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Veterinary Medicine

Little horses with big heart make impact at CSU

February 11, 2013

Snuggles may be tiny, but she's a giant when it comes to heart.

The miniature horse and her pals Ringo and Buttercup visited CSU’s world-renowned James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital late last week for Snuggles’ eye checkup with Dr. Cynthia Powell and her team. They also made a special appearance at the annual 1870 dinner Saturday where hundreds of people learned the heartwarming story of Snuggles, who has glaucoma in her one remaining eye. She had surgery at CSU in 2008.

The horses are part of Minis and Friends, an organization with miniature horses that travel the state of Texas visiting rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, Alzheimer's units, special-needs children centers and hospitals to bring cheer to patients through equine therapeutic healing.

“After the dinner, so many people came and told us how touching her story and her work were to them,” said Melanie Tatum, who, with Ed Jones, co-founded Minis and Friends. “Many said they had parents or family members in nursing homes and how they know the animals really make a difference in their lives and the families' lives.”

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
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