Majorly cute mini horses

These pint-sized parcels of pony joy are just too adorable not to share
By Molly Wald

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Phantom and Fury came to us from a home where they were adored, but their person could no longer physically care for them. It turned out that Phantom knew quite a bit: He’s trained to pull a cart and he’s rideable (by very small children under supervision). He was the perfect fit for Jorah Cohen’s family, especially her daughter, Sonja.

Woman walking outside holding two leads, one with a young girl on the end and the other a mini horse

Even though Jorah refers to Phantom as “Sonja’s horse,” she was the one who really fell for the mini horse, and having a young daughter gave her a perfect excuse to adopt him. But Phantom’s kind nature really shines when he’s with Sonja.

Phantom the paint colored mini horse with blue eyes with a young girl

“As soon as I saw Phantom with Sonja, I was sold,” says Jorah. “He’s so gentle. It blew me away, really — how he could be with her.”

Phantom lets Sonja lead him around, and he never pulls on her. She brushes him, hugs him and gives him cookies. But her favorite thing to do is ride.

Woman holding young girl on the back of Phantom the mini horse while a man walks alongside them holding the horse's lead

“Riding him is definitely her favorite thing. I have to reel her in,” says Jorah.

Young girl hugging Phantom the mini horse while out in a field

Phantom is a lucky little horse to have a doting family to love him, and he seems quite happy to reciprocate. “He’s a good boy and he just takes care of her,” Jorah says.

Back at the Sanctuary, Phantom’s buddy, Fury, charms everyone with the only trick he knows — giving kisses.

Fury the mini horse with his face up in the air showing his teeth

“Pucker up, ladies.”

Fury the mini horse moving his face toward the camera for a kiss

Coming in for the smooch …

Fury the mini horse kissing a woman wearing overalls

Got ‘er! Fury lands a kiss on Horse Haven caregiver Kristie Gerard.

Horse Haven trainers have been working with Fury to teach him the other things he needs to know, such as leading, backing up and moving over when asked. He’s an excellent student and picking up new skills fast.

His day will come when he gets to go home with a family of his own, just like his friend. And then he can shower them with smooches every day.

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Photos by Molly Wald