- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SALTLICK, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man who said he’d never own a horse celebrated the newest addition to his growing family of miniature horses.

Jeff DeWitt welcomed Thunder, the newborn miniature horse that was born during a storm at his property in the White section of Fayette County on Tuesday morning.

“I swore all my life I would never own a horse,” DeWitt told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1KLNAln). “But these are different.”

Thunder joins eight other miniature horses, one also being a newborn. Montana is the seventh miniature horse on DeWitt’s farm, born just a week ago. Dewitt said another one of the horses is pregnant.

Fully grown miniature horses are around 34 inches tall and can weigh up to 250 pounds. They are considered therapeutic for children or people with special needs.

DeWitt - whose fenced-in property houses goats, guinea hens, dogs, roosters, geese and a baby emu - started his family of miniature horses five years ago when he purchased two horses from another property owner for $650.

Dewitt said people like to drive by and check out the horses. He has even met people from West Virginia who stopped to see the herd, he said.

“They’re like dogs,” DeWitt said. “You just fall in love with them.”

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