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Thousands of horses are abandoned, abused, and neglected each year in the United States.  Many of these forgotten animals meet sad endings in either slaughter houses or alone in empty pastures.  A lucky few are picked up by hard working equine rescue groups that help to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome.  These organizations are staffed by people with big hearts and limited budgets.  They often rely heavily on donations from the public to fund and staff their efforts to rescue equine victims of abuse and neglect. 

It is our hope that the Horse Rescue Corner will serve as both an educational and search tool so that you can learn about local rescues in your state and contribute to the effort to protect horses and other equines across our nation.  If you know of an organization that deserves recognition, please contact the HRC manager at rkraft@doubledtrailers.com.

Alaska

Alaska Equine Rescue - Wasilla, Alaska

Horse rescue workers in Alaska have to deal with some unique challenges, but that doesn't stop them! They even have a scholarship program allowing law enfourcement and equine professionals to get their certifications.

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Arizona

Apache Junction Horse Rescue - Apache Junction, Arizona

Potential adopters are encouraged to go on multiple trail rides in order to develop a partnership with their new horse companions.

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California

All About Equine - El Dorado Hills, CA

Read about a horse named Magic who was rescued from near death. All About Equine is located in El Dorado Hills, California.

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Coachella Valley Horse Rescue - Indio, California

Despite extreme desert conditions, this rescue operation stands strong in their efforts to help local horses. Learn which celebrities helped them start their organization!

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Falcon Ridge Equine Rescue - Valley Center, California

A rescue in California makes clever use of social media to showcase their horses. This allows potential adopters to watch horses regain health and progress through training.

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Horse Plus Humane Society - Newcastle, CA

Horse Plus is the world's largest Humane Society dedicated to horses with shelters across the nation. Learn more about Horse Plus and a special donkey named Ivy.

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Laughing Pony Rescue - Rancho Santa Fe, California

The Laughing Pony rescue uses a force of volunteers to help heal horses both physically and emotionally. In return, the workers find their own personal healing.

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Polo Pony Rescue - Santa Clarita, California

This team of talented rescue workers provides sanctuary for ex polo ponies. "There is nothing more gratifying than knowing you have completely changed the course of a horse's life."

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Return to Freedom - Lompoc, California

This sanctuary is working hard to preserve wild horses and burros in our great American west. They are home to the DreamWorks inspiration "Spirit", and have actor and activist Robert Redford as a Director.

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Sadie's Haven Horse Rescue & Sanctuary - Santa Rosa, Ca

Sadie’s Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary feels that every horse deserves respectful and compassionate treatment.

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Saffyre Sanctuary - Los Angeles, California

The Saffyre Sanctuary uses holistic care to heal Arabians. They do everything from the horse’s perspective and even let the horses choose their own adopters.

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Sonoma Action for Equine Rescue - Sebastopol, California

SAFER operates a unique horse rescue model that includes a Donate A Bale program, free media listings, foster programs, and auction rescues.

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The DarkHorse Ranch - Morongo Valley, CA

Learn about a writer who uses her poetry to help rescue horses in California. She learned that, "No horse is exempt from falling onto hard times."

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Wild Horse Sanctuary - Shingletown, CA

This 5,000 acre sanctuary is dedicated to protecting and preserving wild horses and burros in the western part of our nation. 300 animals roam freely on these lands safe from the hands of those who would do them harm.

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Colorado

Far View Horse Rescue - Fairplay, Colorado

A vibrant volunteer and education program at the Far View Horse Rescues serves as the heart and soul of this program.

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Front Range Equine Rescue - Fort Collins, CO

All of Front Range Equine Rescue’s horses owe their lives to a horse named Dancer. “Because of Dancer I realized other horses were in bad to even worse shape and needed help."

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Mountain Valley Horse Rescue - Eagle, Colorado

This horse rescue is half way to their $2 million goal so they can buy a permanent farm. Learn about their equine therapy and rescue program!

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Spring Creek Horse Rescue - Durango, Colorado

The Spring Creek Horse Rescue is celebrating 40 years of work! "Some of our incoming horses are in such bad shape when we get them that the change we see, with a little love, care, feed, and water, is AMAZING!"

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Connecticut

Beech Brook Farm – Mystic, Connecticut

A tiny mini horse was born with a lagging tongue and crooked legs, but he pulled through thanks to the rescue staff!

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H.O.R.S.E. of CT - Washington, CT

The H.O.R.S.E. of CT rescue allows people to sponsor a horse for $50 a month. This provides a great opportunity to make a difference even if you cannot adopt or volunteer in person.

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Florida

Front Range Equine Rescue - Ocala, FL

All of Front Range Equine Rescue’s horses owe their lives to a horse named Dancer. “Because of Dancer I realized other horses were in bad to even worse shape and needed help.”

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Horse Protection Association of Florida - Micanopy, Florida

This rescue gained steam after the devastating Hurricane Andrew swept through in August of 1992. Today, they have a beautiful 150 acre farm.

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Triple L Horse Rescue – Hilliard, Florida

Sometimes success is measured in knowing you were there for that soul that had no one until you were there for it and helped it cross on from this world to greener pastures. That too, is success.

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Georgia

Save the Horses - Cumming, Georgia

25,000 volunteer hours per year allow this organization to rescue retired racehorses and other abandoned equines.

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Idaho

Idaho Horse Rescue - Eagle, Idaho

Learn about a horse rescue located in the Treasure Valley of Idaho. They work to build trust with abused horses and counsel local residents on how to recognize and report cases of abuse.

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Miracle Horse Rescue and Sanctuary - Midvale, Idaho

It took six trips to move 35 horses from Nevada to Idaho, but it was worth it for this rescue filled with mostly elderly equines.

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Orphan Acres - Viola, Idaho

Since 1975, this rescue has helped adopted out 2,890 horses. They have gathered many fascinating stories along the way including several ‘celebrity’ horses.

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Iowa

Horse Heaven Rescue - Runnells, Iowa

A rescue farm in Runnells, Iowa uses rescued horses to help children through equine therapy. Kids from 'at-risk' situations or those with medical conditions find healing from this volunteer-run farm.

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Kansas

Rainbow Meadows Ranch - Sedan, Kansas

Imagine 240 acres of land with a herd of 50 rescued horses roaming freely! It sounds like a horse paradise to us. The Rainbow Meadows Ranch is a beautiful facility with a caring staff.

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Kentucky

Kentucky Equine Humane Center - Nicholasville, KY

This horse rescue takes on the most severe rehab cases and succeeds! They are an all-breed rescue serving horses in Kentucky.

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Maryland

Lilly Pond Foal Rescue - Calvert County, Maryland

This unique rescue takes in orphaned foals and rescued horses from the slaughter auction. They work hard to provide these young horses with a solid foundation in their training.

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Lost and Found Horse Rescue - Germantown, Maryland

Located just outside the nation’s capital, the folks at LFHR overcome financial hardship to help horses, donkeys, and mules.

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Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue - Chesapeake City, MD

What happens after the finish line? This rescue works to save young thoroughbred racehorses who need a second chance.

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Massachusetts

Central New England Equine Rescue - West Brookfield, MA

A mother and daughter originally teamed up to rescue just two horses. Today, they have successfully helped over 165 horses!

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Minnesota

Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation - Zimmerman, Minnesota

An annual Trainer’s Challenge lets local horse trainers work with untried rescue animals. This program helps adopt 95% of the challenge horses.

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Montana

Horse Haven Montana – Frenchtown, Montana

The folks at Horse Haven Montana are spreading the word about abused and neglected horses through an international equine film festival. In their day-to-day work, they also help retired ranch and border patrol horses find new homes.

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Western Montana Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation - Corvallis, Montana

Every horse rescue works with limited resources, but this rescue operates without even a permanent facility to call home! Still, they are making a difference in the lives of neglected equines within the state.

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Wings Programs - Corvallis, Montana

What happens when a loving owner passes away and their horses are left behind? For this horse rescue, it was the start of an organization that saves horses on an ongoing basis.

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Nationwide

Curly Horse Rescue - Nationwide

This wide reaching rescue operation helps Curly horses find loving homes. Curly horses are a unique breed with long curly coats.

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Forever Morgans - Nationwide

A virtual rescue helps Morgan horses through a network of foster homes nationwide. They have foster homes, homes, volunteers, and Board members spread from coast to coast and are represented in almost every state.

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Nebraska

Double R Horse Rescue – Riverdale, Nebraska

The Double R Horse Rescue works hard to find the perfect fit for both the horse and the new owner to ensure everyone is safe and happy.

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New Hampshire

Live and Let Live Farm - Chichester, NH

This is the largest animal rehabilitation rescue in the Northern Northeast. Learn how this once tiny operation has grown to help over 60 horses at a time!

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New Jersey

Manes and Tails Organization - Hoboken, NJ

This rescue uses a "free-lease" program instead of adoption. The owner will always take the horses back and reserves the right to recall a horse for any reason.

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North Carolina

Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement - High Point, North Carolina

What started as a love of rescuing dogs transformed into a horse rescue and sanctuary for senior horses. Now they are a Global Federation Animal Sanctuaries certified farm.

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Oklahoma

Horse Feathers Equine Center – Guthrie, Oklahoma

At this rescue, the staff and horses help rehabilitate veterans with PTSD and trauma.

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Horse Plus Humane Society - Norman, OK

Horse Plus is the world's largest Humane Society dedicated to horses with shelters across the nation. Learn more about Horse Plus and a special donkey named Ivy.

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Oregon

Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch - Tumalo, Oregon

They found inspiration in a little horse that survived two gunshots to the head. Now, the Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch is a powerhouse program that is making a difference in the lives of both equines and children.

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Equine Outreach - Bend, Oregon

Who says rescue horses can't have stellar bloodlines? This organization rescued a descendant of Secretariat when she was found in a herd of starving thoroughbreds.

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Linn County Animal Rescue - Lebanon, OR

Two white mares become best friends after being rescued in Oregon. Learn more about how this operation helps save the most desperate of horses.

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Project Spirit Equine Rescue & Rehab - Klamath Co., Oregon

The founders saw a horse named Spirit suffer in 1989 and vowed to never let it happen again. Loving volunteers continue to work in honor of this promise.

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Strawberry Mountain Mustangs - Roseburg, Oregon

This rescue takes in law enforcement neglect cases that often include Hennecke body scores of 1. Sometimes, the horses are brought in simply because the owners don't know how to properly feed their animals over the long hard winters.

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Pennsylvania

Last Chance Ranch – Quakertown, PA

This chestnut beauty only survived because of their hard work and loving care. Learn about the horse rescue efforts of Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown, PA. They are always in need of volunteers and donations.

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Rhode Island

Horse Play Rescue & Sanctuary - Rhode Island

This horse rescues uses a unique ‘natural’ approach to train their horses to ride bitless and live the herd lifestyle.

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South Carolina

HOPE Acres Rescue - Berkeley, S. Carolina

After only five years in existence, HOPE Acres Rescue has already built a strong rescue program with rehabilitation, retraining, and adoption.

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Tennessee

Hickory Hill Farm - Mt Juliet, TN

Learn about a horse named Gummi who helps children to read with confidence! This is just one of the programs at Hickory Hill Farm in Tennessee. Their mission is to RESCUE, PLAY, HEAL with both humans and horses.

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Horse Plus Humane Society - Centerville, TN

Horse Plus is the world's largest Humane Society dedicated to horses with shelters across the nation. Learn more about Horse Plus and a special donkey named Ivy.

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Texas

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society - College Station, Texas

What can you do with 120 days? This Texas horse rescue holds an annual event to train rescued horses in just four months.

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The Love Angus Foundation - Houston, TX and West Indies

This organization works to rescue horses on the island of Jamaica. Many of these horses are abandoned along side the road after failed racing careers.

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Throwaway Ponies - Farmersville, TX

A 79-year-old volunteer spent 3-4 hours in a scared horse's pen for several weeks until he gained her trust. This rescue helps retirees regain a sense of purpose and a more positive outlook on life.

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Wings And Reins, Equine Refuge, Inc. - Devine, Texas

A retired show jumper starts a rescue that specializes in retraining aggressive horses. "Our belief is that their is no such thing as a mean horse, they were not born mean, people made them that way."

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Virginia

Front Range Equine Rescue - Bristow, VA

All of Front Range Equine Rescue’s horses owe their lives to a horse named Dancer. “Because of Dancer I realized other horses were in bad to even worse shape and needed help."

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Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue - Hardy, Virginia

A mare fell through the floor of her trailer while traveling. The staff at RVHR was able to rehabilitate her injuries and share an important lesson on trailer safety.

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Washington

Iberian Horse Rescue - Ellensburg, Washington

What started as a Facebook networking group transformed into a rescue for Iberian horses. "We will try to help any Iberian horse no matter its location."

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SAFE Horse Rescue - Woodinville, Washington

The SAFE Horse Rescue in Washington state has an impressive retraining program to help their horses be "good equine citizens." One of their greatest success stories is a mare that went on to compete in dressage championships!

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Sunrise Equine Rescue - Grapeview, Washington

This organization provides equine therapy for local nursing home residents and disabled children. The rescue horses are an integral part of this service.

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West Virginia

Heart of Phoenix - Huntington, West Virginia

This rescue helped a pony named Turner survive an injured leg so that he could be adopted to a new family.

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Wisconsin

American Standardbred Adoption Program - La Crosse, Wisconsin

What happens to a Standardbred harness racer that no one wants to race anymore? This rescue helps retrain and rehome these retired athletes.

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