© Pierre Laroche – Filmagri

Sacha Bertagnon with the miniature horse Dark ("So chic Miniatures")

Small, very small (less than 90 cm at the withers), the toy horse is no less a horse. This type of breed is experiencing some infatuation amongst young children and their parents, who see it as more of a pet (some are no bigger than a dog) than a horse. This trend reveals a new approach to the animal, which becomes a sort of living "plush" toy that children cuddle, care for, brush and groom. However, attention must be paid to the excesses of this approach. The needs of this animal remain the needs of a horse: room to run, proper nourishment, etc.