Skip to comments.The smallest horse in Australia: Koda the dwarf American miniature(OF COURSE there are pictures :-))
Posted on 08/09/2009 3:00:51 PM PDT by Stoat
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
WARNING! EXTREME CUTENESS ALERT!
Oh my, with a bow on his tail, he would look like Eeyore.
“[Robert] Reich is 4 feet 10-1/2 inches (149 cm) tall. His height is a result of multiple epiphyseal dysplasia, also known as Fairbanks disease. This genetic condition has also affected Reich’s hips; he had double hip replacement surgery in 1992. Reich has used his height as a source of humor, once appearing with the 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) Conan O’Brien in a sketch on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”
He may be Australia's smallest horse, but his personality is as big as a Clydesdale.
Koda is smaller than a labrador, weighs just 35kg and can travel on the back seat of a small sedan.
He lives at the Yarrambat Veterinary Hospital, where he mixes with pets great and small. First-time customers think he is a battery-operated soft toy.
He's cheeky, cute, sweet and obviously believes himself to be as big as a normal horse.
Koda was always meant to be small, being an American miniature.
But he is also a dwarf.
Koda was diagnosed soon after birth.
"He was no bigger than a cat," said vet Andy Lynch.
His condition is rare but Koda is unique in that he is still alive after 12 months - and thriving despite a barrage of health problems and major surgical procedures. Many more are planned.
"He had a punky look, a fuzzy forelock and his mane stuck up like a mohawk," Dr Lynch said.
His bottom jaw stuck out, he had upturned nostrils and a wrinkled nose.
Below his little round tummy, his shortened legs constantly buckled.
Koda's poor prognosis left Dr Lynch with little doubt he should be put down.
But veterinary nurse Karen Stephenson, 23, was amazed by the gutsy, plucky personality in the pint-sized pony.
"I'd never seen a miniature horse and I just thought him amazing," she said.
"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."
Dr Lynch has performed about $10,000 worth of leg surgery on Koda, but the bill is expected to top $30,000. The next step is major dentistry to remove adult teeth that will never fit in his little mouth.
He has recovered well from every operation so far and takes his medicine like a "little man", Dr Lynch said.
Awww, I want one.
Well, according to Dr. Lynch in the video, the normal size for this breed is only slightly larger than what Koda turned out to be so your request is not impossible to fulfill :-)
I've also heard of miniature horses being trained for use as service animals for people here in the USA.
Awesome... I want one for my key ring ;-)
Bless that vet for giving him all that help. In the video, he sure seems lively.
Oh my, I’ve overdosed on cuteness! Adorable!
Patches tops the charts.
Thanks for the ping. I saw one miniature horse once, it was cute but not nearly this tiny.
Of COURSE! How could I forget Patches?
Now that is one cute horse! I like the pic of him in the driver’s seat! Mine are considerably taller, at about 16 hands each. Horses are the best therapy there is for those who are drawn to them. My 2 are will me “til death parts us”.
The one scripture I’ve found about horses:
Job 39:19-20 “Hast thou given the horse strength? Hast thou clothed his neck in thunder? Canst thou make him afraid of a grasshopper?”
These strong and noble animals are my favorite of God’s creatures. They are so strong, yet the instincts that are always there, can make them afraid of something small and harmless.
And people say that horses aren’t intelligent.
I’d rather have Patches than what we have in the WH right now. He’d do a better job. So would my cat for that matter. So would the cheese under my toenails.
Tiny, cute-overload horse is quite a project for the vet. Here’s hoping he survives and eventually has a long life in comfort after all his surgeries.
Was that a colt running around the show in the video?
My wife's parents ended up losing about 1 in 7 mares or babies during breeding, my wife learned to stop getting attached to them and see it as a business because they would lose them so often.
If anyone wants an adorable little pet running around their pasture may I suggest miniature donkeys instead. Just as cute but far more intelligent, long lived, far fewer genetic quirks and they really become attached and are loyal to their owners.
Oh my! Isn’t that a precious little thing.
Wishing I had a fenced yard...
Toenail cheese is probably a Democrat.
Agreed, and yes.
Ack! You're right. I knew there was a reason to clean my toenails every day.
Adorable. And if he’s healthy and happy living with this form of dwarfism, there’s no reason not to try to breed a line that all express this trait. It appears that he “mows” lawns, and I’m all for alternatives to noisy, gas-guzzling, fume-spewing lawn mowers (and yes, I know about the manual push mowers, but you still have to push them, and they aren’t adorable).
Ah, I see from a couple of the later pictures at the Telegraph site that his condition has required major orthopedic surgery and is about to reqire major dental surgery. Too bad, I guess I can’t look forward to a dwarf-horse lawn mower.
He didn't make it into work today, said he was "Feeling a little hoarse." * rim shot *
The mini-donkey is adorable!
My neighbor used to raise miniature horses. Cute lil buggars, but I’ll second WRT foaling issues. The first loss in his tiny herd was a throwback colt. But a couple years later he lost both his favorite breeder (read: sluttiest, LOL) and her colt. Took the heart right out of him. He sold the whole bunch, and took down his fencing, besides. I think he meant to deter his going soft and taking on another sort of livestock pet. He only had them to help knock down the grass.
That's about my Mother-In-Law's height. There is nothing wrong with her and she's about typical for an 80 something Italian grandmother.
I like her a lot better then I do that little gnome, Rumplewhatshisname!
whell my dad is the main boss there so he is kindove even though andy owns him not dad
my dad is the ain boss at that vet hospital
Rider looks big.
They say she died one winter
when there came a killing frost
and the pony she named Wildfire
in a blizzard he was lost
You always know the lyrics potlatch!
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