The Horses in Our Care

Starfish Poem

One day an old man was walking down the beach just before dawn.  In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea.  As the old man approached the young man, he asked, “Why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?”  The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun.  The old man exclaimed, “But there must be thousands of starfish.  How can your efforts make any difference?”  The young man looked down at the starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safety in the sea, he said, “It makes a difference to this one!”

Thank you for believing in what we do! Together, we are making a difference!

Rescued Draft Horse Grady

Grady, Our Very Frist Rescue!

Grady arrived from a kill pen in Western Pennsylvania in November of 2014. He was aged, emaciated, and in very poor overall health. Unfortunately, he was only with us for a few days, but we were grateful to be able to surround him with love when he passed over the Rainbow Bridge. RIP Sweet Boy!

Rescued Draft Horse Big Ben

Big Ben (In Our Care)

Big Ben came from a kill pen in Western Pennsylvania in November of 2014. He is an aged Belgian gelding and a very sweet boy with amazing manners. He picks his feet up, he lowers his head for his halter and leads with just a rope around his neck. He has some arthritis and loves to nap. He takes his retirement seriously. Big Ben is very bonded with Jetstar, they are great friends.

Rescued Draft Horse Jetstar

Jetstar (In Our Care)

Jetstar came from a kill pen in Western Pennsylvania in April of 2015. He is an aged Percheron gelding. He came to us emaciated, scared, and difficult to handle. It took several months for him to settle in and feel safe. He had diarrhea for many months until we finally found a feeding program that worked for him. He has been gaining weight, and appears so much better. He actually plays now and is getting to be a little bit bossy! He is a very sweet boy who has bonded very tightly with Big Ben, they are the best of friends.

Rescued Draft Horse Cindy

Cindy (In Our Care)

Cindy is a 20 y/o Belgian mare. She joined us from an auction in New York. She arrived in good body weight, but needing attention to a swollen hind leg and hoof care.

She has been seen by our veterinarian, had had her hooves corrected and is settling in quite well! She will be available for adoption soon.

Rescued Draft Horse Bella

Bella (In Our Care)

Bella is an aged Belgian mare. She is very quiet and sweet. She just joined us in July. We are working on her initial care, getting her hooves trimmed, her teeth floated, being seen by our veterinarian, and feeding her appropriately.

Bella has been gaining weight and improving dramatically.

Rescued Draft Horse Beau

Beau (In Our Care)

Beau came from a kill pen in Eastern Pennsylvania. He is a teen-aged, very handsome, Belgian gelding with arthritis in his left front knee and shoulder. He was VERY lame when he arrived here. We had his hooves trimmed correctly and he is taking joint supplements. He has some occasional bute (an anti-inflammatory), but for the most part is doing quite a lot better. He is a bit timid but we are slowly gaining his trust.

Draft Gratitude's Bill

Bill (In Our Care)

Bill is a 15 y/o (ish) Percheron gelding. Bill came directly off a farm in wester New York. Bill’s weight and hooves need improvement, but we’ve seen much worse. However, the more glaring concerns are that Bill has a raw/flesh showing, infected bridle path. He also has a condition called paraphimosis (inability to retract his penis). Bill’s halter is off, for probably the first time in years. He is munching on hay, got to roll in snow, and is awaiting his veterinary appointment.

Rescued Draft Horse Anne

Anne (In Our Care)

Anne is a 17 y/o Belgian mare that came directly off a farm in western New York. She is a very sweet gal. She is blind in her left eye, is very thin, and has pastern osteoarthritis in her right front. We have started her on Equioxx to help with her pain level.
Anne has returned to a normal weight. She is often sore on her right front but is enjoying being retired.

Rescued Draft Horse Jimmy

Jimmy (In Our Care)

Meet Jimmy! Jimmy is 16 ish years old, a Belgian gelding, and super sweet!
He has a neurological condition called Shivers. In the meantime, we are treating his infected tooth, he is taking an anti-inflammatory, vitamin E, and we are working on the best diet for him.
He has improved greatly and are thrilled to have him here with us!

Odin

Odin (In Our Care)

Odin is an aged Belgian gelding. He joined us from Western Pennsylvania in March of 2018. He is quite thin, has some dental issues going on, and will need a lot of care. Stay tuned for updates!

Sol a draft gratitude horse

Sol (In Our Care)

Sol is an aged Belgian gelding who just recently joined us!

So far, he is very sweet and a little bit curious. His weight is ok, he needs to have his hooves trimmed, he has trouble eating hay, and has some skin issues on his legs.

We look forward to fixing him right up! Stay tuned!

Draft Gratitude's Kass

Kass (In Our Care)

Kass is a 19 y/o Percheron mare. She just joined us! She is very sweet but in poor condition. We have gotten her cleaned up, she has met our veterinarian, and we have started a safe feeding program with her.

She has Chronic Progressive Lymphedema in her right hind leg. We are also working on getting the swelling in her leg under control.

Stay tuned!

Rescued Draft Horse Clover

Clover (In Our Care)

Clover is a 20 y/o Belgian molly mule. She is a retired farming mule in pretty good body condition. She appears sound. She does have drainage in her left nostril that is linked to a chronic sinus infection/tooth infection that needs to be addressed.

Clover's age, combined with her veterinary needs, put her at risk. We are hopeful that she will be very adoptable once we can get her healthy. So far, she is very sweet, has a lot say, and is full of personality.

Draft Gratitude's Rex

Rex (In Our Care)

Rex is a 25 + year old Percheron gelding. He joined us from Western Pennsylvania in March of 2018.

Rex is very thin. He is missing several molars and the ones that he still has were very sharp. We have worked with his mouth to provide as much comfort and use as possible.

We have him on a safe feeding plan and can't wait to see him improve.

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