Marissa started Born in a Barn Miniatures in 2014 with the intention of bettering the miniature horse breed by using only those miniatures displaying excellence in conformation, personality, pedigree, color and athletic ability. Marissa's passion for her minis lies in the relationships she builds with them as they train together. She is currently a student of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, though her heart still remains at the barn.
Barn Manager: Heather
Heather and Marissa befriended one another while attending classes at ASU. Upon Marissa's departure to vet school (How could she just abandon us like that?!?), Heather took on the barn manager role for the interim. She assists with training, barn maintenance, and day to day operations of the herd. She and Marissa work as a team to guide the barn ever closer to Marissa's vision (Translation: She is a giant pain with a lot of opinions, but we have decided to keep her anyway).
Assistant to the Barn Manager: Blue
Blue was incorporated into Born in a Barn Miniatures in 2016 after he began (lucked into) dating Heather. As a man who proclaimed he was terrified of horses and big dogs, he was not expected to last long. Much to everyone's surprise (and chagrin) he persevered and is still with us today, helping with day to day operations, and all of our technology needs. (The horses claim he smells bad, but they continue to love him anyway!)
Beloved Barn Mascot: Malcolm
By day, Malcolm is our barn manager's service dog - performing his job with utmost professionalism and military bearing. By evening (and weekends), Malcolm is a giant goof. He is the self-appointed foal babysitter, round pen assistant (despite our insistence that he is NOT helpful), and mare wrangler (because sprinting around grazing mares TOTALLY counts as herding, right?).
Beloved Barn Mascot: Fish
"Why is his name Fish?" you ask - "Why not?!" Fish is our beloved donkey gelding, and the only mascot who matters (according to him). He is full of personality and opinions, and we all adore him more than words can express. He earns his keep by babysitting our weanlings, protecting the herd from rogue dogs, and reminding us when we are late with his dinner (which is WAY to often!).
Beloved Barn Mascots: The Chickens
The chickens joined us when Heather's youngest offspring conned her mom into letting her raise chickens for the school science fair (sucker!). After living in their home for three weeks while the necessary data was collected, Heather enthusiastically built them a coop at the barn (because they needed to GO! and the youngest offspring had become attached). We are hoping for our first eggs by fall - fingers crossed!
Beloved Barn Mascot: Guster
Guster is 7 lbs of judgmental attitude. While he lacks typical traits associated with Chihuahuas, like yapping or incessant trembling, he prefers to judge your life choices (and your lack of overall charisma). And yet somehow our "Golden Barn Weasel" has convinced our barn manager that he is the light of her life (clearly she's not thinking straight).