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Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary

Finding Sanctuary

A herd of horses fluffy with winter coats munch on hay while they eye us curiously as we circle the pasture in a utility vehicle. “That one’s Thor,” says Odessa Oldham, pointing through the falling snow at a chestnut...
For years, Diana Kitts focused on her family and her work. But just before a landmark birthday, she decided to do something for herself. “I had done everything for everybody, and thought ‘It’s time for me to do something for...
During a special event at the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, 7-year-old Neely Rae Miller led her family to the back of the barn. “She said, ‘You have to look at this horse,’” recalls Neely Rae’s grandmother, Laurie Oehlerking. “‘I fell...
Horse and Rainbow

Adoption Myths

Although perceptions are changing, there are still some stigmas about adoptable horses. Hilary LoBue is still amazed when she talks about Napoleon, the 9-year-old gray Andalusian-cross pony she adopted from the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in College Station, Texas, four...
With their bellies full and nothing to do but fool around, the little herd of nursemare foals at Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue cavorts and kicks and rascals around in the Florida sun. The good news is that with round-the-clock...
In the early 1900s, Jill Girardi-Thomas’s father, Monte, started a business using his team of horses and a wagon to haul potatoes at Chicago’s South Water Market. Years later, he bought his daughter her first horse. Today, Girardi-Thomas breeds...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.   Q: I’m wanting to adopt an off-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) and help him through the last stages of rehabilitation from minor racing injuries. What are the...
In Oakland, Oregon, the 1,120 acre Duchess Sanctuary is home to 196 horses and donkeys rescued from public lands, slaughter, the pharmaceutical industry, and other horrific situations. Forty-five of the Sanctuary residents are over the age of 20, making them...
Catch up on Flickers' story so far in part one and part two. By summer’s end, the mums outside the barn have opened up to share their autumn colors and the flowering vines have reached their full pink glory. Flickers...
Photos courtesy Maker's Mark Secretariat Center With summer coming to an end and back-to-school bells starting to clang in Kentucky and across the country, Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has taken on its next class of shining pupils that are earning...
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