Who are you?
Our caretaker team is a husband and wife duo, River Coakwell and Em Loerzel. Em is White Earth Ojibwe and the founder of TTH, a social work academic researching Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. River works in aviation and is an aspiring pilot. We also have a dynamic team of board of directors.
What are the ponies like? Where can I get one?
Our ponies have big personalities and are generally friendly and curious. They keep us laughing. We do not sell our herd- They are permanent residents here at the farm.
When asking how you can become a caretaker for an Ojibwe pony, ask yourself a few things: Why do you want one? Are you dedicated to reconnection and repatriation with the people who were their family members (Anishinaabe people) for eons? Are you willing to be reflective and critical of your motives for caretaking if non-indigenous? These are the beginning steps of thinking about becoming an ally caretaker.
How can I help?
Donating, sharing the word, and raising awareness are the biggest and easiest things you can do to help!
What are your breeding plans?
We do not consider ourselves breeders, but are working with UW-RF to responsibly develop a plan to safely increase numbers of the ponies. Many of our herd members are related, so breeding them can cause sick and inbred offspring. This part of our program is in current development.
Can I come visit?
We generally welcome visitors on Saturdays from 11a-5p. You can email email@example.com to get more details. No dogs (ADA service dogs welcomed!), smoking, drinking, or open toe shoes are allowed on the premise for your safety, and well as the herd's. The farm is both home to humans and horses, so please be respectful and use common sense. By visiting, you assume any risk or liability that comes with visiting equines.