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23 Nov

Love Transforms Sickly Horse

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

A skeletal horse stumbled down a country road in the dead of night.

She had fallen several times already, once into a nest of fire ants. Those bites burned all over her emaciated frame. When she fell again, it was into the arms of good Samaritans.

They had come across this nightmarish vision and called the local sheriff who, in turn, got in touch with the Humane Society of North Texas. 

Stella was rescued in July.HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTH TEXAS

This withered, seemingly hopeless mare was named Stella. No one knows where she came from, but Stella hadn't known love in a long time. In a way, she was lucky. There are some places in Texas where horses never know love at all.

"When we got there to help, she was actually down," Whitney Hanson of the Humane Society of North Texas tells The Dodo. "For those people who know about horses, the worst thing that could happen is for a horse to stay down."

Rescuers managed to get Stella to the organization's property, where horses are rehabilitated. But she still couldn't stand on her own. They devised a unique solution, an enormous sling held aloft by a heavy-duty pallet lifter.


So for weeks Stella was buoyed only by machinery and tethers. 

"We were treating those bites and working with her trying to build up her strength and getting her to gain weight," Whitney recalls.

Her spirit would have to do the rest. Stella started putting on weight, eventually gaining several hundred pounds, every ounce critical. And then, she found her feet.

"She started going on short walks," Hanson says. "Then she started going on longer walks. Then she started running."

Today, it's hard to imagine the apocalyptic vision Stella must have once appeared on that lonely country road. 

No longer a vision of the Apocalypse.HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTH TEXAS

This mare's road leads only to hope and a new life. 

"It's just been a really, really heartwarming transformation to see," Hanson says.

The final step on Stella's journey? She's looking for a home. But she doesn't want to walk this road alone any more. Stella made friends with another horse at the rehabilitation center, a dazzling white mare.

Stella and her best friend.HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTH TEXAS

"We're hoping to get them adopted together because they're best friends," Hanson says. "They're inseparable." 

Think you might be able to help them? Visit the Humane Society of North Texas or email

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18 Nov

Service Horse Gives Her Little Boy A Shoulder To Lean On

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Gwen might be the most popular fixture at the Winterberry Charter School in Anchorage, Alaska and she's not even one of the students! The miniature horse is a service animal for 7-year-old Zaiden Beattie, and she's there to help him walk.


Beattie has a rare genetic disease called Ataxia-telangiectasia, which will gradually affect both his balance and his muscle control. He will have to use a wheelchair at some point, the Alaska Dispatch News reports, and the disease will eventually be fatal. 


Using a walker was an option for the little boy, but Beattie loves animals, and a service horse seemed like a much better choice: A helper who could also be a friend. 

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6 Nov

Baby Horse Needs a Little Help to Reunite with Her Mom

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

The open road can be a dangerous place, but for baby animals who are accidentally separated from their mothers, it can be a whole new level of scary.

YouTube video captures the moment a few travelers spotted something unusual up ahead.

What's that on the road? Another driver switching lanes without a turn signal?


After slowing down, a closer look revealed the fellow traveler to be a baby horse. 


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30 Oct

Patient Horse Takes Her Tiny Best Friend For a Walk

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

We always see dogs being patient and protective of their tiny humans — but horses?

A little girl was out playing in the snow with her best friend, who just so happens to be a horse named Cinnamon. When the little girl decides to bring Cinnamon back into the house, you'd think the horse wouldn't know how to handle being led by a human who is so small — but she totally does.


Posted by RantPets on Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cinnamon is so amazingly gentle and patient with her little human, never going too fast and stopping when the little girl drops her reigns.

While the girl probably thinks she's the one leading Cinnamon, really, Cinnamon is the one leading her, and protecting her as they navigate the great big world together.

Humans can have an amazing bond. Watch the story of Kareem and how his horses changed his life: 

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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