Our Darling Dwarf Miniature Pony
Muffy was not one of our foals, she came from a stud on the Sunshine Coast QLD
Unreg: Miniature Pony
Muffy is a very friendly and loving little pony, she loves people and wants to be with us all day, she is great with kids and extra gentle, she loves to lick my son and they play for hours on end in the back yard, if you sit down on the grass she will try her best to sit on top of you, she follows anywhere and is just an all round angle to spend time with! Muffy has been taught to smile, lay down and rear on command
Muffy is a dwarf miniature pony
below is a list and photos of just some of her deformities and special care needs:
1) She has a severe under bite making it impossible for her to eat grass shorter than 10cms as she cant bite it off she she required correct feeding daily
2) She has not much of a neck at all and this makes it hard for her to eat out of normal mini feed bins etc and sometimes if on uneven ground she cant even reach the grass, we have a special feed bin that has low sides that is lifted slightly off the ground so she can easliy eat her meals, she also has a large head for her size.
3) Muffy has pigeon toes in her front and is cow hocked at the back, she doesn't have full movement in her joints but is still happy to canter around with her best mate "lil horse" who is just a tad smaller than her but he is not a dwarf, We have Muffy on "joint-guard" type supplement just to help with her movements and any arthritis that may occur as dwarfs are prone to this even at an early age.
4) Muffy has deformed hooves that require corrective trimming every 4-6weeks.
5) She has a huge pot belly but this is not due to worms its simply part of her being a dwarf, she has normal sized organs all fitted into that short compact body in turn giving her a massive pot type belly!
6) Muffy also has a slight roach back and is extremely short in length she is half the length of normal minis her height, making her look like a fluffy cotton ball on legs!
As far as we can tell Muffy has no respiratory problems and has a normal heart rate for a miniature, and she should live a happy long life as long as no complications occur due to her dwarfism, every day she is here is a great one!
All of Muffys & Lil horses Combo summer and winter rugs are made to measure by Carol of Karavale Miniature Stud as they are unable to be purchased to fit them!
Some SAD News :(
Some SAD news: on the 19th of June 2010 while we were out picking up feed, little Muffy was attacked and mauled by dogs, our dogs were locked up and unable to come to her rescue, Muffy not being afraid of dogs due to living with our 60kg dogs in our house yard she would not of known what hit her! Our property runs along side a park and it is believed that the dogs and their owner must of been walking in the park when they came in and mauled her, we found part of our chain wire boundary fence pushed up, but no dogs nor owner were around when we came home to find Muffy in a pool of blood
Pics Above only 1hr after the attack
I picked her up and carried her inside, called the vet and wrapped her wounds to help stop the bleeding as best we could until the vet arrived, she was icy cold and starting to go into shock, the vet arrived 30mins later and couldn't believe she was still alive, she said it must of been more than 1 dog to have done so much damage.
Pics above 10 days after the attack
Muffy had over 300 puncture wounds to her tiny body, she had 2 big holes in her face that you could see her teeth through, she had flaps of skin hanging from her face, her bottom lip hung to the ground as the nerves were ripped apart, one of the dogs teeth had just missed her eye, her back legs were badly chewed up and tendons severed
Pic Above her daily dressings worn for almost 4 weeks!!
Getting her to survive the night and not dying from shock was going to be the biggest problem, she was cleaned, clipped, and her wounds dressed she spent the night in our lounge room so i could keep a close eye on her and keep her warm, by the morning she was trying to eat and drink :)
Pic Above 5 weeks after the attack
Sooo ..... with one HUGE vet bill and twice daily visits to the vet for almost 4 weeks daily flushing of each and every tiny puncture hole to make sure the infection didnt kill her, 8 weeks later she was almost back to the old Muffy, she still has a droopy bottom lip and a constant runny nose from sinus damage but she is back to her happy loving self and to our amazement she still loves our dogs very much!
Neither the dogs nor owner were ever found, Muffy even mad the channel 7 news the next night!
Below are some photos of muffy sporting her new hair cut on the 28th of August 2010 happy and well, if you look closely you can see the scars on her face and legs are a darker shade or black
How trusting is Muffy - She still loves and trusts our big dogs
Some Basic Information on Dwarf Miniature Horses
Dwarf horses, while often setting world records for size, are not considered to have desirable traits, all generally have incorrect conformation and may have significant health and soundness issues.
The oldest living horse on record was a miniature horse affected by dwarfism named "Angel" who lived to be over 50. The current record holder for the world's smallest horse is also a horse affected by dwarfism, "Thumbelina" who is fully mature but stands 17 inches (43 cm) tall and weighs 27 kg. Though she has received considerable publicity, her owners have publicly stated that she will not be bred. In 2010 a 6 pound miniature horse foal named Einstein challenged Thumbelina for the title of the World's Smallest Horse in part based upon the idea that there should be a separate world record category for the smallest non-dwarf horse.
Many dwarfs suffer from crooked legs and numerous orthopedic malformations. In some cases corrective farrier work can be performed using glued hoof extensions to force the dwarf to stand flat. Equine dwarfism has a complete range of symptoms from almost-imperceptible (off-bite, short neck) to profound deformities and other crippling defects. In some cases, surgery is required to correct severe deformities. These surgeries might include:
Contracted tendons - In some cases a dwarf horse will have a contracted leg tendon causing the hoof to rock backwards. The corrective surgery is simple
Locking stifles - This is a condition characterized by a peg-leg movement and failure to flex the patella (knee). The surgery is outpatient and with a very high success rate.
Shoulder dysplasia - This is the same condition in dwarf dogs such as the bulldog, and the treatment is similar for the dwarf horse. Periodic shots of Adaquin help to relieve pain, but those with severe rotator cup dislocation may require reconstructive surgery costing over $10,000.
Restricted breathing - Many Brachiocephalic dwarfs have a "mashed-in" look to their faces, often casing restricted breathing. These types of dwarfs can suffocate , especially when getting a cold, other respiratory ailments, or when their permanent teeth grow-in, the rots further constricting their airways. If you can hear your dwarf breathing, it may have an issues with restricted nasal passages. You local horse hospital can perform a procedure to trim-away the excess nasal tissue and prevent suffocation
Arthritis - Many crippled dwarf horses suffer from painful equine arthritis. The best treatment is periodic shots of Adaquin, a joint-function food supplement and corrective Farrior trimming.
De-sexing Mares and Stallions
All dwarf horses carry a high probability of passing-on their deformities. If your dwarf horse will be exposed to any stallions spaying is essential. Most miniature horse spaying can be done via arthroscopic surgery
Types of miniature dwarf horses
Literally "shortened extremities", some types of equine achondroplastic dwarfism have specific physical characteristics such as short limbs and small ears with a normal head, neck and torso. These deformities do not adversely affect the intelligence or Lifespan of the horse.
Literally meaning "twisted limb", these types of horse dwarfs are characterized by a roached-back with protruding spine, deformed leg bones, cow hocks and leg ligament anomalies.
While diastrophic dysplasia dwarfism are characterized by severe orthopedic deficiencies and a host of other physical problems, the diastrophic dwarf can sometimes be given a quality life with expensive orthopedic surgery, corrective shoes and hoof attachments.
Diastrophic dwarfism is especially prevalent in breeding programs that attempt to quickly downsize color breeds by deliberately breeding to a dwarf stallion.
Literally meaning "large head", these types of horse dwarfs are characterized by small size and large domed heads. This type of dwarf may exhibit deformed limbs, severe malocclusion (monkey jaw, an "under bite with the lower teeth protruding), and a mashed-in face, similar to a Pug dog. The facial issues often require corrective surgery to open-up the nostrils and prevent suffocation.
Below are some photos of other Dwarf Minatures