Munchkin is one of our miniature horses, standing at only 33 ½ inches, and came to us on an emergency rehome. Though she was well loved and cared for, her owner’s health issues meant that Munchkin (and her current companion Poppet) had been through many moves in a short period of time. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding about miniature horses meant that Munchkin was suffering with laminitis on her arrival (an extremely painful condition that affects the hooves). Miniature horses and Shetlands need very little to live off and are best suited to high mountain grassing where there’s little sugar in the grass. On lush lowlands the horses have to be restricted to tiny paddocks and concrete yards – causing the laminitis. They can also cause arthritis, resulting in the wasting away of muscles.
Luckily we spotted this immediately and Munchkin quickly recovered. She’ll always be susceptible to laminitis, but with careful management we hope to never have another attack. She now enjoys more suitable grass in our 3-acre field along with 6 other miniatures in her herd – an idyllic life for a miniature equine. She’s second in command in the herd and is a cheeky little character. She is inquisitive, good-natured, loves people and has an incredible hairdo. She has a predictable temperament, and we’re currently working with her so she can have an active role in our ‘meet and greet’ with holiday guests. She’s desperate to be a part! We hope you get to meet her soon.