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.
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!
Sully, Sully, Sully... Basically the dog of our farm ("Dog" was even his name before arriving), Sully has captured the hearts of all who make their way to our place of refuge.
This dwarf mini has a lot goin' on. From the get go, he was born with clover-shaped hooves, a severe under bite, and atypical ear formation. When he arrived at our farm in August, he was atrophied everywhere (including his face) because of the deplorable condition his teeth were in. Our incredible team of professionals jumped right in to help him!
Now pain free, Sully is quite the little dude. From running away and braking and entering into homes in the area (it happens a lot more than you would think), to being the barn's welcome mini, at 28" tall, he has the most incredible personality you will ever see in an equine.
If not at the farm, you can catch this suave man at almost all of our off-property events - basically because he fits in a "mini" van.
Sully thinks that a sponsor would be great!
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 says, that whoever sponsors him, will receive a ton of love and kisses when they visit!
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, in addition to allowing us to get our name out there by lending him out to other barns for IEA and schooling shows.
Jack would love a sponsor!
Ginger is as bold as the root/spice she is named after.
A privately-owned lesson horse, Ginger was a rescue either way. 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, and what a horse she has turned out to be.
While only 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 loved by her owners and does not need 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. A barn regular (Hannah, who is working her way to becoming a trainer, and is currently being recognized nationally for her work with bio-active glass and horse injuries) 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 been adopted by 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 would be appreciative if a sponsor were to help her out!
Beauty's name is quite descriptive, as this mare is gorgeous!
Part of the same seizure as Honey and Hawk, Beauty is the least trusting, and most fearful out of all 8 horses taken that day. She is herd bound, fearful of going into barns, and takes quite some time to catch.
But, she is beautiful inside and out. Never once has this mare reacted badly in fear. She has never gone to bite, kick, or even rear. It is evident even now, that Beauty does not have a mean bone in her body.
She is currently up for adoption to the right home, as she is going to need someone patient and gentle to bring her around. Until then, we plan to keep working with her.
Beauty is currently undergoing treatments for EPM and would be incredibly thankful for a sponsor!
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 currently 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 at 11 years old, and you can tell he's feeling good.
Richie is spunky and ready to go all the time. His fiery personality may lead him into trouble with the other horses, but he loves Kathy beyond measure and listens well to her (most of the time).
Richie is a private, non-rescue horse being loved and cared for by Kathy, and is not in need of a sponsor.
It's no secret the 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!
Milo has quite the story, but don't worry, it's not over yet.
On October 1, 2019, a man awoke to find a horse on his property. The horse was hanging around with the man's two mares, and was in terrible condition. Having a kind heart, he began to feed the horse, worm him, brush him, and treat all his cuts and scrapes. While he was doing that, he began to seek out the horse's rightful owner.
Enter Julie, a kind woman who happened to be driving the road adjacent to the man's property. She saw what she believed to be a loose horse, so, she pulled over and knocked on the man's door. He told her that the horse had just appeared and he didn't know what to do. Julie took it upon herself to help them both out and immediately began calling rescues and the humane society. It appeared that we were the only ones willing to help her.
On October 30, we met Milo in all his foundered, and matted glory. We knew immediately he would be coming back with us. Though it took several hours, a handsaw for his toes, and a good deal of tranq, we got him on a trailer. Instead of coming straight to our farm though, he was brought to Conrad Weiser High School for quarantining, and to be part of their Agriscience program.
Milo is currently on the mend, but has a long road ahead of him. Check back for more updates!!
Milo is currently loved and sponsored by Julie Rish, the incredible woman who worked so hard to save him.
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!