Horses Strawberry & Shortcake Make Progress

Both Mare and Filly are Making Excellent Progress!


Hoof soaking

We are excited to report that Strawberry’s surgery at the Myhre Equine Clinic in Rochester NH, was successful and her recovery at our Dedham Barn is going well. While under our care, Strawberry receives daily medical attention, including hoof soaking, bandage re-wrapping, and daily hand walks while she is on stall rest.  In conjunction with this, she is on daily antibiotics and pain medications. With the care and dedication of our loving staff, she continues to improve daily.

Shortcake at the League.

Shortcake at the League.

Strawberry’s two-year-old filly, Shortcake, has also made great progress. She has now successfully been weaned from her mother, with the help of “Fancy” her babysitter horse from the MSPCA. Through daily training sessions, Shortcake has gone from a challenging filly, who has had little to no handling experience, to one who is learning to enjoy human contact.  She now wears a training halter to help facilitate her training sessions.

At this point in her training she has learned to lead, be groomed, be bathed, and be bug sprayed (of which she has come to enjoy!)  But more importantly, she is lstarting to accept the touch of a humans hands without being frightened by the different stimuli that normal horses are exposed to on a daily basis.


Special thank you to Equine Veterinarian Dr. Pantano, the Myhre Equine Clinic and the MSPCA for their assistance.

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Neglected Mother Horse & Daughter Need Your Help

Caring for horses is costly and sometimes people just get overwhelmed…

Strawberry and her filly, Shortcake, were brought to our Dedham barn late last month to start a new life and receive proper care after being rescued from an owner in Southeastern MA who was just too overwhelmed to care for them properly.

We are asking for your help to raise the $3,650 to pay for Strawberry’s surgery and the two horses’ care. Please donate today. We need your financial support to continue caring for these horses.


The Story of Strawberry & Shortcake

StrawberryFACELast month, the League received a call from an Animal Control Officer in Southeastern, MA about an injured mare and her two-year-old baby horse (known as a filly) that were being kept on a small tenant farm. The severely neglected mare, now lovingly named Strawberry, had overgrown hooves and had stepped on a nail that caused her left leg to become infected and swollen. The two-year-old filly, Shortcake, had never been weaned or trained to interact with humans and as a result, she is so attached to her mare that she still suckles on her.

Strawberry's hoof.

Strawberry’s hoof.

The League immediately investigated the farm after receiving the call. The farm had extremely muddy paddocks and it lacked  any shelter for the horses, forcing them to be exposed to the elements and to stand in manure-soaked mud. Additionally, they were only receiving moldy bread and poor-quality hay to eat. Lieutenant Alan Borgal, Director of the League’s Center for Animal Protection, observed that, “the mare was in extreme pain and both horses had difficulty even getting to their water trough because of the mud.”

The owner could not afford veterinary care for the horses and had no safe place that he could keep them, so he voluntarily surrendered the horses to the League.  We knew we had to act fast to get the horses out of the farm so that Strawberry could receive the medical attention she so desperately needed.

Strawberry's left front leg in the mud.

Strawberry’s swollen leg in the mud.

The clock was ticking for Strawberry, so we immediately sent her to get surgery for her leg. The surgery went smoothly, but the road to recovery for both horses will be long. While under our care, she receives daily medical attention, including hoof soaking, bandage re-wrapping,  and daily hand walks while she is on stall rest.  In conjunction with this, she is on daily antibiotics and pain medications. Shortcake is so attached to her mom that while Strawberry was recovering from her surgery we had to bring in a babysitter horse from MSPCA Methuen to keep Shortcake company. Shortcake is already learning to be independent from her babysitter horse and with training and socialization should grow into a fine mare.

The owner of the farm and the owner of the horses were both issued “Notices of Violations” for their neglect of the horses and the owner of the farm is already making improvements to the farm.

Special thank you to Equine Veterinarian Dr. Pantano, the Myhre Equine Clinic and the MSPCA for their assistance.

Please help by making a gift today! Your support makes it possible for us to rescue and care for Strawberry and Shortcake and animals like them.  Thank you.


Bergmann’s Not Horsing Around, He’s Ready For A Home

BergmannBergmann is a 16hh, 19 year old Trekener gelding horse. Don’t let his age fool you, he is young at heart!

He loves going on long rides and loves people, dogs and other horse friends. He is a solid walk, trot, canter horse who enjoys going for a trail ride or walk through the field. He is very athletic and picks up the canter from the walk, swaps his feet, and has a trot that is quite comfortable! He can sometimes be spooked with new stimuli and situations so he should only go to a home with an experienced rider. (Though he will not buck or take off with you.)

Bergmann is the perfect gentleman on the ground and leads very quietly. He stands patiently on the cross ties, you can bathe him and groom him all day long – he loves the attention! Did we mention that he love carrots and apples?

If you are looking for a good guy who is sweet, kind and an all around good doer, and cute to boot – Bergmann is your man!

Bergmann’s original owner stated he is registered, but we do not have access to papers. He is also trained in 2nd level dressage. Would not be a suitable jumper, or lesson horse (we are looking for a home where he can enjoy his later years as a pleasure mount.)

Bergmann is barefoot and currently has no known medical or soundness issues.

His adoption fee is $1,000. If you are interested in learning more about Bergmann, please call the Animal Rescue League of Boston‘s Dedham Adoption Center at 781-326-0729, or e-mail

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Another Happy Tail

Two more miniature horses have found their forever homes. Percy and Lucille are settling in nicely with their new family.

Their new owner has been doting on them and giving them the loving care they need. For their first check up, Percy and Lucille’s new veterinarian found them to be wonderful patients and warmed up to them quite a bit.

Percy and Lucille are inseparable and their new owner is delighted to have them. We are so happy to know that they are flourishing in their new home.

A Happy Ending for a Miniature Horse

Celeste, one of the miniature horses rescued by the League back in March, has found her forever home. Her new owner says that she is right at home with her new family. With her sweet and inquisitive nature, Celeste has warmed the hearts of not only her family, but her neighborhood as well.

Celeste is being treated like a princess with an open stall so she can see everything going on in the barn and an outdoor stall that allows her to be close to the other two horses on the farm. She whinnies whenever someone, two-footed or four-footed, approaches and loves meeting new people. In less than a week, Celeste has blossomed, walking with purpose and carrying herself proudly.

With help from supporters like you, the League was able to care for Celeste and give her a loving new home. Celeste’s owner says, “I tell everyone she is a beautiful example of the difference a little love can make.”