Looking to purchase your first American Miniature Horse? AMHA encourages these considerations…
Examine your goals and take time to look for that special Miniature Horse with the disposition/talent/breeding to fulfill those goals.
Consider your experience
Your background and/or physical abilities are important in determining the best horse for your needs.
Do the research
Read the AMHA Standard of Perfection. This important resource is a guide for selecting an individual that is correct and balanced and meets Association standards. Contact members of AMHA local clubs and speak to them about what is involved in owning a Miniature horse.
Utilize AMHA resources
In addition to the Breeders and Trainers Directory, AMHA produces other resources for locating Miniature Horse breeders and horses. The official AMHA magazine, Miniature Horse World, is filled with colorful advertisements and features. And the AMHA website, www.amha.org, contains a wealth of information and photos as well as a list of sponsor farms, clubs and businesses. AMHA-approved shows are another source for finding breeders and horses. Current lists of local shows can be found in MHW or on the Association website.
Ask the questions
Once you are interested in a specific Miniature Horse, be sure to ask questions of the owner and/or trainer. Ask about the horse's height, health history, level of training, previous use and why the owner is selling the horse.
Observe the horse
Check for signs of general good health and vitality. Note the horse's overall attitude and behavior. It is also a good idea to have a veterinarian perform a pre-purchase examination.
Check your paperwork
An American Miniature Horse (with both parents AMHA-registered and meeting all other requirements) is eligible for AMHA registration on a temporary basis immediately after birth and until the age of five years. AMHA-registered Miniatures are not eligible to receive permanent papers until they are three years of age and do not exceed 34 inches in height when measured in accordance with Association guidelines. Sale of an AMHA-registered horse should include a signed "Transfer Report and/or Bill of Sale" and the original Registration Certificate. Check to make sure you are purchasing the animal from the last recorded owner on the Registration Certificate and that the individual indeed matches the descriptions and pictures on that certificate. To become the recorded owner of your new Miniature, follow instructions provided on the "Transfer Report and/or Bill of Sale."
Membership matters! Stay abreast of Association and industry news and benefit from the many AMHA programs and advantages. And above all else…
Enjoy your American Miniature Horse!