Faith Smith was unconvinced when she learned that six-week-old Peabody the miniature horse was possibly deaf, blind, and unable to walk. She didn’t change her mind even after learning that a veterinarian had advised his first family to euthanize him.
She knew that Peabody deserved to live a life filled with love. So she rented a van and drove across the country to rescue him back.
Faith trains miniature horses for therapy, emotional support, mobility services, and love. Miniature horses, due to their calm demeanor, can be trained to be excellent therapy animals and companions. Peabody, on the other hand, is no ordinary miniature horse. A mini weighs between 150 and 350 pounds on average. Peabody, on the other hand, weighs only 19 pounds at six weeks old. That’s smaller than the majority of dogs!
His mother had abandoned him because he was too small to nurse from her.
“At his age, Peabody is the smallest horse in the world,” Faith says.
They must be less than 34 inches (three feet) tall to be considered a “miniature horse.” He’s grown a little since his rescue, but Peabody’s mom isn’t sure how much bigger he’ll get.
Peabody’s jaw was misaligned when he first arrived at their home. His head has grown a little since then, and his jaw is no longer out of place. He’s also learned how to walk. Peabody can now walk, run, and even play thanks to some special shoes and training with his new mom.
“Horses are never indoor animals, but Peabody is so small that he could never live outside unless he grows bigger, which we doubt. “Right now, he lives inside the house with the dogs,” Faith says.
Peabody lives inside Faith’s home with multiple pups, including two French Bulldogs, due to his small size. Peabody was initially terrified of his furry siblings, but after acclimating to his new home, they have become fast friends. It’s so cute to see them run and play together. How often do you come across a horse and a small dog of comparable size? It’s adorable overload. It’s no surprise that he has thousands of social media followers.
“I’ll keep him forever, but I’m hoping he grows big enough to go out with other horses.” Otherwise, he’ll just be a house horse,” Faith says.
His previous family thought he was blind and deaf, but only one of these conditions has been confirmed. Peabody can see perfectly well, but he is deaf. Despite this, he is thriving in his new life as a contented house horse, surrounded by a lot of love. Potty training is the most recent challenge for this adorable animal, but with all he has already overcome and accomplished, he will surely master it as well.
Peabody is inspiring people and bringing joy to people all over the world. You can keep up with his journey by following him on social media at @faithfulminis. You can also learn more about his farm by going to https://www.faithfulfriendsinsandiego.com.