Tux is a beautiful and sturdy draft horse who came to the sanctuary because his owner no longer wanted him to have to work in the pulling competitions at county fairs. At first shy and leery of people, he has become very sociable and loves to romp with Leander and Lexi in a large pasture.
Leander was rescued by us at a very young age to give him the opportunity of a full life because he has a congenital spinal condition called “Wobblers” that causes periodid ataxia (unsteadiness) that prevents his being ridden. Leander is a Thoroughbred gelding in his early teens. He is very playful and can sometimes be a bit mouthy or “nippy”, but is not mean-spirited one bit. He does not let his condition prevent him from enjoying life and can often times be seen running, rearing and bucking with his pasture-mates.
“Mardonnaray” is the registered name of this lovely older, retired Standardbred mare that has found her soft place to land and spend the rest of her years of well-deserved rest here at the Sanctuary. We have lovingly given her the barn name “Grace”, in honor of her courageous spirit and resilience she has exhibited despite all she has been through in life thus far. Grace was rescued in January 2016 by Gerda’s Animal Aid from a Pennsylvania feedlot. A feedlot is the last chance that cast-off, slaughter-bound horses get to be purchased and find a home prior to being shipped to slaughter. In this case, Grace had one week to be spotted by her savior(s) before being tagged and shipped to Mexico for processing. This sweet girl found herself in this dire predicament after many years of dedicated work to humans. She has a lip tattoo, which helped trace her history back to that she has been raced a total of five times, she has two registered foals and she spent the last of her years before landing in the slaughter pipeline, as an Amish buggy horse, working long, tiresome days pounding down the pavement transporting her owner’s family where ever they needed to go. As a result of the work she endured, Grace has very weak, lame hind legs and a hoof condition. She will never be sound to ride or drive again, and that is quite alright because she deserves her retirement. Grace is in need of physical and emotional rehabilitation; however, she is on the right track and in the right place to be well on her way to health and happiness.
Buckles was surrendered to us by his lifetime owners because they were no longer able to physically care for his needs. He started out his life on western ranch and became a trail/pack horse, going on adventures for many years, until his owners decided to move to the east coast. Buckles is a grade, Quarab (Quarter Horse/Arabian cross) gelding in his late 20s. He is very loving and mindful of people, and sensitive of his surroundings.
Columbo aka “Bo” is an aged Paso Fino gelding in his early 30s. He came to us, along with Pasha, from a very attentive and loving local woman who because she was caring for her husband with Alzheimers in her home, and her own age and physical condition, she could no longer care for him. He has a magnificent, classic gait and a very wise, stubborn; yet inquisitive manner. Bo is very connected to Pasha as they have spent many years together and gets very upset when they are separated so we keep them close as possible at all times.
Pasha is a handsome gray Arabian gelding in his early 30s. He came to the sanctuary with his inseparable buddy, Bo. He is a very kind old gentleman and healthy for his age. He developed heaves, a breathing condition which causes coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing when not properly managed, but is currently well controlled with specialized dust-free bagged hay, a clean stall and plenty of turn-out for fresh air. Along with Bo, Pasha has very little quality teeth left so he is fed a diet of complete senior feed, beet pulp and hay pellets soaked to get his proper feed intake.
Bucky came to the sanctuary January 2015 with two other miniature horses. All three were starved and grossly neglected. They had very poor body condition, rotten and overgrown hooves, skin problems and major trust issues; especially Bucky. He has since been rehabilitated to full health and is learning to trust humans again. He is very smart and sweet, but takes some time to get to know new people and is frightened of quick movements.)
Sassy was part of a family of miniature horses rescued in January 2015 during a violent and cold blizzard. She and her herd-mates were emaciated and very neglected, needing months of rehabilitation to return to full health. Sassy is now very happy and healthy, and living up to her name! She demands respect and attention of humans, and loves to be told how beautiful she is.
Dolly is a sweet Quarter Horse mare in her 20’s who found her way to the Sanctuary on Valentine’s Day 2018. Although rescued from a situation of neglect in malnourished condition, Dolly has a gentle and trusting spirit. After lameness in a hind leg left her unridable, she changed ownership and became a broodmare for the last three years prior to being surrendered to the Sanctuary. As a young horse she lost her right eye to unknown to us circumstances, but is now quite accustomed to life living with her handicap. We are happy to have her here with us for much deserved retirement following her necessary rehabilitation.
- Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up. If a horse is lying down in a group of horses, there is usually one standing nearby. This is a tactic developed by wild horses to look-over one another and give warning if a predator is coming.
- Horses can stand up, nurse and run shortly after birth.
- Horses are measured in “hands”. One hand is equal to 4 inches.
- Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.
- Horses are herbivores (plant eaters). They have very sensitive digestive systems and many foods and plants are poisonous to them so you must be careful what they are fed.
- Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time, however, they cannot see you if you are directly in front of our behind them so always approach at an angle and speak to them before approaching so they know you are there.
- Horses are prey animals, which means they are usually the target of creatures that hunt. Due to this, horses have very high sensitivity to danger. Always approach a horse quietly and calmly with good intent so they know you are not there to hurt them.
- A male horse is called a stallion.
- A castrated male horse is called a gelding.
- A female horse is called a mare.
- A young male horse is called a colt.
- A young female horse is called a filly.
- Ponies are small horses. They are characterized as being 14.2 hands and under.
- In the summer many domestic horses wear “fly masks” which they can see through and helps keep pesky flies out of their eyes.