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​Adoption Info

  • 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. 

Asspen and MolAsses
This mother and son combo are small standards. He is super friendly but she can take a little while to warm up. Adoption fee $500
Mr Jingles
Mr Jingles is an older guy who was recently castrated. He has been alone a long time and needed a lot of TLC when coming into rescue. He is available as an only child and is on a special diet. Will need an experience home but is a cute little man.
Sadie
Sadie 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
Willie
Willie is a young gelding around 4 years old. He is super friendly and enjoys being around people. His adoption fee is $300
Jericho
Jericho is a young boy that came in as part of a cruelty case. He is currently in rehab and will be available after training and castration. His adoption fee is $300
Jessie
Jessie is a pretty little filly that was part of a cruelty case. She is currently in rehab and will be available after training. Her adoption fee is $300
Jody
Jody was part of a cruelty case and is currently in rehab. She is pregnant and has some vision impairment. She will be available after rehab. Her adoption fee is $300
Joshua
Joshua 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
Josie
Josie was part of a cruelty case and is currently in rehab. She is pregnant and will be available after training. Her adoption fee is $300
Jamie aka Spoon
Jamie was part of a cruelty case and is currently in rehab. She is pregnant and getting friendlier by the day. She will be available as soon as she is out of training. Her adoption fee is $300
Janie
Janie was part of a cruelty case. She is currently in rehab and will be available after training. She is pregnant and her adoption fee is $300
sAssy
sAssy 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
Jester
Jester 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 hold
Lucky 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.
Boo
Boo 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
Dusty is a beautiful senior gelding. He can be timid at first but he knows you he is super sweet. His adoption fee is $300
Whisper
Whisper is a beautiful paint mare that had a rough past life. She is not sure of people yet but is trying her best. She will be available after rehab or to the right home with training contract. Her adoption fee will be $300 or ask us about our discounted adoptions with training contracts.
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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.

Due to the increasing number of covid cases in Tennessee, we won't be having any onsite visits unless it's for an approved applicant. We want to limit the exposure for our volunteers and families.
Since we are unable to have our monthly open houses, which are designed for those wanting to learn more about minis, please feel free to message us or email us (minirescuetn@gmail.com) with questions if you're not quite ready to adopt. We will gladly answer your questions and help you decide if minis are for you. Thank you for your understanding.

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Jester

Jester 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.