On 6th September 2016, HorseWorld were called to assist the Police and Fire Service in the rescue of a mare found stuck under a trailer. She was clearly in pain and distress.
After being assessed by a vet the horse was deemed healthy enough to be sedated to enable firefighters to complete the rescue. Using straps, a drag board and specialised rescue equipment the horse was freed and taken back to HorseWorld where she was named Minty.
No owner ever came forward for Minty but it was apparent that she had received some harsh treatment in the months leading up to her rescue and was covered in injuries. Her mouth had cuts in the corners as though a bit (the metal mouthpiece of a bridle) had been pulled tightly for a prolonged period. Her back was extremely sore where it appears a training roller or saddle pad had been left on in all winds and weathers. She had obviously been subject to some very brutal and painful training techniques.
Thankfully, Minty made a full recovery and despite her past, she has the sweetest nature you could ever wish for in a horse. But Minty was yet to surprise us still. On 20thFebruary, Minty gave birth to a healthy filly (female) foal!
This means that at the time of her rescue, Minty was 6 months pregnant. The ordeal doesn’t appear to have had any ill effect on her foal who was born during the night with no problems. We suspect that this is Minty’s first foal as she was not very maternal to begin with and seemed a little daunted by it all. Thankfully, Minty’s friend Beebie stepped up to help and is accompanying the pair as Nanny.
We are now running a competition to name Minty's foal. Entry is £2 per name which will go towards the on-going care of the rescued horses. You can enter as many time as you like.
You can enter using Paypal by clicking on the yellow Paypal button on the Donate Page Here. Don't forget to write your suggested name in the comments box when you send your payment.
Or, call 01275 893020 and suggest a name (or names) and pay with a card over the phone.
Our phones are manned Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. The closing date for this competition is Sunday 26th March (Mother’s Day) at 11.59pm.”
Alternatively, you can send your entry by post accompanied by a cheque made out to HorseWorld. Our address can be found here.
Article By: Amy Williams
Date Published: 09/03/2017