The Horse Rider's Journal

Heart of Gold

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Back in the 1960s, the American horse breeder Ray Ely got famous when he developed the mini pony, “Baby Rembrandt”.
The Horse Rider’s Journal No.2

Our hearts skipped a beat when we dug into our archives and found the story of the Baby Rembrandts: A tiny horse that stole the hearts of American horse lovers in the late 1960s. The horse was bred by combining a small Mongolian horse with the Scottish Shetland pony, resulting in a tiny horse with wild fetlock hair and a calm temper not unlike that of the Icelandic horse. The mini horses weighed only 6 kilograms by birth and fully grown it would weigh 75 kilograms . The Baby Rembrandts were priced at almost €25.000 and the mini horses are still popular. Today they are often used as therapy animals and some of the minies are even able to carry a child on their back.•

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