Stories

Kyle + Hershey + Andre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Brenda + Chase

Brenda + Chase

Driving away from the house that day, I watched in my rearview mirror as he ran the fence line as far as he could go. Standing tall, ears pert, intent on trying to get my attention, hollering for me to come back. If only he could find a voice. I was heart sick as I left him…

Shannon + Beau

Shannon + Beau

Beau was brought in to rescue in mid-July 2016 and came to the rescue barn where I volunteer. There was something “special” about him and we clicked quickly. Prior to rescue, Beau was a herd stallion running with his mares, foals and a few donkeys on 300 acres.