Excerpt from the March issue of Heels Down Magazine.
Josh Dolan’s favorite breed of horse doesn’t have the natural impulsion to be a hunter or the speed to be a jumper. They’re rarely imported, and he bought his first two, a mother and foal, for just $150.
Josh’s favorite kind of horse is too small to ride and is prone to serious illness and other ailments.
And in just two years, he’s rescued more than 100 of them.
“We were on our way to a horse show and two doors down was this mini horse farm,” said Josh, a professional hunter rider with Mad Season, LLC, an equestrian training business he runs with partner and professional grand prix jumper, Alex Granato.
When Josh first saw two emancipated-looking miniature horses in a field on the way to a horse show in Kentucky back in 2014, he couldn’t stop thinking about them.
“My brother flew into town and we drove down a neighbor’s driveway to investigate,” said Josh, 29, who grew up in Hilton Head, S.C. “We counted 64 horses in the field. There was no grass and no water. One mini was dead in the barn and there were two dead in the field. We gave them water, called the police and animal control, but never had much luck.”
Josh watched for several days as the condition of the horses worsened. More died, and others were seriously ill. Josh left a note pegged to the fence for the owner while the authorities were still trying to figure out how to handle the situation.