I have been hesitant to put the "Bigs" and the "Littles"
together in the same pasture to graze...
fearing for the safety of my tiny horses.
That is until the other day, when I took the Bigs
to the upper pasture and heard the cries of
the Littles as I led their friends away.
What I hadn't realize was that even though
they were always separated by a fence,
these four equines considered themselves a herd...
So, yesterday I decided to try a joint turn-out.
I opened the gate to the front pasture....
and out went the Bigs.
Then I opened the gate from the Littles
into the same pasture and let them out.
A few minutes of running...
by peaceful grazing,
and a little up close and personal discourse...
Oakley stayed close by to supervise....
Now I wonder why I waited so long to put them together
and witness their obvious camaraderie.
I get a lot of questions about what type of equines the Bigs and Littles are. The Littles are actually horses. They are miniature horses. The Bigs are actually ponies. Donnie Brascoe is a Shetland type pony and Moonbeam (the largest) is a Haflinger. Haflingers are the smallest of the draft horses and are considered to be ponies. Moonbeam stands tall enough to qualify as horse-sized, however. So...the Littles are horses and the Bigs are ponies.....a bit confusing, huh?