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.
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.
Every year thousands of wild American Mustangs are rounded up and put up for adoption. If not adopted, these horses may end up sitting in overcrowded holding pens for the rest of their lives or may even be sent to slaughter. Dusty is a 19 year old American Mustang who has, after many unfit homes, found Sunrise as a place where she can just be a horse again.
During a very stormy winter in 2010, concerned neighbors called SHR about a pair of horses that were in a desperate situation. Blitzen and his pasture mate, Comet, were living in a debris-filled yard with no shelter, food or water, they were eating the bark off of fallen trees and drinking dirty water to stay alive. Blitzen is a 16 year old American Mustang. He is incredibly smart, and, despite his rough life, he responded quickly to natural horsemanship training and human kindness.
Finn is the youngest horse in our herd! He was the victim of neglect and abuse in American Canyon before a concerned neighbor contacted us about him. He is only 6 years old, and blind in one eye, but still amazingly trusting of people and full of spirit, which you can see in the short video clip of him (coming soon).
In California alone, 186 horses died in racing related accidents in 2012. In the US, 24 Thoroughbreds die every single week on the race track. Had Richie not been rescued after fracturing his fetlock (ankle) he would have been one of these sad statistics. Richie is a 15 year old Thoroughbred and although his injuries will prevent him from ever racing or being ridden again, he still has many years of quality life left. He is a sweet and gentle horse who loves to be loved!
Star is a 27 year old Thoroughbred who was abandoned when her owner was deported from Napa. Our veterinarian gave her a body score of 2 on a scale of 1 to 10 using the Henneke horse body condition scoring system (1 being extremely emaciated). Despite her poor condition, she has an extremely sweet disposition and has made a full recovery at Sunrise.
Ged is a 13 year old Paso Fino gelding who came to Sunrise as a pasture mate to Quincy, a mare in her late 20s with severe arthritis, when their previous owner could no longer care for them. He certainly is one of our most handsome guys and now the official "Spokespony" for his fellow herd members at Sunrise Horse Rescue!