The Sanctuary Barn

From Greyhounds to Podencos and now … Horses!

Some years ago, we were left a small inheritance from a close family member and avid animal lover. Unable to ever locate the ideal piece of land to build a barn and care for horses, he hoped we might one day succeed where he had failed.

After waiting for six years, the property adjacent to ours was put up for sale and we promptly purchased it! Aware of the time sensitivity of our ambitious project, the various contractors we hired, including Geneva Sheds, LLC, American Electric, Diamond Door, Gold Seal Spray Foam Insulation, RMT Excavating, and G and H Well Digging, completed the barn in four months.

Fortune continued to smile on us because while the barn was under construction, the land adjacent to it unexpectedly went on sale, and we bought that property as well. Our future plans for the land include a large hay field and pasture expansion should the need arise.

We built five custom stalls ourselves – with room for more — and ensured the horses stabled there would be kept comfortable and content, warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Overseeing them are an excellent equine veterinarian, a highly experienced and gentle farrier (he trims and shoes their hooves), and numerous horse-savvy members of our community.

Like the dog Sanctuary, the inhabitants of the horse Sanctuary will be seniors and those with special needs, unadoptable, and ours to care for and cherish for the rest of their lives.

And like our passion for the dogs, our passion for these horses is boundless, as is our endless capacity to learn from them.

We’re learning the true meaning of being part of a “herd.” We’re learning the importance of correctly reading both human and equine body language. We’re learning how truly creative horses are, how their silliness can make us smile, how intense the bonds between us can be. And as we learn more, we’ll share these treasured life lessons with all of you.

Please, therefore, review the stories of our Sanctuary horses below. If you could contribute to their upkeep, won’t you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to us? We can use cash donations, gift cards to farm stores and in-kind donations of stall bedding, grain and treats. They, and we, would be most grateful.

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’s bonded to Sassafras who acts like his bossy big sister in exchange for her little brother’s protectiveness.

If you would like to help with Joker’s upkeep and medical expenses, please use the DONATE button on the right side of this page.
A senior in years, this striking mid-20-year-old Saddlebred mare is a pony in spirit. With her expressive eyes and ears, the bay beauty steals hearts wherever she puts her hooves, and relishes rolling around in the mud every chance she gets! A sensitive soul, easily spooked by new sights and sounds, once she feels safe, she loves to snuggle. She also loves to be brushed and to eat, and although she adores treats, she’s not fond of joint supplements. Perhaps if they tasted like grain or like hay … Sadly, our spirited Sassafras suffers from a dropped fetlock and muscle atrophy due to progressive suspensory desmitis in her right rear leg and can no longer be ridden.

If you would like to help with Sassafras’s upkeep and medical expenses, please use the DONATE button on the right side of this page.
Her gentle face bisected by a broad white stripe, chestnut mare Daphne is still getting used to her surroundings. In her mid-teens 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.

If you would like to help with Daphne’s upkeep and medical expenses, please use the DONATE button on the right side of this page.

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.
If you would like to help with Ranger’s medications and supplements to keep him as comfortable as possible, please use the DONATE button on the right side of this page.
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