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Rising Stars: Meet Stacy Rolfe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacy Rolfe, Owner of R&R Ranch Miniature Horse Sanctuary. 

Hi Stacy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
This is always a long-winded answer, but I will try to be brief. 

When my husband and I were building our property, we were going to have this cute little two or three-stall barn. We were going to bring my daughter’s first pony and first horse home to live with us. That has never happened. 

Instead, my daughter said, “We should get a miniature horse” to which I thought was a great idea and a fun one at that. Little did we know what we were about to get ourselves into. 

When she found a mini on Craigslist, it was a bonded pair. They were two years old and we were their fourth owner. 

What? Four owners in two years? Why? Why were these adorable horses changing hands so many times? 

We ended up learning a lot about these little guys quickly and sadly found out that many times, miniature horses are bought because people think they are cute, or would be fun….no different than we thought, honestly. 

However, once the cuteness wears off and the workload sets in, people don’t want them anymore. They sell them, trade them for farm equipment or farm animals, give them away or simply neglect them and leave them unattended in their yard. 

And thus, the beginning of what was later to be known as R&R Ranch. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I wouldn’t say it’s been one way or the other, but rather a combination over time. We began getting miniature horses for various reasons, most of whom we knew little if anything about their previous backgrounds. The struggle is those that have come into our care and have serious health issues. Those are definitely the “struggles along the way.” 

We will do absolutely whatever is necessary to care for our horses, and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t always fix everything. And, that’s the sad truth of the matter. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
This is a loaded question. What we do here at R&R Ranch, is take care of horses. We do whatever it takes to give them the life we believe they deserve. If we get a horse in who is a senior, then we will do everything in our power to make sure their senior years are the happiest and most loved days of their life. 

We are known for our educational platform about miniature horses. We use our social media pages to influence the general public about the care that these horses need. They are not cared for in the same way that full-size horses are and this is a big misnomer out there. They have special diets, their teeth are often an issue, their GI systems are more sensitive than full-size horses and not all vets are skilled in working with minis, which is a major component of owning one. 

We believe that if we can get more education out about the care these little guys need, well, then the better off they will be. We don’t believe that all cases of neglect are intentional, but are rather a lack of knowledge. 

Many people think, well it’s a horse and horses live in the wild all the time. This thing will be able to take care of itself if it stays in a field with a creek for water nearby. The hard truth of the matter is, not so! Horses in the wild have to travel miles every day to find their food and water. This means they are walking for miles every day over all kinds of rocky terrain, which is naturally wearing down their hooves and keeping them trimmed. A horse left in someone’s back yard has no choice and their hoof grows and grows and grows to the point where it becomes painfully long and awful to walk on. 

We are very proud of the job we do with our horses, whether it’s nursing them back to health, correcting leg deformities, eye issues, metabolic issues to the mental stability of others who have been so distrustful of people that they literally tremble in fear when touched. When we see these horses, over time, become whole again, and learn to live and love their life, well, there is simply no words to describe how happy this makes us feel. 

What sets us apart from others, I believe, is that we tell stories about our horses that make people see them in a different light. They become real to them. They understand that these are living breathing animals and they have pain in their lives and we work to make that pain go away. Their stories are often very inspiring to others to the point where people are connected to our horses from all over the world. 

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
There are many online sources for finding out more about miniature horses and horses in general. We belong to several sites that are for owners or prospective owners and people will post questions about this or that with their horse, maybe it’s physical or a training issue, and we are always learning. We also belong to different medical/veterinary sites and learn so much just by sitting back and reading what someone is going through and hearing how vets treat it. It’s actually amazing what you can learn just by observing. 

I am also very blessed that I have had many unbelievable horse people in my life over the years. Trainers from different barns and horses’ owners whom I have known long before we got our mini’s. Every one of these people has been invaluable to my growth with horse knowledge. Little do people know how much another person may be watching them and learning all the while you’re just having a simple conversation. 

Pricing:

  • Private Tours 1-9 guests $50
  • Private Tours 10-19 guests $100
  • Private tours 20+ guests $200
  • Our Gift Shop has a wide variety of custom items available for purchase
  • Two Free Public Tours are offered monthly

Contact Info:

  • Email: randrranchminis@gmail.com
  • Website: www.randrranchminis.com
  • Instagram: IG randrranchminis
  • Facebook: FB R&R Ranch Minis
  • Youtube: R&R Ranch Minis
  • SoundCloud: Podcasts R&R Ranch RoundUp
  • Other: TikTok randrranchminis

Image Credits
Kristi Hedberg
John Cain Photography

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