Marion couple invite public to test ‘Tiny Trails’

Larry and Deanna Olsen, Marion, are inviting the public to walk a nature trail with a mini-horse.

“This is a trial weekend,” said Deanna, “just to see if people might be interested in such a thing.”

The Olsens have made a nature trail behind their property over the dam and through some woods, about a quarter mile long, and have 20 mini-horses for people to walk with. These horses range in size from 243/4 inches tall to 31 inches tall.

“We don’t have any drinks or food available, just the path and the horses right now. We want to see what people want,” Olsen says.

She said people can fill out a survey and offer suggestions.

“We want to know if the path is too long, too short, too hard,” said Olsen. “We plan to add additional paths if this all works out, and to even have a handicap accessible path.”

The couple hopes to open Tiny Trails officially in the near future and will be charging for the walks.

“We hope this will be give people a chance to become acquainted with the mini-horses and enjoy being outside,” Olsen said. “We have a nice place for a picnic, and hope this can be a school outing for the kids sometime.”

This weekend only, from 2-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the public is invited to come out free of charge to walk the trail.

The Tiny Trails are located two miles west of downtown Marion, on the northwest corner of Quail Creek and 190th.

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