Beverly Armstrong cuddles up to Fiona, a 10-year-old miniature horse. Armstrong has started a new club: Miniature Horses of Sooke. (Contributed photo)

Beverly Armstrong cuddles up to Fiona, a 10-year-old miniature horse. Armstrong has started a new club: Miniature Horses of Sooke. (Contributed photo)

New club started for miniature horses in Sooke

Small animals are ‘incredible pets’

They may be small – but they’re still horses. And now they have their own club.

A Sooke woman has begun a new club for miniature horses, with the hope other equine fanciers will join up.

Miniature Horses of Sooke is the brainchild of Beverly Armstrong, who said many of the tiny animals live in the Sooke Region. She estimates at least 10 miniature horses can be found locally.

“I have always loved them. You can cuddle with them and play with them, and they can learn all kinds of fun tricks,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong has owned miniature horses for two years. Her last horse was adopted from a rescue facility on the Lower Mainland, and it didn’t take long for the animal to become a part of the family.

“Fiona is really fun. She’s just like having a dog – but she actually works.”

Miniature horses were bred down from full-size horses and used as pack animals in coal mines. Nowadays, miniature horses are less work animals and more pets.

Fiona is 10 years old and a hefty 300 pounds, said Armstrong, who participated in the Sooke Fall Fair and Santa Claus Parade with the horse.

“They really are incredible pets and companion animals,” said Armstrong.

For more information on the Miniature Horses of Sooke, please go to the group’s Facebook page or call Armstrong at 778-365-0482.