Must be 18 years or older and must be adopting for themselves or their immediate family.
We have a no breeding clause.
Mares and jennies will not be adopted to a home with stallions or jacks.
Gelding will occur before adoption or as soon as physically able
We ask for several references as well as a vet reference.
Our site visits are simple... we are looking for safe fencing, access to some sort of shelter, fresh water and limited pasture.
Miniatures cannot be housed with full sized horses due to increased risk of injury to either the mini or large horse because of the size difference between the two.
Minis will be adopted in pairs unless the new family already has a mini.
Adoption fees may vary but are normally $250 for ponies (over 40"), $300 for miniature horses, and $300 for miniature donkeys. We do reduce adoption fees for pairs and multiples
Since we do not have the history on all mares they can occasionally be pregnant when adopted. The foal must be adopted after birth (there is no fee for this) or returned to the rescue when weaned.
We do offer transport within a five hour radius. Cost is $2/mile one way.
Snow BallSnow Ball is a 20 year old silver black pony. We believe he was used for breeding in the past and kept isolated. He is extremely friendly and great with people but will need to be an only child. He may get along with goats or other small farm animals but even castrated he is not doing well with other ponies/minis. His adoption fee is $250
Dusty, Bonnie, Chester TrioThis sweet trio of seniors have been together their whole lives. They lead, tie and are well behaved for the farrier though Dusty can be hard to catch at first. They need limited access to pasture especially in the spring and fall as their feet show evidence of laminitis in the past. They are available as a trio only, adoption fee is $550
Fred and BarneyFred and Barney are two senior brothers who have been together their entire lives. They are in their mid 20s and very sweet. They will be available to a home once they have put on some weight. They will need a senior diet the rest of their lives. They will be perfect for a family not ready for a 30+ year commitment and wants some ponies who have been there and done that attitudes.
sgt pepper PENDINGSgt Pepper is a senior stallion currently on medical hold. He will be available after castration recovery and theraputic trimmings
strudelStrudel is Pop Tart's son and was born in rescue. He is looking for a forever home that will raise him right. He will need an easy going adult mini to be his friend and would love to have his brother Mimosa as well.... his adoption fee is $300
MimosaMimosa is Muffin's son and was born in rescue. He is looking for a forever home that will raise him right. He will need an easy going adult mini to be his friend and would love to have his brother Strudel as well.... his adoption fee is $300
Muffin PENDINGMuffin is an extremely sweet, middle aged mare. She is very well behaved and enjoys attention. She does have a club foot that will require a knowledgeable farrier. She needs quiet companions that will not pick on her. Her adoption fee is $300
Pop TartPop Tart is a young pony mare that is absolutely stunning. She does have some front feet tenderness due to lack of care before coming into rescue. She is currently sound in boots but we believe she can be barefoot soon. We do not recommend her for small children as she can be dificult at times. She would prefer quiet adults and she does very well if she trusts you.
Her adoption fee is $250
Lucas Pair with BeauLucas is a very handsome boy. He is super well behaved on the halter and for the farrier. He can be shy at first. With his own people he should come out of his shell. He is available with Beau, pair adoption fee $500
Beau pair with LucasBeau is super friendly and just stunning. His best friend is Lucas. The boys are available as a tpair only, the adoption fee is $500 for the pair.
Fiat pendingFiat is a young gelding that was taken from a cruelty case in West Tennessee. He has recovered physically and his weight is almost perfect. However, he does have trust issues and will need a quiet home with no small children. Adoption fee $300
MarsMars is a Welsh style C pony who is a stunning silver bay. He has two partially blue eyes which add to his good looks. Not only is he a beautiful boy, he is quite friendly. He will need to go to a home with no mares or only mares - right now he is a bully to other boys when girls are around. His adoption fee is $250
Calamity Jane (CJ)CJ is a beautiful B sized mini. She was strickly a brood mare before coming to rescue. She is blind in one eye and can be protective of her bad side. She will need a home with no small children. Her adoption fee is $300
Little DebbieLittle Debbie is a teen age mini. She is super tiny. She is friendly but has an eye injury that has caused blindness on her left side. She can be spooky when approached on her blind side, no small children. Sept her adoption fee is $300
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you not adopt donkeys as guardian animals?
We want our donkeys to be in a forever home because someone wanted a donkey not just a guardian. Most of the donkeys we receive in rescue are failed guardians. Donkeys by nature are territorial and will chase things out of the pasture. Unfortunately, donkeys also see calves, lambs and goat kids as unknown threats and may injure or kill them when they are born. As a prey animal, donkeys and miniatures especially, are at risk of injury from predators just as the other animals they are with. This is why we insist on predatory proof fencing.
What is wrong with adopting a single horse or donkey?
Everyone deserves to have a full and happy life that includes socializing with friends. All equines are social and live in small groups or herds. Donkeys will pair up and grieve if they lose their friend. Horses live in herds and do not feel safe living alone. Some horses will not even lay down to sleep if alone and this causes both physical and mental issues.
Where do all the rescues come from?
Most of our rescues are owner surrenders. People have situations come up in their life that makes it difficult or impossible to keep their animals. We accept owner surrendered miniatures to help provide a safe place for them as they find a new home. This helps prevent the chance of them going to auction. Horses and donkeys sell by weight and do get shipped to slaughter in both Canada and Mexico. Donkeys are also at risk of being sold just for their hides as the demand in China grows for “medicinal” use.
What can minis be used for?
We do not adopt out miniatures for riding because they are not built for it. Bred down from Shetland ponies, minis are built to pull. Their first jobs were pulling carts of coal through mines too small for regular horses and ponies. Another fun thing you can do with your miniature is in hand jumping and obstacle courses. Of course, just enjoying the companionship of your mini is all you really need to do.
Do you have miniatures for therapy?
Most people searching for horses to train for therapy want tiny minis or dwarfs. We rarely get minis that small unless they have issues that have caused them to be in rescue in the first place. Many small minis have issues with their leg joints, teeth and mobility. If you are looking for a small mini for therapy, please let us know anyway, we may know of another rescue that has just who you are looking for.
What are the most common issues with miniatures and donkeys?
Too much pasture is the biggest contributor of health issues for both minis and donkeys. They should not be on large pastures and donkeys should never be fed sweet feeds. Taking loving care of your mini's weight and maintaining their feet and teeth will go a long way towards letting them reach their potential life span of 30 plus years.