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

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Rocky - November 2017

"Rocky", as we are affectionally naming him because he is a "fighter", cheated death and arrived with SHR on November 26, 2017 thanks to an Animal Control department who saw his will to live and made the right call so he would have the best chance at survival.   

Rocky, an approximately 10 year old male large pony stallion, was seized on November 25th as the victim of severe neglect and abuse. SHR is proud to have a great professional working relationship with several animal control agencies in NC and this county animal control just happened to be one of those agencies.

Since this animal control agency did not have the resources, nor did they have the experience, to handle a horse that was teetering as close as this horse is between life and death, they contact SHR. The request was made for us to assist them by accepting this critical case into our rescue for rehabilitation and fostering while the criminal case is ongoing or ownership of the horse is released to animal control. SHR's Executive Directors traveled to pick-up Rocky and transport him back to SHR on November 26th. Rocky was closely monitored during the extended transport via a trailer camera system in case in his weakened state he collapsed.

This lil' man endured a long road to recovery, but after what he lived through the weeks leading up to his rescue, he proved that he had the will to live, so SHR is here to help him survive the horrible ordeal and flourish into the best horse he can be! Rocky is a Body Condition Score of a 1, don’t let his winter hair-coat deceive (in the first few pictures), under that hair is nothing but his skeletal structure and very little muscle and no fat! His will to live and determination is probably what kept him going.

Reportedly, Rocky was left in a fenced area with no food or water, except for what Mother Nature would supply him, for a prolonged period of time.  In an effort to nourish his failing body, he would stretch across the electric wire fence to reach a low quality roundbale just outside his pasture area.  In his weakened state it is assumed that he collapsed in that effort and fell onto a strand of fencing and struggled to stand, only to end up with another electric wire strand suspended over his neck and the fence post pressed tightly against his neck.  It is in this position that he was reported to have remained for 4 days until someone made the call to Animal Control to report a "dead horse".  Upon Animal Control's arrival it was discovered that he was still alive.  The AC Officer decided instead of calling the veterinarian to end his life, that if he had enough will to live to survive 4 days without food or water and in freezing temperatures, laying on the ground, that he deserved a chance at survival.  They "carried" him to their horse trailer and transported him to their sheltering location and contacted a veterinarian for evaluation.  The call was placed to SHR and a plan was made to get Rocky to SHR's veterinarian's clinic for critical care rehabilitation.

He spent weeks being closely monitored under the care of SHR's Advisory Veterinarian at her veterinary clinic.  Several SHR volunteers formed "Team Rocky" and were "on-call" to assist with Rockys care if needed.  The Executive Directors even parked their camper trailer next to the barn at the clinic in order to provide around the clock care and relieve some of the work from the clinic vet's and staff.   He was checked on every couple of hours and monitored on the barn camera system in between. He was hand-walked just outside the barn while his stall was cleaned several times a day for exercise but his activity was closely regulated.  In his dabilitated condition, he was not strong enough to stand once he laid down from exhaustion, therefore he had to have assistance from SHR.  With a couple of wide webbing straps, four volunteers lifted Rocky to a standing position numerous times after he was allowed to rest and sleep for as long as he was comfortable laying down, which in the begining wasnt long as the pressure sores on his hip bones and legs would make him uncomfortable.  Upon Rocky's arrival, SHR anticipated his recovery to be no less than 6 months until he was stable enough to be moved to a foster farm, however Rocky had other ideas.  In just a few weeks, SHR noticed Rocky becoming stronger with his attempts to stand on his own and lengthening the duration of physical activity before having to lay down.  Within a month, Rocky had reached a point in his recovery that he surprised everyone.  Team Rocky had become accustomed to watching the barn cam video to see when he would lay down and when he needed help to stand before he injured himself trying to do it on his own.  The Executive Directors, who had been living in the camper for the previous few weeks, checked in on Rocky via the webcam and noticed he was laying down.  They assumed they would have to go out to lift him in a couple of hours and were prepared to do so.  By this point in his rehab, Rocky had regained enough strength to help Team Rocky get him to stand with only the assistance from two people instead of four.  A couple hours past, when they went to check the webcam again, Rocky was standing!  A call was made to the Veterinarian, who lived on site, to make sure she and her husband had not come to the barn and lifted him.  She had not been to the barn... This was the pivotal moment when Rocky laid down then stood up on his own without assistance, it was only going to get better from this point forward.   It was previously discussed and agreed upon that Rocky would remain at the veterinary clinic's barn until he was stable enough to be relocated to a pre-approved SHR Foster Farm to continue his rehabilitation (pending the status of the criminal case at that time).

January 2018, just a little over a month after being in rehab, Rocky was transported to his foster farm for continued care as he was stable enough to be managed by our foster farm that was less than 10 minutes away from the veterinary clinic in case anything changed with his condition. Even though he was easily handled as a stallion and behaved himself at the foster farm where he had contact with a few geldings without issue, it is SHRs policy to prevent the increase in the unwanted horse population, therefore Rocky was castrated in March when he was strong enough to handle the surgery and recovery. 

Rocky was transported to a local trainer for evaluation, foundation training, and development on June 1st, 2018. 

In August 2018, Rocky was officially adopted into the loving lifetime home of a friend and SHR supporter.  

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.

Dixie was a "foster failure", meaning her foster family fell absolutely in love with her and could not let her leave their farm.  She was adopted and is happy being a trail horse and running in the pasture with her herdmates. 

Dusty was sent to training for some "separation anxiety" issues and to be tuned up under saddle.  While at a local trainer's facility, he was discovered by a family who had another horse in training there, a rescue as well.  They were quite smitten with Dusty and with the encouragement of his trainer decided to adopt him shortly thereafter.  Dusty is not sharing a pasture with two other rescue horses on a gorgeous farm not farm from our location. 

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 has been adopted into a wonderful home where she is the sole companion for a senior pony mare.  They are both absolutely spoiled by their adopter and are receiving the best care senior horses could want. 

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.