07/02/2013 09:57 EDT | Updated 09/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Miniature horse mauled by bear fights back in recovery

A tough little horse from the Kamloops, B.C., area is making an extraordinary recovery thanks to dedicated caregivers.

One month ago, the 11-year-old miniature horse named Little Bit was mauled by a black bear on an acreage in the Barnhartvale area.

The mare, which is about the size of a large dog, suffered deep puncture wounds to her neck and a lengthy gash on her back before neighbours chased the bear off.

Owners Steve Stent, Wendy Trudel, and daughter Lyanne Trudel didn't know if she would make it.

"For the first couple of days we were very concerned," Stent said.

Since then, the three have spent up to six hours a day draining and cleaning the wounds.

"Even as her skin closes up, the wound has to heal from the inside so we use a Betadine solution," Stent said.

"We have to go in through what used to be the drain, and inject it in until it comes out the old wound hole to keep it from festering inside."

"Sometimes it hurts so much that she shakes, but she just stands there and knows that we're trying to help her, and she is just a wonderful little pony," he said.

Lyanne Trudel says she was worried for the tiny horse, but it turns out Little Bit is a tough little customer.

"I was honestly surprised. When you get the phone call that a bear attacked your pony, I mean, you don't expect her to be running around like she was the same pony a week later," she said.

"She had that look in her eye the whole time. She never faded. You can kinda tell with horses.

"Horses have a spirit that when it is still kicking, it's still kicking. She wasn't letting go. You can kinda tell that. She fought, and she did it," Trudel said. "She is going to be just fine."

The bear that attacked the miniature horse was shot and killed by a conservation officer.

The family is now looking to get a dog to help keep bears from coming onto the farmyard.