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Where Second Hand Minis Give First Class Love 

We do believe in humanly euthanizing when certain criteria has been met: if there is no quality of life, the miniature is terminal, or suffering. However, some horses are not adoptable immediatly or will require special care the rest of their lives, what then?

  • What to do with a miniature that can have a happy life with the right balance of care and maintenance?

  • What to do you do with a miniature that could get hurt during horse play in a “normal” healthy herd? 

  • Is it ethical to euthanize a happy animal just because it needs special care for an extended time or may never be considered adoptable?


More and more rescue miniatures need specialized care for a period of recovery or the rest of their lives. So what happens to them? What is the answer?


 The solution to this dilemma is simple, a sanctuary program has been created for our most “delicate” ones. In the sanctuary program, they can either recover to be adopted at a later date or become a permanent resident. 

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Help us care for the sanctuary minis by becoming a monthly donor: 

Current Sanctuary Horses 


Twighlight has a cleft pallet that makes her unadoptable. She a cute and sassy little girl. She loves Anne Bonny and doesn't want her to have anyother friends. 

Delilah is completely blind. She is best friends with Goliath and Wren who help her get around.

Wren has a spinal deformity that she was born with that makes her vulnerable to injury. Goliath has mobility issues that require chiropratic maintenance. She is a wild mustang at heart and he is a cuddle bug. 


Anne Bonny is our pirate girl. She had a wire injury that was not treated and lost part of her leg. When she came to ETMHD she was in very bad condition. Now she runs with the prosthetic and homemade support. 


Bunny is the sweetest pony mare. She was foundered for so long it deformed her back end and she has some mobiiity issues. She is Bonny's soul sister and BFF


King Arthur came to ETMHD with his feet so foundered they were almost upside down. After several surgeries he can now run and get around at the rescue. He has to have medical maintenance and a special diet. He LOVES Anne Bonny - sometimes too much . 

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