We found this tiny little guy at Elkhart horse auction on 6-6-2020. He was made to carry around a child way too big for him, and he really struggled. Awful! We noticed right away that he had something wrong with his back leg. We felt like he would surely become severely injured on a kill buyer's trailer stuffed on with full sized horses. We decided we were going to do what it took to win the bid, and get him examined by a vet.
We won the bid and had our quarantine provider, Melanie Witherspoon, pick him up and take him to her professional quarantine facility. The vet was called out to examine our new little guy. The vet found him to be healthy and friendly. The vet said that our little boy had two injuries, one that would heal and one that would not, sadly. His back was very sore, from carrying the heavy child and his leg.....The vet said that his rear leg had been broken in the past and was not braced or treated by a vet, healing crookedly on its own. The vet did not feel that he was hurting in any way, and probably wouldn't under light activity, It was advised that we limit his activity level so that he may remain free of pain and not put strain on his leg.
We named this sweet little guy Buckwheat.
Buckwheat remained healthy in quarantine and arrived at our rescue on 7-29-2020. My oh my what an adorable little guy he is! Absolutely huggable and lovable! We could see right away, his crooked leg, and understood why the vet felt Buckwheat's activity should be limited. We built little Buckwheat his own corral next to the other miniature horses so he could be near them but not be injured by them. We absolutely love Buckwheat. He is such a sweet boy, loves people and is just wonderful, He will be with us in Sanctuary for the rest of his days,