SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- She only stands two and a half feet tall, but Tiki the miniature horse lifted spirits high on Wednesday afternoon in Scotch Plains. (See video below).

Knowing that Tiki would bring joy to his neighbors, 15-year-old Ben Pritzker decided to embark upon a mini-parade with his mini horse across Raritan Road. He and his mom, Lucy, alerted people by posting on social media that it would happen.

"People weren’t expecting it, and the reaction was great," he said. "The mini horse is more relatable. They’re very affectionate, and then there’s the element of surprise because people aren’t really expecting to see a horse this size."

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Pritzker, a sophomore at Solebury School, a boarding school in New Hope, PA, spends the rest of his time during the coronavirus lockdown doing his school classes remotely and helping to care for the other horses and donkeys on the small farm in his back yard. 

Weather permitting, he plans to take Tiki for a stroll once or twice a week, most likely again on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Look for updates on TAPintoSPF Facebook page.

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