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Mighty Minis

Super cute and smart, these small-fry equines come with mega-watt personalities

This adorable little foal was born at the Dent Ranch during 
this year’s foaling season.

This adorable little foal was born at the Dent Ranch during this year’s foaling season.

Famous for beautiful women, IKEA and the Spotify music service, Sweden is reveling in its latest pop culture star. He goes by Vinnie the Dreamer. Standing just 30 inches tall, the handsome chestnut miniature horse with a blonde mane and tail is starring in a wildly popular series of television ads for the ATG Swedish gaming company that returns profits to the equine sporting community. Young or old, few can resist the charm of the miniature horse.   

“He’s all the rage in Sweden,” says Johnny Dent, who bred the 6-year-old “mini” at his miniature horse ranch in west Vero Beach. “He narrates the TV spots. I’m told he learned to move his lips on cue when the trainer tapped his rear hoof. Some people actually think he can talk like Mister Ed. When they take him to the racetrack each week, he needs a bodyguard. He’s a rock star over there.” 

These pint-size horses tend to be very willing, sociable and extremely smart with big personalities. Not ponies, they have long slim legs in the same proportions as regular-sized horses — just smaller. Too little to ride, minis work eagerly when hitched to a cart, and they can pull four times their own weight.