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Summit Valley Horse Center

Adoption Story


Foster Agency: Next Step
Year of Birth: 2019
Gender: Gelding
Breed: Mini
Markings: Sorrel

Adopted in 2023!

Hero is a 6-year-old Shetland/Hackney Cross – bigger than a mini, but smaller than a pony -  measuring about 40” at the shoulder. Picked up from a horse hoarder, we learned that he spent the first five years of his life in a small, dark enclosure, on a manure pile standing about 4 feet high. Forced to stand at an angle because of the slope of the manure pile, his muscles were atrophied and back legs seriously underdeveloped. When he arrived at SVHC in May 2023 he was terrified of human contact, and unable to be handled.  He quickly became a volunteer favorite, and after a summer of loving care, attention and training on our ranch, Hero transformed into a confident, loving, and strong little horse. Surrounded by so many volunteers that loved him, (many of whom made special trips to the ranch to visit him), Hero epitomizes all that SVHC stands for. One of our Board members adopted him so that he can be a permanent member of our herd, living the rest of his life in our care. Come to the ranch to see the progress Hero has made!