Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Miniature Horses

Living in the 2 season climate of Santa Barbara, it's easy to see Spring in the flowering trees and greening mountains.  But in the horse country of the Santa Ynez Valley, just a 40 minute drive from Santa Barbara, Spring means the foaling season.  About a week ago, Marie and Deborah visited the Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch to see the newborn colts and fillies.  We learned that a miniature horse is not a pony, but a horse that has been bred for size over many generations - they cannot be taller than 34 inches from the base of their manes to the ground. So some dogs are bigger than these horses.  The ranch usually has about 30 foals born between April and June and we got to see twelve.  Two of them less than a week old.  Mostly they just sleep in the paddock near their moms but after a few minutes, suddenly a palomino colt jumped up and ran in circles as frisky as could be until mom chased him down.  Marie's comment? They are cute as the dickens. Quicksilver Ranch is open year round, from 10 am to 3 pm.  While you're in the area, take a look at the miniature donkeys in nearby Ballard at See In Spots Farm - they're open Wed through Sun 10 am - 3pm.. These little guys are personality plus.

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

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