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10 Oct

Snowboarders Save Stranded Horse From Freezing to Death

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

By the time this horse was discovered, all alone on a mountainside and up to her belly in snow, she seemed as though she had given up any hope of making it out alive. But in that cold, lonely place, the warmth of human compassion won the day.

Rafael Pease and a friend had planned to spend the day snowboarding in the Chilean Andes, celebrating Pease's 21st birthday, but they soon found themselves in a position to save a life. While shredding through the blanket of fresh powder, Pease spotted what he at first thought was a rock off in the distance. As he looked closer, however, he realized it was actually a creature in desperate need of help.

That's when the snowboarders leapt into action.

Digging with snow shovels, the pair was able to free the exhausted horse from her icy confines. After feeding her, Pease and his friend slowly led the horse down the mountain where she was reunited with her owner, who informed them that she had been missing for four long days.

If the snowboarders hadn't come along, it's not likely the stranded horse would have lasted much longer. And while riding the slopes might have been a more pleasant way to spend the day, Pease says he wouldn't have had it any other way.

"I have been through a lot in life, and through it all I have realized that it's well worth it to watch out for others — whether they are human or not. And that's what me and my riding partner did," he wrote in a blog post on The Inertia. "Hopefully this inspires you to get out there and not only live your life to the fullest, but to help others do the same."

Horses get themselves into these sticky situations quite often, it seems. Watch another daring horse rescue of a colt trapped in a frozen pond:

28 Sep

Horse Visits Hospital to Bid Farewell to His Ailing Owner

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

It may be impossible to measure the love between people and their cherished animal companions, yet few things can be more easily perceived. Such is the case when it comes to the bond between a horse named Jake and his best friend, Lisa Beech.

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The two first met at a farm sale in Kentucky 16 years ago, where Jake's original owner was too sick to care for him and thus eager to see him adopted. Beech hadn't been planning on getting a horse, but she fell for Jake immediately and decided to take him home. In return for her kindness, the horse rewarded her with many years of love and loyalty.

"Jake has been great to her," Beech's daughter, Amanda Sturgill, told The Dodo. "We have other horses now, but he's the one she claims as her own."

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24 Sep

People Get Creative to Save Horse Stuck in a Well

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

It took a village to rescue Daisy, a friendly draft horse who found herself in a tight situation last week. Daisy's family got worried when she didn't show up for her feeding at their farm near Saskatoon, Canada.

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So they went looking for Daisy and found her ... halfway down a well. Daisy had slipped and fallen into the hidden hole, and with her back legs trapped, she couldn't get out again.

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21 Sep

Horse Prevents Drunk Cowboy from Getting a DWI

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

If friends don't let friends drive drunk, then Sugar the horse is a BFF.

Formerly unintoxicated cowboy, Jake Williams, found himself in a decidedly different state of being after dropping by a daiquiri shop in town earlier this week. The northern Louisiana native had been driving with Sugar in a trailer behind him, when he opted to stop in for a drink.

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17 Sep

Horses Surprise Family, Hang Out on Their Front Lawn

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

It's always fun to look out your window in the morning and see what animals are around your neighborhood. Birds, squirrels, maybe a few deer ... and horses? 

That's exactly what happened to one family recently, when they awoke one morning to find a small herd of horses roaming around on their front lawn in their residential neighborhood in Worcester, UK, Yahoo News reported.

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12 Sep

Orphaned Horse Finds Love in an Unlikely Adoptive Mother

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

Love has a wonderful way of making even the most insurmountable of differences suddenly appear petty or obsolete — just ask Legacy the orphaned horse and her adoptive mother, a goat named Buttercup.

Within the first few hours of the young Clydesdales's life, she was thrown a tragic obstacle. A day after her birth last April, Legacy's mother passed away on the farm where she lived in Canada, putting the fragile newborn foal's own life at risk as well. The loss was also devastating to the horse's caretaker, Emily Welsh, who knew something needed to be done for the suddenly orphaned offspring.

"My life had turned upside down," Welsh wrote on Facebook. "I didn't even like the idea of being in the barn, but we now had this little filly that was alone and needed help."

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10 Sep

This Smooth Horse Does the Sweetest Thing for His Gal

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

Talk about being a stud.

This cool colt, who goes by the name "T," knows a thing or two about how to woo his lady — a very lovely amber-haired mare named Layla. Footage recently uploaded to YouTube captures the adorable moment "T" comes running to deliver Layla a tasty snack of hay for them to enjoy together.

Amorous non-equines, take note. You can learn a lot from watching "T."

Get more adorable animal friendships here!

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6 Sep

Miniature Pony Surprises Everyone With the Tiniest Little Bundle

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

A little Shetland pony named Cherry surprised her owners in a huge — well, actually pretty small — way when she gave birth to a tiny, newborn 17-inch foal.

David Reid, of Aberdeenshire, U.K., had no idea Cherry was even pregnant. Imagine his shock when he discovered his pet pony had given birth to an exceptionally tiny, and exceptionally cute, little baby.


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1 Sep

Horse Discovers Just How Snuggly Little Humans Can Be

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

People come in all shapes and sizes, but often it's the smallest among us who have the most love to give.

video making the rounds on Facebook this week captures that fact better than most. The clip, uploaded by Mami Cano, shows the unforgettable moment a kindly brown horse made the acquaintance of a little human child. Bubbly as she may be, the horse shows the utmost patience and an openness to her snuggly affection.

Despite the differences in their species, the pair seem to share an innocent bond of love and trust — the likes of which many of us grown-ups can only hope to achieve.

Meet another amazing horse here!

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26 Aug

Horses With 3-Foot-Long Hooves Freed From Maryland Farm

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(Guest post by Christina M. Russo from
Days End Farm Horse Rescue 

Early last Friday, three horses were found on a private farm by field service officers with the Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC), a nonprofit organization that contracts with Washington County, Maryland to provide animal control services.

The officers were initially responding to a concerned citizen calling about the welfare of pet pigeons. But protocol demands that the officers investigate the conditions for the other animals on the property, as well.

What they found was this: three horses — two stallions and a miniature — confined to individual stalls.

They were emaciated. They had rotten teeth. Their hooves, which had never been properly cared for, were more than 3 feet long.

And they had been living like this for upwards of 15 years.

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