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Valencia Family Adopts Arabian Mare, Foal

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VALENCIA (KDKA) — Last week, 32 Arabian horses were up for adoption at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds, but within a day, they all had homes.

Veterinarians examined the herd of Arabians which were rescued from a farm in West Virginia.

Jill Swensen and her family have now opened their hearts and their 54-acre farm in Valencia to an Arabian mare and her foal.

“They’re doing very well,” said Swensen. “The baby’s very curious.”

Swensen was among the very first to arrive on that first adoption day. Once she saw the mare and her foal, it was love at first sight.

“When a horse kind of reaches out, let’s you touch it and interacts with you, you can very quickly form a bond,” she said. “And with this horse, that was it.”

The mare and foal are among 54 horses taken in by the Arabian Rescue Mission of New Jersey.

“Arabians are known to be very intelligent horses,” said Swensen. “They’re known to be very loyal and friendly horses. They’re just beautiful horses as well.

“I love them so much,” said Gillan, Swensen’s daughter. “I want this baby to grow up; I want this mama to love all of us. And I love her too.”

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