SWAMPSCOTT, MASS. (WHDH) - A miniature horse in Swampscott is on the road to recovery after a serious health scare.
The horse, named Fluffernutter, is 30-years-old and travels around with the nonprofit Minis With a Mission, which provides visits for people to connect with rescued mini horses and donkeys.
“He’s been through a lot in his life, but he really just warms everybody’s hearts,” said Marianne Speranza-Hartmann of Minis With a Mission.
In Swampscott, Fluffernutter has long been a community favorite.
“Fluff is a bit of an enigma,” Speranza-Hartmann said. “He’s often grumpy when he’s at the barn. He doesn’t like to get caught. And he doesn’t particularly enjoy getting brushed or just being handled a whole heck of a lot until we go out into the community.”
Fluffernutter stood as Swampscott’s Pride Pony in 2021 and marched as a reindeer in last year’s Christmas parade.
Recently, he suffered a bout of Colic that put him in the hospital for several days, away from his home and his friends.
“They’re like the Three Musketeers,” Speranza-Hartmann said of Fluffernutter and his fellow mini horses. “They’re always together.”
The medical bills were expensive. So, Minis With a Mission set up a fundraiser. More than $3,000 have since been raised for Fluffernutter.
Fluffernutter recovered at Tufts Veterinary Hospital and is now back home.
“He really has been making an incredible recovery,” Speranza-Hartmann said.
He is next scheduled to walk in Swampscott’s annual holiday fair on Dec. 16.
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