myself that question many times before the miniatures captured my heart
and now it is so obvious to me!
First, they are wonderful companion animals. Their docile nature and
sweet personalities are so endearing.
But, one can have a dog and meet the same
need, right? Horses and dogs are very, very different. This partly stems
from the fact that one is a prey animal and one is a predator. They also
learn very differently. But, there is another whole world to minis.....
Proportionately, the Miniature is
quite possibly the strongest of all horses. It can pull twice
its own weight compared to a draft horse who can only pull
approximately half its own weight.
silly youngest daughter hooked a mare up to a wheelbarrow a few
weeks ago. She won't be doing this anymore, but I caught it on
Click here to see her pulling a wheelbarrow Jessie gets in
the wheelbarrow on the way back. At the very end of this video,
you can see the start of a wipeout. I ended that fun so now the
mare pulls her on her scooter.
If you live in the
mountains and like to hike, minis can make a wonderful pack
animal. Look at Scotty wonderfully outfitted and loved by
Michelle. He hauls our fish out the of backcountry for us.
He loves this job...he climbs like a goat and isn't afraid to
take anything on...from jumping logs to crossing creeks, even if
they are deep.
Many miniature horse owners love
to enter parades! Without trying, we won second overall in the
Surprise Arizona Memorial Day parade this year. I know it was
not because of any of us....the judges just could not resist the
charm of a miniature horse!
That charm delights both the young and the old. As a result,
many miniature horse owners bless others by using their horses
as therapy friends in nursing homes and in children's hospitals.
Click here to see our recent
visit to a nursing home.