Stories

Deborah + Puff

In September of 2015, a young mini horse named Cocoa arrived for auction at a barn in New Jersey, and it quickly became clear that nobody wanted her. According to Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue, “Most folks do not realize that over 100,000…

Beth + Blackbird

All my girls have been retired for five or more years. Two years after relocating across the country (again) to the Pacific Northwest, I felt I was settled enough to start a casual search for my next trail partner. I hadn’t ridden at all except for short rides…

Kyle + Hershey + Andre

I knew in my heart rescue was for me. I saw a photo of a cute, young, black horse in southern Oregon. We drove 350 miles to see him. Upon arrival, Connie Willard from Project Spirit Horse Rescue said, “You should meet Hershey’s friend Andre.” They…

Amanda + Aurora

I adopted Aurora in June of 2017. The first horse that I had owned for 10 years had passed away in April and I was devastated. He had been my best friend, and had seen me through some of the hardest times of my life – then he was just gone.

Lydia + Joy

After only six months of riding lessons, I wanted a horse. I would not recommend this, however, because it made it easy for people to take advantage of me. I was tricked into getting a horse that had many issues. Although she has a…

Kim + Rogue

I found Rogue through my friend Katie who worked for Days End Farm Horse Rescue. I met a few horses when I when out, but instantly knew she was the one. It has taken a long time to establish the partnership Rogue and I have now, but…

Jordan + Peyote

I have been riding for five years now and I have been to multiple lesson barns. The latest one I went to had a horse named Peyote. He was being used by my trainer, but his actual owner also owned the barn. Peyote was used by many…

Barry + Cookie

As I turned 70, I decided it was time to get another horse and teach some youngsters the joy of horses. I looked for a bit before I came across Cookie (named because she’s so sweet). I found her in a lot with about 40 other horses and I…

Christy + Hope

When we decided it was time to get a horse that we could ride, I knew exactly what I wanted: a 14-hand gaited gelding, preferably a paint, anything but black. I searched and searched through local ads and online for the perfect horse. I…

Marie + J.R. Ewing

I went and visited the kill pen site after much prayer and wanting of that childhood dream. I saw J.R. and he kept coming up despite the number of horses on the site. I was afraid to take the plunge, but couldn’t bear the thought of him going…

Stacy + Emma

I couldn’t sleep that night thinking about the mare and her little baby – and the fact they might be separated the next day during the auction. I called the woman up and asked her to tell me what she knew about the mare. She said she didn’t know much, but…

Jessica + Zabarajad

My husband and I imported Zabarajad from Ireland in 2012. He is an extremely well-bred and well-built horse. By age two, he was famous and expectations in Ireland were very high. He raced in Ireland and Dubai. He did not perform as expected, and was deemed…

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