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Introduction to Miniature Horses
In 1978, an artist friend, Barry Leighton Jones, asked if I would board a miniature horse stallion, Bucky, that his art gallery in Ft. Lauderdale had acquired to use for advertising. It was to be for just a few months until they found a permanent place. I had three quarter horse mares and only 3 1/2 acres of which my house took up half. I agreed to take Bucky until they found another place.
Bucky made himself right at home. Even though he was only 32" tall, he thought he should be with the big girls. When the mares were in at night, I would put Bucky out in the pasture. Well, eight months went by and I asked Barry about paying on the board bill and about finding Bucky a permanent place. After a board meeting at the gallery, I was informed that they were giving Bucky to me in lieu of paying the board and feed.
Well, out of the stall and into the back yard with the pool went Bucky, our new miniature horse. He preferred drinking out of the pool to his water bucket. He loved to sneak into the house and run to my daughter's room. He would literally plant all four feet when we tried to make him leave.
Bucky would keep himself occupied by playing with the dog. They would chase each other and drag each other around by the tail. It was quite a sight to see.
Bucky needed a friend of his own, so I
decided to find a miniature horse mare. It wasn't
easy because back then there were only
about 2,500 miniatures. It took a year and
a half to find April, a gray dapple mare.
Well, it was love at first sight and eleven
months later I had my first miniature foal. I
was hooked! Miniature foals are so cute,
especially when they are only about 16" tall,
weigh about 18 pounds; lay in my arms,
suck on my finger, and fall asleep with their
head on my shoulder. How could it get any