Thanks to some money we had saved up and some Christmas money from Manta (Grandpa) this year we bought something we've always wanted, a class A miniature horse.
She is trained to pull a cart and is wonderful with children. Since she is so small we only ever lead little kids on her but she can pull up to 750 lbs which is more than our whole family.
"Mariah" has competed in national shows and can be driven by anyone. We found a used harness for $80, bought a bit on eBay and are looking around for a cart. She follows the kids around, lets them braid her hair and brush her, and will jump little obstacles while they run beside her.
I foresee a very fun summer ahead!