Sunset at the ranch



Sunset at the ranch

Button - a miniature horseWebsites always start with a story so I will tell you mine… As I have aged, I’m currently pushing 60; I decided to do things that I loved and are fun, like owning a variety of livestock. But, as a fit but older woman, tackling large animals meant getting help to deal with them as needed and the risk of injury which might not be pretty. I love horses but worried about becoming an equestrian and the consequences of falling from 4-5 ft in the air. I solved that problem by collecting miniature horses that are every bit as horsey as their full sized cousins, just much much smaller. Also the guilt of not regularly exercising them made miniature horses a perfect choice. Pound for pound, these diminutive beasts are loving, smart and very even tempered as a breed. They are rarely spooky and seem to truly enjoy human contact. They take less space and for the feed of 1 regular horse, you can have 4 minis and still worry about over feeding them. Now that my grandchildren are in Alaska, I can devote myself to these cute little creatures and their horse breath and soft noses.

Three Shetland sheepBecause of the ample pasture space I have at my disposal, I needed to get something to compete with the horses for all the grasses and feed available as forage so I got a few sheep, then a few more and now it has grown to a small flock. The sheep too needed to be little so I hunted around for the smallest I could find and Voila I got started with Shetland sheep. These little fluff balls have stolen my heart and I have been very fortunate to find some that are truly tiny ones. Of course along the way I found a couple other smaller ones too (some Jacobs and a Babydoll).

In order to keep a reasonable balance on my burgeoning micro farm, I thought it necessary to offer my offspring to other micro livestock lovers and provide some useful information to those considering adding some of these animals to their lives.