On a mini horse farm in 1993
FORBES, ND (KELO) – At many farms in KELOLAND, you can find all kinds of animals. Cows, pigs, chickens and maybe even horses. In this week’s Flashback Friday, we go back to 1993 where a farmer in North Dakota had smaller horses.
Like many farmers and ranchers, Harvey Ellicker enjoys keeping horses on his farm. At first glance, they seem a bit small, often mistaken for ponies.
But look closer and you’ll see they’re horses, purebred miniatures to be exact. When fully grown, they will weigh around 200 pounds and stand 32 to 36 inches tall. Ellicker loves them because they’re smart and fun to work with, and they make great pets.
“They are small scale, much easier to maintain. Does not take much food to feed them. I just like horses.
He loves them so much that his herd now numbers 74, with Turk here his pride and joy, having recently won the Grand Champion title at the Denver Stock Show.
It’s easy to see why these little horses make great pets, they love to be around people. But Harvey and his wife Phillis refrain from bringing them into the house as some landlords do.
“I don’t think I would like it. I’ve worked with animals all my life, I guess, but home isn’t the place for me.
“After having 5 children and 14 grandchildren, I no longer need animals in the house.”
As good a reason as any reason.