Stepping Out for America's Horses

Stepping Out
for America's Horses
February 15-June 15, 2022

Presented By
Robb Report

Two Socks Memorial Fund (1987-2022)
Our beloved Two Socks, died suddenly on March 18th, at 35 years old. We chose him for this campaign prior to his death because he represents that there are always next chapters for horses. Two Socks was rescued by his owner from a kill-pen at the age of six. He has been a working member of our adaptive therapy program since 2013. Every time we tried to retire him, he would tell us he was not ready and wanted to work! Two Socks is posing with two of our teen United States Pony Club members. He helped them earn their D2 Pony Club ratings this past fall. Two Socks was a barn favorite, and excelled in adaptive riding lessons, Pony Club sessions, loved to be groomed, and was also in charge of keeping our two young weanlings in line during turn-out. He was one the of most intuitive and loving horses we have ever met! We have established a Memorial Fund in his honor.

Kate, a 21 year old Saddlebred mare, was living a rough life when neighbors saw she was neglected by her owner and left to care for herself. They asked the owner to surrender Kate to AGES and he did. Kate was thin, full of ticks, and wary of people. At AGES she began to trust our volunteers and vet, and is now sound, healthy, stands well for saddling and grooming. Next - a forever home where she'll never be neglected again.

Jill, who is nearly blind, enjoying Spirit's spirit!
Spirit was rescued from starvation at just two years old. None of the rest of his herd survived. While he has some behavioral issues resulting from his mistreatment, he has learned that humans can be trusted. Spirit's story helps children access their own losses. He is a caretaker of those who most need it. It is impossible to overestimate the joy horses bring to us!

Tommy was in our first group of horses we rescued in 2018. Diagnosed with navicular syndrome shortly after arriving from a Texas kill pen, Tommy has earned his permanent place in our herd. He has memories of darker times that continue to surface. The terror he displays remind us of the demons he continues to fight. Most days are peaceful and happy and the darker moments come farther apart with the development of trust and love.

Pongo and Perdita
Photo @Lydia Anne LaDue
Pongo and Perdita, both leopard appaloosas, arrived at Begin Again Horse Rescue when Perdita, who was blind from Glaucoma, needed intense and expensive treatments. When the medical treatments did not relieve her pain, her eyes were surgically removed by our veterinarians. Pongo, who is dedicated to being a seeing-eye for the little mare, accompanied Perdita to the hospital to offer her support and comfort. Perdita is now pain-free and romps about the pasture with her friend, Pongo, like two peas in a pod. Pongo and Perdita are being offered for adoption together to an approved home within a two hour radius of Lima, NY, or they will have a forever home at Begin Again Horse Rescue.

We spotted this underweight, discouraged soul on a Facebook horse auction site and we knew he needed to be rescued. On Thanksgiving eve, a Facebook message was shared with friends of our rescue, who showed up early on Thanksgiving morning to clean a field area near a stall and build a temporary turnout in which to quarantine Laz. We rescued Laz from auction and brought him home to our rescue. You'd never recognize this frisky, energetic fellow now as he tears around his turnout, throws his head and shakes his mane with sheer joy!

Count On Ale (Diamond)
Count On Ale aka Diamond is a 19 year old Thoroughbred who came to BTRE from a large seizure. She was emaciated and in need of lots of TLC. She will never be in this situation again. She is now thriving with the rest of our Sanctuary mares. She is very loving and loves the outdoors. Since she has been used as a broodmare and not ridden since she was three years old, she is adoptable but would only be suitable as a pasture companion.

Hank is a superstar! He's a 12 year old AQHA who provides Equine Therapy to our children and adults with disabilities. Affectionate, intelligent, and curious, he loves people. He enjoys his job and begs to be brought in from the pasture for lessons. Hank exemplifies the Blue Sky mission by accepting everyone with kindness and helping riders build confidence. We love our Hank!

Mykee is a true Cinderella story. When we first met Mykee, he was in very poor health. His ribcage could be seen from far away and he was living in a constant state of fear. But, there was a sparkle in his eye. He was kind and gentle and showed he had the try that we look for in every therapy horse. Once his health improved, he was introduced into our therapeutic riding and outpatient clinic specializing in hippotherapy. At 14 hands, he was the perfect sized therapy horse for children. When he stepped into his first session, it was clear he found his purpose. Today, Mykee helps BraveHearts bring hope, joy, and unlimited possibilities to individuals in need through the healing power of the horse. Most importantly, Mykee has found his home.

Admiral is the anchor of the Bridle Paths program, inspiring participants to build authentic connections, in partnership with horses, for more than ten years. Standing 17.3 hands high, this teenage Percheron-Thoroughbred cross gelding helps riders to reach new heights. Working with Admiral permits trauma survivors to cultivate trusting relationships and achieve post-traumatic growth. The recipient of the WIHS Honor & Service Award in 2017, Admiral excels in working with veterans, service members, and their families.

My name is Deuce and I was a grand prix jumper until I injured my hock. They put me in a stall and I became an emotional wreck until I was rescued by Brook Hill. Today I teach at-risk youth perseverance, resilience and confidence. Like me, they are learning to work through their struggles in order to succeed!

Seizetheday Rexy
Seizetheday Rexy, "Rexy", is a 2017 OTTB gelding who retired from racing due to mild knee arthritis and joined the CANTER California herd in October 2021. While his knee arthritis caused his racing career to end early, his veterinary team has given him a great prognosis for beginning a second career as a riding horse. He is being carefully re-started by our volunteer team and will later be available for adoption. Rexy represents so many of our horses who have so much heart, athleticism, and so many years left to be enjoyed by someone after retiring from their first career!

Coffee First
Coffee First is a 5 year old Dark Bay Thoroughbred Gelding who completed post surgery rehab for bone chip removal and is now available for adoption, best suited for flat work, walk, trot, and light riding.

California Rone
California Rone is a Gray Thoroughbred Gelding born in 2018. Just three years old when he arrived, he immediately required surgery to remove bone chips from both front legs at Michigan State University (MSU), which we arranged and paid for. MSU Veterinary students assist with surgery on CANTER Michigan horses to help advance their veterinary education. The photo was taken prior to his surgery. He is recovering and will be in rehab until July, 2022.

AP Hutchy, aka Hutch, was injured during training for his racing career, tearing his suspensory branch. After the injury, his owner donated Hutch to the Secretariat Center to help him find a new career. Despite his young years - now only four - his puppy-dog personality made him the perfect fit for us! Everyone at CKRH fell in love with Hutch, because how could we not love a big, loveable three-year-old who just wants to cuddle? We’re taking it slow as his injury is not completely healed yet, but he’s been cleared for walking under tack, playing games in our indoor arena, and riding on the CKRH Sensory Trail. We are so grateful for our relationship with the Secretariat Center and all excited to watch Hutch grow and learn on his journey to becoming a therapy horse!

Heathcliff with student, Ian, his dad and sidewalker, Thomas, and leader Tamy
Heathcliff is a 24-year old Warmblood Cross. Heathcliff was a successful eventing horse before he settled into his career as a trusted partner to therapeutic riding students at CATR. While Heathcliff has many talents, his most notable characteristic is how easily he forms strong connections with people. Several young men at CATR are part of his fan club! They love taking him for long trail rides in the Western tack.

Bear AKA Shorty, a large pony with a BIG personality, participates in our mental health program, driving program and riding program. Occasionally, he gets to go visit veterans at the Veterans' Home of Wyoming. Shorty is a favorite with clients. He loves to play with zipper pulls on folks' jackets and will "smile" almost on command, but mostly because he wants to. Shorty is an excellent therapy horse. He knows who needs a willing partner and who needs their boundaries pushed a little, depending on what a client needs or what activity we are doing.

Rescued at a local livestock auction alongside five other yearlings, Tyra was granted a second chance through personalized rehabilitation and training at Colorado Horse Rescue. Due to a traumatic start in life, Tyra was quite fearful and shut down. Although with consistency and patience, Tyra's curiosity was revealed. Tyra formed a new foundation from a healthy restart at CHR and a quality training foster home. Now, Tyra awaits being matched to a horse-loving home.

Jett, age 10, has helped hundreds of humans since 2013. Jett is a superstar in every way – he is always ready to serve others and help them feel better! Whether he is visiting a nursing home, remaining present with an adult, or playing dress-up, Jett is a primary team member in our equine-assisted wellness programs.

Smiley is a stunning 14 year old Standardbred gelding. He has a wonderful, playful and energetic personality and loves to be mentally engaged. He once had a very successful harness racing career before he ended up at auction. During his training evaluation and an evaluation by our veterinarian, we discovered that he has an extreme case of "Tying- up", where his muscles seize up while in work. Smiley is available for adoption as a pasture companion only. Smiley would do best in a living situation where he could go in and out of his stall as he pleases and be turned out with another horse with a playful personality like his. Learn more about Smiley here.

Queenie recently found herself needing a new home after working her entire life on a farm. Thankfully, we were able to offer her a safe landing. Queenie is getting caught up on her past-due veterinary needs as well as gaining some weight. Queenie has earned a safe retirement which Draft Gratitude is giving to her.

"Tristan the wonder horse" has been the face of our center since the beginning. Having 4 careers: Race horse, Hunter jumper, Dressage, and Therapy, Tristan, now 31, still works carrying Veterans, special needs children, adults, and able-bodied riders. He has traveled to special needs schools and has worked with one of the largest Veterans Hospitals in the country. Tristan won The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred's incentive program Horse of the Year for 2015, The amazing thing about Tristan is he always knows when someone is in need of a horse hug.

Noffy, once our instructor's childhood pony, now works with her "mom" each Wednesday where the dynamic duo delight our "littles" with fun games designed to enrich their lives. Noffy is adored by the riders and volunteer staff that cannot resist her wild "hair do" and body clipped hearts on her rump - a symbol befitting the important work Noffy does and how much she is loved by everyone who meets her!

Stetson's life started out rocky: being dumped at an auction just two weeks after his birth. Never one to let his beginning limit him, he's proven to be quite an incredible fellow. Stetson now leads and picks up his feet with the confidence and composure of a horse much beyond his years. Supporting him supports what DHOH stands for: every horse deserves a second chance. It's all the most heartbreaking when foals' chances are so limited from birth, and we're so happy that Stetson was able to be rescued and have a bright future.

Beth Dutton
Beth was bound for slaughter, being kept in a mud lot with no access to food, water, or shelter. Part of our "Ponies with Purpose" mission is to give life and purpose to horses that are no longer able to do the job they once did. While her care is more extensive than our other program horses, we are dedicated to giving Beth all the love and care she deserves. When she is ready, she will repay us ten-fold by joining our herd providing life changing therapy to the children we serve.

FIRST PREV ( Page 1 of 5 ) NEXT

Back To Top

© Copyright 2018 EQUUS Foundation  |  Contact Us Here