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Thread: Meet Koda the miniature horse... who was also born a dwarf

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    Default Meet Koda the miniature horse... who was also born a dwarf

    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 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.
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    Koda is so small that he is often mistaken for a battery-operated soft toy

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    With a neigh and a meow: Koda, the tiny American Miniature horse, takes a stroll with someone his own size - in this case the Yarrambat Veterinary Hospital's cat

    The cheeky 'American miniature' horse was always meant to be small but at birth vets soon realised he was dinky even for his breed.
    'He was no bigger than a cat,' said his vet Andy Lynch. 'He was diagnosed as a dwarf soon after birth.'
    Koda's condition is rare and Lynch is amazed that he's still alive and kicking at 13-months-old despite a torrent of health problems.
    Brave Koda has had lots of surgery to correct his stumpy, buckled legs but that hasn't helped his peculiar face. His lower jaw juts out and he has bulging eyes, upturned nostrils and a wrinkled nose.
    'He had a punky look, a fuzzy forelock and his mane stuck up like a mohawk,' Dr Lynch said.


    Koda comes up to Rocky the horse's knees



    After the surgeries Koda looks set to live a long and fruitful life

    Koda's poor health prognosis left Dr Lynch with little doubt he should be put down.
    But veterinary nurse Karen Stephenson, 23, was astounded by the resilience and spirit of 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 £5,000 worth of leg surgery on Koda, but his total vet's bill is expected to top £15,000.
    The next step is extensive dentistry to remove protruding adult teeth that won't fit in his little mouth.
    He has recovered well from every operation so far.
    'He's very brave and takes his medicine like a little man,' said Dr Lynch.
    'He's everyone's friend but he's also got a very naughty streak and he'll chew just about anything,' he added.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1205022/Koda-born-health-problems-doctors-worried-But-turns-hes-just-little-horse.html#ixzz0NYThJON7

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    Well isn't he just the sweetest little thing.

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    What a pumpkin!!!

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    What a cute darling and he's a fighter too.

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    He's fabulous - but take the harness off. It's a bit much for him.

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    What a little doll!
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    lol at the look on the kittys face. like the horsey is tryin to get some from the pussy.
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    I want him.

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    awwww so cute! and i don't even like horses but he's adorable.
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    I wonder if he is real? He reminds me of a rocking horse I use to climb on when I went to nursery.

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    love him. most adorable horse i've ever seen.

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    Omg, cutest thing ever.

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    Plush toy! Want! He's adorable.
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    So cute.

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    How incredibly cute!!
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