Generously sponsored by Debbie O.
Beauty came to the rescue in March of 2013 as a 30 year old Appaloosa mare. She has a very swayed back but it does not impair her mobility. Beauty has a sweet spot for cheese quesadillas as well as about anything you let her lips get hold of; she is not picky. She is down to one eye but has adjusted very well. She is a permanent resident at OHR and will live out her life enjoying the sun and pasture.
Generously sponsored by Sarah Wylie in loving memory of her mother Sarah Stephens
Bella is a 22 year old bay Arabian mare. She is fully blind in both eyes and came to the rescue due to a surrender neglect situation. She was said to have had a still born foal the fall before coming to the rescue in June of 2014. Bella struggles with her vision impairment and relies heavily on her blind mini friend Honey Bun. They know the limitations of their usual area and do just fine there, but do not function well if they are moved. Bella has trust issues but will allow herself to be caught and loved on. She responds well to a soft voice and a gentle touch. We are continuing to work with her so that she will feel more comfortable.
Boo is a 27-year-old Quarter Horse that was surrendered to us by a family from the coast of Oregon who was unable to care for Boo’s sudden onset of blindness. As the story goes, Boo went blind late in life rather spontaneously as a reaction to a dewormer. Because of this, he suffers from high anxiety and nervousness due to the rapid loss of vision. Even stranger, when Boo got to OHR, he developed severe and life-threatening allergies to the Willamette Valley grasses and pollens and is now kept at a rescue facility in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Boo is eligible for sponsorship.
Generously sponsored by Debbie O.
Buddy is a 10 year old off the track thoroughbred. His registered name is Taneum Canyon and his foal date is January 31 of 2006. Buddy came to the rescue in December of 2012 with a carpal chip from his racing career, and serious knee arthritis. He had 11 starts in his race career with one first place finish. His last race was in August of 2012. Since coming to the rescue, he has been enjoying pasture life. Buddy is very friendly in the pasture and is easy to catch. He has been an easy keeper with no health problems. Due to the severity of his arthritis he is a permanent resident at the rescue.
Buttercup is a sweet 26-year-old Thoroughbred who was transferred to OHR from another rescue on the Oregon Coast in December 2017. That rescue wasn’t able to adequately deal with her blindness and anxiety. Since she has been with us, we have watched her settle in well and have even been able to turn her out with a small herd. Buttercup is also what we call a “hard keeper” as she struggles to keep weight on and therefore needs to have her nutrition highly managed. This pretty mare is eligible for sponsorship.
Generously sponsored by Natalie and Robin N.
Caspian is a 10 year sorrel Arabian gelding that was rescued from his owner due to abuse and starvation. After some time, the new rescuing owner could no longer take care of him and needed to place him. He arrived at OHR in September 2013. Caspian is a beautiful boy who loves food and really wants attention; however, he is still timid about people. He seems to be more leery of men than women. He had a permanent shoulder injury before coming to OHR. He is a very sweet boy, but will need more gentle and experienced care to overcome his fears. He is great in the pasture with other horses and the owner of the rescue says he is a sucker for bananas. Due to his shoulder injury and timidity, he is a permanent resident at the rescue.
Dazzle came to OHR in December of 2015. Her owner was getting a divorce and had nowhere for her to go, nor the funds to board her. She is an appaloosa mare that is about 18 years old. She came in severely obese and foundered. Her feet were a wreck and she was lame; neither are true now. She also has glaucoma in one eye but is comfortable with her vision impairment. She is very sweet and easy to catch outside, and is an awesome companion horse. Dazzle leads well but can be headstrong under saddle, so she needs an experienced rider. She does not care for a stall but loves being out in the pasture.
Earl was abandoned at auction in April of 2013 and came to OHR. He is a late 20's Appaloosa gelding who shows the battle scars of a tough past. He has a history of being lame since he has been at the rescue and receives daily pain management medication. Despite the scars that prove Earl’s prior abuse he is a sweet old boy. He is not overly excited to hang out but is easy to catch and comes right to the gate to come in for grain. He does great in the pasture or a stall. Earl loves his ladies but also enjoys a good round of play with the boys. Earl is a permanent resident here at OHR and will live out his life here in peaceful serenity.
Generously sponsored by Carolyn and Sam S.
Eeyore is a mule in his mid-twenties that came to OHR from the Eugene auction in August of 2016 with a body score of one. We saw him standing alone on the auction lot, severely underweight, clearly depressed, and partially blind and immediately thought of sad little Eeyore (from Winnie the Pooh). Since he’s been with us he has lost the rest of his vision and is now completely blind and also struggles with full-body arthritis. Despite all his sorrows, Eeyore is a sweet little jack and is our go-to companion for other blind horses. Eeyore will remain with OHR as a permanent sanctuary resident for the rest of his days.
This flashy mare is a 19-year-old Tennessee Fox Trotter that was found at the Eugene auction in 2016. Foxtrot had been a sheriff posse horse in her past, but is unfortunately now navicular on both of her front legs. Though she can’t be ridden anymore, Foxtrot is an easy keeper that gets along with other horses in turnout and likes to follow us around in the pasture. Foxtrot is available for adoption to an unmounted home and is also eligible for sponsorship while at OHR.
Generously sponsored by the Amazing Grace
Gracie is a 23 year old white Quarter Horse mare. She came to the rescue in December of 2012 as an owner surrender. Gracie is a very sweet and loving horse. She is easy to catch in the pasture and gets along well with mares and geldings. Gracie is pigeon-toed in the front and is not sound. She is very happy wondering around flat pasture and does great outdoors or in a stall. She also has Cushing’s disease and melanomas, and will therefore remain at the rescue to live out her life.
Grandma is a gorgeous Suffolk Punch mare who is in her 20's. She was registered at one time but her paper work was lost. Grandma came to the rescue in May of 2014. She was neglected and had a large bony mass/abscess on her jaw. She was seen by a local vet and OSU. Grandma receives daily flushing of her jaw and once every two weeks the vet must reopen her jaw so that it can continue to be flushed and cleaned. At this time, it appears that it is finally starting to heal from the inside and we are hoping that eventually she will not need to be flushed anymore. Grandma is very sweet and gentle and very good for her daily care. She is by far a favorite at the ranch and is very therapeutic. She stands quietly for attention and is very aware of where you are and careful to respect your space. She loves attention! She does great out in the pasture but actually loves coming in for her cleaning, as she cannot pass up grain. She gets along with all horses but she will not be pushed around. Grandma is a most affectionate horse, and such a delight to have at the rescue.
Grandpa is a Suffolk Punch that came to the rescue in May of 2014. His owner’s health problems caused the horse to go to his kids, but the kids were not horse people and were unable to care for him. Grandpa is in his late 20's and loves to come out of the pasture for grain. He is low man on the totem pole and is a sweet boy. He is not a huge fan of baths but will tolerate them. Grandpa does not care for a stall; he wants to stay out in the pasture. He is not good with his feet and has to be sedated for the farrier but he loves being groomed and will stand great. Grandpa leads well and is not pushy. He is a wonderful pasture companion.
Generously sponsored by Glennis Y.
Honeybun is a sweet appaloosa miniature mare that is 10-12 years old. She came to the rescue in November of 2015. The owner had disabilities and was unable to care for her. She is fully blind and has adapted to her turnout area but does not do well if she is moved. She leads very well though, and is trusting if she has someone with her. She is housed with Bella – a blind Arab mare – and does well with her, but does not like to be alone. Honey bun is a very sweet little mini and loves peppermint treats.
Jemma is a sorrel Quarter Horse mare about 18 years old. She came to the rescue in October of 2014 as a surrender. She was apparently abandoned at a child’s birthday party and the family did not have the means to care for her. Jemma is sweet and likes attention, but prefers the pasture to a stall. She apparently had a broken hock in the past before she came to us, so she is just a pasture companion. Jemma gets along with mares and geldings and loves to graze the day away.
Lady is a 20 year old bay Arabian pony mare that arrived at the rescue in October of 2013. Her owner was diagnosed with a chronic illness and could no longer care for her. Lady loves to be out in the pasture and at times can be hard to catch. She loves her grain though, and that is a sure-fire way to get her haltered. If you walk out in the pasture with a brush she will stand all day for love. She is small, but can be dominant and chase others off when it comes to food. She's had some training in the past and is being restarted. Though she's coming along nicely, she needs an advanced handler as she's still green.
Misty arrived at the rescue in October of 2013. Her owner was leaving home and her parents were unable to care for Misty. She is a fully blind appaloosa mare that is approximately 18 years old. She was said to be broke to ride, but she will make small crow hops even when a rain sheet is put on her so she is not interested in the riding life anymore. She has fully adapted to her blindness and roams the pasture freely. Misty is very easy to catch in the pasture and won’t pass up a free meal. She loves to be groomed and is a permanent resident here at OHR.
Nana Rose is a 34-year-old Mustang mare that is a barn favorite. Back in the day, this stout mare packed around little kids as a summer camp horse before ending up at the Eugene auction, likely due to her age. She was originally purchased by a family that reached out to us for post-sale quarantine, but unfortunately they were unable to keep Nana so she became a permanent resident of OHR in 2015. Though she has some arthritis creeping up as she ages, Nana remains the herd boss of her pasture and loves to scratch herself on the old oak trees and roll in the grass. Nana Rose is currently eligible for sponsorship.
One Eyed Jack
Generously sponsored by Prudy Z.
One Eyed Jack is a 12 year old off the track thoroughbred. He came to the rescue in December of 2012 with one eye. He was foaled February 20, 2004. He had 70 starts in his career with overall earnings of $178,747. His registered name is Stand Tall. Jack needs to be pastured with geldings as he can show stallion-like aggressive behavior when with mares. He can also be pushy on the ground and needs an experienced handler to work with him. However, One Eyed Jack is mellow in the pasture if you want to catch him or love on him.
Pansy is an 18-year-old flashy Paint mare with one blue eye. She stands about 15 hands and is barefoot. She came to the rescue as a forced surrender through LCAS. When she arrived, she was more than 200 pounds underweight, extremely timid, and fearful. She has had plenty of time to just be a horse and is learning to trust again. This stunning mare has really come a long way and continues to progress every time she is handled. She lunges calmly and has been ridden walk/trot under saddle. She stands well for grooming, tacking, and the farrier and she is easy to handle with polite ground manners. Because of her traumatic past, Pansy will need an owner that is willing to continue to desensitize her and work to build a foundation of trust. An easy keeper, she’s happy in a stall or out to pasture.
Generously sponsored by Wendy D.
Currently our youngest resident, Riata is a 5-year-old Pinto mare. She came to us in 2016 as an owner surrender with a badly damaged fetlock. We believe that when she was just a baby, she was kicked in the fetlock. Left untreated, the injury resulted in a bone infection that the vet thought would ultimately deteriorate the integrity of the leg within a few years. However, Riata is a fighter and the bone appears to have fused, though she is still lame and therefore unrideable. Riata was timid and reserved when she came to us, but she is more and more trusting every day and now loves attention, especially long grooming sessions. She is currently adoptable and would be best suited for a home that would keep her in a pasture or large paddock so she can continue to move around on her leg.
Samsung is a bay Thoroughbred in his 20's. He came to OHR in January of 2016. His owner found herself in the hospital for almost a year just three weeks after she got him, and had to surrender him. Samsung can be pushy on the ground if he gets attached to a mare and is separated, but does not seem to bond with geldings the same way. He can be stalled or pastured but does have all of the typical TB issues when in a stall. He had an old injury to his right eye; we removed the eye and that doesn't affect him one bit. Samsung lunges great in both directions; under saddle he's a big mover, which could intimidate a novice rider.
Sugar is a Suffolk Punch mare about 25 years old. She came to the rescue in May of 2014. She is a very easy keeper and does well in the pasture. She can be dominant, and enjoys doing her own thing. Sugar has arthritis in her hind end, and is therefore not rideable.
Generously sponsored by Laura P.
Tahoe is a 14 year old “Medicine Hat” paint mare. She came to the rescue in August of 2014. Her owner was financially unable to provide needed treatment for the squamous cell carcinoma in her eyes. She has been having regular chemo treatments since arriving at OHR. Originally her left eye was the worst, however after all the treatments it has gotten substantially better. Her carcinoma could return in the future, but she is happy and healthy at present. Tahoe also has the misfortune of being diagnosed with navicular syndrome, and thus cannot be ridden. She does fine in a stall or pasture and is a very easy keeper. She is alpha mare but doesn’t have to put much effort into it. She would make a very sweet pasture pet or companion horse.
Wiley is a 29-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. When he came to the rescue in 2015 from an owner who could not manage his complicated care, he was significantly underweight and not eating regularly. After the Oregon State University Large Animal Hospital performed an endoscopic test, they found gastric ulcers which explained his severe digestive issues. Back at OHR, Wiley was treated with rounds of ulcer medication but because he's a high anxiety horse which worsens his gastric disorder, he still must be on a mostly grain diet. To manage his anxiety, he's paired with a companion horse in a pair of half-wall stalls where the two can touch noses and calm each other. He’s also paired with his companion during his outside turnout. Wiley is a permanent sanctuary resident and is eligible for sponsorship.
Generous monthly sponsors who have not chosen a specific horse: Christal M., Jill W.
We have several additional horses who have not yet been added to the website. Stay tuned; we'll add bios and photos as time permits.