CRITERIA / STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE:
The Australian Miniature Pony is a small well proportioned pony; possessing good temperament, not exceeding 87cms and is free of hereditary unsoundness, exhibiting no vices, showing refinement and femininity in mares and boldness and masculinity in stallions. The pony should be robust enough to pull an adult in a small vehicle. The pony should also possess the characteristics recognized of a typical pony in miniature. In judging all factors being equal, preference could be given to the smaller size.
Temperament - The Australian Miniature Pony is highly intelligent, has a gentle and affectionate nature and requires firm but kind handling. AMPS® Ponies have gained many admirers through their regular public appearances at children's hospitals, school, retirement homes and functions.
Ears - Small to Medium Size
Head - Comparatively small. head well in proportion to the rest of the body; profile straight or slightly concave (dished) below eyes; comparatively small muzzle, round expressive eyes set well apart, comparatively short distance between eye and muzzle.
Teeth - Should meet evenly, no more than 3mm variation acceptable.
Neck - Lightly crested on mares and moderately crested on stallions. The length of the neck will be proportional to the body.
Body - Should have well sprung ribs, a generous girth, a slight natural curve in the back and a strong well rounded rump; the whole body shall present a picture of balance and shall be in proportion for the height. The body should not be coarse or overlong.
Legs - Straight, true and squarely set, straight sound flat bone, strong forearm, short cannon bone, strong sloping pasterns.
Action - Should be smooth showing free flexion of the joints without exaggeration.
Colour - All colours are acceptable.
Height - AMPS® Ponies must measure 87cm or under or 87.1cm - 91.5cm for Appendix, this is measured at the highest point of the wither by an offical measurer. The pony must stand naturally with head held in a natural position and all four hoofs standing squarely on the ground (not stretched)
1 Height over 87cms for Miniature Pony or over 91.5cms for Appendix Pony
3 Overshot or parrot mouth in excess of 3mm maximum
4 Monorchids or Cryptorchids in stallions.
5 Lock stifle, congenital cataract, nasal disease, malformation of genitals.