Just so you know, there is a difference between miniature horses and ponies. Don't ask me the difference because I really don't know, something I need to research. A few weeks ago though, Tbug and I were discussing miniature horses and ponies. She thought they were the same thing and I had to tell her they weren't. She said she wanted to see a miniature horse then.
Just so happens, my dad is friends with people who have some. How convenient! Saturday we loaded up in the truck and headed to their house, dad needed to deliver some papers for them anyway. Tbug got to see/pet her first miniature horse.
They've actually trained a team of driving miniatures, so they said they would hitch them up for us too. Tbug helped brush the babies off. They really aren't babies, one is 2 and the other is 3 or they are 3 and 4, Wayne couldn't remember off the top of his head. They are full brother and sister though.
Wayne built this cart for them. He even put a mirror in there so that he could see what was going on behind him. I was sitting in the cart taking pictures when Wayne went to hitch the horses to the cart. He went to pull the cart forward and couldn't figure out why it was heavier than when he pulled it out of the barn. We all got a good laugh out of that one :).
And they're off.
This team of miniatures are special because they are so similar in size and color markings. Typically that's what you want in a team of horses.
Hubby, my dad and I even got to go for a ride. It was pretty darn relaxing!
Once we were back hubby and Tbug helped unhitch the horses and put them back in their pens.
Wayne has even made shoes for the team. These were made out of pony shoes which are a bit to big so he had to grind them down to make them fit the miniature horses.