Cute Overload :D
Quite possibly The Cutest OMG Pony we’ve EVER seen. Click the video right this very second. Yeah, you should be working on something at your desk…but..it’s SOOO Cute…
A living,breathing My Little Pony!
Such a sweet pony and what a wonderful bond between hoomin and animal!
can we come visit Shammy?
Ouch, wouldn’t want to nap with Shammy… I can imagine what it feels like when he starts kicking/running in his sleep 😀
So, is Shammy bred to be so little? If so why would she bred an animal that will be in pain and die young?
Shammy is a miniature horse that inherited and expressed the gene for dwarfism:
“A miniature horse with dwarfism gene. He will always be tiny. There are 4 types of dwarfism in mini horses. Shammys dwarf traits are: undershot jaw, short neck, nostrils on top of nose, breathing issues, crooked legs.” (from his Facebook)
So mini horses are supposed to be mini, but not *that* mini or (adorably) deformed.
It’s always a risk when doing a lot of intensive (in)breeding, particularly when selecting for size-related traits. I always think of the preponderance of conditions suffered by Great Danes, for example; they tend to really have short life spans and are prone to many problems that come from getting so big so quickly. Indeed, “why” is a good question to always be asking when we breed animals…
like Lil’ Sebastian from Parks and Rec