The Sanctuary Barn

From Greyhounds to Podencos and now … Horses!

When people neglect, abuse or abandon their horses, our mission is to intercede on their behalf. Defined by compassion and driven by passion, we have designed our Sanctuary Barn as a permanent home for those innocents’ whose unspeakable suffering coupled with their ages, medical conditions and/or behavioral issues have rendered them unadoptable. They are ours to care for and cherish for the rest of their lives.

Situated on 20 acres of land consisting of large pastures, dry lots, a lean-to and a small hay field, the Sanctuary Barn contains spacious, custom-built stalls that are well ventilated and allow for an abundance of sunlight. Not only are the horses kept comfortable here, their daily exercise routines are tailored to meet their individual needs.

Overseeing the horses are an excellent equine veterinarian, a highly experienced, gentle farrier and a Reiki master who specializes in equine therapy and equine massage. Living on the property are two dedicated and horse-savvy caretakers, and a state of the art surgical/emergency equine hospital is located nearby.

Our devotion to these horses is limitless, as is our capacity to learn from them. They have taught us what it means to be part of a “herd.” They have taught us the importance of correctly reading both human and equine body language. They have taught us how truly creative they are and how intense the bond between us can be.

They have also taught us that abuse, neglect and misunderstanding can leave physical and emotional scars which can take months, even years to heal – if ever. They have taught us that patience and love, coupled with a healthy diet, exercise, medical treatment and ongoing observation can work miracles.

But most of all, they have taught us that a gentle hand, a calming voice and an open mind lets us “hear” them, thereby allowing us to provide them with whatever they need.


Helping Horses Through Monthly Sponsorships and One-Time Donations

Monthly Sponsorships and One-Time Donations allow us to do what we do for the horses in our care. If you could contribute to their upkeep, won’t you please consider making a tax-deductible donation?

A $10 donation will pay for probiotics and joints supplements for one horse for one month.

A $35 donation will pay for a bag of ration balancer grain.

A $45 donation will pay for pain medications for one horse.

A $50 donation will pay for stall bedding for all the horses for one week.

A $75 donation will pay for Jake’s Cushing’s Medications.

We can also use gift cards to farm stores and in-kind donations of stall bedding, grain and treats.

We have a Wish List for Chewy.com. https://www.chewy.com/g/ne-ohio-greyhound-rescue_b64273155

Monthly Sponsorships are easy to set up via our DONATION button on the right side of this page, and through the auto-ship function on Chewy.com.

We will send personalized updates to all monthly sponsors. It will mean the world to us, and to the horses that deserve the best!

The Sanctuary Horses

Joker – Sponsors Needed
As they say, “If the shoe fits.” And no name could be more fitting than Joker for this sweet Paint gelding who’s a natural comic, complete with the funniest facial expressions. In his mid-teens, approximately 14.2 hands tall, and endlessly mischievous, he loves snuggling and eating treats, licking everything in sight and rolling around in the mud. He even loves his “diet” grain that’s helping him to lose weight. What he doesn’t love is being groomed while his highly sensitive hind end makes him a challenge for the farrier. With little training, and having never been ridden, he was bonded to now angel Sassafras who acted like his bossy big sister in exchange for her little brother’s protectiveness. To help Joker through his grieving, we brought in Jake and the two have become best buddies.

Joker recently experienced a painful hoof abscess and is on the mend. We are grateful for his patience and perseverance during his many, many hoof soaks, poultice packs, hoof trims and drain hole openings.
Jake – Sponsors Needed
Beautiful Rocky Mountain Horse, Jake, developed Cushing’s Disease and significant arthritis that caused him to collapse when ridden.  At the ripe old age of 22, he was no longer deemed useful, and was surrendered, not once but twice, before he came to live out his remaining years at the Sanctuary Barn. 

Although some may think that Jake is just an old “hay burner” and not entitled to quality care, Jake has shown us his very special side.  He’s quickly become a therapy horse for his human caretakers, who are mourning the loss of their very special heart horse, Sassy.  Jake senses that his new humans are hurting and he’s forever physically reaching out with his muzzle, or his shoulder.  He knows the power of touch and the healing qualities that rubbing his warm, soft nose on our hands has on us.  Of course, Jake is also combatting his own loneliness and sense of loss from his first humans.

But Jake’s specialness doesn’t stop with his relationship with humans.  He’s acting as a therapy horse for his new friend, Joker, who is also grieving the loss of his surrogate mother mare, Sassy and recovering from a very painful hoof abscess. These two became instant friends, and we like to think that they both understand why we brought them together.  The two are always next to each other and where one goes, the other follows.  Their open and airy stalls allow them to monitor each other’s movements and visit by touching noses across the divide.  With Jake’s quiet presence, Joker has begun to heal, physically and emotionally.  And, Jake’s presence also seems to calm the other horses in the barn.  It’s a win-win for everyone.  We think Sassy must have sent Jake to us.  We are truly honored to be able to care for this sweet gelding. 

Daphne – Sponsors Needed
Her gentle face bisected by a broad white stripe, chestnut mare Daphne is still getting used to her surroundings. Now about 20 years old and approximately 14.2 hands tall, her earlier life sadly saw her neglected, leading to the loss of her left eye and suffering from rain rot. Now fully recovered from that condition, her previously elevated liver enzymes are normal as well. Never fully trained, she feels most at ease when her head is in the feed bucket or hay bag, and while she enjoys being with the other horses, her nervousness makes them uncomfortable. She does, however, have a touch of the imp in her since she likes to steal treats from our pockets. Hopefully then, with time and patience, we will not only win her trust but her heart.
Ranger – Sponsors Needed
Thanks to the kindness of strangers, Ranger, a handsome Palomino Quarter Horse Gelding was saved from slaughter and is now living the life he deserves. Despite the constant pain and sensitivity in his face, neck and withers due to previous neglect, this sweet survivor is slowly settling into his new surroundings. Not only has he developed a friendship with one of the Sanctuary mares he’s learning to trust his human caretakers. Highly food motivated, he enjoys eating hay from our hands or from his hay ball although he remains wary of eating near the other horses. Medically, he’s being treated for the high ringbone that rendered him lame, as well as for another infection of unknown origins. Hopefully, however, with time, patience and the proper medical attention, Ranger will regain both his once-robust spirit and health.

The Equine Angels

  • Little Eddie is now an angel, looking over the other horses and sending us little reminders of his gentle presence. He came to our Sanctuary as a senior, supposedly in good health. But, no one had any idea of the cancer growing inside his gut. He was taken from us only 3 weeks after he arrived. But those in those 3 short weeks, he restored our confidence, and returned our love. We cry for you everyday, Little Eddie. You will never be forgotten.
  • Sassy was our first mare, our first love. From the minute we saw her and she hugged us, we knew that she was destined to come to the Sanctuary Barn. Her passing ripped out our hearts and left us raw. Never will there be another like her.

The Mouse Patrol

Jasmine and Monroe – Sponsored for Cat Litter and Food. THANK YOU!
We are indebted to our hard working mouse patrol team. They keep the barn free of mice and they look out for the horses, too!
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