horses can live up to 35 years. They eat one pound of grain and one flake of hay per horse each day. Compare that to ten pounds of grain and five flakes of hay per horse each day for full size horses.
We are very proud of the daily handling and care given to our miniatures here at Tanglewood Farm. We provide proper nutrition and quality veterinary care to all of our animals. Our livestock is current on vaccinations, dental checkups, hoof care, and worming. The health of our animals is very important to us, and we follow rather strict practices. We maintain a closed herd, which means we do not bring in any new animals, embryos or semen. Once an animal is sold, it may not be returned. So that we do not unintentionally introduce disease into our herds, we do not bring our animals to shows, and we do not borrow or lend animals for breeding. We prefer weanlings do not leave Tanglewood Farm before they are 6 months of age. They need time to grow and play with other weanlings, receive discipline from their mothers, and time to change their diet gradually to eliminate the desire for mother’s milk. This also enables Tanglewood Farm time to deworm the weanlings and give them their first vaccinations. All miniatures come with Tanglewood Farm health papers showing up to date vaccinations, deworming schedule, and hoof trimming schedule. If you need transportation, we can arrange ground transport within the US and Canada. To other countries, we can arrange air transportation on major airlines.
Foundation Miniature Horses
Bolt Chocolatico Sugarcookie
5/10/97, 29.5”, AMHA registered fancy Silver Dapple with White mane and tail. Sugarcookie is the daughter of JJ’s Foxy Jay, 31” and Del’s Sugarfoot, 32.5”. She is a stunning Silver Dapple/Liver Chestnut color. She has a beautiful dished face with large expressive eyes. This is an extremely refined little mare with great color and that exraordinary ”show” attitude. She is small, very correct, and has multiple Champion bloodlines. She is if foal to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”. Don’t miss out on this package and a chance to own a mare with very rare foundation bloodlines.
Bolt Lapetite Premadonna Mystique
5/3/96, 31”, AMHA registered Bay Pinto mare. Her sire is Top Man’s De No Mite, 27.25”, a Champion producing Champions. Her dam is French Broads Morning Mist, 32.75”, an ultra refined Arabian type Gray Pinto. Mystique is a half sister to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”. Mystique is a real eye catcher with proportions of the highest quality. She has a dynamic head set high up on an arched upright neck along with elegant refinement. She will do† well in the show ring and give you fabulous show babies. She is bred to Lowery’s Lil Ghost Rider, 29.5”.
7/11/90, 32.5”, AMHA registered Deep Liver Chestnut Pinto mare. She is sired by Komokos Little Rocky, 28”, and is out of Dels Snuggles, 30”. She catches your attention with her beautiful bold face and her expressive Blue eyes. This mare produces perfect, tiny, refined, show quality foals. She has the color, quality, and pedigree to be a real asset to any breeding program. Sugarfoot foals easily and has always been bred back. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”. If you want small foals with lots of color and Blue eyes, then this mare should not be over looked.
French Broads Morning Mist
6/1/92, 32.75”, AMHA/AMHR registered Gray Pinto picture perfect mare. She is sired by Fishers Yankee Doodle† Dandy, 27.5”, and her dam is Lilliputs Autumn Mist, 33.5”. Her regal head carriage suits her ”royal attitude”. Her elegant refined conformation and gentle, sweet personality† make for a class act. She consistently produces tiny beautiful Arabian type foals with lovely dished heads. She foals easily and has a great breeding future. She will add the† style and beauty needed for your winner’s circle breeding program. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25″.
Lancasters Spirits Silver Pearl
3/22/92, 30”, AMHA/AMHR registered dazzling Silver Dapple mare with a White mane and tail. She is sired by Brewer’s Orion Spirit, 28”, and her dam is NFCS Silver Lady, 32.75”. She has a dazzling Silver Dapple color, a beautiful head, and large expressive Black eyes. Pearl is an elegant, tiny, gentle and sweet mare, whose bloodlines include Orion Light Van’t Huttenest, a leading sire of National Grand Champions. She is very delicate, fine boned, straight legs, and has very balanced conformation. She consistently produces beautiful, tiny, show quality foals.
Lil Smokey Ponderosa
5/28/92, 30.75″, AMHA/AMHR registered Bay Mare. Ponderosa is pure elegance. She is sired by Del’s Golden Nuggett, 29.5″, and her dam is Lil Ponderosa Betzy, 33.75″. She has a beautiful dished face and huge expressive eyes. This combination along with a wonderful personality makes for an excellent broodmare. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25″.
Lowrey’s Lil Blue Gem
3/25/95, 30.25”, AMHA registered refined Blue Roan mare with Blue eyes. She is sired by Dels Blaze of Glory,† 27.75” and is out of Dels Sugarfoot, 32.5”. This little beauty has a long, graceful neck and a beautiful small, dished head. She is tiny and elegant† with an ultra refined body type. She consistently produces loud color Overo foals with outstanding heads and super refinement. Her color and pedigree are a winning combination† that equals success in the breeding barn as well and in the show ring. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”.
McSperitt’s Cutters Perfection
7/25/93, 29.25”, AMHA/AMHR registered Dun Pinto mare with lots of spots and mottling. Her sire is Piney’s Grasscutter ,29.5”, who produced 100% Pinto foals with dished heads and very nice toplines. Her dam is McSperitt’s Bay Rums Perfect Joy. Perfection is tiny boned, has perfect straight legs, excellent conformation and an outstanding pedigree. She is an exceptional broodmare, consistently producing Pintaloosa, Cremello, and Gruella foals. Her foals are tiny, refined and of outstanding quality and elegantly proportioned. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”. Last year this combination produced a 12.5” Gruella mare.
Piketos Little Fancy
6/22/96, 29.25″, AMHA/AMHR registered Sorrel Pinto mare. She is sired by Gylans Piketo Macho, 27.75, who is the son of the famous Summers Mucho Macho, 29.5″. Her dam is Wagers Sweet Bette, 33.25″. Fancy lives up to her name. This mare catches your attention with her bright expressive eyes and gorgeous dished face. Her small size, color and pedigree make her an excellent choice for a broodmare. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25″.
Pursleys Blue Ribbon
4/14/02, 30.25″,AMHA/AMHR registered refined Black mare. She is sired by Kahoka Palomino Legacy, 30.5″. Her dam is Pursleys Blue Pride, 33″. This is a gorgeous tiny, black filly with a dish face and big expressive eyes. She has a sweet personality that will steal your heart. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”
4/07/94, 31.5″, AMHA/AMHR registered Chestnut mare with Flaxen mane and tail. She is sired by Evans Golden Boy, 31″. Her dam is Bond Slick Chick, 32.75, and this dam’s sire is the famous Bond Jocko, 26″. Bond Jocko is the son of 19″ Bond Tiny Tim! Her sweet disposition and pedigree make her a wonderful broodmare. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”
TFM’s Ghost Mist
5/15/99, 32”, AMHA registered Cremello color mare with a White mane and tail. Her sire is Lowrey’s Lil Ghost Rider, 29.5” and her dam is French† Broads Morning Mist, 32.75. She has small, petite, correct, Arabian type conformation, large eyes, and a dynamic personality. You can’t help but love this maiden mare. This is an ultra refined show mare with a pedigree to marvel at. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”
TFM’s Ghost of Cheyenne
3/30/00, 28.5”, AMHA registered Bay Pinto† mare with a Black mane and tail, Black stockings, and a breath-taking Blue eye. She is tiny and trim, has a long neck, straight legs, and a dynamic attitude. Her sire is† Lowrey’s Lil Ghost Rider, 29.5” and her dam is Tiny Trails Lucky Lady, 31.5”. She has a star power personality to win ribbons and hearts. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”
TFM’s Ghost Rider’s Image
4/06/01, 31.5”, AMHA registered fancy Palomino Pintaloosa mare. She is sired by Lowery’s Lil Ghost Rider, 29.5” and is out of Tiny Trails Lucky Lady, 31.5” This mare has an amazing color pattern, is very refined and correct, and has a wonderful disposition. She has the color, quality, and pedigree to be a real asset to any breeding program. If you want small foals with lots of color, then this mare should not be overlooked. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”
TFM’s Ima Perfect Ghost Angel
6/10/98, 27.5”, AMHA/AMHR registered Cremello Overo mare with Blue eyes. She is sired by Lowery’s Lil Ghost Rider, 29.5” and is out of† McSperitt’s Cutters Perfection, 29.25”. Angel is very delicate, fine boned, straight legs, with well-balanced conformation. She is bred to Bolt Orion† Ice, 27.25”. She should produce an extremely petite, colorful, show quality foal.
7/09/98, 28.5”, AMHA registered. Sugarplum is a very correct beautiful buckskin mare with a wonderful sweet personality. She is the daughter of JJ’s Foxy Jay, 31” and Del’s Sugarfoot, 32.5”. Her Grandsire is Choco’s Little Specks Red Boy. Red Boy was one of the greatest Foundation Sires in the History of Miniature horse breeding. Red Boy was known for his beauty and the ability to pass it on.
She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”
Tiny Trails Lucky Lady
5/18/87, 31.5”, AMHA registered Liver Chestnut mare with a big blaze and Blue eyes. She is sired by Kay’s Button, 32”, and is out of White Feather’s Cheyenne Summer, 32.75”. This is an extremely refined and correct little mare that will put a lot of color in your herd and make you a wonderful broodmare. She has a gentle, sweet disposition. She foals easily and has always bred back. She produces tiny, refined colorful foals with long, fine necks and large expressive Blue eyes. She is bred to Bolt Orion Ice, 27.25”
Bolt Orion Ice
03/08/96, 27.25″, AMHA/AMHR registered, DNA† tested, Blue Roan stallion. Ice’s sire is AMHA/AMHR Champion Lowrey’s Top Man’s De No Mite 27.25″ holder of numerous Grand and Reserve Champion awards including 1996 District II Senior Stallion Champion.† Top Man’s De No Mite is the grandson of Dell Tera’s Moon Man, the son of Stout’s Mr. Pride. His pedigree shows 9 out of 16 horses only 26″ to 29.5″. Ice is the son of Lancaster’s Spirits Silver Pearl, a 30″ Silver Dapple granddaughter of Orion Light Van’t Huttenest. Ice has big expressive wide set eyes, a beautiful head, short back, straight legs and a showy attitude. Ice has a beautiful face and a majestic presence combined with his exceptional conformation and pedigree which truly makes him an unforgettable stallion.
Choco’s Little Specks Red Boy
29.75″ Silver Bay. Mitzy’s Trigger VB(Chocolatico X Lil’ Ponderosa Mitzy) X Choco’s Little Speck( by Chocolatico) Choco’s Little Specks Red Boy was one of the greatest foundation sires known for his beauty,grace, and ability to pass it on. Red Boy’s great grandsire, Chocolatico, was the 63rd registered horse in the miniature registry and his great granddam, Lil’ Ponderosa Mitzy, was the 17th registered horse.
JJ’s Foxy Jay
6/02/86, 31”, AMHA/AMHR registered, DNA† tested, Liver Chestnut stallion with Flaxen mane and tail. Foxy is sired be the late legendary multiple Champion and Champion producing Choco’s Little Specks Red Boy, who was one of the greatest foundation sires known for his beauty, grace, and the ability to pass it on. Red Boy’s great grandsire, Chocolatico, was the 63rd registered horse in the miniature registry and his great granddam, Lil’ Ponderosa Mitzy, was the 17th registered horse. Foxy is a full brother to JJ’s Prairie Fire, who placed 3rd out of 63 horses in the 1997 National’s ”Get of Sire” class. Foxy is also full brother to Lowrey’s Miss Tiffany, who was the first mare to win high point in both halter and color class at the 1993 AMHA Nationals. Foxy is truly an outstanding stallion. His Champion and Champion producing bloodlines have made marks of distinction on the miniature horse industry by siring outstanding miniatures that have been seen many times in the winner’s circle.
Lowrey’s Lil Ghost Rider
2/10/95, 29.5”, AMHA/AMHR registered, DNA tested, Palomino and White Overo Pintaloosa stallion with Blue eyes. Ghost Rider’s sire is the well-known Cremello stallion Dell Tera’s Snowman, 31”, and his dam is Lucky Four Baytones. Ghost is an exciting stallion that commands attention wherever he goes. He is siring tiny refined foals with that classic Ghost Rider look. He consistently puts pretty heads, long necks, straight legs, beautiful toplines and lots of color. He has passed color onto all of his foals including Tovero, Overo, Pintaloosa, Medicine Hat, Cremello, Palomino, and Buckskin with Blue eyes. Most of his offspring have matured less than 29 inches tall.
TFM Spirit of Orion
6/28/12, 27.75”, AMHA registered, DNA tested, Cremello stallion with Blue eye genes. Champion bloodlines top and bottom. Spirit’s Sire is 27.25″ Orion Ice (See Foundation Sires). Spirit’s Dam is 29″ TFM Blue Moon Diamond (See Foundation Mares).
National Champion bloodlines. Gentle leadline broke kid friendly with saddles and tack. Bred and open paint mares under 32 inches. UTD on shots and deworming. Handled daily. Easy keepers. Reputable breeder over 25 years in Georgia. Delivery available
TFM’s Ghost Blue Mist
4/13/01, Birth Height 23”, AMHA/AMHR registered Gray and White Pinto mare. She is sired by Lowery’s Lil Ghost Rider, 29.5” (See Foundation Sires) and is out of French Broads Morning Mist, 32.75” (See Foundation Mares). Like her mother, this mare has a regal head carriage with a lovely dished face that suits her ”royal attitude”. She has perfect conformation and is elegantly refined. She will be a fabulous addition to the show ring or to your breeding program.
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4/01/08, 30.75″ AMHA registered, Sorrel mare with White star. She is sired by Temptation, 29” (See Foundation Sires) and is out of Sapphire, 31.5” (See Foundation Mares). This little mare is very correct with a beautiful head and big wide set eyes, nice dish face, tiny tipped ears and a perfect bite. She has been ultrasounded and confirmed by vet in foal to TFM’s Spirit of Orion who is a white Cremello 27.75” stallion. Cherish was bred October 22nd and 24th 2016 and foal is expected mid-September, 2017. Spirit carries the blue eye genes. Spirit is the son of Orion Ice who is son of 1996 AMHA National Champion Sr. Stallion, Top Mans De No Mite 27.75”. Orion Ice has fathered numerous tiny foals between 22 and 28 inches tall. He is also the sire of the world’s smallest registered miniature horse, Tiny Bubbles who also resides here at Tanglewood.
Bolt Orion Ice
03/08/96, 27.25″, AMHA/AMHR registered, DNA† tested, Blue Roan stallion. Ice’s sire is AMHA/AMHR Champion Lowrey’s Top Man’s De No Mite 27.25″ holder of numerous Grand and Reserve Champion awards including 1996 District II Senior Stallion Champion.† Top Man’s De No Mite is the grandson of Dell Tera’s Moon Man, the son of Stout’s Mr. Pride. His pedigree shows 9 out of 16 horses only 26″ to 29.5″. Ice is the son of Lancaster’s Spirits Silver Pearl, a 30″ Silver Dapple granddaughter of Orion Light Van’t Huttenest. Ice has big expressive wide set eyes, a beautiful head, short back, straight legs and a showy attitude. Ice has a beautiful face and a majestic presence combined with his exceptional conformation and pedigree which truly makes him an unforgettable stallion. Ice’s has produced 20 horses ALL UNDER 28 INCHES including THE WORLD’S SMALLEST REGISTERED MINIATURE HORSE: TINY BUBBLES!!!