Koda the miniature horse
In the Yarrambat Veterinary Hospital just north of Melbourne Australia you will find a very special little horse named Koda. Koda is a miniature Horse who was also born a dwarf. Standing at just 59cm tall, if Koda the horse wants an equal he has to turn to the veterinary cat for company! He is so tiny visitors often think he’s a stuffed toy. 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 after substantial multiple surgeries is now recovering and enjoying the life of a pampered pet.
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’s poor health prognosis left Dr Lynch with little doubt he should be put down, but after the surgeries Koda looks set to live a long and fruitful life. 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’.
Koda is not expected to live a completely normal horse life but there is hope that with the help of his human friends at the Yarrambat Veterinary Hospital that he will see two decades.