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It’s the Size of the Fight in the Horse That Counts
Prince faced adversity from the day he was born—a full month premature—but that didn’t keep him and owner Christina Eddleston from the New England Miniature Horse Society winner’s circle. And, thanks to the help of the team at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, Prince came out on the winning end of a complicated colic surgery as well.
October 25, 2014

SRF Egyptian Prince is a 30″ Miniature horse, born a full month prematurely on May 6, 1998. Christina Eddleston purchased him from Sawmill River Farm in West Brookfield, Mass., when he was just three weeks old—visiting him almost every day until he was finally weaned and was ready to go to his forever home.

“I showed Prince as a yearling in showmanship and halter classes at New England Miniature Horse Society shows during the summer of 1999. We won almost all of our showmanship classes, many against very experienced handlers and veteran showmanship horses,” reminisces Christina. “My proudest moment with Prince was receiving the Year-End Champion Award in both Showmanship and Halter Yearling Gelding at the NEMHS Awards Banquet.”

Fast forward to 2010, when Prince would first be in the care of the clinicians and staff at Tufts Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He needed emergency colic surgery for an impaction, a twisted intestine, and was also found to have a stomach impaction. “Prince was at Tufts for 12 days, and I made the hour-long drive to visit him every day. His surgery went very well and he received great care and attention at Tufts,” says Christina.

Prince returned to Tufts again in May of 2013 with an intestinal infection. “Again, he received excellent care, was successfully treated, and I was delighted to receive home a very healthy, happy little horse,” she says.prince

“Prince is a complete love. He is exceedingly sweet, and loves to be petted and scratched. His adorable expression and cute personality make me smile every time I enter the barn,” says Christina, acknowledging the precious extra time Tufts has given her with her very special little horse.