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A sample of some of our horses that were adopted to loving homes!

Jack– Jack came back due to no fault of his own, his adopter’s circumstances changed. We appreciate the good care he has received, and wish everyone well. After an evaluation with ERR, he went to foster home with a small herd of donkeys and was later adopted.

Missy – Missy is a 22 year old ExMoore pony who was previously adopted and returned to ERR through no one’s fault. Missy was looking to be someone’s new friend, and as sweet and kind as she is found the perfect new home! She is best friends with an older gelding and happily adopted.

Ellie Mae – Ellie Mae came to ERR as her previous owner fell too ill to continue her care. She is now very happily adopted as a companion and loved for all her sass.

Copper – 25 year old Appendix Quarter Horse. He was an former hack horse from a riding barn, and is very sweet. He was adopted to a great home, and would be suitable for some occasional trail riding. He is great for the vet and farrier.

Luke – came from upstate NY, where he lived in a herd situation. He is not a dominant horse and arrived thin, covered in bite marks, with a case of thrush. With a quiet environment and an appropriate companion, he bounced back nicely. Our volunteer providing care fell in love with this handsome guy, and adopted him.

Apache – 3 year old tennessee walker cross gelding. Apache was found at the home of a livestock trader, living with assorted other animals, climbing on and foraging from trees due to a lack of food. He was taken in by an ERR volunteer who spent 18 months socializing, ground training and properly feeding him. He was then sent to ERR, where is training could be furthered and a permanent home could be sought

He is currently in training and hoping for home where he can be ridden, played with and have a family. He is a young, sound, pretty grey gelding with loads of personality

Winston – Gorgeous chestnut quarter horse gelding. Teenager. 16H, built like a halter horse. He came out of the kill pen, looking like he just left a show barn. He was a direct placement, but unfortunately was not as described on the Camelot auction listings, so he came to the rescue. He had back pain and visible muscle spasms. After appropriate medical care and treatment, he was slowly worked back in to riding, and spent several weeks being reschooled. Winston does best when kept in a routine, where he has consistent work and lots of attention. Winston is fostered in Goshen

Chloe – Chloe came to us during a cruelty investigation by the Sullivan County Sheriffs Office in January 2009. She is a sweet horse, but very shy and would benefit from alot of one-on-one handling with a person she can learn to trust. She does lead, load and is learning to tie. Chloe was voluntarily transferred to the rescue so that we could find her a good home.

Curly – went home to his adoptive family who has been patiently supporting us while we rehabilitated him. There will be ongoing monitoring to ensure his eyes remain comfortable as he had operations and now requires a special fly mask for his light sensitivity.

Napalm – 12 year old quarter horse gelding.  Beautiful boy who is currently out on full training board and was subsequently adopted.

Groot – Aged warmblood gelding.  He is very personable and friendly. Most importantly he was lucky enough to be adopted to a loving home.

Lily – 5 year old black and white paint miniature mare.  Sound with no limitations, this young lady can be trained to ride or drive. Lily has officially been adopted as of 6/20/2019

BurritoOne of the cutest little donkeys you will ever meet! However, he came to us via a cruelty case in Ulster County with behavioral issues, neglected feet and in need of castration. His veterinary and farrier needs have been met, but he still requires a fair amount of training. We have seen improvement and will continue working with him.

Miracle – 9 year old miniature mare. She came to us after being rescued by a good samaritan from the Binghamton area. Miracle was mauled by dogs spring 2016 and lost a fair amount of muscle from her hind legs, requiring surgery and lots of after care. We assisted with the medical bills and she arrived already well on her way to recovery in the fall. She is fine with most dogs, and is good for vet and farrier. With people she is great, and has even gone to an event with us and did well with all of the people attention. She is doing great in her new home.

Dillon – 6 y.o. spotted saddlebred pony cross. This cute paint pony has stunning blue eyes, and a new lease on life. He was sold for $60 because he was untrained and an intact stallion. Had his prior owners invested some time and attention to this pony, he may have found a private home and we would not have had to intervene on his behalf. We have had him castrated, dewormed and vaccinated. Dillon has been given a foster home in upstate NY; potential adopters please know he requires a special home with considerable time available to spend with him.

Jack Frost Jack is a cute grey pony gelding, shetland sized, approximately 4 years old. He lived on a farm raided for operating an illegal slaughter facility. He came to us a feisty stallion with poor manner and hair matted with dirt, feathers and burdocks. He has since learned to lead nicely, pick up his feet and has been castrated and dewormed. Jack would do well in a home that has lots of time to play and continue his socialization.

Xavier Xavier is a handsome little gelding, just shy of 15H and a dark seal bay with a “Z” shaped belly spot. He came to us as an emaciated yearling from a nursemare farm 12 years ago. We rehabilitated him successfully and found him a good home. Due to a change in circumstances, his home has requested that he be re-adopted. Xavier is sound and trained to ride.

Poptart Young 18 -24 month old miniature horse filly, with a black coat and appaloosa mottling around her lips and few white hairs in her coat. Poptart was the last horse at a public horse auction, untrained and frightened, no one would bid on her. We were asked by the auctioneer to take her. She was underweight, wormy and infested with lice. She is slowly trusting people, has gained weight and is ready for a new home with someone who has plenty of time to devote to her.

Bella – 2 year old pony molly mule. Her dam was a skinny pregnant mini mare found roaming the streets of Sullivan County NY. The mare’s adopter returned Bella to us, and we have socialized and halter trained her. Bella spent a few weeks with a family who started her with driving. Adorable but not for young children, beginners or as a livestock guardian. We look forward to furthering her training in spring 2015.

Percy 2.8.11

Percy Very handsome black and white paint gelding. He was sold for slaughter in NJ. We were led to believe he was hand walked through the sale ring because the owner did not pay the “rider’s fee”. Most horses walked through, are presumed to be lame or untrained, so usually do not sell well, which ended up being Percy’s situation. He arrived with a note that said “Sound. Not ridden since November”. After quarantine he was to be evaluated under saddle, however, Percy had an adverse reaction to tacking. Dr. Heather O’Leary, an equine chiropractor and veterinarian, was called in. Percy has some back and neck issues, which are being addressed with adjustments, acupuncture, chiropractics, carrot stretches, belly lifts and hand walking over ground poles.

Wendy 12.2011

Wendy Beautiful and big bodied bay Thoroughbred mare relinquished for rehoming. Extremely sweet girl, she needs weight and farrier. Old abrasions from a collapsed structure have healed. She had a severe case of rainrot, which was treated, but has left her with some scarring. She does have an old knee injury which was evaluated and digitally xrayed by a veterinarian. Wendy can be ridden for trails and flatwork only, no jumping. Wendy is doing well now and is ready to start a new life. She loves attention and would appreciate having a special person of her own. UPDATE: Adopted October 2015

Pistol Packin Pete Our very special senior donkey was returned, after his best friend passed away, leaving him alone. Pete was our first auction rescue and we welcomed him back with open arms. Everyone who meets Pete absolutely adores him. His incredibly endearing personality quickly gained him a new home with a lovely family and a few equine friends. He has since been adopted again with our other special needs miniature, Casey.


Casey Cute bay pony gelding, suitable for companion only. Casey has special needs and requires medication for COPD. He was placed but returned when his breathing worsened. He has been vetted and we will be working on managing his breathing. He has since been adopted again and accompanies our senior donkey Pistol Packin Pete.

Polly Polly is a cute little black miniature mare that was 1 of about 20 minis brought in as a group to auction in May 2015. Hand picked by some 4H youth in attendance, the little mare came to the rescue. She was skinny, wormy, infested with lice, had a significant under bite and appeared pregnant. After her quarantine period, she was adopted.

Lil Miss Persnickety – Pretty 36″ miniature filly, chestnut with light mane and tail, foaled September 2013. Persnickety came to us with Skeeter, and she also is in need of a permanent home. A bit larger than Skeeter, and standard horse fencing recommended.


Dallas – Pretty 5 year old chestnut quarter horse mare. Dallas was seized during an April 2014 cruelty case in Orange/Ulster Counties. She has regained good weight and is now up to date on all routine care, vaccinations and deworming. Dallas requires an experienced home. ADOPTED!