Miniature Horse Show Highs and Lows

Horse and Wragler compete in the Minature Horse Show at the 2010 Sheridan County Fair this past weekend.
Horse and Wragler compete in the Minature Horse Show at the 2010 Sheridan County Fair this past weekend.

Miniature Horse Show Brings Out the Best and Worst of Participants

There were tantrums, angry outbursts, and just plain ol’ hard-headedness, but all of it didn’t come from the horses.  The Miniature Horse Show was held Saturday afternoon at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds, and some of the little wranglers had their hands full.  Call it a case of the “Nervous Nellies”, but sometimes those midget horses just wouldn’t perform for their 4-H handlers.

4-H Horse Superintendent Brenda Caiola knows the disappointment.

Miniature horses must measure less than 38 inches from withers to the ground and are too small to be ridden, so the 4-H kids ran with their haltered horses through a course with 6-8 jumps and then another course showing off the kids’ horse handling abilities. Those included backing up, stepping across a bridge, and turning a three-sixty in an enclosed area. 

Sheridan County is only one of two or three counties statewide that provide a separate class for showing miniature horses in 4-H.

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