Get a glimpse at the horses at HSF!
Though not all of these horses are available for sponsorship, all of the horses here at HSF play a special role, or have become residents. This page is updated frequently and is always up-to-date. Check out our sponsor packet, if interested in helping these amazing animals!
Mouser is our oldest resident at a whopping 51 years old! He may only be 35" tall, but don't let his small size fool you! He has a huge personality!
When he's not sleeping, Mouser can often be found running around, bucking, and kicking, like an 8 year old horse. When we first rescued him, we were not yet what we are today, but that didn't stop us from helping him. Kathy found Mouser in a field unable to walk due to founder and classic elf toes. Kathy and a friend had to actually carry him out of the pasture where he had been trapped. Bad feet were only part of his problem though. He had (and still has but is now managed) arthritis, and horrible rain rot.
His bad past behind him though, Mouser now enjoys a leisurely life on the farm where his medical conditions are cared for.
Mouser would love a sponsor!
Lilo's feisty-ness often makes getting a good picture of her difficult. This old girls does not like to stand still.
Rescued from a situation where she was living in a man's garage in the city of Reading, Lilo isn't like most minis. Not only had she never eaten grass in her 18 years of life (now she's 20), but she was unsure of how to "be a horse." When Lilo first arrived, she was incredibly fearful of everything (and being blind in one eye doesn't help), and unsure of how to interact with the other horses. To make things more interesting, she didn't even eat grass when we put her out! Mouser swooped in like a knight in bay armor, and bonded with Lilo. She learned from him all the horsey basics and now is a happy and playful girl.
Lilo does have cushings, and will eventually need her eye removed, but she is receiving the best care we can give her.
Lilo would definitely appreciate a sponsor!
Romeo is exactly as his name suggests - a lover!
This sweet boy is one of our retired lesson horses. Used as a beloved and accomplished show horse before his time at our rescue, a knee injury cost him his competitive career.
The perfect gentleman, Romeo taught many kids how to ride at our farm, without ever challenging them or being unkind in any way. His patience and seemingly love for the kids was unlike any other horses' on the property. He hammed it up during the lesson years, and as a result, developed quite the following of young riders who took to caring for him as their own.
Today, Romeo's knee has pushed him fully into retirement, but he is still a happy, nearly 30 year old boy. Still loved by the students and volunteers, he spends most of his day eating, getting groomed, and relaxing.
Romeo is currently being sponsored by Liz Cummings and is incredibly grateful!
Jellybean is our resident Chincoteague pony!
"Jelly" is an interesting pony with a complicated past. A survivor of strangles, colic, being impacted, and eating a whole tub of peppermints (wrappers included), it is no surprise that this 13h gelding is tough. Once abused by Amish trainers. he became lost and mistrusting of people. He has no regard for people or their space, try as we might to train him, and he is usually found ignoring us. Talk about a teenager.
Jelly does have a soft-spot though. When he loves a person, he really loves them. He gives them 100% of himself on the ground and in the ring. Though only a select few students can ride him, Jelly currently gives students lessons and helps them become better and smarter riders.
Jelly (though currently trying to seem indifferent), says that a sponsor would be OK, he guesses.
My boy [Apple] Jack.
Unlike R. Kipling, we have heard news of Jack, but just like the young man of the poem, our Jack has impacted many lives around him.
A retired show pony, Jack jumps, knows dressage, and basic western patterns/games, and is still happy to teach our students even though he has tipped over the age of 25.
Volunteers and students alike love this little gelding, and he is always more than happy to help teach. His spunky attitude and willingness to work has enabled us to keep entering younger kids in shows, and in years prior, allowed us to get our name out there by lending him out to other barns for IEA and schooling shows.
Jack is so incredibly special, and we are so thankful to have him be a part of our lives.
Jack would love a sponsor!
Ginger is as bold as the root/spice she is named after.
A lesson favorite, Ginger's had a tumultuous life. Her owner's rescued her from a bad situation and brought her to our barn. They were kind enough to let us use her for lessons, eventually gave her to the rescue and what a horse she has turned out to be.
While only initially used by a few kids given her need for a more advanced rider, Ginger's career has taken off since arriving here. Previously not treated or ridden correctly due to a condition known as stringhalt, a lot needed to happen for this girl to be sound. Together, one of the students and Becca worked to make her sound and aware of her body. Though this took a few years, Ginger is now running 4D-6D barrels, which is quite the accomplishment for a horse that only began training at the age of 19!
Ginger is our most beloved lesson horse, revered by all who ride her. She has taught more kids than we can count, and has gained quite the following.
Ginger would be incredibly appreciative of a sponsor!
Missouri's Dandy Diego is a horse of 1000 names.
Lovingly called Durango or Mango by the farm, this sweet gaited morgan is one of the kindest horses on the planet. You can read his whole rescue story here.
This boy has been on an incredible journey since arriving at our farm. A barn favorite, his personality has blossomed into an outgoing, brave, and loving one. Thirteen years old at the time, our junior trainer bonded with him from the first day and has turned him into an incredible riding horse. From trails, to western, to English, Durango and Hannah sport it all and have a blast doing it.
Durango has recently been used in some local fun shows with our students, in addition to helping adults learn how to ride at our farm, and he is KILLING it. From bringing home ribbons at every show, and being a patient teacher, we have now seen a side of him that we never expected.
Durango is in a long term lease situation with Hannah, and thanks you any way, but does not need a sponsor.
"Patti" is a lovely OTTB mare who has boomeranged back to our farm so much, that this last time, we grabbed her and made a final decision to keep her.
While you can read Patti's whole rescue story here, the short version is that this girl was rehomed and neglected too many times. Her personality is amazing though, and why she was treated this way, is beyond us. Patti is so gentle that we even had fun riding her *while* she was racing.
Today, Patti has found a permanent and loving home at our facility. She is currently being leased by a student who loves her to death, and is working to get her jumping.
Patti is currently being leased out by a student and is off property.
Pearl S. Buckskin is the worst wild horse you'll ever meet, and one of the best domesticated horses you'll ever come across.
Plucked from the Nevada range in 2016, Pearl was adopted from the BLM by our trainer, Becca, and brought to the farm only a few months later. Pearl must have known that she was going somewhere good, as at the pens, unlike the rest of the mustangs, she walked onto the trailer, drove home without an ounce of trouble, and then calmly stepped off into her paddock where her training would begin. Little did we at the barn know that her training would begin that day, as she let us in the stall with her, ate hay from our hands, and settled in like a champ.
Today, Pearl is somewhat of a pasture pet as Becca has not had a chance to seriously break her (if you know of any great trainers - let us know!), but has become quite the domesticated girl. She loves to be brushed, being the center of attention, and treats. Alternately, she hates to be outside. Go figure.
Pearl is a private, non-rescue horse and is loved and cared for by Becca and does not need a sponsor.
Coal Cracker is one of the kindest horses around and jet black all year long!
In her past life, Coal was an incredible show jumper and broodmare, with some of her foals being shipped to Europe to perpetuate the Kentucky Mountain breed there (she was a foundation mare). Sadly. her bright career came to a halt when her hip was shattered by another horse's kick. Ouch.
Her amazing owner did everything she could to help her, and help her she did. Coal came out of the ordeal with what we lovingly call, "The John Wayne Walk." She has a permanent limp and swagger.
A friend of our trainer's aunt, the owner reached out to our facility to see if we could take her. We met her once and our hearts were stolen. Coal became a permanent resident at our facility where she could live out her days as a beloved companion.
Coal is now privately loved and cared for by one of our volunteers and is not in need of a sponsor.
Cree is a testament to her breed - smart, kind, and has an amazing gait!
A Kentucky Mountain mare, Cree's parents were champions of the breed and it was hoped that she would follow suit. Sadly, her breeder/owner never found the time to truly train her. That's where we came in.
Family ties helped her owner find us, and Cree came to our facility at the encouragement of our trainer's mother, who took this beautiful mare under her wing. She was trained, then professionally broken, and now gives pony rides to people of all ages!
Still loved by our trainer's mother, she sadly has found that she doesn't always have the time she has to spend with Cree. The horse's training still shines through though, as Cree knows more tricks, and has more ground training, than almost any horse on the farm!
Cree would be very grateful to have a sponsor!
Funny Fox is another case of descriptive naming - Funny, and as red and clever as a fox.
Initially Kathy's racehorse, turned Becca's OTTB, Fox is the farm clown. A Houdini by any standards, you can find Fox occasionally hanging out around the farm, making chew toys out of everything in the barns, or playing with something (people, horses, or objects). Basically, he acts like a 3 year-old, human toddler, despite now being 11 years old.
A fantastic trail horse, Fox retired with bone chips in his knees and prefers to take it slow majority of the time. That's perfect because Becca does too. He enjoys teaching students the ropes of trail riding, and "deals" with students learning in a ring. He is an incredibly patient horse and is the resident, "Hold my beer, I'm going to try this," gelding. Brave and smart, he's even been known to carry his rider back home after she may have fallen asleep trail riding...
Fox is a private, non-rescue horse being loved and cared for by Becca and is not in need of a sponsor.
Richie is everything you could want. Tall, dark, and handsome, with a personality to boot.
Kathy's golden boy, Richie retired off the track at 9 years old after a stellar racing record. While he was one of the nastiest horses you would ever meet while he was at the track, he became a big softy back at the farm. Retirement suited him well.
Kathy began retraining him after some down time, and turned Richie into a fantastic trail horse. Always wanting to take the lead, the pair can often be found blazing a trail for others. He's currently in his prime and you can tell he's feeling good.
A long time student now leases Richie from Kathy and is currently training for low level dressage classes. They have recently begun attending schooling and fun shows, and hope to grow their career.
Richie is a private, non-rescue horse being loved and cared for by Kathy, and is not in need of a sponsor.
Here's to the one... The only... Fozi Finch!
Fozi was a kind soul who wound up with a friend of our trainer. She noticed he was off, put shoes on him which helped, and began trail riding this guy all the time.
Enter a long time barn family. At the same time the eldest daughter was experiencing some medical issues, and putting a herculean effort into pushing through them with a smile, the family decided that having her own horse may help her spiritually. Becca got in touch with her friend about Fozi and she and the family went to visit him. It was love at first sight.
The family brought Fozi home, happy and full of love. They took initiative to get him x-rayed and learned that he had navicular. This did not deter the family at all and they began specialty shoeing and diet. Years later, the family is still in love with this incredible boy.
Fozi is a private horse being loved and cared for by his family, and is not in need of a sponsor.
It's no secret that Cupid shot some arrows at us, as we love this guy almost more than anything.
Arriving with Wakiza and Fancey, Cupid was (the pictures (L) were from our first visit, and after his arrival on 4/3/19) the worst of the 3, health wise. His teeth were not only rotting out, but he needed to be wormed desperately. Given his low body score and condition, we knew we needed to take it slow with him. The vet who assisted us with this relinquishment has been absolutely wonderful though and has provided us with tools to help him.
Despite his poor condition though, boy oh boy, was he spunky. Clearly the leader of the 3 "Golden Guys," Cupid knows no boundaries. Unlike Wakiza, he purely craves human attention and will do anything to get it. Not like he really has to try though. One look at him and you're instantly in love.
Cupid states that he thinks his sponsor is the bomb, and says thank you to Windsor Garden Design, LLC!
Max is one in a million!
Max was one of those lucky horses that was loved from the moment he was born. Spoiled, he worked as a beloved ranch and lesson horse, before being adopted by one of his longtime students.
The pair grew together and created many memories, but sadly, his adopter noticed she was around less and less as she began her career and professional schooling. A mutual connection put us in touch, and his owner voiced her concerns about finding Max the right home, as she didn't want him to just sit around any more. He deserved all the love and attention that he had gotten over the years.
Luckily for Max, he went from one loving home to another, and was adopted before he even arrived at our steps. Robin, a volunteer, was looking for her own horse and realized Max was the perfect fit.
Now, together, they are working on building a lasting bond and having a great time doing it.
Max is a private horse and is not in need of a sponsor. He thanks you any way!
What can we say about Honey?
How she was more feral than Becca's mustang? One of the least trusting horses we encountered, gaining a myriad of not-so-kind nicknames? How in her hoarding situation, she had seemingly been forgotten?
How she's none of those things anymore?
Honey had rough go, and a rough beginning, carrying a story that is too long to write in this blurb. She had been neglected and forgotten, rescued by us with 7 other horses, handled but not trained, adopted out and returned, and finally, loved.
Our first intern, who became much more than just an intern, fell in love with Honey and saw past her rough exterior. Like a sculptor, she chipped away carefully and lovingly until she began to reveal the real Honey. While they had their ups and downs along the way, our intern only fell more in love with this mare, and she with her.
Now, they are finally on their way to riding, and we couldn't be more proud of this team.
Honey is in a long term lease situation, and is not in need of a sponsor.
Thanks to Alibaba, we find ourselves having Arabian nights, and Arabians days.
This aged gentleman was an owner surrender. Her father's last horse, she loved and cared for Alibaba for 20 years. At the age of 84 though, life was making it increasingly more difficult to care for him inthe manner she always had.
When she asked us about retirement for him, along with his friend (she was adopted out to one of our friends, and is coincidentally the barn where Patti is currently residing), we agreed knowing that she was doing the absolute best that she could for her two horses.
Alibaba is special; an absolute love, he seeks out attention, loves making new horsey friends, and can often be found hanging out in a stall with his best buddy, Cupid. Ali does have Cushing's Disease and is now being treated for it.
Alibaba would be incredibly thankful to have a sponsor.
Maggie Laine is a southern girl trying to make her way in this big, old world.
Fresh off the track, the 2014 Florida bred, granddaughter of A.P. Indy (related to Secretariat!!), "Maggie" was retired after she suffered a severe cannon bone fracture in her left front leg. The trainer reached out to Kathy our barn manager, in hopes that we could help. Due to a lack of room, initially we declined, sure this beautiful girl would find someone to help her. But, they then dropped the euthanasia bomb. They didn't have the money or resources to help Maggie heal.
Well, as you can see, we scooped her up. Undaunted by this type of injury (we've seen and healed them before *cough* Funny Fox *cough*), we set her up at our farm. Maggie is now being adored by all those who meet her.
She's giving the love right back too. While all of our thoroughbreds have a penchant for being kind, most of them are also extremely playful. Maggie here, is adversely gentle and soft. She longs for her face to be pet, nibbles on treats, and would be happiest if someone just sat with her.
Maggie is now a private horse and is not in need of a sponsor.
Big Beast Rosie is beauty, is grace, and your classic chestnut mare.
Having never made it to the track, "Rosie" was retired by the age of 4 because of a sesamoid fracture. She received surgery to fix the injury, and then was on lay-up. That's where we came in. Her owner let her rest for nearly a year, and seeing that the end of her recovery was in sight, asked us to find the perfect home for her.
Rosie arrived full of energy and attitude, taking most of it out on Milkdud by kicking her stall door. It was during this time that she sustained a stifle injury and was now recovering from a new injury. Of course, given her young age and breed, Rosie became more excitable by the day. Volunteers began working with her and falling in love, and soon, Rosie would have a new family to shower her with attention.
Today, Rosie is being leased and trained on property by a lovely lesson family. We're excited to see where this athletic mare goes when she fully recovers.
Rosie is currently being leased and is not in need of a sponsor.
Jefe Grande has a personality to match his name; a big one.
"Chief" sustained a severely bowed tendon (for the 3rd time) when his owner finally deciding to end this young boy's racing career. The size of a log, his whole tendon was shapeless. At the same time this injury needed to be cared for, his hooves were another matter entirely. Trimmed, shaped, and cared for flat-out wrong, he had a myriad of issues that needed resolve.
We set out to work to heal this fiery boy, and during that time, a volunteer fell in love with him. Thinking that he would be the perfect addition to the family, Chief was quickly adopted in-house. Despite being adopted months earlier though, this action was kept secret from our volunteer's two daughters, and we were able to participate in doing what everyone dreams of; surprising a kid on Christmas.
Chief's winning personality, like Maggie, shines though, and we are excited to see where this team goes.
Chief is now a private horse and is not in need of a sponsor.
Sugar, who was once #386, and then Bella, has an unknown history and a tumultuous story.
Coming from Moore's Auction, she was purchased by a woman seeking to save a horse in her recently deceased horse's honor. This very kind woman however, is in Canada. Initially, she reached out to us solely as a quarantine facility/holding facility until all the paperwork was in order.
Regrettably, there was a bit of a mix up somewhere in what horse she actually purchased, and Sugar was brought home.
With chunks of her hooves missing, infected abrasions, rain rot, and a terrible fear of people, this Percheron mare was in terrible need of help. All of us set out to work.
Sugar is a recent rescue (Dec. 23, 2021) and is currently still be evaluated.
Sugar would be so incredibly thankful to have a sponsor, as her medical costs are already incredibly high.
Getter Dun Dolly is small but mighty!
Dolly is a 2 year old filly owned by Hannah. She adopted her with the intent of training the bright-eyed baby for barrels. Hannah has also begun to use her as a training tool for our students.
Given Dolly's age, demeanor, and attitude towards learning, our students have been able to see a side of training they often miss. We're sure that there are going to be some big learning curves for all, and the demonstration of a good foundation will certainly help our students and volunteers recognize the importance of a basic education.
Additionally, we wish the absolute best for Hannah and Dolly as they begin their career. We're hopeful that they'll excel as a team while simultaneously rocking it in the rodeo circuits.
Dolly is a private, non-rescue horse and is being loved and cared for by Hannah.