Meet the newest member of the Dixon family. Bullseye, our new Miniature Horse (No, he’s not a pony) – I call him “Lil Shit” though. But he’s not really a little shit. For a Minature Horse, he’s actually quite cool. He doesn’t run around with an ago like most of them do. In fact, he’s pretty chill and super friendly. He’s 15 years old and he’s a little chunk! He came with the name Bullseye. I usually try to stick to human names for horses because I’m boring like that but my son JJ wanted to keep the same so I’ll grant him that wish.
I got Bullseye because a few weeks ago, I gave my rescue horse (Lemon) away due to the fact that she kicked me for the final time. This time she actually got me GOOD in the thigh and I was MAD!!! I just can’t deal with that right now. I won’t have a kicker around when I have kids plus I’m getting too old to have my leg blown clean off thanks, I’m not about that life. So off she went to a new home where someone would give her the proper training and attention.
That left Cassie my other horse on her own (as my Thoroughbred, Lola is on lease in Gainesville) and I knew she needed company but I didn’t want to have another animal that costs a lot to feed so I thought hey why not get a Mini? They cost next to nothing to feed and they stay fat all year round. But even if Cassie wasn’t lonely, when I get an idea in my head I go for it and I had already made up my mind that I was having a new Mini Horse. I was actively looking online to buy one but my friend called my neighbour down the road who had Bullseye (who I drove past every day and thought was just the cutest) and asked him if he’d give him to me. To my surprise, he did.
As you can see there’s quite a size difference with these two. I was worried at first that Cassie would bash his little head into the ground. All I pictured was this tiny little horse taking a Draft horse size kick to the temple … She usually hates small horses but she really likes him. I introduced them to each other over the fence, then lead Bullseye in the field and let him go and…..
….It was the most boring introduction I’ve ever seen. They both just wandered off and ate grass, no running around or squealing. It was as if they already knew each other. The most they did was follow each other around for five minutes. The only thing that pisses me off about him is that he is super needy with Cassie and acts as if his world is ending when I put her inside her stable to eat her breakfast. But he’s really sweet and well behaved and he’s gentle with the kids and he pretends he hates attention but I know he loves it really because he doesn’t walk away when I’m smothering him with cuddles (I have to sit on the ground to get to his level haha).
My daughter Izzy really isn’t really into horses, I’ve tried to get her to be but it isn’t her thing and that’s okay but my son on the other hand loves them, has absolutely no fear and jumps at the opportunity to go to the farm with me. He’s already ridden Bullseye and loves cuddling him. I just love seeing them together, it makes me smile.
Thank you for reading 🙂