SHI is providing lifetime sanctuary to Montana and Rivet.
SHI was alerted to an older Belgian draft gelding standing on a VA feedlot. He looked very frail for such a large horse. He needed us to save him from going to slaughter. We arranged for his transport to a QT facility in PA, where he spent six weeks to ensure he was well enough and in better weight to make the long journey to Encinitas, CA. He arrived in not such great shape. After a few weeks with us, he was looking great. Treated for ulcers and sand, his gut felt better, and his appetite picked up. His hay is chipped, and he eats a large number of soaked hay pellets and complete feed as he has no grinding surface left on his teeth. George is a 20+-year-old draft that was used up and thrown away by the Amish. Sadly many Amish throwaways are bid on by kill buyers every month at the New Holland Auction. George has settled in well. He loves his walks and lots of loving attention.
We saw this lovely sweet mare mentioned on FB as having been dumped on someone as a free horse. We soon learned she had been a recipient mare at a foal producing farm that numbers their mares. She was badly foundered, very long hooves, and very crippled. SHI went to pick her up armed with pain meds so she could be trailered comfortably. Our wonderful vet Dr. Wilcox came out the next morning. X-rays revealed an old founder. He trimmed her feet and put “Equicast” clogs on. She’s so much more comfortable now. Also floated her teeth as this was likely never done before. Her mouth was a mess.
She has numbers carved into her skin with a knife. She was just a number producing babies. She still has milk from her last foal. Appendix quarter, Vet puts her at about age 15. Her tail is cut short, and she doesn't like you messing with her behind…..as soon as she sees you walking behind her, she gets nervous….poor baby, I can only imagine the hellish life she had. Safe and loved now.
This lovely four-year-old OTTB mare was rescued from Bowie, TX feedlot, in Sept 2017. In 2016 Dewdrop had raced successfully for her owner, winning $12,000. Sadly as she slowed up, she was sold and sold again. Even with a strict no throw away policy on the sales contract, she was thrown away and ended up on a feedlot. Bernardini Racing stepped up to assist with some of her rescue expenses.
After spending 30 days at a TX ranch for QT, Dewey made the journey to CA. She arrived very thin, full of sand and worms, sore feet, and bot eggs on her skin. After just three weeks, she has gained weight, is doing walk trot canter in the round pen on voice command, and is a very sweet girl. We shall continue to work with her, put some training into her, and see how it goes. Hoping she will stay sound.
Lacie & Lucky were rescued off the Kaufman, TX feedlot and adopted by a wonderful woman in Maryland. Lacie and foal Lucky were very underweight, and both suffered from upper respiratory infections. Lacie’s hair was falling out due to malnourishment. They are both “home” in MD and doing well.
This 19-year-old thoroughbred mare was surrendered by her owner, who no longer wanted to keep her standing in his backyard. She was lame due to a hoof abscess, was standing in 2 feet of alfalfa that she couldn’t eat as her teeth had not been floated in many years. No-fly control, the poor girl was covered in flies and losing weight. SHI took care of her immediate needs until she could be transported to our friends at Villa Chardonnay Sanctuary in Temecula. Here Reba will be able to live out the rest of her days in peace, surrounded by horse friends and people who love her.
This lovely 3-year-old paint mare was handed over to SHI by a loving owner who could no longer take care of her. She will remain at SHI for the time being. She may be available for adoption in the future.
This 14-year-old pony mare was handed over to SHI by a loving owner who could no longer take care of her. Bella had been rescued from a neglectful home a year prior by this woman. Sadly Bella arrived at us with laminitis, but we wrapped her feet in baby diapers and gave her a thick, cushiony bed of shavings for her comfort. Bella has been adopted by a wonderful lady who has given lifetime refuge to other special needs ponies also. She will get the care she needs to recover.
SHI had been taking care of (2) paint Tenessee Walkers for several months in 2014. We finally were given the opportunity to bring them to the rescue. They have been adopted into a forever loving home.
With the help of fellow rescuers, SHI re-homed 12 ponies in July/August The owner was no longer able to care for them, so she asked for our assistance. We are very thankful to the folks who stepped up and offered loving homes forever for these ponies, who really just needed a safe place to hang out in their retirement. Red, Frosty, Champ, Baby Girl, Inspector Gadget, Blondie, Dallas, Babe, Gopher, Scarlet, Gumdrop & Pistol
This beautiful seven-year-old Overo Paint was over jumped by his previous trainer, causing lameness in all four limbs of this horse. Jet is currently on several month layups, similar to that of a racehorse. We are hoping he will be sound enough for trail riding.
This 18 yr old QH mare was abandoned at a Lakeside boarding facility. She was not in good shape. She was thin and had very sore feet. SHI took her in. She has gained weight, and we are currently working with the farrier to address her special shoeing needs. Dolly is now a long term retiree at SHI. We would consider adopting Dolly out as a pasture/companion pet to a loving forever home.
SHI assisted with the rescue of two Thoroughbreds at the close of the Del Mar racing season.
“Don’t Forget Muq,” AKA Boatside. 7 yr old California raced to geld. Boatside is currently rehabilitating from a racing injury and will be available for adoption in 2013. Boatside is lame as a result of his racing days and is now permanently retired. Sponsors needed
AKA Zorro is a TX born and raced thoroughbred. Now 13 years old, Zorro had spent this season as a “pony” horse at Del Mar. Starved and neglected, faithful friend Viktoria visited him each day to ensure he was fed and cared for. We were able to “rescue” him at the close of the Del Mar season. Sponsors needed.
Zorro is not available for adoption. He is now a long term retiree.
We recently coordinated the rescue of 5 horses that were thrown away by a popular S. CA amusement park. The horses were en route to auction, where they undoubtedly would have been bought for slaughter.
Three of the horses were taken in by Equine Well Being Rescue, Ramona, and the two thoroughbreds went to Tijuana River Valley Rescue.
This 15-year-old BLM mustang was rescued off the S. CA feedlot with the help of donations from the Fans of Barbaro and our local supporters. Pirate is currently undergoing some rehabilitative training.
Pirate is not available for adoption.
SHI was alerted to a 20 yr old tattooed thoroughbred at the Lancaster Animal Shelter. He had been found abandoned on the streets of Lancaster. He was running out of time and needed to leave the shelter. Thanks to the Fans of Barbaro, $500 was raised to cover the cost of his adoption from the shelter, a week’s feed and care at the SHI Lancaster foster home, hoof trim, a new blanket, and transport to Safe Haven rescue in Cottonwood. Safe Haven has renamed him Sweet Valentine, aptly named for Valentine’s day rescue. His registered Jockey Club name is Yort. Never raced.
Thank you to Linda Richards at Safe Haven for taking him in.
This 8 yr old, 17hh TB/warmblood cross mare was rescued off a dealer’s lot in March, saving her from a trip to a slaughter buying auction. Sadly Hope was a performance horse who had been ridden into the ground. She sustained a career-ending injury to her knee and then was dumped. Hope will be assessed for arthroscopic knee surgery at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital. We will determine at a later date if Hope will be available for adoption as a riding horse. This very sweet mare will be well cared for by SHI s a sanctuary horse, unless someone has a lovely pasture and some friends for her to hang out with and would be willing to adopt her. Hope underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. Just how successful this surgery will be for her, time will tell.
As You Like It raced ay Del Mar as a three-year-old. He was rescued by SHI at age 8, not sure where he had been or what he had done, but he was still green broke at age 8. After putting some basic dressage training into him, AJ was adopted locally. Soon after, he was returned, and a second adoption took him to Hawaii for six years. Sadly due to a lack of expert professional help there, the adopter could not provide the appropriate care for him, and he was returned to SHI in 2016. AJ has had to go through major rehabilitation, multiple joint injections, chiropractic, bodywork, and under saddle training. His progress is slow, and he has had many setbacks. His gut has been compromised and needs daily bio sponge and probiotics. Another special needs horse to add to our collection!
SHI is frequently pulling horses off the local feedlot. In November, these two mustangs were rescued off the feedlot and transported to Blue Sky Rescue in Oregon. Thank you to the Fans of Barbaro who donated the funds for bail and transportation.
This four-year-old OTTB gelding “Rockin the City” was pulled off the feedlot in time for the holidays. Thanks again to the Fans of Barbaro who donated the bail funds. This lucky boy has already found a loving home.
This beautiful 11-year-old draft horse was rescued off the local feedlot by SHI, with the help of funds donated by The Fans of Barbaro and other private donors. This “King” is currently in foster care and may be available for adoption at a later date.
This King has been adopted.
This beautiful white gelding was rescued off the local feedlot by SHI, with the help of funds donated by The Fans of Barbaro and private donors. He was immediately adopted into a loving home.
These two-year-old draft crosses were 2 of 9 horses rescued from a California feedlot by SHI and a private associate rescue. (Stay tuned for more info on the other seven horses).
Thank you to the Fans of Barbaro who donated to bail and transport Gypsy Rose and Max. They are currently at our rescue facility. Gypsy Rose has a chronic and debilitating injury to her hind legs, and we are still unsure if we can save her. Max will be available for adoption in July.
These two lovely horses have been adopted by a wonderful loving family and are renamed, Luke & Leah. Leah had a severe case of cancer in her right hind foot but is now well on her way to recovery.
This ten-year-old thoroughbred gelding was rescued off the feedlot. King has been transferred to Tearsongs Equine Athletes Rescue & Sanctuary, In Ramona, CA, as SHI is full to capacity. King is trained to 1st level dressage, bombproof on the trail, quiet and gentle, and needs a loving home. King has been adopted.
This pregnant mare, we believe is breeding stock paint/foundation quarter, was rescued off the feedlot. She has also been transferred to Tearsongs Equine Athletes Rescue & Sanctuary, Ramona, CA.
SHI continues to coordinate and facilitate the rescue of horses off the feedlot. Several thoroughbreds have been rescued so far this year. They have been taken in by other rescues.
This Polish Arabian gelding was rescued off the feedlot in December. Thank you to the Fans of Barbaro for generously donating his bail. He is currently in training and will soon be available for adoption. He is a quiet, gentle horse.
SHI coordinated the rescue of 2 mustangs off the feedlot. They were taken in by Red Bucket rescue, a foster home for Return to Freedom, while a permanent sanctuary can be found for them.
Two more mustangs were pulled off the feedlot this month. Aged just 4 and 6 yrs, these two lovely mustangs could no longer be cared for by their previous owners. They were picked up as “free” horses off a Craigslist ad by two blonde women and ended up a few days later on the KB’s feedlot. My friend Christine of Gentled Mustangs drove these two to another California rescue who so graciously took them in. They will be going to Monty Roberts in January for under saddle training. They were retired to a private sanctuary in AZ
Thank you to the Fans of Barbaro for donating the money to bail these two off the lot.
These two lucky mustangs were transferred to a private retirement sanctuary in Arizona.
Gypsy & Smudge
SHI coordinated the rescue of three draft horses that were taken to an NM auction from CA. Thank you to the Fans of Barbaro for donating the funds needed for this rescue and to our friend Kristen for actually bidding on them and getting them to safety. Two of the drafts are currently with the Reilly Resue in Texas (thank you, Amy), and big Ben is still with Kristen. Kristen also rescued a skinny TB mare and a weanling mini. The mini was very sick and sadly died the next day. RIP, sweet little baby. God only knows where this poor baby would have ended up dying if Kristen had not taken him home. He knew a few hours of love and kindness before crossing the rainbow bridge.
This four-year-old warmblood cross was rescued from the kill buyer's feedlot in late August. He has a lovely sweet, gentle nature and loves to play with his jolly ball. He is an awesome mover, but sadly he has a neurological condition that we are investigating. We are hoping it is not too serious. Either way, we will ensure his safety and well-being forever.
This 16-year-old TB mare was rescued off the slaughter-bound feedlot. Emaciated and covered in infected wounds, she was taken in by a prospective adopter. Unfortunately, she was returned to us soon after rescue. Stella was adopted by a TB retirement sanctuary, but sadly she has now crossed that rainbow bridge. RIP
This older mustang mare was picked up off the kill buyer’s feedlot by an Orange County rescue (Red Bucket). She has captured the hearts of many and will be easy to place.
This three-year-old mustang mare accompanied Zoie to the Orange County rescue.
This four-year-old BLM gelding rescued off the kill buyer’s feedlot is currently in a foster home awaiting adoption. He is broke to ride and very sweet and gentle.