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EUSAM - The Breed:                                  American Miniature Horse


General impression


A small, well-balanced horse, with proper construction characteristics as prescribed by most races - refinement and femininity in the mare, boldness and masculinity in the stallion. The overall impression should be one of symmetry, strength, agility and alertness. Because the breed aims to be as small as possible perfect horse, with inspections preference is given to the smaller horse when other characteristics are about equal.




May not exceed 34 inches (= 86.4 cm) on the basis of the last hairs of the mane ( AMHA )

and may not exceed 38 inches (= 96 cm) on the basis of the last hairs of the mane ( AMHR )

ASPC horses, not exceed 42 inches (= 106 cm) are allowed to come to the shows, but are not allowed into the keuring (license test Eusam)



In proportion to the length of neck and body. Broad forehead with large, prominent, widely-spaced eyes. Comparatively short distance between eyes and nose. Profile straight or slightly hollowed below the eyes. Large nostrils. Pure formed, refined nose. Bite.



Medium size. Pointed. Alert worn with the points slightly bent inwards.


Head-neck connection

Pure formed and turned, offering sufficient space for bending.



Flexible, rather long in proportion to body and type and smooth to the withers.



Long, sloping and well angulated, such that a free swinging stride and alert head / neck posture is possible. Well muscled forearm.



Well muscled, with plenty of bone and substance. Balanced and well proportioned. Short back and loins in relation to the length of the underline/cast. Flat, horizontal top line. Deep lower chest and flanks. Slender chest.



Long, well muscled hip, thigh and shank. Highest point of croup at the same height as withers. The tail is not excessively high or low, but fluid from the body.



Straight and parallel from the front as well as from behind. Viewed from the side straight, square standwith hooves pointing straight forward. The pasterns are clear about the need and make an unbroken angle of about 45 degrees to the ground. Round and compact hooves, trimmed as short as possible for an unshod horse. In movement flowing motion.



Every color, markings and eye color is permitted. The hair should be shiny and silky.




EUSAM Breeding and Examination requirements



Article 1: General regulations

Article 2: Membership

Article 3: Termination of membership

Article 4: General obligations members

Article 5: Breeding requirements

Article 6: Governing board and General meeting

Article 7: Elections and appointments

Article 8: Official announcements

Article 9: Organization of the association

Article 10: Final provisions


Article 1 - General regulations

The board of the association draws the rules and regulations. The rules and regulations are ratified by the general meeting. The rules and regulations cannot be in violation with the law, even where it does not contain mandatory law, nor with the bylaws.


Article 2 – Membership

Membership of the association can be requested by written application to the secretary. For this, the completed and signed application form, which is available through the website, is being send/faxed in and the contribution paid for. In case the applicant is under eighteen (18) years, the application needs to be co-signed by a parent or legal representative.

Application for membership of the association also implies that the candidate agrees to the AMHA rulebook and endorses this.

Membership of the AMHA is a recommendation.

Members can read and/or download the bylaws and rules and regulations at the EUSAM website or obtain it at the EUSAM secretary.

A change of address needs to be made known to the secretary in writing.

The association has:

a. Ordinary members;

b. Family member;

c. Youth members;

d. Honorary members;

e. Members of merit;

f. Supporting members;

g. Sponsors.

A member is youth member up to and including the year the member turns 18 years of age.

Only members of 18 years and over have voting rights in a meeting. So Youth members do not have voting rights.

Supporting members receive information on all events and the quarterly newsletters for a fixed annual fee. They do not have voting rights.

Sponsors do not have voting rights; they support the association financially with a minimum of € 25,00 per year.

Members are obliged to pay an annual contribution, the amount of which will be decided by the general meeting for the members and the minimum sponsorship amount according to the provisions in article 6 of the bylaws.

The invoice for the membership fee is sent in November of each year, and is due to be paid by January 1st of the following year. If payment is not received a reminder will be sent, plus the cost of reminding i.e. € 5,00. If payment is not received, the membership ends by February 1st of that year. If one however decides to become member again later that year, the membership fee will be doubled to compensate the administration, reminders etc. So the membership fee will then be, for that remaining year, € 100.00.

If the membership is ended correctly, renewal of the membership is possible after one year. If the membership is resumed at any given time in the first year, a full year membership fee has to be paid.

Honorary members, sponsors and supporting members are exempted from payment of the annual contribution. Sponsors and supporting members have their own rate for a year, which has to be paid for annually.


Article 3 – Termination of membership

When a member wishes to end the membership of the association, the secretary needs to be notified of this in writing after all financial obligations have been met. Termination of the membership can only occur at the end of the association year, with a notice of 2 months.


Article 4 - General obligations members

A member is obligated to proper behavior before, during and after a show/examination/ clinic/assembly and if necessary contribute to and assist in maintaining order.

Members refrain from any kind of sexual behavior or sexual advances towards other members, either verbally, none verbally or physical, intentionally or indirect, which are being experienced by the addressed person as unwanted or enforced. The board will look into the matter and address the member concerned. If the behavior is repeated, the membership is terminated immediately

A member is obligated to take care of the wellbeing of all horses at all times. When a member is in conflict with these obligations, sanctions will follow; this may lead to removal from the showground.

Discrimination is not allowed and will be discussed by the board in the board meeting with as penalty, disclosing.

Hereditary defects and possible defects must be reported by the owner to the registration office there for you can use the form identification & registration.

Any non-member taking part in a show/event organised by the EUSAM has to be aware of the up bylaws/rules and regulations as they are drawn up, and agree to them.

Each horse taking part in a show/examination organized by the EUSAM must have a horse passport; this passport has to be produced upon request.

Each horse taking part in a show/examination organized by the EUSAM needs to be in good health. Official proof of full inoculation against influenza must be provided prior to the show/clinic/examination/assembly. The last inoculation may not be due for renewal before or on the day of the event.


Article 5 – Breeding requirement

Breeding registration

a. Stallion owner has to send in his breeding registration before January first.

b. For each stallion he has to do the breeding registration.

c. For registration, the form has to be send to the EUSAM registration office.


Foal registration

a. The foal can be registered as the breeding certificate is sent in time.

b. The stallion must be qualified for breeding.

c. Hereditary defects and possible defects must be reported by the owner.


Studbook registration

a. A mare can be registered in the studbook as she has AMHA papers, max 34” measured at the last mane

hair, veterinary approved and full American or EUSAM registered.

b. A stallion can be registered in the studbook as he has AMHA papers, max 34” measured at the last mane

hair, veterinary approved and full American or EUSAM registered.

c. From the stallion we have to know Dam and Sire.


Article 6 – Governing board and General meeting

The governing board is charged with managing the association.

Board meetings will be held as often as the president or a minimum of three board members consider necessary.

The president decides on time and place of the board meetings. These can also be held by computer. The president is charged with the general management and is on absence being replaced by a vice president appointed by the governing board, who during this deputizing carries all the rights and obligations of the president.

In a board meeting no legal decisions can be taken if not a minimum of half the number of appointed board members are present. In such a case the subject will be placed on the agenda for the next meeting, in which a decision can be taken regardless the number of board members present.

No decision can be taken on subjects that have not been place on the agenda, unless a majority of at least two-thirds of the number of board members decides otherwise.

Each board member has one vote.

A general meeting is convened by the governing board once (1 time) a year; the members will be notified of this in writing according to the provisions in article 14 of the bylaws.


Article 7 - Elections and appointments

All elections and appointments for a function within the association occur from recommendations and if needed voting and re-voting. When more than one vacancy needs to be filled, recommendations need to be submitted for each vacancy separately.

Each candidate for the functions referred to in clause 1 has to be a member of the association, but may not be a member of the governing board of a suchlike association, club or studbook.

Each recommendation must be submitted in writing including a statement from the candidate that he/she will accept his/her possible election or appointment.


Article 8 - Official announcements

All announcements of which the bylaws or regulations dictate publication, those considered necessary by the board or general meeting and all executive decisions are included in the official announcements of the association.

The members receive the official announcements by e-mail and/or the newsletter.


Article 9–Organisation of the association

The governing board represents the association, according to article 6 of the bylaws.

The general board is selected by the general meeting according to article 6 of the bylaws.

The general board designates The governing board from its members according to article 6 of the bylaws

The governing board appoints the president of any committee, after approval of the General Meeting. For each committee a board member is designated responsible.

The committees consist of maximum three (3) adult persons, of which one (1) person functions as president, with the exception of any youth committee.

The secretary is partially responsible for the PR-policy and the internal and external communication of the association. For these activities a separate functionary may be appointed.

The cashier committee is appointed by the general meeting.

On the general boards accountability a separate functionary can be charged with the membership records.


Article 10 – Final provisions

Changes to the rules and regulations can only be adopted if the proposal is passed by the general meeting.

In all cases unforeseen by the rules and regulations, the governing board decides.

Each member of the association is supposed to be acquainted with the clauses in the rules of regulations.


Established/Approved in the general meeting


President , Secretary,

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