Mini Horse’s Mother Dies During Birth, Veterinary Technician Steps Up To Give Him Needed Care

Boston, a mini horse, was born on a Cape Cod farm.  He sadly became an orphan hours after his birth when his mother suffered fatal complications. There were no other mares on the farm to nurse the newborn colt, and the farmer feared he would not survive.

That was until Lucille Greiner, a veteran horse owner and experienced veterinary technician, stepped up to the plate to raise baby Boston. Because the colt was born right after the anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon, Lucille named the Colt after the bold and brave city. “He is a survivor and certainly Boston Strong,” she said.

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Lucille welcomed baby Boston him into her home in Dennisport. She bottle fed him formula around the clock. Lucille works at a pet shop called Paws and Claws and brings Boston to work with her. Boston hangs out all day at the pet shop in a special enclosed pen while she works. Customers enjoy spending time with Boston, and he enjoys their company too!

Boston will remain in Lucille’s home for the next few weeks, once he is trained to drink from a  bucket, she will begin transitioning Boston into sleeping in the stables. That way he can be socialized with other horses and learn their way of living. “He needs to learn some horsey manners,” said Lucille.

orphaned mini horse

Boston will grow to be around 34 inches tall. They cannot be ridden, but are capable of pulling a cart with one adult in it. They can also become therapy horses and help people with disabilities.

Boston has made friends with another horse that Lucille rescued named Niah. They love to play together. His personality is really starting to come out too. “He thinks he’s hot stuff and then some,” Lucille laughed. “He’s already acting like a little stud colt and he’s only two weeks old.” She added.

orphaned mini horse

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