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July 07, 2007

Hinesburg Leprechaun Horsies


Today I drove a beautiful guy to South Hinesburg, an African immigrant from Guinea now living in New Jersey. (This fare may evolve into a full-blown Hackie story.) I actually don't know if South Hinesburg is a separate entity, like South Burlington or South Korea or South America, or if it's merely an informal designation for the southern regions of Hinesburg. I have a long and checkered relationship with this town, so my information is sketchy and tinged with regret.


I've just passed Lantman's and now I'm a couple of miles south on Route 116. The next thing I know, I'm passing a grassy farm meadow populated by a herd of tiny little horses. Not ponies. Not baby horses. These are midget horses, ideal for Munchkins.


This is mildly distressing to me. As a teenager I "experimented" with hallucinogenics, so flashbacks remain a distinct possibility. I pulled over to the side of the road, whipped out the digital camera and here's the result. Presumably, if you can photograph it, it's real. Anybody out there with actual information on these cute little critters?


(My prowess with the camera leaves something to be desired, but - trust me - this equine was no more than 3-4 feet tall.)

July 7, 2007 at 05:28 PM | Permalink


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Hey Jernigan,

You've used the word "midget" twice in two consecutive posts. You should know (In case you don't) that the word "midget" is considered to be offensive.

I don't know if it's offensive to call a horse a midget (as you did above), but there is a good chance that the people that you described as "midgets" in the post below would take offense.

Perhaps it's an overly "PC" point ... or perhaps it isn't ... but I just wanted to give you the advantage of knowing that many people percieve (and use) this word in a pejorative manner.

Best to you ...

Posted by: | Jul 8, 2007 10:54:32 AM

That looks like a Shetland Pony to me... but I'm not a pony nor a horse expert.

Posted by: Erin | Jul 8, 2007 1:20:53 PM

They're actually just called "miniature horses." If you google that phrase, you should get plenty of information and pictures. There are a few good miniature horse farms in Virginia, West Virginia, & Tennessee.

Posted by: Cat | Jul 8, 2007 2:47:18 PM

Thanks for the info, Cat and Erin. I now feel confident that the horses were real beings and not figments of my imagaination!

Thanks also for the heads up on the term "midget." I guess I hadn't realized that its use was hurtful. My apologies to any little people and others who took offense. I don't, BTW, consider this a "PC" matter. Folks are entitled to be called as they like. That's just common decency and respect.

Posted by: Jernigan Pontiac | Jul 8, 2007 4:46:57 PM

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