You’ve come a long way, Baby!

Baby_IMG_7185_xray_10092018_webWe rescued Baby on October 9, 2018 after citizen called police to complain about a horse constantly getting out, and that it had a broken leg. After we investigated with police, we found our girl with a fractured right hind leg and were told that she had injured herself a month previously.

When we saw the X-rays with our vet, the prospects of saving Baby looked bleak. The 5 year-old mini mare’s only options were surgery – with no guarantee of success – or euthanasia.

Then, our incredible Facebook community decided we should go for it by donating over $6,000 for her surgery. Thanks to them, and the amazing team at Reid & Associates Equine Clinic in Loxahatchee, Baby got her second chance.

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After six long hours on the operating table, the procedure was declared a success. A special shoe/boot was created for her, and once she was strong enough, Baby returned to our ranch for recovery.

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Surgeon Dr. Daniel (left) and farrier Thomas devising a special shoe/boot for Baby.

Our girl was good patient during the long weeks of stall rest, and still faced more recovery time when we were contacted by The Peeps Foundation shortly after hearing about our Operation Noah’s Ark rescue. This incredible Wellington, FL based organization rehabilitates mini horses and specializes in dwarfs and special needs cases, and matches them with qualified adopters.

Within two weeks, they had an adopter for Baby! And sure enough, it was a perfect match. Dana was looking for a companion for her mini, and especially wanted one she could nurture back to health. Through Peeps, Dana formally adopted Baby on January 21, and our special girl is now living happily ever after surrounded by love, receiving excellent care, and enjoying a new BFF.

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January 21, 2019: Adoption Day for Baby!

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Baby grazing at her forever home with her new best friend.

We are grateful every day to all of Baby’s life savers, including the citizen who reported her to police, her veterinarians, our staff and volunteers, our incredibly generous donors, The Peeps Foundation, and her adopter, Dana. THANK YOU!!!


VIDEOS BELOW OF HER RESCUE, SURGICAL & RECOVERY JOURNEY AT SFSPCA