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Horse and Rider|Spring 2021
A tiny equine with big ears is just what this family needed.

Several years ago, my husband and I decided to get back into horses. We purchased a wonderful mare named Kiowa who was perfect for our needs. She’s been a blessing in our lives and is a true member of the family.

Though we’re lucky to board her only about a mile from our home, I always dreamed of raising our children on horse property. I value the life lessons that animals naturally provide, and I wanted my children to learn about taking care of a creature who’s dependent on them. Most of all, I wanted to allow my children the opportunity to develop the same type of special bond with animals that my heart has treasured from a young age.

After a few years of owning Kiowa, we finally decided it was time to get an equine to keep at home. We live on roughly an acre, which, while not quite enough space to keep a full-sized horse, is plenty of room for some minis. So, Willow the miniature horse officially joined the family! An incredibly social animal, she loved spending time with her human herd and wanted to be with us as much as possible. Seeing how much she thrived on social interaction, we knew we had to find her a companion.

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