Who doesn't find miniature horses and little ponies absolutely adorable? We most certainly do! We feel very sorry for these tiny tots that end up at auctions and kill pens. When purchased by kill buyers, they get stuffed into stock trailers with full sized horses and get injured. It doesn't get any better when they arrive at the kill pens; they get shoved in with full sized horses and get beat up and starved down. Those that are not lucky enough to get saved, are sold by the kill pens to feed the carnivores at zoos. We try to help as many of these tiny ones as we can.
We saw Woody at Elkhart horse auction on Saturday August 24, 2021. We had decided to help a pony with a bad sunburn and a horrible infestation of worms but someone else won the bid for more money that we had collected to help a horse that night. Our bidder went and check to see which other little horse needed saving that night and found Woody. It is said that Woody is 4 years old and is 33" tall. Woody was a good boy in the auction ring, carrying around a child that was much too big for him and packing a bit in his mouth that was for large horses. We fortunately won the bid and hired transport to bring Woody to quarantine nearby in Dale. Woody is a sweet boy, and beautiful too.. We are hoping he can leave quarantine in 45 days and join the rest of the PRRHR miniature horses herd.
We saw Buzz at an east Texas kill pen on August 28, 2021 and decided we would help him when it appeared no one else was going to step in to help him before he shipped to slaughter or back into the slaughter pipeline. He is a cute little 35' miniature horse gelding, said to be 4 years old. Buzz arrived at the quarantine location in Dale with a mustard yellow snotty nose. We were sad to see that he is sick. Buzz will stay in quarantine until he gets well. Don't worry, he is not alone, he is in quarantine with Woody, who also arrived last week. They became instant friends and seem to be enjoying each other's company. Buzz and Woody are about 10 minutes away from the rescue and we will be checking on them twice a day, even though they are in excellent hands.
On a Saturday night, we were watching the Elkhart horse auction walk thru and we spotted little Benny. Benny looked to be only about 4 months old and he appeared to be alone in the group of horses sharing the corral he was in. We noticed that a black and white miniature mare was watching over Benny and keeping the boy horses away from him. We really wanted to help Benny, and when we saw the black and white mare, whom we have named Veronica, taking care of Benny, we decided we needed to try and help her too. There must have been some flack from people seeing Bennie and who heard a mare calling to him, because the auction put Benny's mom in the auction ring with him and sold them together instead of selling them separately. We felt sorry for this group of 3, and we bid to keep them from being bought by a kill buyer. Thankfully we were able to win the bids on all 3. Veronica watches after Bennie as if he were her own baby and Heather, the strawberry roan momma, shares her baby boy with Veronica.
Thankfully none of the 3 got sick and are doing very well.
Benny is 6 months old now and needs to be weaned. He is fortunate that he can stay with his other mom Veronica as we separate Heather from Benny. It is time for us to feed Heather separately to help her milk dry up and to give her some added nutrition so she can regain her round figure.
We are happy to announce that Heather has an opportunity to go live with Wendy and Tulip in a wonderful home where she will want for nothing and have a life of love and leisure as a beautiful pasture pet. Thank you Betty for giving Heather a loving forever home.
Benny will remain with Veronica for several months.