A mare that was rescued in difficult circumstances has given birth to a surprise foal. Minty was found stuck under a trailer in September last year, and was freed in an operation involving police and fire crews.

She was taken to HorseWorld, where it became apparent she had suffered some harsh treatment in the months leading up to her rescue. She had cuts at the corners of her mouth and her back was sore, where a training roller or saddle had been left on for a long period of time.

Minty made a full recovery then, on 20 February, gave birth to a healthy filly foal.

"We suspect it is Minty's first foal as she was not very maternal to begin with, and seemed a little daunted by it all," said HorseWorld groom Joanne Vaughan. "Thankfully, Minty's friend Beebie stepped in to help and is accompanying the pair as nanny."

HorseWorld is running a competition to name the foal. Entry costs £2, which will go towards the ongoing care of the rescue horses at its Bristol centre. You can enter using Paypal at http://www.horseworld.org.uk/support_us/mintys_surprise or call 01275 893 020, where you can suggest a name over the phone and use a bank card to pay the entry fee.