Pregnant horse shot gives birth on Thanksgiving


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) — A little more than a month ago we told you about a horse found shot in eastern Kentucky.

The Kentucky Equine Adoption Center in Nicholasville rescued her.

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Then, we couldn’t show you the pictures of how she was found in Perry County because they were just too graphic.

She was found shot twice in her backside

The adoption center stepped in and saved her.

“Clearly she needed help and clearly there was nobody else to do that over there so we were happy to step in,” said Karen Gustin with KYEC that October day.

At first, they were so focused on fixing her gunshot wounds they didn’t realize Tammy wasn’t the only life they were saving.

“When Dr. Waldridge reached in to do an internal examination he discovered a nose and a foot so Tammy had a surprise for us,” says Kelli Sorg with the rescue group.

The vet estimated Tammy would give birth in four months but less than a month later.

“Our assistant barn manager Virginia came in early Thanksgiving morning but when she checked on Tammy, low and behold, there was a surprise in the stall,” says Sorg.

A Thanksgiving surprise and miracle.

“It was a surprise Thanksgiving day I was only off about four months. Pretty close. Horses are pretty good at proving you wrong,” says Dr. Bryan Waldridge with Park Equine Hospital.

Tammy not only survived, but brought new life to those so thankful she did.

And to honor that, the non-profit named the new foal Jose, after their trainer’s beloved horse of 30 years had to be put down the day before Thanksgiving. The day before this Jose made his way into the world.

“We’re so glad to be able to name our new Jose after Abby’s horse,” says Sorg.

The adoption center says both Tammy and Jose are doing wonderfully.

“Some of us are having some trouble, like me, actually getting any work done because we want to be out here with Tammy and Jose,” says Sorg.

A fresh start for the season dedicated to re-birth.

And a great addition to the farm, the first foal there since 2017.

But there are more costs than expected now.

If you’d like to help the non-profit, you can donate money, hay, feed, and other supplies.

Click here to donate.

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