Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Miniature Unicorns and Zonkey!

I am taking a rest day today. Yep, completely off from running or any other sort of activities that may be mistaken for exercising. I went on a run this past Monday after my not so good race in wine country and that sucked as well. So I'm just going to give it a rest until Friday. I have a pretty long run coming up this weekend in preparation for the Ojai Marathon so I need to make sure that I am mentally prepared for that. It's been awhile since I've done a long training run. I know that sounds weird coming from someone who runs as many races as I do. So that's enough talk about running. Let's talk about miniature horses and donkeys!

As you know, I like to roll my vacation time into my race weekends and kill two birds with one stone. So naturally this past weekend when I was in town for the SB wine country half, I tried to fit in as much activities as I could. Luckily, I was traveling with Sister K who is the master of fitting in as many activities as one can in a short amount of time. Really, she's a genius at what she does!

One of our stops this past weekend was at the Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch. We had passed this place a couple of times during our other visits into this area but had not stopped to check it out until now. So I have to just say that miniature horses are adorable! If I had the space and money, you'd know there would be a couple of these walking around the grounds of my huge mansion.

They really are cute! I found them fascinating because they are about the size of a large dog when they are babies. I don't know why but I started to talk about unicorns with Sister K while we were walking around admiring these animals. Apparently, I wasn't the only one that had unicorn in the brain since I overheard some other people there also talking about unicorns. I think seeing horses the size of dogs causes one's brain to go haywire. Before you know it, you actually start to think that maybe, just maybe they can breed unicorns. Maybe I had just been out in the sun too long because as Sister K pointed out...unicorns are not real but miniature horses are so if you are in Solvang anytime soon, so check them out. It's free.

So this little guy caught my eye. The little brown and white one. 

Just look at that little face! He would make a beautiful unicorn. Yes he would.

Just make sure you don't do this. Just leave your box of fingers in your car.

Quicksilver Ranch
1555 Alamo Pintado Road
Solvang, California 93463

Our next stop was at the Seein' Spots Farm to check out some miniature donkeys. There was this large tom turkey on this farm that was making a lot of noise dragging his wings on the ground. I'm not exactly sure if he wanted to show us who's boss or if that is some normal turkey behavior. 

Sister K + Donkey equals Konkey. Okay I made that up.

But here's something I didn't make up. This here is a Zonkey. Zebra+Donkey. Who knew!

There was also this magnificent horse there. Want!

Seein' Spots Farm
2599 Baseline Ave
Solvang, CA 93463


Julie D said...

Great that someone is traveling and having fun along with the races... need more of that -- no wonder races aren't fun for me anymore.

That Zonkey is interesting. I wonder if it's able to reproduce, since mules and other hybrids can't due to the number of chromosome pairs being off from the hybridization. #nerdmoment

giraffy said...

holy cow, I want a Zonkey!

I have a long run this weekend. If only you were slower, or I were faster, we could run together. You know, since we're neighbors.

Unknown said...

Hi there! I just found your blog by looking for Surf City recaps -- and I was so excited to see this post because I LOVE Quicksilver ranch! How exciting!

Love reading your running posts! Looking forward to connecting!


Madison said...

Julie: I think you probably know more about animal breeding than me.

Heather: I might die and drag you with me so you are better off without me being your ball-and-chain.

Megan: Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I never realized how much people liked little horses but then again if I had the opportunity, I would probably have one.

Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More said...

My daughters each have a miniature horse at their dad's house. Sweetie Pie & Frankenstein! And my uncle has a miniature Sicilian donkey named Ames. But no unicorns. Sadness.