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When looking for a smaller riding horse you will enter a controversy of is it a mini, a pony, or a horse. Even many mini breeders call there minis ponies, and pony breeders call their horses minis. The best way to truly get what you are looking for is by asking its hight! anything that is 36" and smaller is too small for riding or will be out grown quick. This is your AMHA and AMHR registered mini horses. 37" and above is your ASPC shetland ponies. The taller you get the longer your kids will be able to ride safely. But once you hit 15 hands (the normal measurement of a normal horse) you are in average horse hight.