When two farmers in the United Kingdom found one of their horses having collapsed in the stable, they tried many ways to get her up on her feet. They let her mate in after failing to get her to stand, and watched on as he started biting her neck.
Donald MacIntyre and his wife, Jane Lipington, of Langridge, near Bath, Somerset, walked into their farm at 9 a.m. one morning and found one of their shire horses, Beatrice, having collapsed after suffering severe abdominal pain. Due to her weight and size, she was at risk of fatal organ failure if she remained on the ground.
MacIntyre, his wife, and four workers tried to help the horse up on her legs, and even used a strap tied to a tractor to get her up.
As they worked to stand her up, her stablemate, Beau, was watching from the stable next door.
“He spent the whole day in the stall next door, watching Beatrice. He was just quietly watching, he didn’t eat anything. Just watched,” MacIntyre told BNPS.
After trying for six hours and failing to get the horse up, they were considering giving up on the horse.
“The vet said it was not looking good. People were standing around crying and we were thinking of bringing it forward (putting her down),” MacIntyre said.
Something amazing happened when they let Beau out of his stable.
“We let him out in the yard for a walk about but he marched across the intervening stable and leaned over the partition and started nipping at her, getting hold of her halter with his teeth and shaking it,” Lipington recalled.
“He then lifted her head up and lifted her into a more upright position. We all watched with amazement. He lifted her so that her chest and legs came up off the ground, with a little encouragement from us she got shakily to her feet and we quickly walked her out into the yard trying to stop her falling down.”
“As we were walking her we phoned to cancel her being put down. It was that close. Our vet was astounded.”
“We are used to seeing extraordinary interactions between the horses but we have never witnessed a horse saving another’s life. Beau achieved what six hours of human endeavor with straps and machinery had failed to—he managed to lift Beatrice up off the floor which has allowed her to live on.”
“I haven’t seen anything like it before. They are long term companions and Beau was well aware of what was going on in the stable next door,” MacIntyre added. “The first chance he had when he was let out he went straight for her to help.”
According to MacIntyre, Beau was stimulating Beatrice by biting her neck.
The two horses had four foals together.