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A horse (of any size) is a horse, of course

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

"Good things come in small packages." It's an old expression that rings particularly true for Corey Hatfield, an 18-year-old trainer and breeder of miniature horses from Red Bud, Ill.

Hatfield stopped at the Brazil home of his great-aunt, Juanita Zanders, on his way back from the World Championship Show in Columbus, Ohio, where his black stallion, Tucker's Jesse James (pictured), was named reserve champion. Corey allowed Jesse and two other horses to stretch their legs and sample the native vegetation (read: Great Aunt Juanita's lawn) before heading home.

A full-grown adult, Jesse James stands 33 and one-half inches high at the shoulder, around the average height for the diminutive breed, Hatfield said.

According to Hatfield, miniature horses are selectively bred to achieve a small but proportional representation of their larger cousins.

At Sugar Lake Farm, the Hatfields' Red Bud breeding facility, Corey, his sister Megan and their parents breed and sell about 15 miniature horses each year.

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