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Horses are her therapy

By Staff | Sep 18, 2014

ETHEL MORRO, of Morro’s Mini Acres, of Hartley, grooms her rare snowflake Appaloosa miniature horse, which placed second in the color competition at the Clay County Fair.

SPENCER – Smiling as she talks, Ethel Morro combs the auburn mane of her 14-year-old snowflake Appaloosa.

“They are my therapy,” Morro said of her horses in general. “I can’t imagine being without these miniatures.

“They are gentle and great with kids. I never have to worry about my grandkids being around them. And I would never raise a Shetland pony.”

She said she was once caring for a Shetland that was so aggressive it dragged her through a barbed wire fence.

Morro is in her 14th year as a breeder of miniature Appaloosas. She’s owner of Morro’s Mini Acres, near Hartley.

“They’re like potato chips. You can’t have just one.” —Ethel Morro Morro’s Mini Acres

“I just like the way they look,” she said. “I love their color.”

She said she first encountered miniatures at the Clay County Fair 20 years before she purchased her first one.

The stallion winner at the 1990 Clay County Fair was her first, followed soon after by a bred mare.

“They’re like potato chips,” Morrow said. “You can’t have just one.”

Her herd has grown to 20 head that include solids, Pintos and her “Appys.”

She brought three to the CCF last week and entered them in halter class and color competitions.

Hanna, her 14-year-old snowflake Appy was second in the color class. A white-spotted Appy, a 4-year-old named Bridesmaid, was sixth in that class.

A chronic sufferer of breathing problems and physical ailments, Morro said the gentle disposition of her horses are therapy.

“I can hug them and cry into their manes, and they don’t mind,” she said. “In fact, a few have managed to crawl into my lap.”

She said having the diminutive horses gives her a reason to get up every morning.

“I just love them to death,” Morro said. “I can’t say enough about them.”

She said the miniatures are like any other horse, except an adult can’t ride them.

Miniatures are from England where they were bred as pit horses, pulling loads from coal mines.

“They can pull up to three times their own weight,” Morro said.

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