Mighty Mini Horses Strut Their Stuff
OCALA - They may be small but they are mighty.
The horse capital of the world showcased some its tiniest equestrian competitors.
TV20's Stephanie Bechara shows us how a group of Miniature Horses are getting ready to compete.
"I loved big horses... I rode but it started getting just a little too boring and I saw these little guys, I saw how much personality they have and I fell in love," said Jessica Tamboe.
Tamboe owns what may look like a pony to some...
But these full-size grown adults are actually miniature horses.
Some like Charlene Eisenmenger, owner of CoverGirl Miniatures, says these little guys shouldn't be underestimated.
"They're even using them for service animals now because they're smaller and they live longer then the dogs," Eisenmenger said.
Breeder Donna Lavery says these mini horses are cheaper to maintain then regular-sized horses.
"They eat a lot less, they poop a lot less, so there's a lot less to clean up after," Lavery said.
Sunday afternoon miniature horse owners and breeders got together at the Ocala Equestrian Center for their "Last Chance" Miniature Horse Show.
Gary Owen, Orange Blossom Mini Horse Club president, says there's a reason behind the name.
"We call it our "Last Chance" show, it's the show for people to qualify for the world show," Owen said.
Those with the most points will make the cut to the American Miniature Horses World Championships.
The American Miniature Horse Association is the world's leading American Miniature Horse registry with more than 200,000 minis.
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