Check / Money Order Donations
Made payable to "Sandhills Horse Rescue" and mail to:
PO Box 903
Spring Lake, NC 28390

Credit Card Donations
Made payable to the "Sandhills Horse Rescue" account at the following businesses:

Foundation Equine Clinic
(910) 992-8225
325 Valhalla Rd
Southern Pines, NC 28387
PO Box 481
Southern Pines, NC 28388

Moore Equine Feed & Supply
(910) 692-2385
1012 N May St
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Donation Receipt Request
If you would like a receipt for your donation for tax or record keeping purposes you can include the request with your donation submitted by mail or contact SHR at:



Until we can complete the stories and updates on this page, please checkout our Sandhills Horse Rescue Facebook page for stories and photos of the equines we have rescued since December 2014.
If you are interested in fostering for SHR or adopting one of our rescued equines, please review and submit the applicable forms located on our SHR Forms webpage.
Dixie and Dusty - September 2017
September 2017 - SHR received a call from a concerned horse owner who heard of two horses near her farm that were being sold or re-homed.  Upon inquiring about the horses and going to see them, she discovered that they were in a less than ideal condition with no food or water.  She mentioned that she was interested in becoming a foster home and was willing to take the horses in, however did not have any experience with the rehabilitation of horses in this condition.  SHR decided to accept them into our rescue program and provide her with the proper instruction and support necessary to successfully rehabilitate these two.  Due to the concern for their welfare, the horses were relocated to the foster farm, where they were enclosed in an area away from other horses, to be closely monitored and begin receiving proper care.  After just a day or two their personalities began to show and they were given the names Dixie (Bay Mare) and Dusty (Palomino Gelding).  

Their first veterinary appointment was just a few days after arrival at the foster farm.  SHR's Veterinary Advisor (who is the regular attending veterinarian for the foster farm) examined both horses.  Vaccinations were administered, blood was drawn for a Coggins Test, manure was gathered for a fecal test (check for intestinal parasites), and the foster was given a feeding plan to begin their journey to recovery.  

It is believed, based on information provided by the owner and the educated opinion of the veterinarian, that Dixie is of Quarter Horse breeding.  She is estimated to be 13 years old and seems to be relatively healthy other than being underweight.  Her unique coloration on her right side, initially thought to be pinto coloring, is actually a "somatic mutation".  A somatic mutation is a change in a cell or area of cells, that result after conception but before birth, of environmental or unknown causes.  The mutations change the way those particular cells reproduce, but may or may not be transmitted to the offspring.  Dixie's somatic mutation resulted in her having large patches of "gray" or "roan" hair on her right side on a otherwise completely bay hair coat.  

Dusty has an "in your pocket" personality and definitely thinks that all hands should be on him at all times.  He is extremely friendly and social with both people and other animals.  Although, very easy to handle, his overwhelming need for attention sometimes leads him to be a little pushy, not aggressive but invasive, with no understanding of personal boundaries.  Our veterinarian estimates him to be around 10 years old and possibly gaited based on observations of his movements during his examination.  Dixie is definitely Dusty's "soul-mare" as he exhibits intense angst and panic when she is separated by distance or out of sight.  A few days after being integrated with the foster's horses, Dusty sustained a deep laceration to his left knee.  He was immediately hauled to the veterinary clinic by the foster where he was examined and treated by our veterinarian.  His wound was examined, cleaned, tapped and flushed (since it was close to the joint), and sutured then a substantial bandage was applied and antibiotics were administered.  Dusty returned to the foster farm were he has been displeased with a week of stall rest, even though he is to Dixie.  There was some concern of the joint being involved and infection building and he was closely monitored at the foster farm for any lameness or signs of discomfort.  The bandage was removed a week post-injury, the sutures and wound-site appear to be healing well and Dusty seems to be moving normally with no signs of lameness.  We are hopeful that with the top-notch care of our vet and foster that Dusty will be well on the path to recovery in no time!  His fosters are working with him on his anxiety issues and "velcro" behavior and once his rehabilitation is complete we will further assess his level of training.  Dusty will be available for adoption in the near future.

If you are interested in adopting Dixie or Dusty, you must submit an adoption application (found on the SHR Forms webpage).

Please visit the Sandhills Horse Rescue page on Facebook for more updates on Dixie and Dusty!
Frankie - July 2017
(Video of Frankie's initial veterinary appointment)
July 2017 - This mare was found abandoned in a pasture with other horses.  The property owner stated she had seen horse in the area on occasion over the past year but when attempts were made to find the owner, nobody stepped forward to claim the mare.  The property owner contacted SHR and we agreed to take the mare into our care for rehabilitation and re-homing.  The mare, now affectionately named "Frankie" (she has two blue eyes, after Frank Sinatra "Ol' Blue Eyes"), has been evaluated by our veterinarian and farrier and is on her way to recovery and a full life in the months to come.  She is easy to catch and handle, does well alone or in a herd, and adapts to being in a stall or out in a pasture.  She is smitten with her "soul-gelding", a Saddlebred, at the foster farm and can be found close by him on most days.  While the rest of her years will most likely consist of being a pasture pal for another horse, we will assess her level of training once her rehabilitation is complete.    

Frankie will be looking for her forever-farm in the future... 
Submit an Adoption Application (found on the SHR Forms webpage) if you are interested in adopting Frankie!

Please visit the Sandhills Horse Rescue page on Facebook for more information and updates on Frankie!
Saoirse Mae (foal from Sue) and Hattie (foal from Peggy) - May 2015
Story coming soon...

Foals of the two mares pictured below.

Peggy and Sue - March 2015
Two mares (Bay and Paint), in foal with unknown due dates, were seized by Scotland County Animal Services in 2015 and rehabilitated by SHR.  They gave birth not long after arrival to two fillies (pictured above).  The mares were returned back to Scotland County Animal Services for adoption and the two fillies were adopted through SHR into fantastic local homes and are thriving. 

Jack Sparrow - 2015
Captain Jack Sparrow, or "Jack", was welcomed into SHR in March of 2015. Jack's elderly owner was no longer able to care for him and surrendered him to us. His owner had him since the horse was born (19 years) and owned Jack's mother her whole life as well. He is an Appaloosa Arabian cross with some other stuff thrown in there as well! He has an old injury to his front leg but is sound and is green broke to ride. He is extremely sweet and loves people! 
Aria - December 2014
Aria (pictured in the background of the image below with Hope) arrived with Hope, with the assistance of Scotland County Animal Services, from the same Scotland County, NC farm at the end of 2014.  She was not is as horrible condition as Hope was but she was not the condition she should have been.  She was a body condition score of 3 (one being "Hope" a walking skeleton and 5 or 6 being ideal and 9 being morbidly obese).  Aria was rehabbed rather quickly due to her underlying good health and spent a couple of years being Hope's pasturemate before being rehomed. 

Hope - December 2014
This was SHR's first and most memorable rescue... the reason SHR was founded.  This is Hope (also known as "Hope the Wonderhorse").  Hope story of survival and life can be read here... Hope's Story.