If Wishes Were Horses
To officially qualify as a Miniature Horse, the animal’s height may reach a maximum of only 34 inches; they’re about the size of a Great Dane. Therefore, minis are both less intimidating than full-sized horses and are more easily transported. The owner of Wishing Well Farm can take her animals to places where a full-sized horse would simply be too large for any practical use. While unicorns are known for healing and purification powers, the magic of miniature horses is their propensity to inspire joy and to delight. Thus, the mini is an ideal therapeutic animal, and those at Wishing Well Farm spend much of their time administering happiness to the elderly and to children. Their owner, a former pediatric nurse who had spent years volunteering for a therapeutic riding center, combined her life experience with her love of horses in her inspiration to establish the farm. According to her website, “The farm hosts gatherings for children of all abilities, including birthday parties, educational farm visits, as well as off-site visits to schools, health facilities and community events. The Wishing Well Farm also helps in the effort to re-home Miniature Horses through the Northeast Miniature Horse Club, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and re-homing of Miniature Horses.” All of Wishing Well Farm’s proceeds are donated to the Northeast Miniature Horse Club.
Wishing Well Farm is an ongoing project that began in 2013, when the owners decided to make Falmouth their primary residence. Prior to this, they lived closer to Boston for most of the year but maintained a summer home on Falmouth Harbor, where their “family life revolved around aquatic pursuits.” They decided that they would enjoy having more land, however, and their interests led them to purchasing an old winery, which they would convert to this unique farm. With his background in construction, the owner built their new home and farm himself, over the course of about five years, using subcontractors, and plans developed by Marion architect Will Saltonstall. Originally, there were seven buildings on the winery, so some of the initial work included demolition. He says, “We had to pull all the grape vines, too, and we repurposed all of the posts for fences.” The first building they completed was not their home, but the barn, which allowed them to set up the miniature horses while they continued with the rest of the project. In 2016, the couple moved into the main house. “Then the garage took a bit longer,” says the husband.
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