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.
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!