Just Horsing Around

On Saturday we purchased Fantasia, a miniature horse. She is 8 months old and stands about 26 inches tall. Take a look and tell me she’s not the most adorable thing in the world.

With our latest acquisition, Petting Zoo 1.0 is now complete. That is, we have all the animals we intend to get until we see if this thing is going to take off. So here’s what we have:

  • 1 Miniature horse
  • 2 Pygmy goats
  • 2 Lionhead rabbits
  • 5 Chickens
  • 1 Calf (that we’ll borrow from a friend that owns a dairy)
  • 1 German Shepard

So we’ve got all the animals in place–we just need to finish a few administrative tasks:

  • Create a brochure
  • Get business cards
  • Setup a website
  • Advertise in the local family magazine

After that, we’ll sit back and hope to hear the phone ringing off the hook rather than crickets.

Heavy Petting

As most of my regular readers know, we own a small ranch. So far, it has just been “hobby” ranching. (Translation, all of our money that doesn’t go to the oil companies goes to maintaining the ranch and animals.)

However, we have now decided to start a small business to help offset some of the ranching costs. So, we will soon be starting up a petting zoo. This will be a traveling operation where we will setup a petting zoo at birthday parties, etc. We have successfully done volunteer petting zoos through our 4-H club. However, we are seeing an unmet demand for petting zoos for hire.

We already have pygmy goats and plan to add rabbits, chickens, and a miniature horse. We may add other animals if this thing takes off.

This week, we actually picked up a couple of rabbits that we found through the classifieds. They are 5-week-old Lionhead rabbits. Take a look.

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