Miniature pony desperately needs lifesaving surgery

A rare miniature pony born prematurely with twisted legs is facing death unless his owner can raise £6,000 to pay for lifesaving surgery.

Miniature pony desperately needs lifesaving surgery
Minxy’s owner Joanne Morris, 29, is asking for animal lovers to help her pay for the £6,000 surgery on her pony’s twisted legs

Cute mini Minxy, a Falabella pony, was born just ten weeks ago at stables in St Blazey, Cornwall.

Owner Joanne Morris, from Truro, spent two weeks living in her car so she could provide round the clock care to the sick animal at her parents’ stables.

She moved the pint sized pony, which is claimed to be the smallest male pony in the world at 17.6 inches tall, to her home to continue caring for him.

Miniature pony as become best friends with five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Chloe
The pony, weighing just 13.5kg, has become best friends with five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Chloe

Joanne, 29, said: ‘He needed feeding every half hour and couldn’t stand to suckle from his mother.

‘He was around six weeks premature and not fully formed. His legs were severely twisted.’

Around £1,600 has already been spent on vets’ bills splinting Minxy’s legs to help straighten them and wrapping them in bandages every day.

‘His front legs have become a lot stronger but his back legs will need pinning. He needs a scan which costs £800 a leg plus around £4,000 to operate.’

Miniature pony desperately needs lifesaving surgery
Minxy, standing at 17.6 inches tall is not much bigger than a two litre bottle of Coca Cola

Joanne continued: ‘Without these operations he would not survive.

‘Even though he is able to walk with the aid of splints, they are causing pressure sores and if they were to get infected could kill him.

‘He is such a strong willed little fella – we want to give him the chance of a normal life.’

Falabellas born with such deformities are often put down because of the cost of correcting their deformities but Joanne has launched an appeal to save Minxy.

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