Andover tiny horse is receiving attention after becoming a finalist in the Cadbury bunny tryouts

ANDOVER, Mass. — There are big happenings at a tiny horse farm in Andover and it’s not just because it’s dinnertime. “It’s been overwhelming. It’s been amazing,” said Toni Hadad, Lifting Spirits Miniature Therapy Horses.

Stewie Vuitton, who wore bunny ears, is a finalist for a spot in this year’s national Cadbury bunny tv commercial. The theme is “Rescue Pets Edition.”

Voting is through Tuesday, March 14th The winner receives $5,000, and another $5,000 to an animal rescue of their choice. They will also be in this year’s Cadbury bunny television commercial.

“No, no rabbit noises. The only time he makes rabbit noises is at dinner time,” said Hadad.

Toni Hadad runs “Lifting Spirits Miniature Therapy Horses.” She started with mini-horses several years ago but then found out about horses with dwarfism. Her rescue gene kicked in, and she started saving these tiny animals who have special needs and are often in situations of neglect.

Stewie Vuitton got his name because he has custom-made shoes. You might think it looks cute but it’s because he has a genetic defect. “They come with a ton of medical issues, short life spans, health issues,” said Hadad.

They enjoy getting lots of love and they help spread it. “They are easy to approach. They are not as intimidating as a large horse and a lot of people can relate to them because of their disabilities.

She now brings her therapy horses to 125 facilities across New England. They visit schools, senior centers, and hospitals. “It doesn’t matter the age 5 to 95 everyone lights up when they see them,” said Hadad. Stewie Vuitton hasn’t let the bunny ears go to his head. He’s still excited about dinner and receiving hugs.

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