Spirit, an American Saddlebred gelding, was born in 2000 to a mare who was rescued, along with 10 other Saddlebreds in 1999 by Equine Advocates. It was one of the most written about animal abuse cases involving horses during that time. We raised the money to go to court and purchase the horses at a bankruptcy hearing. Spirit's dam (mother), Sienna along with all of the horses were adopted out, but Spirit came back to us. Spirit spends his days with his best friends, Kip and Bandit in an area of the sanctuary we call "Goodfellas."
Spirit is proudly Sponsored, In Full, by a Foundation based in Clifton, New Jersey.
Suzie, a Percheron/Appaloosa cross, was born on April 25, 2004 to Bernadette, who was in foal at the time of her rescue from a Canadian PMU factory farm. As a foal, Suzie was black but has turned white like her mom as she has grown up. Suzie is a very lovable, friendly and mischievous mare who loves to play with her pasture-mates, Terry, born the same year and Lily, born on the same day.
Suzie is proudly Sponsored by a supporters from Sacramento, California; New York, New York; and Saratoga Springs, NY.
Sylvia, we believe, is an Arabian/Quarter Horse Cross mare born around 2010. She was standing in the Kaufman Kill Pens in Kaufman, Texas and less than 24 hours from being shipped to Mexico for slaughter. That was in September of 2018 when a friend of Equine Advocates found her photo online among equines bound for slaughter. Because no one stepped up to bail her out, we did, and with the help of a good friend with great connections, located a farm in Louisiana where she could be quarantined.
Sylvia remained at that facility for 40 days during which time she was examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, wormed, had her feet trimmed and teeth floated. In early November, she travelled to New York and was sent to a foster home where she stayed until we had the room to accommodate her at the sanctuary. We named her Sylvia because she looked like a silver horse in the first photo we saw of her. Sylvia is a gem!
Sylvia is proudly Sponsored by supporters from Cortlandt Manor, New York; Saratoga Springs, New York; and Ellensburg, Washington.
Terry, a Belgian Draft born in 2004, is the daughter of former PMU mare, Sophia, who was in foal at the time of her rescue. Sadly Sophia passed away on 2/14/2019. Terry will never have to know the horrors that her mother experienced. Both had been adopted in 2004 but came back to us. Terry spends her days with PMU offspring Lily and Suzie in the area of the sanctuary we call "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." Photo credit: Holly Scism
Terry is proudly Sponsored by a supporter from Bismarck, North Dakota; Hudson, New York and Saratoga Springs, New York as well as by a family from Chatham, New York & Washington, DC.
Tim, formally Timothy Murphy, is a bay Thoroughbred gelding born on April 14, 1999. He is a grandson of 1977 Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew. After his racing career was over, he was retrained and sent to join a State University Equine Studies Program. He and two other Thoroughbred geldings were consigned by the school to be sold at auction because they outlived their usefulness. Equine Advocates found out about their story and purchased them privately from the school on December 5, 2010. Tim spends his days along with four Thoroughbreds in a section of the sanctuary we call "A Few Good Men." Photo credit: Jeffrey Anderson
Tim is proudly Sponsored by a supporter from Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Tina, a mixed breed born in June of 2013, had a rough start. Her mother passed away while giving birth to her. As a result, Tina did not receive the vitally important colostrum through her mother's milk within the first 72 hours of being born to help build her immune system. This resulted in her being much smaller than she should be. She was rescued by a great friend of the organization who learned, through her own veterinarian, that Tina is also half-blind. She is not a horse eligible for adoption, so we took her into our sanctuary program. She is beyond adorable and we are so pleased to have her here. Tina hangs out with her donkey boyfriend, Pensacola Pete, in our "Jokers' Wild" pasture! Photo credit: Jim Craner
Tina is proudly Sponsored by an anonymous donor as a gift for a friend from Tivoli, New York.
Vicky is a registered Thoroughbred mare who raced under the name, Lady Flicker. She was born on May 15, 2006 in Oklahoma. Vicky did not win a lot of money as a race horse and so the decision had been made by her last owner to breed her. After having given birth to at least one foal, she had trouble getting pregnant again which is how we first heard about her situation. Fearing that she could fall through the cracks, we took her into our program. Vicky is a gentle and striking chestnut mare who deserves a forever home where her life is not reduced to being passed from one owner to the next – a situation which sadly becomes the fate of so many equines who are bred for one purpose only to end up in jeopardy when they can no longer perform or fulfill certain expectations. Because we did not have room for her at the sanctuary when first rescued in 2018, she remained in a foster home until she could come here in May of 2019!
Vicky is proudly Sponsored by supporters from Granby, Connecticut; Kinderhook, New York and Draper, Utah.
Zack is a Belgian Draft Horse who was seized during a cruelty raid by police in upstate New York in 2017. Since that time, he had been placed in two homes that did not work out. Equine Advocates was contacted by one of the investigators who was on the scene at the time he was seized and asked us to take him in an emergency which we did. After being thoroughly examined and tested at Cornell, he was diagnosed with several health conditions that will need to be managed and carefully monitored for the rest of his life. Zack arrived at the sanctuary on July 14, 2018. His estimated birth year is 2000. He is one of the largest equines at the sanctuary weighing in at over 1,900 pounds. Zack is a sweet-tempered and beautiful horse who clearly belongs in a sanctuary. We were happy to be able to provide Zack with a forever home here. Zack lives in a section of the sanctuary we refer to as "Beauty and the Beat" with his pal, Ceci!
Zack is proudly Sponsored, in full, by a supporter from Charlottesville, Virginia, who also generously sponsors Jack and Sheena!
Zoe, a Percheron/Paint cross born on April 3, 2002, is the offspring of Dolly, a Percheron herself. Dolly was pregnant with Zoe at the time of her rescue from an Amish farm in Ohio. Zoe spends her days up at the main barn alongside her best pal Elinore. Stop by and say hello!
Zoe is proudly Sponsored by supporters from Montclair, New Jersey; Mountain Lakes, New Jersey; Mechanicville, New York and a family from Valatie, New York.