Matt was born at a 'rescue' that has since been shut down. He had been adopted many times because of his wonderful confirmation and gentle nature. He was always returned because he was only halter broken and not responsive to abusive 'breaking' techniques, starvation and cruelty. Matt is a sweet horse but, he's never forgotten the cruelty inflicted upon him and has temper tantrums. We love him dearly.
Strider is most probably Matt's younger brother. We know they have the same sire, a TB named Casey. Strider endured the same rough treatment every time his brother was adopted, he went as well because the 'rescue' said they couldn't be separated. No one really wanted this big guy but he went nevertheless. Strider too, has never forgotten the abuse but has come to trust us. He will stay here forever as Strider explodes when too much stress is placed on his already abused soul. He's very protective of Matt and is the patriarch of the herd.
Abandoned along with his pregnant mother, Pardner had a rough start
He had been injured by a stallion, was emaciated, and was no one's
Pardner now has a forever home at this sanctuary and has turned out
to be looker. He wants so badly to be the leader of our little band but
still lacks the maturity and wisdom to do so. In time grasshopper, in time.
J. is as loveable and kind as any horse I've ever been around. Rejected and
kicked by his mother, J. J. lost an eye but this resilient little boy didn't let it hold him back.
This is one very sweet little QH/Arab. When Sugar came into sanctuary J.
J. was quick to bond with Sugar and show him the ropes. He has now
bonded with Micco, as Sugar found Thriller.
Earth, was a rescued Mustang mare who sadly
passed when Sky was only a yearling. She and two other pregnant
mares were from a infamous seizure in Nebraska. Sky has matured into
the classic Spanish Mustang look with his gorgeous mane, he has paired up
with our little Abby and are very bonded.
This is Abby, the cutest little buckskin mare around these parts. At only around 14H I call her 'Shorty' and she knows her nickname. Abby came to us with an aged TB gelding companion that needed a place to call home since the family that rescued them were moving out of state. We were happy to give both a retirement home. Abby's friend, Daniel was quite old and passed away in his stall, peacefully after a year with us. Not having a buddy she was rather adrift until we rescued an aged gelding named Doc, what a friendship that was, you never saw one with out the other. Doc passed in late 2015 and again Abby was without a friend, until Sky. Now just like her previous friends, you rarely see Sky and Abby apart. They are an endearing little couple and both so very gentle and sweet.
'Baby Brat', as we like to call her, was born
here at the sanctuary. Her dam is Abby, her sire, Blue. Yes, sometimes one
has an unplanned breeding. Thriller will live at the sanctuary and be
spoiled befitting the treasure she has become for the rest of her life. She
and Sugar make quite the pair. Now at 7 years old, Thriller is trying on the
role of 'Boss Mare' she not doing a bad job, just needs to curb her
enthusiasm a bit.
Wind is one of the branded Mustang mares from the 3 Strikes Ranch seizure in Nebraska in 2009. She came to our sanctuary pregnant with Breeze. She had two companions, Fire and Earth. Earth gave birth to Sky, but Fire lost her foal to the stress of her journey to us. Wind is a very large mare and wild. She was not treated well by humans in the past and she will not make that mistake again. We allow her to be herself and we think apart from not being able to be released back into the wild, she is content.
She thinks she is all that and a bag of chips!
This is Cinder, rescued from the kill pen at Bastrop, Louisiana in September. She is a branded Mustang mare about 15 years old either sold at auction or delivered to the kill pen like so much trash. Cinder was on her way to slaughter as no one was going to bail a beat up, limping, wounded mare that looked as though she had either fallen in the truck and been trampled or possibly been used at a Mexican rodeo. Once I'm able to read her brand her history will become clear. She is an absolute treasure, I can tell there was a time when someone loved her and possibly had high hopes for her before circumstances turned against her. She will remain here the rest of her days, learning that love is all around her and she need never worry again.
Some horses come to the sanctuary with names,
these are changed upon arrival.