When you work on a farm, you never quite know what you are going to find when you go to the barn in the morning. For Donald MacIntyre and Jane Lipton, there was something that they could have never imagined waiting for them. When they went out to the barn, they instantly knew that something was wrong.
They found their 16-year-old sire horse, Beatrice, was on the ground and couldn’t get up. She weighed a ton, so the pressure was harming her internal organs, making her blood pressure rise and harming her heart. She was an elderly horse and had a number of health issues, including colic. They knew they had to work quickly and for the next 6 hours, they tried to get her back on her feet again.
They struggled against time and had to set a time limit. If they couldn’t get her back on her feet, they would have to have her euthanized.
Beau is an 11 year old stallion and had been in the stalls with Beatrice for over 10 years. They had 4 foals and had bonded in a very special way.
The deadline was approaching and they knew they were running out of time. That is when they had an incredible idea. They opened the door of Beau’s stall and he came right over to his companion. He did something that all of their efforts were unable to accomplish.
Beau leaned in and started nipping at her. He lifted up her head as they watched in awe at what was happening.
It only took 10 minutes but Beatrice was back on her feet again. They could then call the vet and cancel the visit.
This actually happens more often than most people think.
“Horses are herd animals, and generally, if one horse is down, others around it wouldn’t make much of an effort, maybe one may paw at it. But generally they would probably go off in a direction,” said Duncan Ballard, a horse vet at Bushy Equine of Bristol.
“So to come across a horse that actually physically grabbed another in the way Beau did to Beatrice is incredibly rare. Shire horses are known to be emotionally intelligent, and that certainly is the case with Beau.”
Since that day, Beatrice has recovered nicely. You can watch this rescue video below:
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