About Equilore Farm ~ PONIES ON THE MOVE
In February 1999 we gave refuge to a stallion and three mares on behalf of Rare Breeds Canada and they were Lac La Croix Indian Ponies! What a revelation - we were hooked, or at least "I" was. Not long after that, I had the opportunity to help coordinate the third "repatriation" of these ponies from Minnesota back into Canada (see "The Lac La Croix Indian Ponies journey home") and it was at this time that I purchased my first stallion and mare with foal. There has been no turning back since.
The name "Equilore" was created from a melding of two old languages - English and Latin. Equi - from the latin meaning horse, and Lore - from old English meaning wisdom, tradition, teachings, knowledge, and experience - in other words ... education through story-telling or "telling tales". In a fit of whimsy, my son decided that the play on words [horse's tail] was somewhat humourous. Thanks to him and his love of history and languages, I decided that the literal translation, the "HORSE'S TALE", was much more appropriate for our breed and thus the name was born.
Since acquiring these ponies and working with them, we found "our calling" ... the thing we were meant to do and when life circumstances forced us to downsize our farm, we placed the remainder of our livestock and moved to our current home bringing only the ponies. Our herd fluctuates from year to year but generally runs between 6 and 12 including various aged foals. We still house some that do not belong to us and we still function as a Temporary Host Farm for the Lac La Croix Indian Pony Society. We also function as a rescue or sanctuary for any Lac La Croix's in need of a home if their owners are in a bad way or just dont want them any longer.
When we are not working, outside doing chores or working with the horses or dogs, we attend fairs and displays and are always on the lookout for new ways to promote the breed. Isn't life wonderful when you LOVE what you do!
Below is a list of Lac La Croix Indian Ponies that belong to Equilore Farm. This list varies from time to time and generally, not all of them are located on our farm. Where there is an Ojibway name, following their names in brackets will be a translation of what their name means in English.The capitalized name is their stable name. Recently, circumstances forces us to part with the majority of our herd and to place most of the remaining LLCIPs on host farms but rest assured, we are not going anywhere and still have a few ponies at home.MARES
- Makadwahzin [Black Stone - an Indian Chief]: MIDNIGHT ~ 1982, Black
- Miskwah Niimiwin [red dancer]: RED ~ 1992, Red Dun
- Inendagos ["it is destined"]: NIBLETT ~ 1999, Black
- Akiwiki ["return to one's home land"]: KIWI ~ 1999, Black
- Maamakaaji [miraculous]: TIA ~ 2010, Grulla
- Miskwa Mookise [red dawn]: KEESA ~ 2010, Red Dun
- Madjikiwis [first born son]: MADJIK ~ 2007, Black
- Moshkaossi [bittern]: KAOS ~ 2008, Bay Dun
- Biminajikawa [pursue him]: CHASE ~ 2008, Grullo
- Mokibi [I come forth out of the water]: KIBBE ~ 2011, Red Dun
- Kuuno: KUUNO ~ 1996, Black
- Mediiwin [medicine man]: MEDIIWIN ~ 2001, Bay Dun
Being one of four key people owning stallions, our "boys" are often away from the farm doing their studly duty. We are also willing to accept mares on our property for breeding if you are not set up to house a stallion. We have stallions in eastern, central and mid-northern Ontario.
We are generally willing to attend events (as available) and/or speak to anyone regarding our breed. If you have questions or would like to know where you can see some, contact us at any time. Summer events are more difficult than spring or fall events so call well in advance.