Pensacola Pete, born around 2011, is a Donkey who was abandoned along with three female donkeys in Pensacola, Florida. Sadly, this is not uncommon in the farmlands of the state where according to law enforcement, donkeys are used and then abandoned all the time by ranchers. The females were adopted down in Florida but no one wanted sweet Pete. Two friends of the organization asked us to help as it seemed likely he would otherwise fall through the cracks. Together we rescued Pete, who arrived at the sanctuary on August 14, 2015. Pete is a real sweetheart! He spends his days with his girlfriend, Tina, a rescued filly, in our "Jokers' Wild" pasture! Photo credit: Terry Hawthorne
Pete is proudly Sponsored by supporters from Great Barrington, Massachusetts; Hudson, New York; two from New York, New York; and Queensbury, New York.
Pepper, a gorgeous Mule born around 1992, was purchased by Equine Advocates at the same Pennsylvania sale as Jewel in 1999. She had been adopted when first rescued. She has since come back to us and was happy to be reunited with her old friend. They reside with other mules and Ginny, the horse, in "Mule Town." Photo credit: Jim Craner
Pepper is proudly Sponsored, In Full, by a supporter from Sands Point, New York.
Plato, born May 16, 2000, is a Thoroughbred formerly known as Platitude, who had a very consistent record on the New York racing circuit. He sustained several serious injuries while racing and finally ended up with a cracked knee. Equine Advocates took him to the sanctuary, had him gelded and allowed him to recuperate from his injuries in a stall for several months. Now "pasture sound," he will never be ridden again. Plato lives his life with four other Thoroughbreds in a section of the sanctuary we call "A Few Good Men."
Plato is proudly Sponsored by a supporter from Carmel, New York.
Press Exclusive, born on May 5, 1996, is a Kentucky-bred Thoroughbred mare who raced 48 times in Canada and won more than $436,000 for her owner, then gave birth to nine foals before ending up on the Canadian version of Craig's List where she was purchased by a killer buyer. On her way to slaughter, she was trampled on the truck and was near death. Press defied the odds and survived unimaginable pain and suffering. That was back in December of 2012 when Mindy Lovell who runs a Canadian rescue organization called Transitions Thoroughbreds took in Press and nursed her back to health. Then on September 10, 2013, we welcomed Press to the sanctuary where she is retired for life! Photo credit: Nousha Salimi
Press Exclusive is proudly Sponsored by a supporter Millbrook, New York.
Queen, a Clydesdale born around 1993, is a former work mare from a Amish farm in Ohio. She and her baby mule, Gizmo, along with Dolly and her baby mule, Gomez, were all rescued by Equine Advocates in 2001. Queen is relatively young and has recovered from a hind end injury that she had sustained while under the care of the neglectful farmer. Queen is one of the largest and most gentle horses at the sanctuary and is happy spending lots of time with our young visitors who adore her.
Queen is proudly Sponsored by a family New York, New York; and another supporter from New York, New York.
Rain Man, a registered Miniature Horse born April 1, 1990, is not only our official greeter, but he is also one of Equine Advocates original founding horses. Rain Main was first rescued by a Staten Island resident from an abusive situation at a stable on Staten Island. When she could no longer keep him, she contacted Susan Wagner who took him in 1994, two years before she founded Equine Advocates. It is fitting that Rain Man is near the entrance of the sanctuary, not just because he has "seniority," but also because of his unique vocal qualities in "talking" to almost everyone as they arrive!
Rain Man is proudly Sponsored, in full, by a supporter from New York, New York who also fully sponsors Nelson!
Reggie, born around 1998, is a cross between a Miniature Donkey and a Poitou, a rare donkey breed from Europe. He was rescued by Equine Advocates in October of 2006 from an auction at a New York animal park. He has a winning personality and loves attention, which he gets endlessly! Reggie spends his days on "Pony Hill" with his long-eared buddies Casey and Franklin, as well as other miniature horses and ponies. Photo credit: Joe Gleason
Reggie is proudly Sponsored, In Full, by a supporter from Saint James City, Florida who also generously sponsors his best pal, Casey!
Rigo is a Dutch Warmblood by breed. His estimated birth year is 1999. We do not know his entire history from the time he was a young horse, but we do know that he performed on the show circuit and sustained injuries during that period that ultimately ended his career. The circumstances surrounding his future after that and how to best care for him and the health issues that he developed, are the reasons why he was admitted into the sanctuary. Show horses, race horses and all equines with “jobs” often become injured or just too old to perform. That is the reality facing most performance horses in this country. Rigo’s story is not an uncommon one, but it is important that horses like him are valued and given the opportunity to live out their lives with kind treatment and receive a dignified end when that time comes.
Rigo is proudly Sponsored, in Full, by a supporter from Woodbourne, New York.
Rocket Man is a Miniature Appaloosa born in 2009. He arrived at the sanctuary in May of 2012. He was still intact at the time and had apparent soundness issues. We immediately sent him to an equine hospital where he was gelded and had surgery on both of his hips. Thankfully, he is now pasture sound. Rocket Man and Rain Man spend their days in the pasture known as “Mucho Macho Men.” Cuteness definitely reigns in this field where he and buddy, Rain Man, win everyone over with their adorable looks and mischievous personalities, also known as “Pony-tude." Photo Credit: Holly Scism
Rocket Man is proudly sponsored by supporters from Bolton Landing, New York; Hamburg, New York and Queensbury, New York.
Rose, formerly, “Roses for Tara,” is a registered Thoroughbred mare born in Pennsylvania on February 27, 2007. She raced five times and then ended up years later in the hands of people who intended to send her to auction because she did not respond to their training to turn her into a riding horse. Rose also has some respiratory issues and clearly belongs in a sanctuary. She is an extremely sweet and kind mare who enjoys being doted on and loved. She will receive that in abundance here alongside her pasture mates Cindy and Kelli. Photo credit: Melissa Murray
Rose is proudly Sponsored by supporters from Scottsdale, Arizona; Skokie, Illinois and Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Sarah is a big beautiful Belgian Draft who is the offspring of Mariclare, a rescued Canadian PMU mare, who resided at the Sanctuary before passing. Mariclare was in foal with Sarah at the time of her rescue. Sarah, born around 2004, is a very spirited girl and loves spending her days with other PMU mares and PMU offspring in "The Big and the Beautiful" pasture. Photo credit: Valerie Quint
Sarah is proudly Sponsored by supporters from Goodview, Virginia; Mercer Island, Washington; and Maple Valley, Washington.
Sheena, a white Percheron, is a former work horse. Born in the late ‘90’s, she was forced to work past the age of twenty during which time she sustained several permanent injuries. We heard about her situation and came to her rescue to prevent her from ending up at auction. Although Sheena was not turned out regularly with other horses before, she surely has adapted well to sanctuary life and being in the company of other mares since arriving at Equine Advocates.
Sheena is proudly Sponsored, In Full, by a supporter from Charlottesville, Virginia, who also generously sponsors Jack & Zack!