City of Fremont and the baby horse they rescued on Valentine’s Day one year ago today

Foal rescued by Fremont Police Department on Valentine's Day, 2016. Photo: Fremont Police Dept.

Updated 4:30 pm. You can see Valentine at age one year at the Fremont Police Dept’s Facebook page.

FREMONT, CALIF. — Kale Williams writing for The San Francisco Chronicle reported the following on February 19, 2016:

The Bay Area’s favorite baby horse, an injured foal that rescuers pulled from a ravine on Valentine’s Day, has a new owner: the city of Fremont.

The colt, nicknamed Valentine for the day he was discovered, had a broken pelvis near an artery, an injury that officials said would require a $10,000 surgery. A GoFundMe page was quickly set up by the folks at the Tri-City Animal Shelter and, in less than a week, more than $15,000 had been donated by almost 200 donors.

Valentine was taken to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where police said Friday he was making “good progress.”

“UC Davis had no idea what was coming their way when he arrived on Tuesday and we are very grateful to their staff for all that they are doing to care for our Valentine,” Fremont police wrote in a post on their Facebook page.

Foal rescued by Fremont Police Department on Valentine's Day, 2016. Photo: Fremont Police Dept.

But who owned Valentine, and who would take care of him after he recovered, remained a mystery until Wednesday, when his owner came forward to discuss the animal’s future with city officials.

“After a long meeting regarding Valentine’s current medical situation and future needs, it was mutually agreed that it was in the best interest of Valentine for the owner to surrender him to the City of Fremont,” police said. “The owner was very saddened by the circumstances of what happened and also very concerned for Valentine’s future.”

In what officials said was “possibly a first for our 60-year-old city,” ownership of the baby horse was turned over to Fremont, where Animal Services staff would work to find the best long-term home for Valentine.

The vet was surprised Valentine survived after spending two nights stuck at the bottom of a steep ravine lying in a creek. California firefighters rappelled down to rescue him. He was only days old. Well done police and firefighters. You are fantastic. Thank you. —Editor, Tuesday’s Horse.


Vegan treats for your sweetheart and you this Valentine’s Day

Grey Horse with roses plaited in her mane. Pinterest.

What are you up to this weekend? Busy, right? Just wondering if like us, Valentine’s Day has crept up on you. It’s in a few days!

No worries. It’s not too late to do something truly special. Making something for that special loved one is truly special indeed.

We will share recipes, ideas and provide links to our favorite vegan sweets and dessert sites. We have a recipe for horse treats too. So get ready to rock and scroll!


Two Ingredient Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles. By Minimalist Baker. Quick. Easy. Perfect for Gift Giving.

Dana writes

“These truffles truly are simple, requiring simple methods, 2 ingredients, and no fancy equipment!”

Chop the dark chocolate. Heat coconut milk. Pour over chocolate to melt it. Stir until creamy smooth. That’s the only thing that takes a bit of elbow grease. Or maybe I am simply out of shape. Chill. Scoop into balls. “It’s as easy as that”, adds Dana. And it is.

You can roll them in all sorts of fun and tasty delights like coconut, finely chopped nuts, cacao powder (pictured)  or icing sugar. Then chill.

I found some gold sprinkles. I checked and was delighted to see they are Vegan.

I was also excited because I picked up some small brown gifts bags for $1 each at Target that have glittery hearts on them. Perfect.

And I have some glittery tissue paper in white and red left over from Christmas. How sweet. Sigh. It’s all so romantic.

Here’s the formal list of ingredients.

  • 9 ounces (255 g | 1 1/4 cup) vegan dark chocolate*, very finely chopped (72% cacao or higher)
  • 7 Tbsp (90 ml) light (or full fat) coconut milk, well shaken
  • optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: 1/4 cup (24 g) unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder, or finely ground hazelnuts (for coating)

Full instructions here if you need them »

Next up. Wait until you taste this.


Vegan Chocolate Cake. Minimalist Baker.
One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake. Minimalist Baker.

If you love baking and have a well-stocked vegan pantry you can make this right now — One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake by Minimalist Baker.

Dana has a great tip about working with coconut oil in the comments section. Gently warm it in a microwave. I warm it 20 seconds at a time on medium until I get it at the consistency I want without getting it too hot.

I have never tasted chocolate cake as good as this one.


Here’s the links we promised for more sweet treat Vegan recipes for Valentine’s Day and more.

• Visit Minimalist Baker’s 12 Vegan Valentine’s Day Desserts »

• See also Oh She Glows 15 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes »

This chocolate pudding is beyond terrific by Oh She Glows.

Raw Chocolate Pudding. Oh She Glows.
Raw Chocolate Pudding. Image by Oh She Glows via My Vegan Delight. Click image to visit Oh She Glows for the recipe.

Go here for Raw Chocolate Pudding (Vegan + No Added Sugar) »

Raw of course means just what it sounds like it does. It doesn’t require any cooking!

How about breakfast in bed, Vegan style? Check out the link below from One Green Planet.

25 Romantic Breakfast in Bed Ideas for Valentine’s Day »

I have perhaps saved the best for last — and that’s a bold statement.

This recipe comes from my favorite Vegan cook — Richa Hingle. She doesn’t have 800,000 followers for nothing.

You can find it among Richa’s 25 Valentine’s Day Breakfast and Dessert Recipes.

Here it is.


Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Coffee Icing by Vegan Richa.
Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Coffee Icing by Vegan Richa.

So there we have it.

These are our favorite picks for Valentine’s Day this year.

Wait. What about the horses?


Horses love treats. My oh my do they love them. Here’s something for them. Have any peppermint sticks or candy canes left over from Christmas? Crunch them up and put them in this easy and fun recipe. Talk about love!



  • 1 cup carrot grated
  • 1 apple grated
  • 2 tbs corn oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • a ground up peppermint or candy cane can be a nice addition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet (or heart-shaped cupcake tin) well.
  3. In a large bowl, mix carrot, apple, corn oil, and molasses together.
  4. Fold in salt, oats, and flour until well mixed.
  5. Scrape the mixture onto the cookie sheet. It will be sticky.Use a sheet of wax paper between the “dough” and a rolling pin and roll out the mixture until it’s between a 1/8 and ¼ thick.Score dough with a knife to make it easier to break apart into squares after baking.
    Or, roll dough out in the same manner on the cookie sheet and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create Valentine’s-Day-appropriate shapes.
    Keep the bits between the cutouts of the shapes.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
  7. Let cool and then using a spatula and table knife break apart square or shapes. The extra “bits” make good treats, too!

Thank you TSB. Oh. They have great horse books too.

Video: The Look of Love — Happy Valentine’s Day

Celebrating the soulful eyes of the horse—The Look of Love
Celebrating the soulful eyes of the horse—The Look of Love

This is an oldie but goodie. It is a video I made for the Int’l Fund for Horses in August 2007.

I panicked a bit because I thought we had lost it. Couldn’t find the old backup disc. Then I thought, look on your flash drive for content from that period. And voila! There it was. So we just uploaded it on YouTube so we could share it with you.

You will see from the format that it is indeed from that time period. But it is lovely, and definitely worth viewing.

Entitled “Equine Eyes”. Music — “The Look of Love — by the wonderful Dusty Springfield.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Horse with heart shaped blaze.

We all have sweethearts, don’t we?

Really. We do — our beloved horses around the world.

Every one of them are our sweethearts, full of love, ready to give and receive love.

Even those horses who appear shy, or not very sociable, they are sweethearts too. There is a loving heart inside that waits only to be encouraged by the patience, trust and love of someone else.

It may be another horse who befriends them, loving them, caring for them, and giving them hope and understanding.

Perhaps it is a kind human who offers them a loving touch, holds them when they are frightened, or suffering and feeling alone — and that the world is anything but a place where there is love for them.

Someone who lies next to them and comforts them in their final hours, maybe showing them love for the first time in their lives. Even if for a few days, hours, or simply moments — they knew there was some love in the world for them.

For anyone who has been loved by a horse, who have heard those welcoming nickers, you know there is no other feeling like it. You have been accepted into their herd, their family. They see you as one of them, and there is no higher tribute than that from a horse.

We have added a page to our current website that existed on our former website. It is called “Horse Quotes”.

It is very inspirational. There is a lot of love on that page. There are quotes from people who have loved and been loved by horses, or been awed by their beauty, grace, warmth and elegance.

Here is a sample:

    When your horse follows you without being asked,
    when he rubs his head on yours,
    and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine…
    you know you are loved
    ~ John Lyons

Go here for more >>

With love to you, our dear followers and fellow horse advocates, on this special day — Have a Happy Valentine’s Day.

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