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Rocky’s Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation - Thurmont, Maryland

“Our greatest success is watching the horses who had lost all hope begin to live again."

Rocky’s Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation started much the same way as so many things in life, a perfect combination of love and circumstance; in this case a love of horses and a happy accident.  A combination that has led them to offer aid and assistance to a wide variety of breeds and disciplines, “donkeys to 19 hand drafts” as Sharon Burrier affectionately states.

horse rescue marylandThis aid and assistance “is done very carefully” following a strict refeeding program developed by their veterinarian. Honing this system over the years has allowed Rocky’s to develop a variety of techniques, each formulated for different circumstances. This, in combination with early dental care, provides each individual animal with the best possible nutritional outcome.

Rocky’s adheres to the idea that calm, gentle, positive reinforcement is the best for all involved when retraining their horses.  However, they don’t hesitate to bring in outside trainers as they recognize that each horse’s situation is different and the staff at Rocky’s will do whatever is best for each horse.  The effort is well worth it for the staff at Rocky’s, who say their “greatest success is watching the horses who had lost all hope begin to live again”.

Rocky’s Horse Rescue credits much of their success with adoptions to their incredibly in-depth vetting process for would-be adopters. This includes reference checks and home visits, all in an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of any horse that leaves them. “We don’t rush a horse out to the first person interested in them. We are in this for however long the horse needs.”

Sometimes “however long the horse needs” doesn’t culminate in an adoption, but for the “lifers” at Rocky’s that doesn’t mean missing out on a wonderful forever home. “Our Lifers are equines who are not adoptable. Some have health issues. Some have special needs. Some have been so abused that adoption isn't possible. But all have a safe home here with us. These Lifers can be sponsored if you would like to help in their care,” Sharon explains.

Rocky’s staff works very hard to obtain funding through monthly sponsors and donations for items including hay, grain and medical supplies. Please see the information below to contribute to Rocky’s efforts. This contribution can also be in the form of time as Rocky’s is always looking for volunteers to help at the rescue. Any assistance is always greatly appreciated.

Rocky’s Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation

Thurmont, Maryland



If you are interested in loaning or donating your horse trailer to this particular organization, then check out details of our Horse Trailer Donation and Sharing Program here.  Then, post your comments below to help out!

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