Meet the Minis!
Without our amazing minis, we wouldn't even be here! Take a few moments and read all about our minis. Get to know their likes and dislikes, favorite foods, and some of their hobbies!
Bravo -- Hi, I'm Bravo. I am a paint gelding and I am part of the Montoya Clan and my pals Rocky and Rudy are my mini brothers and we live with Sherry and Paul Montoya who we are spoiled by and just love that we are there. I am still on the shy side, but I love to work on weekends and visit with all the kids and people that need our help - bringing smiles to those we meet. As you can see by my photo - I love to jump - don't I look like a Trojan horse with my mane flowing this way? My favorite visit places are the Settlement Home & Helping Hand Home and actually all the shelters we work at on weekends - I love working with those kids!
Lewis-- "You might have noticed that I look a little different than the other minis at Minis and Friends. That’s because I’m a Miniature Donkey. I am only 36 inches tall. I used to belong to a sweet little boy in Goldwaithe, Texas. The boy and his family decided to sell me so that I could live with other horses or donkeys. That’s when my mom, dad, brother and sister bought me. I have taught my mom Kim a lot about staying calm and relaxed…she says that I’m her best therapy when she’s feeling stressed. I don’t know what all of the fuss is about. It’s just my nature to be calm, patient and loving. I enjoy being around people and will stand for hours to be petted, hugged or brushed. I was invited to visit the Georgetown Library last December and even got to come inside. Everyone was impressed because I was so relaxed. They even gave me my own library card! My mom has also been teaching me some games. I like playing soccer the best. I am so happy that Minis and Friends let me join their team. Rocky is my pal and I’m going to enjoy going on visits with him and all of the other minis."
MasterCard -- I'm Mastercard and I am one of the 3 Amigos in South Austin. I and my brother SeanMonet were two of the first minis of Minis and Friends in 2007. We have a lot of history and I have been working in the EGI field since 2004. We live during the week at Kristull Ranch and dang it all - they have electric fence too and visit on weekends at our humans home. I'm a former part of Little America Miniatures Horses of Buda, TX, and my registered name is Little America Cowboy MasterCard. I'm a golden palomino, and my pretty coat colors are coming in more and more every summer! My birthday is July 2 and I am 9 years old! Don't forget the presents! Right now, I'm 29.5" tall. I love to meet both kids and adults, but kids who need special attention draw my attention the most!" I love working with the kids we meet at the shelters and hanging out with my brothers SeanMonet and Remington.
Remington -- Hi, I'm Remington, but you can call me Remi for short. I started out at Lady K's Miniatures and was Miz Kirk's favorite and then she found out that the Iwanski's needed a sweet small mini to round out their twosome and who can fit in the their mini-van perfectly. I now live at Kristull Ranch with MasterCard and SeanMonet. I just turned 4 years old on July 23. I am 27.5" and Miss Liz told my mom Sally that I should top out just over 27" so you can see I'm just a little guy. My dad Gil says I am really, really smart. I learned to jump in and out of the mini-van in just one trip. He praises me all the time - and he says I am learning all of SeanMonet's habit too -- hmmm... I wonder what that means. Anyway, I debuted at the 4th Anniversary of Childhood Cancer Coalition at Dell Children's Medical Center on September 26 - and was the STAR!
Rocky -- Hi, I'm Rocky. I live in Austin. My Mom says I am a rock star and the moment she saw me, I lassoed her heart with my charm and 32" of good looks.. I lived in Lytton Falls with a sweet old farmer name, Mr. Freed, when my new parents Paul and Sherry came along and saw me being totally bossed around by a ten month old Miniature Donkey. They told me I needed to be with my own kind, which is how I became a part of Minis and Friends. I had quite The reputation, for being a stud, and I knew how to treat the ladies. But my new Mom said, I had to be gelded, which turned out to be a really good thing. I'm still quite the looker, and I am much happier. I currently live at Rancho Montoya with my parents Sherry and Paul at their home. They found my new brother Rudy and brought him home and invited Bravo to come over and hang with me for awhile and now we are the three Amigos - we are the best of pals, we play together for hours every day. But when push comes to shove at the Hay bale, I always say, "Can't we all just get along?"
Rocky -- Hi, I'm Rocky too. . I'm from Round Rock. My mom isn't sure how old I am because I came from an auction and my original papers just said that I was an "adult." She thinks I am a Class B Miniature Horse because of my size. At 38 inches tall, I am one of the largest miniatures around. My mom Kim Sullivan thinks that I must have had some very rough treatment before I went to the auction. At first, I was so afraid of humans that I would run away and try to hide my face in the corner of my pen when my mom tried to put a halter on me. I didn't get along with any of my new pasture friends, either, and would kick and bite them when I got the chance. My mom had a lot of faith in me and continued to work to gain my trust. My pal Lewis (see above) must have had a lot of faith in me, too, because he chewed a hole in my wooden pen and helped me to escape into the big pasture with him and the rest of the ponies! Now I get along with all of my new "brothers" and "sisters." I am even a little on the heavy side because my full size horse buddy shares his food with me when my mom isn't looking.
As my first year in my new home went by, I slowly realized that I didn't need to be afraid of people any more. My mom noticed that I was especially drawn to children and to people with special needs. I still don't like for my mom to touch my ears, but I have been known to stand still and let little children pet them all they wanted! I enjoy getting out and meeting new people. especially when they brush and pet me. I also like it when they give me treats like apples, Cheerios cereal and peppermints. If they try to give me a carrot, I just let it fall out of my mouth, though!
Rudy - I'm Rocky's and Bravo's brother at Rancho Montoya.. My mom and dad are Sherry and Paul Montoya and they rescued me in October 2009 from a friend of Sally's who inherited little guys like me - but he wasn't a horse guy. So he told my mom's friend Sally about me and voila! I am now a Minis and Friends therapy miniature horse and I've been told I am a natural! I love the kids we visit at the shelters and facilities and am my dad's Paul little buddy! Now I get groomed all day, fed munchies treats from mom Sherry and get to run and play with Rocky and Bravo.
SeanMonet -- "Hello. I'm SeanMonet. Like the painter, I'm an impressionist. I'm a little underspoken, too, so I don't have a lot to say here. I am quiet and reserved. Some of the folks we meet say I'm cute, but, boy, that really makes me blush. If you want to be my friend, just bring those little baby carrots or watermelon!. Boy, those bring me out of my shell! I live with my brother MasterCard and Remington during the week at Kristull Ranch where we have our own "mini manor". My roots are from Bettes Acres Miniature Horse of Mountain City, and my registered name is Bettes Acres Poncho Villa. Well, I didn't like that name very much. I wanted one fancier like my buddy MasterCard! And SeanMonet stuck. I am not really an Irish French horse, but I like to pretend I am. I was trained to do local horse shows and parades before I met my owners, Sally and Gil. They're both really cool! I'm 30 " and turned 8 years old on April 27. I've got a black coat with an ambidextrous mane. Both my mane and tail turn reddish black in the summer, so I have the best parts of both my parents. I'm pretty calm and like working with the children the most, but seniors are pretty awesome, too!"
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