Show Some Love For Munchie The Incredibly Cute Mini Horse With Dwarfism

Oliver Brown

Journalist

Munchie lives at Habitat for Horses, a sanctuary in Hitchcock, Texas. However, unlike his neigh-bours, he's only 21 inches (53cm) tall. And he doesn't really care. “It’s like he doesn’t notice how big they [the other horses] are or care how big they are,” Amber Barnes, adoption and media specialist for Habitat for Horses, told press. “He’s just kind of like, ‘So what you’re big? Whatever.’”

Munchie had been living a neglected life on a property in San Antonio before moving to the Habitat. “He was about 2 months old when we rescued him,” Barnes said. “He came in with a family of smaller miniature horses and also larger horses. It was a very large cruelty seizure case in San Antonio. There were actually several horses who had died that were on the property when we got there. So it’s a sad case.” He was so small, Munchie was driven from the rescue site in somebody's lap in the front seat of a truck.

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Only at the sactuary it was discovered than Munchie was not just a mini horse, but a mini horse with dwarfism. It's a common issue in the breed, as negligent owners tend of to inbreed them. Munchie is relatively healthy, even if he has a curved “roach” back and an underbite. “When we talk about Munchie, we tell his story and talk about the plight of other horses,” Barnes said. “He’s a good example.”

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