Martha, like all dwarf horses, had a slew of health issues that were expected to impair her quality of life. They expected her to die soon as a result of her problems. When Stacy from R&R Ranch, which rescues miniature horses, learned about the dwarf horse, she was determined to do everything she could to save her. Her best was more than enough.
“We didn’t want to be selfish, but we also didn’t want to end a life that could have been saved,” Rolfe explained to Daily Paws. Martha was discovered on Craigslist by Stacy Rolfe. She made the decision to buy her right away. Though her life expectancy was short, she felt she couldn’t let the poor soul down and resolved to do everything in her power to provide her with the best possible quality of life.
Indeed, the dwarf horse was taken to the miniature horse sanctuary, where Stacy and the people who take care of the animals there saw Martha had a serious problem with her front legs. Her legs jutted out of her chest, then down, and splayed out at a very wide angle,” Rofle told Cuddle Buddies.
So they decided to have her hooves trimmed in a way that would help to slowly bring them in.
In the meantime, Stacy spent time bonding with Martha, who just loved to go sit right next to her or cuddle with her on the floor. It was obvious that the two had a special connection from the very first moment.
Indeed, after a while, they realized that her legs started to look better. Soon, Martha could walk more comfortably and even started enjoying herself around the ranch.
“We have this little girl that was just like, I don’t care what’s wrong with me, I’m happy.” says Rolfe. “She didn’t know how long she had to live, and she was like, it’s OK, I can do this, I can play, I can be happy.”
Marth beat the odds. Against all odds, Martha has celebrated her third birthday, and she is looking forward to many more years of joy. She enjoys running and “dancing” around the stables and ranch, as well as playing in the snow, and she treasures every moment she spends with her favorite person, Stacy.
At the same time, she is very sociable with both the other animals on the ranch and the people who care for her.She also visits nursing homes, allowing people to hug and brush her, lifting their spirits.
The sweet dwarf horse is also popular on social media since she’s often featured on the ranch’s Instagram page.