This edition of adoptable horses at Horse Haven focuses on miniature horses and ponies, which have a number of functions. They teach children the basics of horse ownership, or act as a companions for horse enthusiasts who've grown too old to ride. Minis and ponies are great pasture ornaments or friends for other horses too.
After a year at Horse Haven, "Duke" is ready to go. The gelded 2 year old is good with other kids and minis and will make a great companion.
Sonja Cowsert with Horse Haven said, "A family with smaller children that have no interest in riding that just want a pet and groom on the pony he has lots of hair people can braid his main, it's real life my little pony and he doesn't mind at all."
If you'd prefer a mini for riding purposes, "Mighty Mouse" is a good bet.
Cowsert said, "My favorite part? His hair! His pretty hair. And he's nice for a 2 year old that was recently gelded he's very very sweet."
At 12 years old, "Annabelle" needs to gain a little weight and then she'll be ready to make her next and final stop. She trailers well and ties well, but it's unclear if she's broke to ride.
Cowsert said, "I think she would make somebody a very sweet pony she's very laid back but someone with experience needs to deal with her."
If you want something to ride that also loads and trailers well, 15 year old "Hattie" is another option. She has distinct markings on her face that appear as though someone applied eyeliner to her eyes.
Not only is she pretty, but once she gains more weight, she'll be a great pony for a child with adult supervision.
Cowsert said, "She's done a lot in her life and probably not all of it's been good so she needs a good loving home where she knows she'll stay."
"Pi" is looking for something similar. The 4 year old mare loves to be petted and groomed. She's broke to ride and is kid-safe.
Cowsert said, "Much like Hattie she's been through a lot in her short life and she deserves a really good home where she's safe."
"Mazey" is a 3 year old bay mare that should reach about 14 hands. She's not broke to ride yet, but has been shown in hand on the trail challenge. She'll make a great starter horse for an experienced rider.
Horse Haven's adoption day is September 14th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at their facility which is located at 2417 Reagan Road in Knoxville. Anyone who shows up will also be able to browse a tack sale on site.