Rescuers Introduce Near-Death Orphaned Pony to Grieving Horse, Then a Miracle Unfolds

July 20, 2019 Updated: July 26, 2019

It’s no wonder that this curly haired mustang is named Mila, a short for “Milagro,” which means miracle in Spanish. No other name would seem to suit this tough little pony better. Looking at her, one could never imagine that this bright-eyed and energetic mustang was once rescued from the brink of death.

During the summer of 2018, Arizona was hit by one of the worst droughts in 10 years. Over 200 horses were found dead in the Navajo Reservation in Gray mountains. That’s where Healing Hearts, an organization dedicated “to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused, neglected and abandoned animals” based in Cave Creek, Arizona, found Mila.

According to Jennifer Brumbaugh, the executive director of Healing Hearts, the foal was a “bag of bones” when she was discovered.

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In a video posted by The Dodo on Facebook and YouTube,  Brumbaugh says, “It’s truly a miracle she even survived.”

After the organization rescued the little pony, originally named Coco, on the first night itself, Brumbaugh knew there was no way Mila would make it without a mom. So the team paired her up with a horse named Mystery who had recently lost her baby. Surprisingly, the two bonded immediately.

As the two horses were both at the time of recovery, Brumbaugh explains “they just found each other, and I really think it saved them both.”

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But little did they know that after this encounter there was a big personality just waiting to be unleashed in Mila. And on the foal’s first day outside, after she’d recovered, she gave everyone a preview of just what was to come. Brumbaugh said after that day, her personality just kept getting bigger until she knew Mila was ready for adoption.

So, when they introduced Mila to Macy Zylstra, it was indeed love at first sight.

“I just knew immediately that we were going to be best friends for life,” Zylstra said.

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The 24-year-old even introduced Mila to her grandfather, who has had a lot of experience with horses after being a cowboy for much of his life. Zylstra said her 101-year-old grandpa was delighted by how much personality Mila had. “The first time he saw Mila he just lit up,” she shared.

Since then, Mila’s only gotten better and more boisterous than ever. “She will jump over anything,” Zylstra said. The curly haired pony can even lie down on command.

Zylstra also explained that she is really a friendly horse, and greets her whenever she visits the ranch and loves the curls in between her ears.

According to Zylstra, Mila has the best personality she’s ever seen in a horse. “She’s very vocal; she loves to whinny, nicker or squeal.”

Zylstra chronicles Mila’s adventures on an Instagram account that has nearly 4,000 followers.

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“We have followers from all over the world, I get messages in Spanish and German saying how much they love seeing videos of her,” Zylstra told KSAZ.

When Mila was finally ready to join the rest of the herd of adult horses, they took her right away. According to Zylstra, at the same time, a double rainbow appeared in the sky, as if the heavens were shining right down on the brave horse.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the bond and guidance Mila had with her adoptive mother, Mystery, had a tremendous effect on her, and allowed her to blossom into the beautiful, energetic pony she is today. Not to mention the love and support she received from the Healing Hearts team, who took her and gave her an opportunity to thrive.

For Zylstra, Mila is really her “miracle horse.”

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