A San Gregorio couple overwhelmed by their growing herd of horses surrendered them to the Peninsula Humane Society on Sept. 22, avoiding legal repercussions for withholding necessary veterinary treatment for pets, humane society director Scott Delucchi said.
Three of the horses were pregnant, most were under-socialized and all required hoof trimming, veterinary checks and de-worming medicine, Delucchi said.
After putting out the word about its newly acquired animals, the humane society received interest from several parties, including two nonprofits that provide animal therapy.
Riley's Place, a Woodside nonprofit that helps children experiencing chronic or life-threatening illnesses or challenging family situations such as homelessness, adopted one, Delucchi said.
The other nonprofit was Los Altos-based Assisted Animal Happiness.
Three of the horses went to a farm in Lodi, and three more went to a farm in Galt, Calif. Local residents adopted several horses as well.
Miniature horses weigh between 100 and 200 pounds, are 30 to 40 inches tall at the shoulder and can live to be 25 to 30 years old.