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Malnourished mini-horse rescued from Interior property gives birth in time for Mother's Day

Image Credit: Kayla Middlebrook
May 10, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Mother's Day came early for one rescued min-horse who was rescued from a property in the Interior.

Emma Jameson’s mini-horse, Hannah, who gave birth to foal Stormy on April 22. Hannah was a part of a BC SPCA rescue that included 53 animals from an Interior property on March 3. Thirty-six of those animals seized were mini-horses and 20 of them pregnant at the time.

"The horses, who range in age from one to more than (20 years old,) were also badly matted and caked in mud, and were suffering from malnourishment, limb and hoof issues, eye problems, dental issues and hair loss due to lice," according to the SPCA in a news release.

Jameson was one of approximately 100 people who applied to adopt the minis. After being told about the mini-horses’ story from a friend, Jameson said it was almost a no-brainer when it came to adopting Hannah.

“Almost all our animals are rescues or rehomed and now have a home for life. We are lucky to have acreage and as a vet tech I just felt compelled to help, to try to provide one of the pregnant minis a safe home where they could be loved and cared for,” she says in the news release.

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The support for the mini-horses was so popular that Leiki Salumet, manager of equine and farm animal care for the BC SPCA, closed the application process after only one day.

Salumets says when it came to selecting the right person for the minis, “we wanted to ensure they received the best care possible and that their homes would be prepared to help them foal out and be able to care for the foals as well once they were born. A lot of the horses needed some work on handling and learning to trust people.”

Jameson says Hannah’s transition was fairly smooth with just a few hiccups along the way, according to the release.

“Hannah initially had some skin issues, deformed feet that had been very overgrown and she did not like being touched anywhere or having her feet picked up. She would bite, circle and kick when I attempted. She also was very fearful of my son and would run away or turn to kick.”

“She is a sweet, sassy mare, who knows what she wants,” says Jameson in the release.

As for the birth of Hannah’s foal Stormy, Jameson shares, “He stormed into the world so fast I barely made it to see him being born.”

The delivery was a safe one and the foal is healthy.

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According to Jameson he has the same sassy big personality as his mama and is “a little buckeroo!”

To connect and donate to the BC SPCA, visit the non-profit's website.

Image Credit: Kayla Middlebrook

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