Wow… what a crazy weekend of prep and transport to bring these four wee equines into the Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary Foster Care Program.
We are supposed to be pulling fence at Little g Ranch in Wainfleet, but we had to take a break and rescue some mini horses. Special thanks to Megan for all her help in making this surrender a successful one! She’s our chief horse wrangler.
ONE: Annie – a stunning blue eyed mare who is a large (class B) mini horse – rideable – up to fifty pounds. At 14 years old she has lots to offer. She is very good natured, but is more comfortable if you ride her without a saddle. She’ll happily do whatever you ask in her simple halter and lead. She has foundered in the past and needs to have her hooves trimmed at regular intervals and needs to be kept off fresh grass.
TWO: Montana – This 14 year old mare is a former show mini horse who knows walk, trot, canter. She was neglected for a period of time, but is now thriving. She’s delightful and easy to handle.
THREE: Heidi – This wee tiny girl is smaller than Gus our big dog, but much sweeter. She’s a mini horse who is close to 20 years old and came from a prestigious line of mini horses. She’s a delightful little mare who seems to love everyone.
Four: …. and the young mini horse colt JB. This young man will be turning two in January 2016 and will be gelded (equivalent of dog neutering) December 2015. He has not been handled much and is a handful. He’ll need an experienced home at least for the next six months until those hormones settle down. He’ll certainly make a flashy cart mini horse!
Size is all about perspective, so here are some photos that give you a better idea of size. These mini horses are quite small and used more for pulling carts than riding. Although the medium sized Class B mini horses can be ridden by small children.
JB meeting Turtle and Autumn.
Splash is the appaloosa pony in the back held by Brent who is 6’3″ and in front of Splash is Montana and in front of Montana is Heidi. Love this picture!
Here is Brent with sweet Heidi… Brent is 6’3″ and not a little guy. Heidi’s head barely reaches his hip. She is a very wee mini horse.
From left to right is Annie, Montana and Heidi. They look normal sized, until you put them next to a regular sized horse…
Like our beautiful blind horse Splash.
The Difference between a Mini Horse and Pony:
The designation of miniature horse is determined by the height of the animal is usually less than 34–38 inches (86–97 cm) as measured at the last hairs of the mane, which are found at the withers. While miniature horses are the size of a very small pony, many retain horse characteristics and are considered “horses” by their respective registries. They have various colors and coat patterns.
Miniature horses are friendly and interact well with people. For this reason they are often kept as family pets, though they still retain natural horse behavior, including a natural fight or flight instinct, and must be treated like an equine, even if they primarily serve as a companion animal. They are also trained as service animals, akin to assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Miniature horses are also trained for driving, equine agility and other competitive horse show type events. Mini horses are considered too fragile to be ridden.
The Shetland pony is a breed of pony ranging in size from a minimum height of approximately 28 inches (7.0 hands; 71.12 cm) to an official maximum height of 11 hands (44 inches, 112 cm) at the withers (11.2 hands (46 inches, 117 cm) for American Shetlands). Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes.
Today, Shetlands are ridden by children and are shown by both children and adults at horse shows in harness driving classes as well as for pleasure driving outside of the show ring. Shetlands are ridden by small children.