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.

Here are the stories of our Sanctuary horses. 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.
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.
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