By Dan Howlett @DanHowlett85

A TINY horse with a rare form of dwarfism has become an Internet superstar after his owner posted a video on Facebook

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Videographer / Director: Matt Jones
Producer: Daniel Howlett
Editor: Sonia Estal, Ian Phillips

After Michele posted a video to a Facebook page she set up for Shammy, he quickly gained 5,000 fans - inspiring her to write a book about his exploits

Little Shammy's condition may make him smaller than his fellow equines - but that doesn’t stop him being mischievous and delighting his online fan base.

Tiny toes! Shammy snuggles up for a cuddle with owner Michele

His owner Michele Puryear said: “He truly is a one in a million, dwarf horses are always very loveable and mischievous but Shammy is more affectionate than most.

Cute Couple: Shammy is more like a dog than a horse

“He is almost like a dog, he would rather be with me than with a herd of horses or even with his mama sometimes.

Dwarf horses are prone to arthritis and heart issues

“He follows me around and runs in and out of the horse trailer - if he can find something to get into, he’s going to get in to it.”

Small steed: Shammy is dwarfed by his taller equine friends

When he’s not causing trouble around Michele’s farm in Georgia, USA, Shammy likes to relax and show his more loving side.

When he’s not causing trouble around Michele’s farm in Georgia, USA, Shammy likes to relax and show his more loving side

The 51-year-old added: “When I’m here I can just spend my time sitting on the ground with him and he’ll stay with me until I make him get up – he just loves attention.

“A lot of the time when I come home and get out of the car, he is stood there waiting at the gate and I have to stop what I’m doing and love him for a little while – he just can’t resist.”

Shammy loves attention and will sit with Michele for hours

After Michele posted a video to a Facebook page she set up for Shammy, he quickly gained 5,000 fans - inspiring her to write a book about his exploits.

Horsing around! Shammy plays with a rubber ball

“Shammy had over 90 visitors within his first 30 days of birth, which is unheard of," added Michele.

Show off! Shammy loves being the centre of attention

“People were just falling in love with him right away. They all want to take him home or buy him - but of course I would never sell him.

“He’s the only baby I ever kept. I usually breed my babies and sell them but I just couldn’t with Shammy.

Shammy's condition may make him smaller than his fellow equines - but that doesn’t stop him being mischievous and delighting his online fan base

“Usually when they come to visit him they want to see him again and they’ll always find a reason to come back – perhaps bringing a neighbour or a friend to see Shammy.”

Shammy had over 90 visitors within his first 30 days of birth

Unfortunately Shammy's condition will inevitably lead to problems later on in life.

Small steed: Shammy is dwarfed by his taller equine friends

Michele, who works in finance and insurance, added: “They really do suffer as they get older. They tend to get arthritis and their bodies don’t grow as fast as their internal organs so they have heart issues.

“He won't ever be like the other horses, but I want him to be pain-free. That’s my hope for Shammy.

“At any time he could lay down in his sleep and pass. So I try to treasure every moment, every spare moment I have I come and spend a few moments with him.”