But rescue staff says Velvet has already proven a very protective mother. And it's no wonder.
After all, that awkward, clumsy foal is her precious Valentina. Her funny Valentine.
This happy ending, and countless more just like it was brought to you by the Humane Society of North Texas.
But there are still far too many tragic chapters being written, especially in Texas, where Hanson says sending animals to slaughter in Mexico has reached epidemic proportions.
"It started in 2007 when Texas outlawed equine slaughter in the state and closed the last of the equine slaughter plants down," she explains. "Most residents assume that by closing the plants, the practice of equine slaughter stopped, but in reality it just moved to Mexico."