From the Daily Mail.co.uk:
He is so tiny, visitors often assume he’s a stuffed toy.
Standing at 59cm tall, if Koda the horse wants an equal he has to turn to the vetinary (sic) cat for company. The ‘American miniature’ horse – who suffers the double-whammy of being born a dwarf – has had a bout of health problems caused by his size, but he is now recovering and enjoying the life of a pampered pet.
At the age of 13 months and weighing just 35 kg, Koda has survived many corrective surgeries to increase his comfort and mobility. He awaits extensive dentistry so that his adult teeth won’t protrude from his wee mouth.
Why perform more than £5,000 worth of surgery on a horse whom many would consider putting down after birth because of a poor prognosis? I know it would have been very tough for me to make a mindful decision about the choice. Veterinary nurse Karen Stephenson, who was astounded by Koda’s resilience and spirit, explains:
I’d never seen a miniature horse and I just thought him amazing. I fell in love with him as soon as I saw him and thought he deserved a go at some good quality life, so I took him on.
Apparently being small doesn’t prevent Koda’s big personality from showing Dr. Andy Lynch, the veterinarian responsible for Koda’s care, says of Koda,
He’s very brave and takes his medicine like a little man. He’s everyone’s friend but he’s also got a very naughty streak and he’ll chew just about anything.
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