The pony was among a contingent of equines in the town of Bowie - five ponies and five donkeys - with a one-way ticket to a Mexican border town, where the animals' only value might be their hides.
Still, the pony, who would later be called Velvet, fought off labor valiantly, and long enough for the most timely of interventions.
The Ark Watch Foundation, along with the Humane Society of North Texas, got involved.
They found several pregnant horses and donkeys. All were in urgent need of medical assistance.
"The Ark Watch Foundation negotiated the release of the ponies and donkeys with kill buyers in Bowie and arranged to have them transported to our rehabilitation facility," Whitney Hanson of the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) tells The Dodo.
Loaded into a trailer bound for the rehab facility in Crowley, Velvet fought her pressing labor pains. What was she waiting for?
Perhaps, it was her destination.
Once the animals arrived in Crowley, they were given healthy feed, fresh water, space to graze, medical care and, most vitally, love.
And then, just hours before Valentine's Day, the pregnant pony gave something back.