Meet The Ponies

Ancient Bloodlines

Our ponies at The Red Pony Stands Ojibwe Horse Sanctuary contain the two original bloodlines, Keokuk and Nimkii lines. Their lineages date back to the four Original Mares that were the last remaining in the world (Lilian, Biizhiki, Diamond and Dark Face) who were strategically bred to a Spanish Mustang Stallion (Smokey SMR169) in 1977 in order to save the breed from extinction.

Unique Characteristics

Though somewhat smaller than other horse breeds and typically ranging from 12.2 to 14.2 hands high, Lac La Croix Indigenous Ponies are nevertheless described as strong, versatile, and athletic with extremely durable feet and legs with amazing stamina. They possess nose flaps and a thick lion-like forelock and mane in addition to profusely-haired ears to sustain harsh winter climates while repelling insects during the hot summer months. 

"Primitive" Markings

In addition to their physical characteristics, the breed is also distinguishable by its "primitive" markings which includes the dorsal stripe (that runs from their thick neck, across their low withers and straight back, to their sloping croup and low-set tail), leg and shoulder striping, and light guard hairs along the edges of a darker mane and tail.

Unparalleled Intelligence

Aside from their desirable physical traits that make them the perfect all around horse for children and adults alike, Lac La Croix Indigenous ponies are extremely intelligence thinkers and tolerant of human ineptitude, making them particularly suitable for beginning handers and equine-assisted learning and therapy programs. 

Indigenous Origins

 The Lac La Croix Indigenous Ponies were originally located at Lac La Croix First Nation in Northwestern Ontario and Bois Forte Band of Chippewa in Northern Minnesota since before the 1800s. Traditional Elders and Knowledge Keepers proclaim that the Lac La Croix Indigenous Ponies were here prior to colonial contact and consider them to be "Indigenous to this land."

Spiritual Gifts

While all horses are considered sacred, the Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony have a long-standing spiritual relationship with Indigenous peoples. As such, they are particularly apt for healing work with humans and their spiritual power is amplified from Indigenous ceremonies, such as the Horse Dance Ceremony of the Indigenous Plains peoples.

2020/2021 Breeding Plans

Doodem ("Clan")

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Stallion (LLC184)

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Doodem is a 14 hands high 6-year-old sorrel stallion from Kichi Noodin off Ishkote. His genetically-matched breeding partner is Aazadi.

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Waa-Miigisagoo ("Wampum Shell")

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Stallion (LLC216)

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Waa-migisagoo is a 5-year-old dun from Wahweenjegahdawin off Sagineshkawa. His genetically-matched breeding partner is Boozhoo.

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Mishkwiingwese ("She Blushes")

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Filly (LLC196)

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Mishkwiingwese is a 4-year old claybank dun filly from Kichi Noodin off Ishkote. Her genetically-matched breeding partner is Waa-miigisagoo.

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Aazadi ("Cottonwood Tree")

Lac Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Mare (LLC191)

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Aazadi is a 4-year-old red bay from Manitowiwin off Sagineshkawa. Her genetically-matched breeding partner is Doodem.

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Boozhoo ("Greetings/Welcome")

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Mare (LLC120)

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Boozhoo is a 12-year old liver chestnut mare from Wawaashkeshi off Menomin. Her genetically-matched breeding partner is Waa-miisiagoo.

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Mino-Miigwan ("Good Feather")

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Mare (LLC190)

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Mino Miigwan is an 8-year old dun mare from Anikeshkage off Tatonka. Her genetically-matched breeding partner is Doodem or Waa-miigisagoo.

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Sagineshkawa ("Pleasure With My Arrival"; 2003-2019)

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Stallion (LLC087)

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Sagineshkawa was a beautiful 16-year-old red chestnut stallion from Makadewahzin off Sunigo, and was considered a family member. We continue to honour him spiritually for his contribution to the breed as a whole and for sharing his gifts with us during his time at the sanctuary. He will be in our hearts forever. 

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