Posted 3 months ago ago
By Matt Clibanoff
This tiny horse was abandoned by his mother because he was too small to reach her udder, but now lives the life of luxury indoors - with his three doggy best friends.
Six-week-old Peabody is smaller than most dogs and weighs just 19 pounds, far dinkier than the average miniature horse.
“Peabody is the smallest horse in the world at his age,” said his owner, Faith Smith, 55, a miniature horse trainer from San Diego, California.
“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 his unlikely best friend dogs.”
Peabody bonding with his new friend (Image: Faith San Severino/SWNS)
When Faith first brought Peabody into her home the young mini horse was a bit nervous around her French bulldogs.
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.
Peabody’s original owners told Faith that the vet suggested having him euthanised after he didn’t wean from his mother, but she wouldn’t hear of it.
Peabody's jaw was out of line, he couldn't walk, and they thought he was deaf and blind.
After receiving a call, Smith rented a van and drove across the country to adopt him.
Since his adoption, Peabody's head has grown and his jaw has aligned.
He has also learned to walk and can see perfectly fine, and despite being deaf, Peabody has adjusted well to his new owner.
“I’ll keep him forever, but I hope he gets bigger so he can go out with other horses,” Faith added.
Peabody with his owner Faith Smith (Image: Faith San Severino/SWNS)
“Otherwise, he’s just gonna be a house horse.”
“He’s thinking now maybe he’ll be cared for in a way that he’ll survive.”
Faith is now working on getting Peabody potty trained.
She said: “We currently have a little section where we have the dog pee pads. We’re trying to train him to go there.”