What could be better than miniature horses in Hawaii? When we moved to the island, Lisa had to leave her beloved Appaloosas behind. We soon managed to find room for a couple of miniature Appaloosas just the right size for our smaller property. In 2019, the herd increased to 4 – 3 mares and one stallion. And yes, that meant there would soon be more on the ground. In 2020, one mare was sold along with her foal, a second foal was sold and went to her new home when weaned, and sadly, we lost a third foal to rat lungworm disease at the age of ten weeks. In 2021, we made the decision to get out of the breeding business for many reasons, so we sold our stallion to a good home here on the island where he can continue to breed quality stock, leaving us with two beautiful little mares that will be trained to make therapy visits around the community.
Lisa also maintains a Facebook page for Hawaii Island Miniature Horses that is designed to connect the mini-horse community here in Hawaii. Our challenges are not quite the same as they are for full-size horses and all horses in Hawaii have quite a different lifestyle than their counterparts on the mainland. And finally, there is a blog that focuses on some of those challenges and the joys of maintaining our little heartfelt herd.
The Heartfelt Herd
Our little herd are all triple-registered stock as noted, but their barn names fit right into our coffee farm theme.
Java (31″ 2015 mare) AMHA, AMHR, AFHA registered as Toyland Java (full Falabella)
Mocha (30″ 2005 mare) AMHA, AMHR, AFHA registered as Toyland Tira Lena (full Falabella)