Sanctuary Residents

 The Geldings

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. 

Abandoned along with his pregnant mother, Pardner had a rough start in life. He had been injured by a stallion, was emaciated, and was no one’s special guy. 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.

Sirius is an off the track thoroughbred, and was learning to be a dressage horse until the day he came up from the pasture, lame. An operation at Texas A&M allowed him to be a companion horse only, so he came to live with us, and we are so glad he did. Sirius now spends his days as a beautiful ‘pasture puff.’  Up in years Sirius Black lives a quiet and dignified life here at the sanctuary.  1998 – 2017

Purchased at auction as a weanling Blue’s owner wanted to turn a quick buck and put him up for sale. We saw his picture and knew this little boy had to come to the sanctuary to live in peace and tranquility. Blue is a very sweet blue roan who has aged to a gorgeous dapple grey. Once matured he became the herd sire of our little Quarter Horse band, he is very protective of the ‘Quarter Horse Gang’ and is a loving and beautiful soul. Blue has recently relinquished his role as herd sire to become the grand old man of the Quarter Horse gang where he is respected and protected.

Shadows Cattle Man, was purchased at auction by a young woman who found out the next day he was lame. Looking for a barrel prospect this guy needed a home. We found out about Micco and decided we had room for this little guy. Micco is coming along nicely but will need a lot of time to trust again. And we have all the time he needs. Micco has matured into a beautifully built gelding and his best friend is J. J.

J. J. is part brat, part sweetie. 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 and you seldom see one without the other.

Sugar is a shy, reserved little boy and one of the sweetest babies I’ve had the pleasure to be around. He has paired up with our little Thriller and the two are inseparable. We call them ‘the little couple’ as they are always together. He is indeed, ‘sweet as sugar’. Sugar is now as tall as the TB’s as he is TB/Appy, he’s lost the beautiful baby blanket he once had but is still a showstopper. He has recently become the new herd sire of the Quarter Horse Gang. He’s still working on his leadership skills but is making progress.

Sky is a beautiful Mustang gelding with 60 days gentling. He is an ‘in your pocket’ boy with a wonderful disposition. His mother, 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 and wise mannerisms.

Rain is Sky’s foal from an accidental breeding with our Mustang mare, Wind one of the Nebraska 3 Strikes mares that came to sanctuary. He is much like his sire in personality. He turned 5 years old this year and is the youngest member of the herdlet.

River is a stunning blue roan branded Mustang from Jackie’s Butte HMA He is not interested in being anyone’s saddle horse or even their friend for that matter. He was returned after his initial adoption from the BLM as being ‘too much horse’ for the adopter to handle. He was then adopted a second time. Two trainers gave up on him, his owner had to figure out what to do with a mustang that was still wild at heart. River now lives at our sanctuary perfectly content to run with the Mustang gang and just be a horse. He is learning how to get along, we know he’s happy.

Eli After Rescue

Eli is an aged roan gelding who was a lesson horse at an uptown stable in New Orleans.   After teaching many people to ride he went up for adoption along with the parade horses that were used in Mardi Gras that year.  You see, like so many others like him, if you don’t work, you don’t stay. The Humane Society of Louisiana stepped up and offered him for adoption, we couldn’t say no to this old man and he and Gabby are now forever home. At 20 years of age it’s the very least we can do for him. He’s a lovely calm gentleman that anyone would be proud to have as their friend. We rarely adopt out our sanctuary horses but Eli found a home that was so perfect, we couldn’t refuse him having his forever family. He lives just over the border in Texas and is happy.

Hawk came to the sanctuary in June of 2018. Born in 2000 at Antelope Valley, NV HMA he was adopted as a 5 year old, titled when he was 6 years old and somehow landed in the Kaufman Kill Pen in Texas 10 years later in 2016. He was bailed by a rescue in OK, then quickly adopted out in May of 2016. He spent the next two years in western OK until his caretaker fell on hard times and had to re home him. We were contacted and after hearing what he had been through, we didn’t hesitate. Hawk is decompressing in peace and quiet at the sanctuary and is learning that, ‘the best is yet to be.’

The Mares

Barn Queen – Abby

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 in 2009. 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 a mature mare, 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 lives with her two foals, Breeze and Rain.

This beauty is the daughter of Wind, one of the three pregnant Mustangs from the Nebraska 3 Strikes seizure. She is wild as her mother but curious and loving. Breeze makes a wonderful addition to our sanctuary herd. At 10 years old Breeze is a stunning unbranded Mustang mare with just the right touch of chrome. She lives with her dam and half brother Rain. She thinks she is all that and a bag of chips! We think so, too.

Cinders, rescued from the kill pen at Bastrop, Louisiana in September, is a 2000 branded Mustang mare either sold at auction or delivered to the kill pen like so much trash. Cinders 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. She is from King Top Mountain HMA in Utah, an area that has been zeroed out of round-ups. She was rounded up as a baby. She is an absolute treasure and has grown very attached to me and I her. I’d like to think 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. 

Gabby After rescue

Gabby is a beautiful black mare bought from a kill pen to be used as a parade horse in this years Mardi Gras. They used her so often with ill fitting tack ridden by over weight drunks, that by the time she was rescued she was covered in saddle sores. This is what happens to so many of these sentient beings, used and abused for entertainment. She is now living a serene and and quiet life  at the Sanctuary. She will never be anyone’s beast of burden again. I want to thank the Humane Society of Louisiana for making us aware of Gabby and all the other parade horses who have found wonderful homes.

Aspen in winter – 2017

Aspen was seen at a kill lot in Kansas in October of 2017. We did a fundraiser for her and got her to safety in just a few short days. We found that she was born in holding. Aspen is a petite mare and can be quite the diva. She chooses her friends wisely and is very loyal to her Mustang family here at the sanctuary. Aspen is a 2003 branded Mustang mare from Teterville Holding.

Sweet Seven

Sweet Seven is a 2007 branded Mustang mare from Mt. Elsinore HMA in Utah. Seven was adopted to be trained and shown in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ft. Worth, TX  For some reason her adopter decided to either find her a home or return her to the BLM holding facility. We answered the ad and never looked back. Seven runs with the Mustang gang and gets along with everyone. She is as calm as she is beautiful.

Esperanza (Hope)

In March of 2018 I saw an aged Mustang mare at a kill pen, she was a big mare that had been starved to a skeleton. She was calm, quiet and seemingly accepting of her fate. Slaughter. We started a fundraiser, help came in quickly for the mare I named Esperanza, meaning ‘Hope’

Esperanza is a 1992 branded Mustang mare from Little Owyhee HMA in NV. She is a sweet mare who had a lot of training in her younger days, but now  enjoys peaceful days with her buddies, Grace and Abby.

Some horses come to the sanctuary with names,
these are changed upon arrival.
Change their name, change their luck.
Then again some come with names so perfect…