National Miniature Register Inc

Promoting Miniature Horses and Miniature Ponies in Australia

 

Standard of Excellence

STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE


Section (A) Horse


The Miniature Horse is a small well balanced animal not exceeding 8.1/2 hands in height measured at the last hair of the mane possessing good temperament and being free from hereditary unsoundness.


It must not show signs of poor condition or malnourishment.


Mares should show femininity


Stallions should show masculinity and boldness, without aggression.


  1. It should have typical horse appearance in miniature.
  2. It should have an upright carriage without exaggerated length of body
  3. It should have greater length of leg in relation to depth of girth.
  4. It should represent a fine appearance, showing grace and balance.


    TAIL:        ------------- Well Set

    LEGS:     ------------- Squarely set, without heavy bone, but straight, with strong sloping pasterns, ending in strong, open hooves.

    ACTION: ------------- Straight, smooth and free flowing.

    HEAD:     ------------- Straight to concave, not overlong having an alert expression with round expressive eyes, set well apart, small neat muzzle.

    TEETH:    ------------- Must meet evenly, a maximum 3mm variation in over or under-bite.

    NECK:     ------------- Good length of rein, flexible and high set, without heaviness.

     

    All Colours are acceptable.


    Preferred show in clipped or fine coat, though no prejudice against the other, as climatic variations occur.


    In judging, where all other points are equal, the smallest is given preference.     



    Section (B) Pony


    A small horse well Balanced animal not exceeding 8.2 1/2 hands in height at the highest point of the wither, possessing good temperament and free from hereditary unsoundness


    Mare should show Femininity.


    Stallion should show Masculinity and boldness, without aggression.


    1. Should have typical appearance in miniature.
    2. Should be stocky and compact, allowing some length in the back, without exaggeration.
    3. While the body should have well sprung ribs and generous girth with a well-rounded rump, the whole should be well balanced and well-proportioned to height.

     

    TAIL:       ------------- Well Set

    LEGS:    ------------- Set squarely, of good straight bone of some substance. Strong forearm, short cannons and strong, sloping pasterns, ending in strong open hooves. 

    ACTION: ------------- Smooth, active, free flowing.

    HEAD:     ------------- Well-proportioned to body, small concave below eye which are well set apart, neat muzzle.

    TEETH:   ------------- Must meet evenly. A maximum 3mm variation in over bite or under-bite.

    NECK:     ------------- Lightly crested on mares and moderately crested on Stallions. Proportionate neck to body. Some length of rein preferred.

     

    All colours are acceptable.


    Preferred at least 7 days elapsed from clipping. No prejudice against full, natural or clipped coats otherwise.


    In Judging where all others points are equal, the smallest shall be given preference.



    Section (CA) Appendix Horse


    Is a well-balanced, conformed animal, not exceeding 9.2 hands in height measured at the last hair of the Mane, possessing good temperament and free of hereditary unsoundness.


    Mare should show femininity


    Stallion should show masculinity and boldness, without aggression.

     

    TAIL:      ------------- Squarely set straight bone. Strong sloping pasterns ending in open hooves.

    HEAD:   ------------- Proportionate to the body, with alert expression and well set eyes.

    TEETH: ------------- Should meet evenly, a maximum 3mm in over or under-bite

    NECK:   ------------- A good length of rein, flexible without heaviness.

     

    In Judging, where all other points are equal, the smallest shall be given preference.

     

    All colours are acceptable.

     

    Section (CB) Foundation Pony

     

    Is a well-balanced, conformed animal, not exceeding 9.2 hands in height measured at the highest point of the wither, possessing good temperament and free from hereditary unsoundness.

     

    LEGS:   ------------- Squarely set, straight bone, strong sloping pasterns ending in open hooves.

    HEAD:   ------------- Proportionate to the body, with alert and well set eyes.

    TEETH: ------------- Should meet evenly, a maximum 3mm in over or under-bite.

    NECK:   ------------- A good length of rein, flexible without heaviness.

     

    All colours are acceptable.


    In Judging, where all others points are equal, the smallest shall be given preference.

     


    Disqualifications

     

    A horse or pony shall be denied registration or disqualified from registration, for any of the following reasons


    1. ------------- Height in excess of 8.2 1/2 hands for Section (A) or Section (F) (Horses)
    2. ------------- Height in excess of 8.2 1/2 hands for Section (B) or section (F) (Ponies)
    3. ------------- Height in excess of 9.2 hands for Section (CA) (Horses)
    4. ------------- Height in excess of 9.2 hands for Section (CB) (Ponies)
    5. ------------- Dwarfism
    6.  ------------- Overshot mouth. (3mm Maximum)
    7. ------------- Undershot mouth (3mm maximum)
    8. ------------- Monorchids or Cryptorchids in Stallions
    9.  ------------- Lockstifle...Geldings having had may be registered
    10.  ------------- Congenital Cataract, nasal Disease, Navicular Disease, Malformation of Genitals or any other determinable genetic fault



      Miniature Height for Age.


      If your horse/pony is over these heights you cannot show them in Miniature ring, they have to be shown in either small horse/pony classes or any other registered breed.


      Less than 12 months of age height must not exceed 32"

      12 months to 23 months height must not exceed 33"

      24 months to 36 months heights must not exceed 33 1/2"

      From 4 years and over height must not exceed 34 1/2"


      Please Note:

      Horses are measured form the last hair of the mane 

      Ponies are measured from the highest point of the wether

       

      Foundation Height for Age

      Up to and including 12 months shall not exceed 8.2hh or 34"

      Over 12 months up to 24 months shall not exceed 9hh or 36"

      Over 24 months up to and including 36 months shall not exceed 9.1hh or 37"

      Over 36 months shall not exceed 9.2 or 38"