1. Miniature Horse People are the Absolute Coolest
Because Glenn wants only "purposeful" animals on the farm, he started investigating the purpose of having a mini horse. And boy, was he blown away. Miniature horses can be fitted to a cart to lug around goods. Glenn is ready to buy a cart so we can dress up the children in pioneer clothing and have Smokey pull them around the center of town. People with mini horses can do things like that. We can also now wear "horse fashion." I bought this vest for myself:
And I bought this more masculine vest for Glenn:
2. Riding a Miniature Horse is Really Fun
Just ask Oliver. It is so, so fun. Oliver would eat and sleep while riding Smokey if we would let him.
Here is Oliver going "hands-free."
And in this video, Oliver completes his first jump on a horse!
3. Don't F*** with A Mini Horse
Smokey is a bad ass. Don't eat his apple; he will bite your back. Don't try to walk by him when he is trying to steal grain; he will kick the crap out of you. Lotta and the goats have learned Smokey is in charge. Here is a picture of Smokey meeting the pasture animals for the first time. He was trying to give off his best stallion vibe.
4. Smokey's Stuff Makes for Hours of Entertainment
Smokey's penis has often become the topic of conversation since he moved in. Oliver will say to me, "Smokey has his penis out. He needs some privacy." or "He's waving with it, Mommy!" I have to admit, sometimes it's hard for me to divert my eyes. Especially when he is waving at me with it.
5. Miniature Horses Need A Lot of Attention
Horses need much more time and care than goats and alpaca. Grammy and Oliver brush Smokey every day and clean out his hooves before Oliver rides. Smokey is like a child; his behavior must be monitored at all times. Don't buy a horse unless you are ready to spend hours in the pasture. So far, we are loving the excuse!