Rescued Mini Horse Runs for the First Time! (PETA Video)

For Immediate Release:
October 19, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – A concerned neighbor first called PETA about Bea, a mini horse who was living all alone in a sewage-filled field in North Carolina and whose hooves were so overgrown that they curled up like sled runners and she could take only small painful steps. And as a new PETA video released today shows, that phone call changed her life: Her owner, after recognizing that he wasn’t able to care for Bea, asked PETA to find her a new home.

For the first time in at least six years, Bea received vital veterinary care—for her teeth, to treat her for parasites, and more—and with her hooves finally trimmed, she was off and running (literally!). Once she arrived at her new home under the wide-open New Mexico skies, she made her first friend in at least six years: Toby, another mini horse who was rescued by PETA. At Toby’s side, Bea at last gets to explore her spacious new home, run, walk, graze, and live as horses should.

“No social being should be forced to live all alone, neglected and in pain,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “Thanks to a neighbor who asked PETA to help, this mini horse has a wonderful new life, and we hope her story will inspire others to blow the whistle when an animal is in distress.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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