Mickey was slaughter-house bound when a friend of Sunrise bought him at an auction to spare him that cruel fate. While it appeared that he would make a good riding horse for someone and would be easy to re-home, it became obvious that this would not be possible due to his overall unsoundness resulting from unknown causes in his past.
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We teamed up with two other horse rescue organizations to save Donya and two of her pasture mates from terrible neglect and starvation. When we found them, they were eating rotten vegetables, some of which were toxic for horses, they had limited access to water, and were covered in ticks. This sweet mare is an Off-the-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) who survived living in horrible conditions to once again flourish in good health and spirit at Sunrise.
Pace was a packhorse in Supai, Arizona, used to carry tourists gear in and out of the Grand Canyon under unspeakable conditions of abuse and starvation. Two friends of Sunrise were on vacation when they witnessed this, and worked tirelessly to rescue Pace and raise awareness about the abuse of Havasupai pack animals, which has been occurring for over 40 years.
Moe was a 29 year old Quarter Horse with a gentle and sweet spirit. After serving his owners for many years as a long distance trail horse, Moe was sent to a livestock auction where the only ones bidding on him were meat buyers. He finally found a safe home at Sunrise, where he made many friends that will miss him dearly.
This big guy was rescued from a farm in Napa and was near starvation when we were contacted by a concerned stable-hand. We got there just before his owner was planning on using a rifle to put him down. Barney touched the lives of many in his short time with us, but unfortunately he was so unhealthy that he was beyond the point of possible recovery. He was humanely euthanized surrounded by people who loved him.
Wal-E was a much-loved little Morgan who was brought to Sunrise because the medications he needed for metabolic condition were too expensive for his owner. He was the resident goofball who always brought a smile to everyone’s face with his sweet, silly antics. After many years of quality love and care, Wal-E was humanely euthanized after a lost battle with colic. He is sorely missed.
This little angel was a 19 year old Welsh Pony. After giving many years of her life for the enjoyment of the children who rode her, she was abandoned at a puppymill. Her feet were never trimmed, her stall was never cleaned, and worst of all she had no interaction with anyone. Princess also had several medical conditions that went untreated, including melanoma. At Sunrise, Princess received all the medical care she needed as well as all of the love and attention she deserved.
A 19 year old Quarter Horse, Molly was Captain’s sweetheart. She was one of the many, many horses who are over worked and then discarded by those who have used her up. This sweet lady could barely walk due to the injuries and arthritis she sustained from her work as a roping horse. With anti-inflammatory meds & special corrective shoes, Molly would often be found trotting around the pasture with Captain. We know that she is now running free with no pain and is grateful for her second chance.
Comet was used in a Mexican rodeo sport known as “tripping” where the horses are made to gallop and then their front hooves are roped, causing them to flip and crash. He sustained many injuries as a trip horse before ending up in a hoarding situation in Napa where there was little or no food for him to survive on. He was sweet and grateful for his rescue, and he quickly regained weight and life in his eyes. Sadly, he had only a few months of the good life at Sunrise before he succumbed to his injuries.
Jake’s elderly owners just decided to stop feeding him. He was found standing near the carcass of his pasture mate, eating dirt in an attempt to fill his empty stomach. He was so fearful of humans when he arrived at Sunrise that he would shake at even a gentle touch. With Captain by his side, Jake quickly learned of human kindness and began to look forward to attention from volunteers. He spent many years at Capi's side before being humanely euthanized when his arthritis became too much to bare.
Rain was a loving, sweet Arabian mare who was near starvation when she found us. After a life of being over-used as a brood mare and then cast aside when she was too old for the job, she spent the last year of her life grazing in the vineyards and being doted on by many young volunteers at the rescue before she took herself on her last vineyard stroll and was defeated by cancer.
Born with crooked front legs, Stryder was a 16 year old Thoroughbred who was unable to race and so was thrown away from the racing industry. He was found in a muddy dog kennel with infected wounds in all 4 legs. Stryder was a gentle giant who would follow you like a puppy dog and stand quietly while volunteers brushed his beautiful coat. He had a huge heart and personality and had made very special bonds with many of our volunteers. He will be missed by all.
Miss Rita was a 19 year old former racehorse who went on to have a long career as a show jumping and lesson horse. Until she could no longer jump that is, and she was scheduled to be euthanized before she was rescued. She had given her life in service to man... until she came to Sunrise Horse Rescue for a long-overdue break, where nothing was expected of her but to just be a horse. Rest in peace, pretty girl.
This pretty little horse was a 24 year old Peruvian Paso. He had a lot of rough training and mishandling in his life. Before coming to SHR he lived all alone with no other horses to interact with. His rehabilitation had included time with his equine friends and lots of gentle handling by our faithful volunteers.
Tazz, among many other roles, was the Spokes-pony for SHR. He was a 29 year old Arabian and due to his incredibly calm and outgoing nature was the perfect horse to represent Sunrise at various events around the valley. Having had only 2 homes in his long life, he represented the kind of care we believe all horses should receive. He was a friend, teacher and an inspiration to many.
Quite possibly the oldest horse in Napa County, “Capi” was over 40! No one is sure of his breed, though we speculate that he could have been an Icelandic Pony. Many years ago, this old man was rescued from a slaughter yard and brought to Sunrise to enjoy life in peace and comfort. He has touched the lives of many and will be very missed.