All animals are capable of feeling love. Given the right circumstances where they are well fed and are loved, they will be able to establish a positive bond with their surroundings.

Recently a tiny horse was rescued from a kill pen, a system that holds masses of horses in cramped, unhealthy, and under-kept conditions until they can be auctioned for slaughter. Tess Kiritsy rescued him and took him to her ranch in New Hampshire to give him a better life.

At first, he was very shy and noticeably sad. The little horse was just a messy, knotty ball of hair. He was so scared and mistreated that he didn’t eat, he seemed to couldn’t even recognize what the food was.

After a few weeks, the horse began to change its attitude thanks to the attention and affection it received from its new keeper, however, it still seemed somewhat sad so Tess found a very large teddy bear almost the size of the horse and left it in the stable.

Dexter, as the horse is called, was delighted with his new toy and slept for several nights almost hugging it. But it still seemed that something else was missing for the horse to finish opening up.

Tess contacted her friend Olivia and explained the situation, so she in response invited both Tess and Dexter to her Stoneybrook Farm in Vermont. A few days later they arrived and that was when everything changed.

When exiting the trailer Dexter met Whidbey, Olivia’s dog, and from there on an unbreakable bond was created. They started playing and running all over the place.

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“It was love at first sight,” Olivia said.

This was the first time that any animal had looked for Dexter to play with and he was really excited and we are very glad that Dexter finally feels like part of a family and is free to play, have fun and lead a happy life.