MASON CITY, Iowa – One of the many events that went on last weekend was not so large scale. The miniature horse show brought folks from all over North Iowa to showcase their livestock. 150 miniature horses strutted their stuff for an audience and judges at the North Iowa Events Center.
It’s similar to any other livestock show, only smaller. While they may make you say “aww”, the people who work with the mini horses say there’s nothing cute about the training it takes to get them ready for the show.
“It’s not only the grooming, but we also have to exercise the horses. It’s a little different than big horses because you can’t ride them. We have an exercise arena that we set up, and we prepare weeks ahead of time. They’re athletes, and you have to prepare the athlete and get them ready for the show,” says champion horse trainer, Brad Bonde.
He and his family have been training horses for ten years and on Sunday, one of his miniatures took first in the driving class.