GILMAN - The sight of them along Highway 146 just east of Gilman will make some people stop dead in their tracks.
Then they want to get out of their cars and take pictures of these cute little devils.
Of course, Cari Kilborn would never describe her family's 16 miniature horses as devils.
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
A group of miniature horses enjoy some oats on the Kilborn farm east of Gilman.
"The most enjoyable part of raising them is their temperament," Kilborn said. "They are so sweet."
Cari originally talked her husband Scott into buying three miniature horses in 1999 to help her deal with her Multiple Sclerosis.
"If I'm having a bad day with MS I'll go out and be with horses," she said.
Since then, it led to a hobby and a business of breeding the horses under the name YoYo Miniature Horses.
The horses never get taller than 38 inches, and the average adults weigh between 150 to 250 pounds.
Through the years, their three children, as well as their classmates, have enjoyed the horses when they've been brought to special school presentations.
The Kilborns have had the horses in parades, at church functions and have used them as therapy for children with disabilities.
"They just bring happiness to the kids," Cari said. "And the kids who don't normally talk will talk. They just love them."
As one could expect, the minis eat far less than regular sized horses, but the family still went through 550 bales of hay last year.
"It's not a cheap hobby for sure," Cari said.
One of Cari's favorite parts of raising these horses is having a mare give birth and being able to handle the most miniature of miniature horses.
"When the babies are born, you can pick them up and haul them around," Cari said. "I just love the babies."
Cari's father, Joe Glockl of Garwin, said he knew his daughter would be hooked on horses when she was young.
"We got her a rocking horse and that was the end of that," Glockl said.
With the warmer weather on the way, Cari expects the usual cars stopping and people getting a glimpse of their unusual animals.
With her love of horses, she can't blame others who might get excited to see them.
"They'll drive really slow and sometimes stop and get out and take pictures," she said. "I don't mind."