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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 $400 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.
Ben AssflackBen Assflack is a newly castrated jack from a hoarding case. He is very friendly but still a little lean. He will be available at the end of July after he is completely healed from castration surgery His adoption fee is $300
CapriCapri is a wonderful little mule Super friendly and well behaved, she gets along with about any of the horses. Her adoption fee is $400
BrownieBrownie is a sweet bay mare. She is very friendly and will be beautiful when she fills out. Her adoption fee is $300
Kelpie - medical holdKelpie is a beautiful pinto mare with lacing markings. She is sweet and loves treats. She is currently on medical hold while she recovers from surgery.
Sprite - medical holdSprite is a small mini with some dwarf traits. She came in very malnurished and is currently on a medical hold as she rehabs. She is friendly and good for the farrier but does not know much about leading - she is very low on the totem pole and will need laid back friends who will be nice to her.
SadieSadie is a senior mini that is very well behaved. She is sweet and just a doll. She is low on the totem pole so she will need nice freinds in her pasture. Her adoption fee is $300
WillieWillie is a young gelding around 4 years old. He is super friendly and enjoys being around people. His adoption fee is $300
JoshuaJoshua came in as a wild boy and is now a sweet heart. He is doing well on halter training and for the farrier. He will only get better with time. His adoption fee is $300
sAssysAssy DolorAss is a young standard, wooly jenny. She is currently in a refeeding program and not yet available. When she is ready her adoption fee is $300
JesterJester is a senior pony who is completely blind. He is very sweet and loves treats. He will do best on a small paddock with no other horses. He will need an open shelter and no trees/clutter in his field.
Lucky foaling holdLucky is a beautiful chestnut mare. She is sweet but a little leary at first. She is pregnant but we are not sure her due date. She is available to an experienced home now adoption fee is $300.
BooBoo is a super sweet and unique little mare. She has wry mouth (a birth defect that makes her face look twisted) she also has only one eye. However, she is just perfect! Super friendly and good in a group - she is looking for her forever home. Adoption fee $300
Dusty - pair with BonnieBonnie and Dusty are a senior pair (mother and son). They are a little timid at first but once they know you are super sweet. They lead, tie and are good for the farrier. They would be a great pair for someone starting out. They have had laminitis in the past so limited pasture is very important for them to stay sound. Their adoption fee is $500 for the pair
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 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.
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.