Wednesday, April 05, 2006
This is Jim and he owns a farm in Oldham County, KY where he raises and breeds miniature horses. In 1984 Jim was on a basketball trip in Auburn, Florida when his friend brought up the subject of miniature horses. Jim agreed to go look at a horse farm having not heard of them before but that’s all he agreed too! He went, was surprised and fell in love. At first it was a hobby but in 1997 Jim got serious about miniature horses. He began to show and sell them all over the world. Jim believes his horse breeds get better by the year and as proof he currently holds eleven national championships. In addition over half the people in Kentucky who started a miniature horse farm have purchased their horses from him. Up until a year and a half ago Jim was also a Chevrolet car dealer. Comparing miniature horses to cars he says, “The good ones you just can’t keep in”. “When selling a horse it’s just like anything else, if you have a ten thousand mile used car and you got a seventy thousand sitting besides it your going to sell the ten thousand one.” He says the “hot” horse right now is the Arabian with a real long looking neck and 34" height. They also come in a 28" and 30". As far as pet horses he says you can’t keep them all, but yes, they’re just like dogs, they know you. Jim has seventy miniature horses at his residential farm. He says there are no two alike and they can get jealous of each other. Jim has three grown children, two girls and one boy. Although a few miniatures are in their names none of his children have pet horses. He says they lost interest about the same time they received their driver’s license. Jim would not consider himself an expert of miniature horses but he can tell you everything about them. People call him all the time for horse advice, which he attributes to his well-kept records. Jim says he is a former everything. He would like you to know that if you need a horse he has one for sale.