GRAHAM THE MINI HORSE SAYS HI! Well, Graham is not exactly brand new to SASHA but he whispered to us that he may not have met all of you. So we thought we’d do a little meet and greet so Graham can feel the love too!
Graham joined SASHA Farm in 2018, after being rescued by the Humane Society of Huron Valley from a neglect case in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Despite his small size and slight limp, he started his new life at SASHA as a feisty little guy who drove the other equines crazy, often running circles around them and actually behaving like a pint-sized bully. Even little Johann the mule, who held the record for feistiness until Graham joined, was somewhat intimidated. The Animal Care team found he would steer clear of humans, obviously having learned to mistrust people, most likely because of abuse in his past.
What is a miniature horse anyway? Miniature Horses are no taller than 38 inches and come in a rainbow of coat colors and patterns. They are known to be easily trained, have a gentle nature, and can pull four times their own weight so are sometimes put to work on a farm. These horses are descended from Shetland ponies and were selectively inbred for their size. Mini horses are often raised as companion or therapy animals, but we assume if Graham had been obtained for those reasons, he had not “made the grade” at all and had never had a positive connection to humans or other equines.
Fast forward to 2021. Due to 2 ½ years of loving kindness and care, and patience from both his human caregivers and his fellow equines, Graham has slowly changed. Our Animal Care manager says, “Graham is less excitable now, that’s for sure. All the equines get along with him these days. He is best friends with Johann. They are basically inseparable, always running around together. It’s adorably entertaining. We sometimes let them out in the big cow pasture because they love to run up and down the hill, keeping happy and healthy at the same time.” Finally, Graham’s loving humans can approach Graham and he will not run away or kick up his heels at them. He has found his very special place at SASHA and in the world.
Graham, like all SASHA residents, is an individual who has been respected for who he is, even from his first day where it was obvious that he came with a lot of “baggage”. We had to give him space and time to work through his past, and the opportunity to know the peace and safety that is SASHA Farm. It makes each of us know why we do what we do. Graham will have a lifetime, happy home at SASHA Farm, with no strings attached.