March 23—Devon, Pa.
Ellie Ferrigno has had a hard time getting around the Devon showgrounds efficiently this week. After all there are plenty of people at horse shows who carry around Jack Russell Terriers or Chihuahuas, but she’s the only one here with a mini pig in her arms.
Coco The Horse Show Pig is just shy of 7 months old, and when she’s full-grown she should be about 25-40 pounds.
“Someone suggested a Facebook page to me, AZ Micro Mini Pigs, and as soon as I saw it I was obsessed,” said Ferrigno, who lives in Newtown, Conn.
Coco The Horse Show Pig helped Ellie Ferrigno celebrate her first equitation ribbon at Devon. Photo courtesy of Abbi Seley Ferrigno.
Ferrigno’s mother, Abbi Seley Ferrigno, fell for animals too, and soon Coco joined their four dogs as the family pets. Two of the dogs are scared of Coco, and one wants to eat her. The fourth dog, Pudding, is her buddy, and he lets her pile on top of him. Coco learned to use a litterbox during the chilly Connecticut winter, and while the dogs have an occasional accident inside, Coco hasn’t.
Coco and Pudding cuddle at home. Photo courtesy of Abbi Seley Ferrigno.
While Coco’s a horse show pig, she doesn’t join them day-to-day at Abbi’s Rabbit Hill Farm.
“The horses are interested in her,” said Ellie. “They’ll touch her, and then she screams at them and tries to bite them. She doesn’t care of they mind their own business, but if they touch her she flips out.”
She eats mini pig pellets and the occasional strawberry as a treat, and she visits small animal vet who specializes in exotics for check-ups.
Coco didn’t used to enjoy getting dressed up, but now she has much more fashion sense. Photo by Mollie Bailey.
Coco has quite the repertoire of noises, ranging from oinks to barks to growls to squeeks to honks.
Her favorite people are Abbi and Ellie, and he spends his nights cuddling with Ellie.
“She comes to the side of the bed and yells at me, then she comes in and is really snuggly.
He’s not the only horse show pig—catch up with Wibur, Georgina Bloomberg’s rescue pig.
Want more fun things from Devon? Check out this story about Trading Aces, the equitation horse who’s been to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games—for eventing!
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