The minis arrived at the kill buyer pen much the same way as Maverick had. They had travelled through a series of auction yards in Oklahoma over a number of months, to finally arrive in Texas on their way to Mexico.
Ann was referred to Cyndi at 3 Sisters Equine Refuge by her veterinarian, when she mentioned considering a mini for a companion horse to her remaining gelding, after losing her beloved gelding Cody to colic. Cyndi was coincidentally in the process of trying to save five minis from the same auction as Maverick. She linked Ann up with couple of short videos posted by the auction yard. So, to honor the passing of Ann’s gelding Cody, Ann also took a leap of faith and by that afternoon, Maverick and the Minis (as we called our new rock group) were secured and pulled from the kill pen!
We were all so excited! They rested for a week or so, at a place known to 3S before their long journey to Oregon! We were so grateful to all those in the loop to make this happen!
The big moment for Cyndi is always removing the number they hot glue onto their tails. The minis were quarantined 30 days. Between 3S, Ann and volunteers, the minis received antibiotics twice a day, some healthy food, some love and hope. They arrived wild and scared, but with daily attention and care they slowly began to trust. Ann named them JourneyBruce and Percy. They were both studs, and were no more than three years old. Babies!
It’s been one year already and the mini’s have completely blossomed. Ann is a dog trainer who uses Clicker Training for her dogs, and so she began Clicker Training her minis too! Applying those techniques, the minis have learned husbandry behaviors, tricks, and are being trained to pull a cart, all at liberty, through positive reinforcement. Our highlight this year was JourneyBruce being in our veterinarians wedding! These guys are now confident, willing, and smart. They are always at the gate ready to play those games we play, while bringing great joy to Ann.