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Mini horse becomes successful bell ringer for Salvation Army

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The little horse has been saved from death on at least two separate occasions during the past year. Yet, the plucky survivor is busy during this holiday season ringing his bell for Santa Claus and the Salvation Army. By all reports, he is marvelous as his job.

Flying Duck Farm House Sanctuary, Maryland, first came across the horse, called Snickers, two years ago when he was offered for sale on Craigslist. Kelly Reiter of Flying Duck Farm snapped up Snickers when the breeder/owner told her that if the 8-month-old colt was not sold, he would be euthanized - he had a leg problem and was no good to her in this condition. Reiter gave the owner $60 and loaded him into her SUV to get him home.

Snickers had locking stifles on both legs and dragged his back legs when he walked. He had to undergo corrective surgery and Reiter’s veterinarian fixed up the little colt.

Reiter saw another mini horse acting as a Salvation Army kettle ringer and, with Snickers being laid back and so people friendly, she figured this would give him a purpose. She signed him up. She postponed the bell ringing job until the following year after he had more time to recuperate.

Snickers found himself in trouble again in September when he was depressed, lethargic, and refused food. It turned out that Snickers had colic and, worse, he needed surgery. He ended up in New Bolton under the good care of Sarah Peters.

The little horse survived his 2-hour surgery. The finding? Doctors discovered a 32 pound hairball inside his colon. The doctors pulled him through his ordeal and soon he was cleared to become a Salvation Army bell ringer.

He first tried out on probation as a volunteer. And then Snickers went to work for real and, when the little mini horse was on duty, the coffers filled up quickly and with lots of money. He brought in $400 in one day, and everyone was jubilant.

Reiter gets a big kick out of people who want to meet Snickers and stuff money into the pot.

Snickers is giving back with charitable endeavors especially at the sanctuary where he is a great friend to horses that need him and others that have been abused, mistreated and neglected. He is a friend to all of them.

What joy he brings to everyone.


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