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Pint-sized horses,this is pine ridge farm in millington, home to world cha super-sized fun

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Pine Ridge Farm in Millington is home to world champion horses- miniature horses.

The most important thing for you to know about these pint-sized creatures, says Martha Gale, "One mistake people make is trying to treat them like dogs."

Gale, who breeds and shows mini horses says you have to remember, in the wild, horses are usually prey to other animals, so their instinct is to be a little wary of anyone or anything strange.

"They have flight instincts, and they will run from things they are afraid of. And they don't like to be trapped in corners, because they don't want to be someone's prey."

But, at the same time, mini horses are sweet, gentle, and quite lovable, she adds, "You can work with them and socialize them. And sometimes we carry the babies around and- yes- cuddle on them."

If you are going to get a mini horse, you should probably consider getting two because these wild spirits do not like to be alone. Gale reminds, they are herd animals, "Getting a miniature horse and not having any other animals, like horses or goats with them, that would be a very lonely existence."

These little guys are sized in two classes- under 34 inches, and between 34 and 38 inches, which is about as tall as they will get.

Some people do bring them into their homes, Gale says, or at the very least, to public and indoor places, "They're becoming more and more popular as therapy and service animals. Their size makes that an option. And then their age- they have an average lifespan of 25 to 35 years."

Before you rush out and find a new, equine bestie, you better do your research. Make sure they are legal where you live, and make sure you have a good place for them to roam; although minis don't exactly need rolling countryside.

"They don't need a lot of space, but they do need confinment that they can't get out of, because they can get out of very small spaces," Gale says.

You can spend anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars on a mini horse, and they cost about 12-hundred a year in feed and care.

Gale suggests finding a reputable breeder who can help you and your buddy start your life together.

They may look kid-sized but Gale assures me, miniature horses are the horse for any age. They make great comanion for just about anyone.

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