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The smallest horse in Australia: Koda the dwarf American miniature(OF COURSE there are pictures :-))
The Telegraph (U.K.) ^

Posted on 08/09/2009 3:00:51 PM PDT by Stoat

 

Koda, an American miniature horse that was also born as a dwarf, walks with Yarrambat Veterinary Hospital's cat...
Koda, the smallest horse in Australia, is smaller than most dogs and not much bigger than a cat

 

Koda, an American Miniature horse that was also born as a dwarf
He weighs only 35 kg (five-and-a-half stone) and stands at 59cm (less than two feet tall)

 

Koda, an American Miniature horse that was also born as a dwarf
American miniature Koda was never going to be large, but he's small even for his breed...

 

Koda, an American Miniature in Yarrambat , Australia, was always going to be small but shortly after birth Koda was diagnosed as being a dwarf. Koda weighs only 35kg and is smaller than a labrador
...and was diagnosed a dwarf soon after his birth

 

Koda, an American Miniature horse that was also born as a dwarf
In fact, he's so small, people are often mistaking him for a battery-operated soft toy

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: australia; extremecuteness; frsaddleclub; horse; kittyping; koda; napl; saddleclub; soooooooooooocute; tinyhorse
My apologies for the severe editing....there are several more pictures available for viewing at the Telegraph site but Free Republic posting rules prevented me from posting them.  Please click on the main article link for more  :-)
1 posted on 08/09/2009 3:00:52 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: Slings and Arrows; HairOfTheDog; PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

WARNING! EXTREME CUTENESS ALERT!


2 posted on 08/09/2009 3:01:52 PM PDT by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: brytlea

Ping


3 posted on 08/09/2009 3:04:48 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Stoat

cute.


4 posted on 08/09/2009 3:11:02 PM PDT by blogOps (don't bite me. i'm newbie)
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To: Stoat

AWWWWWWWWWW!


5 posted on 08/09/2009 3:11:17 PM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: Stoat
Here's a pic of his jockey...

Photobucket

6 posted on 08/09/2009 3:16:00 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Stoat

Oh my, with a bow on his tail, he would look like Eeyore.


7 posted on 08/09/2009 3:20:56 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: DollyCali; lysie; kassie; Neets; prairiebreeze; Holding Our Breath; tillacum; LBKQ

ping


8 posted on 08/09/2009 3:22:16 PM PDT by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ A community organizer cannot complain when communities organize.)
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To: ETL
Naw, Here is his real jockey


9 posted on 08/09/2009 3:34:02 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: LukeL

“[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.[6] 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.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Reich#Biography


10 posted on 08/09/2009 3:46:32 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: MrEdd; blogOps; SolidWood; ETL; DejaJude; Jemian; LukeL; All
Oh my, there's even a nice, professionally-produced video available!

YouTube - Dwarf miniature horse Koda thriving despite health problems

11 posted on 08/09/2009 4:09:16 PM PDT by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat
Here's the description of the above video from YouTube:

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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.

12 posted on 08/09/2009 4:16:32 PM PDT by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat

Awww, I want one.


13 posted on 08/09/2009 4:18:19 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: LS
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.

14 posted on 08/09/2009 4:23:13 PM PDT by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat

Awesome... I want one for my key ring ;-)


15 posted on 08/09/2009 4:31:29 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Stoat

Bless that vet for giving him all that help. In the video, he sure seems lively.


16 posted on 08/09/2009 4:32:09 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: Stoat

17 posted on 08/09/2009 4:52:30 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Stoat

Oh my, I’ve overdosed on cuteness! Adorable!


18 posted on 08/09/2009 5:10:25 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: BerryDingle

Patches tops the charts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKj6RPYgcpQ


19 posted on 08/09/2009 5:16:32 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: MrEdd

Thanks for the ping. I saw one miniature horse once, it was cute but not nearly this tiny.


20 posted on 08/09/2009 5:17:15 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Orange1998

Of COURSE! How could I forget Patches?


21 posted on 08/09/2009 5:35:27 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Stoat; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...
Just keep him away from the coffee.


22 posted on 08/09/2009 8:36:53 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: Stoat

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.


23 posted on 08/09/2009 9:10:27 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("I am Sarah Palin.")
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To: Orange1998

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.


24 posted on 08/10/2009 4:05:06 AM PDT by TheOldLady (zer0 the granny killer)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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?


25 posted on 08/10/2009 4:17:11 AM PDT by TheOldLady (zer0 the granny killer)
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To: TheOldLady
My In-laws bred them for years, most of them are adorable and are fun to have but due to their size they have a few more problems than standard horses so you usually end up being on a first name basis with your vet after a while.

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.


26 posted on 08/10/2009 5:01:00 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar

Oh my! Isn’t that a precious little thing.

Wishing I had a fenced yard...


27 posted on 08/10/2009 5:07:41 AM PDT by TheOldLady (zer0 the granny killer)
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To: TheOldLady
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.

Toenail cheese is probably a Democrat.

28 posted on 08/10/2009 5:46:28 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: TheOldLady

Agreed, and yes.


29 posted on 08/10/2009 5:47:26 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Toenail cheese is probably a Democrat.

Ack! You're right. I knew there was a reason to clean my toenails every day.

30 posted on 08/10/2009 6:58:49 AM PDT by TheOldLady (zer0 the granny killer)
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To: Stoat

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).


31 posted on 08/10/2009 7:14:14 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker (Vote for a short Freepathon! Donate now if you possibly can!)
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To: Stoat

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.


32 posted on 08/10/2009 7:18:12 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker (Vote for a short Freepathon! Donate now if you possibly can!)
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To: monkapotamus; SevenofNine
A pony for PingPing!
33 posted on 08/10/2009 7:21:32 AM PDT by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: ETL
Here's a pic of his jockey...

He didn't make it into work today, said he was "Feeling a little hoarse." * rim shot *

34 posted on 08/10/2009 7:21:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Abathar

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.


35 posted on 08/10/2009 7:24:15 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne ("Drill now drill hard drill often and give old Gaia a cigarette afterwards she deserves it." HerrBlu)
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To: AnnaZ

lol


36 posted on 08/10/2009 8:16:38 AM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: ETL
Reich is 4 feet 10-1/2 inches

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.

Regards,
GtG

I like her a lot better then I do that little gnome, Rumplewhatshisname!

37 posted on 08/10/2009 12:28:38 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Stoat

whell my dad is the main boss there so he is kindove even though andy owns him not dad


38 posted on 11/07/2009 4:03:36 AM PST by oscersp (ive seen him only two time though)
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To: Stoat

my dad is the ain boss at that vet hospital


39 posted on 11/07/2009 4:03:36 AM PST by oscersp (ive seen him only two time though)
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To: potlatch



SMALLEST RIDER IN THE WORLD


40 posted on 12/26/2009 10:24:22 AM PST by devolve ( . . . . . . . . . woodpile alert - "My muslim faith....." - Kobe Osama . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: potlatch






41 posted on 12/26/2009 9:49:47 PM PST by devolve ( . . . . . . . . . woodpile alert - "My muslim faith....." - "Kobe" Osama . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

Rider looks big.


42 posted on 12/27/2009 8:23:15 AM PST by potlatch (~~ COGITO ERGO SUM~~)
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To: devolve

They say she died one winter
when there came a killing frost
and the pony she named Wildfire
in a blizzard he was lost


43 posted on 12/27/2009 8:26:36 AM PST by potlatch (~~ COGITO ERGO SUM~~)
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To: potlatch

.

LOL!

You always know the lyrics potlatch!


44 posted on 12/27/2009 10:22:34 AM PST by devolve ( . . . . . . . . . woodpile alert - "My muslim faith....." - "Kobe" Osama . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

Yes.


45 posted on 12/27/2009 10:29:12 AM PST by potlatch (~~ COGITO ERGO SUM~~)
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