Hi everyone! My name is Lightning and I've been at the park for 11 years. I'm a 16 year old miniature liver chestnut mare and I came to the park as a rescue with my mom, Tina. My mom isn't here anymore, but I have her picture in my stall along with her stall sign.
My mom had problems with her stomach and with things she ate, which is why she isn't here anymore. My people who take care of me say I have the same issues, but I just don't realize it! I have my own special grain and I have to wear this thing called a grazing muzzle when I'm out in the grass field so I don't eat too much. I don't mind it, because I know it keeps me healthy! Actually, all miniature horses like me have problems where they can't eat too much or they can't eat certain foods. This is why I'm not allowed to take any food from visitors.
Anyway enough about my diet-- I'm friendly and if I poke my head out of my stall, I would love to be pet! I love to run and I'm so smart that I know what "walk", "trot" and "canter" mean. I'm very happy here and I love quiet, soft and slow movements from people. If someone is loud and moves their hands around a lot, I get very scared. My people are also training me to pull a cart like my sisters! I'm doing pretty well if I say so myself, although I'm not too sure if my sisters are happy about it. Who says you can't teach an old horse new tricks? Thank you for visiting!
Tina was Lightning's mother and sadly passed away on September 25, 2015 from the sickness Colic. She had many issues with her digestive system and her diet had to be monitored extremely closely. Tina will always be remembered at the park and by visitors who loved her. She was definitely the queen of the barn! Her stall sign with her name on it and her picture are hung on the back wall of Lightning's current stall as a reminder Tina will always be with us.
Tina's passing is also something we want our park visitors to be aware of to spread the importance of not feeding our animals--miniature horses are extremely fragile with their diet and many foods will make them sick, including grass, apples, or carrots. Situations such as Tina's are devastating and these animals are family.
Hey guys! I’m Hazel and I’m the smallest miniature horse here. I'm a nine year old miniature chestnut mare. I’m affectionate and love to be pet. Sometimes when I’m laying down my people will come over and pet me until I just fall asleep…what an awesome life I have! I love to pull the cart as exercise, too. Actually, I’m so good that my people let the camp kids learn how to drive with me one summer and I was able to give rides to people at our Fall Festival! It was hard work, but that’s what I’m bred for. Miniature horses were used to pull carts in coal mines, and because of our small yet strong bodies, we were perfect for it. I have a funny, goofy personality and I love my home!
Hello! My name is Lacey and I’ve been at the park for over a year now. I'm a nine year old miniature paint mare. I came with my sister, Hazel, because Lightning needed some new friends so she wouldn’t be alone. We horses do better in herds than by ourselves, and Hazel and I were up for the challenge to come live with Lightning. Now that Hazel and I are settled into our new home, we love all the space we have to run around. I don't always enjoy being pet, so it's best to give me my space. Sometimes when my people are lunging me and Lightning at the same time, I like to race her to try to prove I’m faster! I also really love to pull the cart. My people trained Hazel and I and worked with us for a long time, although sometimes I just get too excited and want to go, go, go! Thanks for visiting my home!