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 stripping, 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.

Our 2018/19 Breeding Plans

Sagineshkawa ("Pleasure With My Arrival")

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Stallion (LLC087)

Sagineshkawa is a 14-year-old red chestnut stallion from Makadewahzin off Sunigo. His genetically-matched breeding partner is Mishkwiingwese or Zhiishigwan.

He stands at XX hands high.

He has a skinny white blaze and a bright white left rear sock.

Doodem ("Clan")

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Stallion (LLC184)

Doodem is a 5-year-old sorrel stallion from Kichi Noodin off Ishkote. His genetically-matched breeding partner is Aazadi.

He stands at 14 hands high.

He has a big white blaze and a right rear sock.

Waaseeyaa ("It Is Sunny")

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Stallion (LLC194)

Waaseyaa is a 3-year-old clay bank fun stallion from Makatewis off Ishkote. His genetically-matched breeding partner is Aazadi.

He stands at XX hands high.

He has a white blaze with two hind socks and a left front sock.

Waa-Miigisagoo ("Wampum Shell")

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Stallion (LLC216)

Waa-migisagoo is a 4-year-old dun from Wahweenjegahdawin off Sagineshkawa.

He stands as XX hands high.

He is solid in colour and has prominent "ancient" markings including shoulder and leg stripping, in addition to the dorsal stripe, that is characteristic of this breed.

Mishkwiingwese ("She Blushes")

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Filly (LLC196)

Mishkwiingwese is a 3-year old claybank dun filly from Kichi Noodin off Ishkote. Her genetically-matched breeding partner is Sagineshkawa or Waa-migisagoo.

She stands at XX hands high.

She has a big white star that is the shape of a heart.

Aazadi ("Cottonwood Tree")

Lac Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Mare (LLC191)

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

She stands at XX hands high.

She has a small star and prominent "ancient" leg stripping in addition to her dark dorsal stripe.

Zhiishigwan ("Shaker/Rattle")

Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony Filly (LLC217)

Zhiishigwan is a 3-year-old dun from Tipiyimisiw off Ishkote. Her genetically-matched breeding partner is Waa-migisagoo or Sagineshkawa.

She stands at XX hands high.

She has a wavy white blaze with a front and hind sock. She also displays prominent ear-tipping, guard hairs, leg stripping, and a dark dorsal stripe that are characteristics of this breed.