Good things come in small packages
MARION Goodwin is still raising a family of eight at 76 years of age.
But these pint-sized kids have four legs, live in the paddock and don’t ever talk back.
Ms Goodwin lives on a 10-acre Nikenbah property where she breeds her adored Australian Miniature Ponies, including the latest addition; an exquisite black and white filly.
“They’re just lovely, they’re no problem. They more or less look after themselves.
“They’re very quiet.”
The yet-to-be-named foal was born on September 17 and, although Ms Goodwin hasn’t been close enough to gauge a height, she previously bred a pony that stood at just 12 inches high.
The born and bred farm girl had up to 40 horses at any one time on the family’s 200-acre Nikenbah property, where she lived for about 30 years, until a back injury forced their sale.
“I was without a pony for about three weeks and it drove me crazy,” she said.
Ms Goodwin downsized to her current property, which boasts a perfect amount of land for her miniature friends.
“Once you start breeding them you can’t stop.
“They grow on you.”
The filly’s mum Dancer is already back in foal and is due in about 10 months.
AUSTRALIAN MINIATURE PONIES:
The Australian Miniature Pony became a recognised breed in 1974.
The Australian Miniature Pony was established as a result of crosses with small Shetland ponies, Fallabella, miniature horses and small ponies.
Some lines of miniature ponies can be traced back to the early 1900s.
They can vary in type from the fine-boned and leggy to the more compact heavy type.
They have a maximum height of 87cm