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Miniature horse steals hearts in Fondren, heads to New Mexico

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A miniature horse has become an important part of a Fondren neighborhood over the last nine years, but now she is moving. We talked to her owner about why they have no choice, but to part ways.


As she fought back tears, Becky Potts thanked each of her neighbors, friends, and even strangers who embraced her unusual live-in pet, Willow.


 “It’s been like a wonderful experience,” Potts said. “I’ve always felt blessed to have a horse in the city, no one else does. My daughter begged me for a horse for years and that’s why we got this mini, so we could have one close by. Then my daughter went to college and it was my horse.”


The family got a permit to keep Willow, and have even trained her to do tricks. She often is seen walking the streets of the neighborhood, leaving everyone in awe as they crossed her path.

Her beloved owner says things changes over the last two years when Willow developed an allergy to grass. Potts’ veterinarian suggested they move her out west.


 “I have a friend that used to live in Brandon and she helped me find Willow. She’s going to take Willow to New Mexico,” Potts said.”

It will be a big change, but nothing entirely unfamiliar to Willow.  “It’s like going to be a reunion because she already knows her horses and I’m the only one who will be sad.”


After losing another miniature horse, named River, Willow’s family is hosting a goodbye party so others can say Farewell.


 “Little River died from complications from a hip problem, and the neighbors were sad.  They left little horses, and so this time we wanted to give them the opportunity to say goodbye.”


The party will be held Saturday, March 16th, at 4083 Robin Drive in Fondren. The event will start at 3:00 PM and last until 8:00 PM.

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