Small horses stand tall in lift­ing spir­its

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

SOME­TIMES the small­est things can make a big dif­fer­ence to a sick child – es­pe­cially when they’re tiny horses.

Kids at The Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at West­mead in Syd­ney were given a rare treat yesterday, tak­ing a break from treat­ment to spend time play­ing out­side with minia­ture horses Mil­lie and Paris.

It’s not the first time the hos­pi­tal has wel­comed an­i­mal visi­tors, hav­ing pre­vi­ously hosted baby farm an­i­mals and reptile shows, but this was a first for minia­ture horses.

Mikaela Mi­callef, owner of En­chanted Show Sta­bles, said her minia­ture horses loved in­ter­act­ing with the young pa­tients.

She said the two horses – the small­est just 66cm high – loved be­ing around other lit­tle crea­tures.

“To see the lit­tle kids smile here is just so cute,” she said.

The four- legged visi­tors were a much- needed boost for horse- lov­ing six- year- old Safiya Sowaid, who has been left bedrid­den af­ter be­ing struck down by an un­ex­pected virus.

“She’s got a re­ally bad virus in her neck that just come up out of nowhere,” her fa­ther Mo­hamad said.

“So she’s been here for the past four days get­ting treat­ment.

“She’s a lot bet­ter now. When she came in she was all swollen around her neck and she had a rash.”

Pic­ture: JUSTIN LLOYD

UP CLOSE: Mil­lie the minia­ture horse meets Safiya Sowaid, 6, at The Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at West­mead in Syd­ney.

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