Tiny horse abandoned by mum moves indoors and makes three doggy friends
When he was born, Peabody the horse was rejected by his mum because he was too tiny to reach her udder.
Now six weeks old, he’s still smaller than most dogs and weighs just 19 pounds.
To help him, owner Faith Smith moved him indoors and he now lives a life of luxury alongside her three pooches.
The 55-year-old miniature horse trainer from San Diego, California, said: ‘Peabody is the smallest horse in the world at his age.
‘Horses are never indoor animals, but Peabody is so small that he could never live outside unless he gets bigger, and we’re not sure if he will.
‘At present, he lives inside the house with the dogs.’
Faith rescued him as his original owners told her the vet suggested having him euthanised after he didn’t wean from his mother.
Peabody’s jaw was out of line, he couldn’t walk, and they thought he was deaf and blind.
Faith rented a van and drove across the country to adopt him.
As he’s got a little bigger, his head has grown and his jaw has aligned and he has learned to walk.
‘I’ll keep him forever, but I hope he gets bigger so he can go out with other horses,’ Faith added.
‘Otherwise, he’s just gonna be a house horse.’
Initially he was nervous of her French bulldogs but now they are best friends.
She said: ‘In the beginning, he was really in survival mode. He was just too scared for love. But he gets along with the dogs now.
‘Now that he knows where his next meal is coming from, he’s starting to play with the dogs more and has let his guard down.
‘He’s thinking now maybe he’ll be cared for in a way that he’ll survive.’
As he lives inside, their next task is to potty train him.
She said: ‘We currently have a little section where we have the dog pee pads. We’re trying to train him to go there.’
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