Ollie the Miniature Horse

Ollie the Miniature Horse
Posted on 09/15/2020
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One of Indian Lake Elementary School's favorite characters masked up for a special visit!
Ollie the Miniature Horse stopped by ILES to remind students that the best way to be is yourself!
Ollie and his owner, Jolene Buchenroth of Hardin County, recently met with second graders outside to present Ollie’s story. 
Buchenroth told the students that when Ollie came to her farm, he felt ashamed because he is much smaller and looks different from her other full-sized horses, cattle and donkeys. To feel more accepted Ollie pretended to be a cow, Buchenroth explained. The students helped the mini-horse put on his costume including a spotted cape, cowbell, ears and a tail wrap.  But they learned that the costume did not make the other animals believe Ollie was a cow, so he decided to take all that off and be himself.
Buchenroth told students Ollie made lots of friends in the barn, “Maybe you're not like other boys and girls, but that's ok. Be yourself because we are all special just the way we are." 
Second grade teacher Jill Onyema also shared with students a book on acceptance called "You're Different and That's Super" by author Carson Kressley about a colt who does not look the same as the other horses. 
Ollie’s visit is part of an ongoing effort to prevent bullying at Indian Lake Elementary. His visit was paid for by a grant from the Alliance for Community Partnership.