Standard of Perfection
Impression: A small, sound, well-balanced
horse, possessing the correct conformation
characteristics required of most breeds,
Refinement and femininity in the mare. Boldness
and masculinity in the stallion - the general
impression should be one of symmetry, strength,
agility and alertness. Since the breed objective
is the smallest possible perfect horse,
preference in judging shall be given the smaller
horse, other characteristics being approximately
Must measure not more than 34 inches at the
withers, at the last hairs of the mane.
In proportion to length of neck and body. Broad
forehead with large prominent eyes set wide
apart. Comparatively short distance between eyes
and muzzle. Profile straight or slightly concave
below the eyes. Large nostrils. Clean, refined.
Medium in size. Pointed. Carried alertly with
tips curving slightly inward.
Throat-Latch: Clean and well defined
allowing ample flexion at the poll.
Flexible, lengthy, in proportion to body and
type and blending smoothly into the withers.
Long, sloping and well angulated, allowing a
free-swinging stride and alert head/neck
carriage. Well-muscled forearm.
Well muscled with ample bone and substance.
Balanced and well proportioned. Short back and
loins in relation to length of underline. Smooth
and generally level top-line. Deep girth and
flank. Trim barrel.
Hindquarters: Long, well-muscled hip,
thigh and gaskin. Highest point of croup to be
same height as withers, Tail set neither
excessively high or low, but smoothly rounding
Set straight and parallel when viewed from front
or back. Straight, true and squarely set, when
viewed from the side with hooves pointing
directly ahead. Pasterns sloping about 45
degrees and blending smoothly, with no change of
angle from the hooves to the ground. Hooves to
be round and compact. Trimmed as short as
practicable for an unshod horse. Smooth, fluid
gait in motion.
Any color or marking pattern, and any eye color,
is equally acceptable. The hair should be
lustrous and silky.