All ponies and Minis have been sold!

We lost Judy in August 2016. She is now running free.
Crescents Judy

Sire: Fishers Master Mickey
Dam: Fishers Jody
05/04/1986    AMHA/AMHR Palomino, 32.5"



    

Judy’s Story
Judy came into our lives in 2006 at the tender age of 20. She was part of a huge dispersal sale from a farm in Wisconsin that was dumping about 40 head of their horses (mostly older mares that could no longer reproduce), at a sales barn. No one bid on her. The auction house had guaranteed a minimum amount for each animal, so they “bought” her. She and many of her companions were headed for slaughter. Someone, however, saw the big, beautiful brown eyes of this little palomino mare and decided she needed another chance. (Could that someone be named Stan?) We certainly didn’t need one more mouth to feed, but eventually I succumbed as I usually do when there is a horse involved and Judy joined the ever growing herd of Minis at the farm. That said, the price certainly wasn’t free, and we paid more for her than some youngsters going through the sale that had a whole lifetime ahead of them.
Judy, of course, thrived on the HS-35 supplement, oats, hay/pasture and organic salt that all of the horses on our farm are fed. She was obviously just a pasture ornament as we call those who do nothing but look pretty in the pasture.
Then in the winter of 2010, Judy’s life changed. With help from her human friends Jennie and Skylar, she was trained to ride at the age of 23!! Skylar’s two nephews ages 2 and 5 were the first to ride her. The grand old lady seemed to like it. She was patient, sweet, kind and willing. Later she presided at Wyatt’s 6th birthday party in June for a dozen eager-to-ride children. The girls loaded her up in Skylar’s van, and she arrived in style.
Judy is now used for riding lessons, and Kaylee Smith, age 6, (pictured with Judy on Nov.23, 2010) is learning how to ride on her, both bareback and with a saddle.
Judy’s life has a different purpose now. Her workouts are brief and tailored to her age, but she seems eager to go. Normally we don’t train Minis to ride (mostly driving, in-hand trail obstacle courses and halter), but she has inspired us to start some of our young Minis under saddle and maybe even some of the older mares (as long as there are youngsters who want to learn how to ride).
The next time someone says, “What can you do with a Mini?” you can tell them about Judy. You can also tell them that Minis make wonderful companions, you can show them in halter, jumping (yes, jumping!!), in hand obstacle trail classes and, of course, in driving. The Minis are basically fearless and not much scares or spooks them. They like to learn tricks, are happy to come in the house and load up in your van or car (if you let them). The ones that are handled properly and consistently as well as have good dispositions make excellent companions. Even if they accidentally step on your toe, it doesn’t hurt quite as much!

 Kaylee jumping with Judy. Who knew the grand old girl had it in her? She happily trots the cavaletti and through the poles with Kaylee, crosses and stands compliantly on the bridge, plastic tarps and best of all—JUMPS. 


First, Kaylee checks out the height to make sure Judy can jump it!

 
Up we go, three high!

    
Trotting over the Caveletti.                     Stop and stand on the bridge.