Meet our Minis
Our Minis are truly MADE in Heaven!
(More pictures below)
Turnabout, Mystery, Jenella and Lunar model their fleeces (custom-made by our volunteer Ariel Weinstein!)
We are so blessed to have FOUR wonderful miniature horses that are extremely sweet, loving, kind, gentle and LOVE to be LOVED. Our minis bring unconditional love and joy at our activity and therapy visits, plus they provide some “mini-therapy” to our volunteers too! (While we love to share our horses with others, they are not available for public viewing. Please check our calendar page for a list of visits that are available to the public).
Our horses board at Rosegate Equestrian Center (owned by the Village of Lake in the Hills, leased by managers Samantha and Josiah Kitchel) on Pyott Rd. in Lake in the Hills, IL. Our wonderful volunteer Joe Dowling built the most amazing new shelter outside and built out the mini stalls in the barn. There were many MIH volunteers that also contributed to the new stalls and paddock area. Thank you!!!
A HUGE thank you to Carol and Gary Swinford of Shades of Blue Ranch in Hebron IL for their miniature wonderland (their home) during the winter “off” months. Our horses received the very best loving care from their “adoptive” parents at SOBR. Gary and Carol also were instrumental in helping us build our new paddock area for our minis! Shades of Blue Ranch breeds rare Argentinian Falabella miniature horses and our own Jenella is a registered Falabella blend (father is a registered pure Falabella, mother is a registered American Miniature Horse). Dick and Janet Houck of Houck Farm in Burlington WI bred Mystery, Turnabout and Lunar (registered American Miniature Horse Association).
MEET OUR MINIS (they look so different when they have their furry winter coats):
Lunar is our sweet silver bay mare with her flaxen mane and tail and LONG blonde eyelashes. She was born 2/20/08. She is 32″ tall (at her withers) and is such a kind and gentle soul. Look closely at her nose and you will see a perfectly shaped heart!
Turnabout is our black gelding with one blue eye and one brown eye, a crescent moon on his forehead and a little white nose snip. He was born 3/27/11 and stands 31″. He is VERY curious and has a big personality, always the first to come and say hello. His fancy trot and amazing lead changes make him very handsome.
Mystery is our tiniest girl. She was born 4/26/11 and is only 26″ tall. She is a gray and silver dapple coloring with a big white star on her forehead, gorgeous dapples and an assortment of colors! She has the personality of a golden retriever and is an absolute love bug.
Jenella aka“Jennie” was born on 6/2/12 and is 28″. We brought her into the herd in April 2013. She is a blue roan with blue eyes and a big white star. Her winter coat looks black but her shaved summer coat is a light blue/gray color. She is VERY sweet and loves kisses. She picked up the training commands just like her big “brother and sisters.”
Lunar, Turnabout and Mystery have formal registered names (named by Houck breeders, registered through the AMHA/American Miniature Horse Association) which we loved and kept. Lunar is “Houcks Lunar Moon Celebration” (she was born on the night of a lunar moon). Turnabout is “Houcks Turn About to The Lord” and Mystery is “Houcks Islay Mystery of the Gospel ” (you can see their lineage at www.allbreedpedigree.com). Jenella is a registered Falabella blend miniature. Her registered name is “Shades of Blue Ranch Jenella Falabella,” aka Jennie or Jen Jen.
The inspiration for the name Mane in Heaven actually came from their names. With such heavenly names and a little play on the words about our horses being made in heaven, “Mane in Heaven” was born.
Our horses are registered therapy horses through Pet Partners (see www.petpartners.org). They had to go through extensive training and testing to become registered therapy horses which ensures that they have met the highest animal-assisted therapy qualifications. They are wonderful therapy animals and when we go out on visits they are decked out in their “bling” name halters and their Build- a-Bear sneakers!
LUNAR is our silver bay mare w/a flaxen blonde mane & tail, LONG blonde eyelashes and a heart on her nose
(Yes, horses wear sneakers! Our minis wear Build A Bear shoes to keep from sliding on tile and linoleum floors)
JENELLA is our newest mini. She is a blue roan with blue eyes. Guess what her favorite color is?! (winter coat on the L, summer coat on the R)
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VIDEO of 3 of our Mane in Heaven’s Minis (with their mini friend George, the “big” black mini)