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Spirit

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Spirit is a six year old, 42″ mini Shetland who arrived at our rescue in May of 2016. He is a gelding and came to us from a local neglect situation and wasn’t handled at all prior to his a…

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Barney

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Barney is available for adoption and patiently awaiting his forever family. He is a 10-12 year old 40″ mini. He was feral when he arrived with us in May but has made huge strides throughout the …

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Champ

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Champ is a very calm horse with excellent ground manners. He is 15 hands and approximately 12 years old. He’s great for the veterinarian and farrier. Due to navicular and arthritis, he would be best…

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Lady

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Lady is a 22 year old mare that stands about 15 hands tall. She is not able to be ridden due to arthritis but would make a great companion horse. If you are interested in giving Lady a forever home,…

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Dixie

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Dixie is a 10 year old Arabian mare and she is 14.2 hands. She’s great on the trails with a buddy, goes walk, trot, canter, good with vet and farrier, and just starting to go over cross rails fo…

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Buttercup

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Buttercup is a sweet and beautiful 15-year-old buckskin mare. She is great for the vet and Ferrier, stands well and cross-ties to be groomed and is very polite on the ground. She is quiet on the trail…

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Success Stories

Fred

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We rescued Fred along with three other mini’s from a local neglect situation in 2016. All four were stallions and had foundered. Their hooves were very long and they were very afraid of people d…

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Manning

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Manning was rescued when he was 6 years old from shipped to slaughter back in December 2015.  He was very sick with pneumonia and very underweight when he arrived at DER. But after a few visits from …

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Jack

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Jack (shown right) and his mother Ruby were rescued in the spring with the help of Spring Hill Horse Rescue. They were full and asked if we had room to take them. They were trapped inside an old campe…

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Duke

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Duke (left) was rescued along with his sister Daisy. The photo taken at his rescue (below) was taken in the spring of 2012. You can see how skinny he was by the bones on his face, even showing through…

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Daisy

Daisy Success Story
Daisy (left) first came to us with her brother Duke from a neglect case in the spring of 2012. The “after” photo was taken about 6 months later (August 2012). She has come such a long way! She was…

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Bella

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Bella was rescued in the early Summer of 2015 because she was owned by a kill buyer and was scheduled for slaughter.  Ten years old at the time of rescue, Bella was adopted in the fall and is doing…

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Ollie

Ollie Success Story
Ollie was rescued in the early Summer of 2015 because he was owned by a kill buyer and was scheduled for slaughter.  Three years old at the time of rescue, Ollie was adopted in the fall and is doing …

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Sarge

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Sarge came to us in August 2014 from an auction in New York where he was bound for slaughter. He came to us very scared, due to him not having his full sight. After he was examined by the vet we learn…

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Coco

Coco Success Story
Coco was rescued in June of 2014 from a known kill-buyer in PA.  He is an 18 year old pony with a wonderfully sweet personality. He was adopted by a wonderful family in CT and is now called Spirit an…

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Walter

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March 2015 Update – Walter (above left) found his new forever home in Massachusetts where he lives with his new equine friend Ace! It was very hard to say goodbye but we know his new owner Rebecca…

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Lorelei

Lorelei Success Story
Lorelei came to us in June, 2014 from a known kill buyer in PA. She was very underweight, was missing a lot of hair, and was having trouble eating (pocketing her food in her cheeks). After a full vet…

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Rain

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Rain was rescued in August of 2015 at an auction where we outbid a “kill buyer” for her to prevent her from shipping to Canada for slaughter. She was only at our rescue for four short mont…

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Pike

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Pike and his friend Violet were rescued soon after they both lost their mothers due to severe neglect. Violet was just two months old and very scared. Pike, being just a few months older, looked after…

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Violet

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We rescued Violet in August of 2014 when she was two months old from a local cruelty case. She tragically lost her mother due to severe neglect. She was at The Dorset Equine Rescue for two years and h…

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Ireland

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Ireland came to us in the Spring of 2015 when she was three years old. She was in a kill pen and in danger of shipping to slaughter. Ireland was very ill when she came to us and clearly had an extreme…

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Nash

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Nash came to the rescue in June of 2014 after he was seized by animal control due to neglect and severe malnutrition.  He was about 400 pounds underweight and we are still working to increase his wei…

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Ruby

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Ruby and her foal Jack were rescued in the spring with the help of Spring Hill Horse Rescue. They were kept in a pop-up camper for nearly 6 months, completely neglected. Jack was just a new born when …

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Morgan

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Morgan was rescued from shipping to slaughter from NY in the fall of 2014. She’s was adopted in the summer of 2016 and lives with her new mom in southern VT.

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Welcome to The Dorset Equine Rescue

Honoring the Human-Equine Partnership

Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Re-home

Safe, Loving, and Caring

Ready for a Pre-screened, Forever Family

Mission

The Dorset Equine Rescue’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home abused, neglected, and slaughter-bound horses of all breeds and sizes. DER provides a safe, loving, and caring home, including all needed medical care, to every rescued horse. Once ready for their forever family, each horse is carefully placed in a pre-screened and qualified home.

The Dorset Equine Rescue strives to educate the community about all matters of horse care, health, and advocacy to continuously improve the long-honored and time-tested human-equine partnership.

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Horses Available for Adoption

How You Can Help

Help Fund the Barn

Visit Us

Please schedule an appointment for a visit and we would be happy to meet you and introduce you to the horses. Thank you!

Call to Action

You can play an important role in protecting horses. If you witness horse cruelty, it is important to report the case to the appropriate authorities. If you are unable to care for your horse(s), please consider finding them a new home.

Learn more at the following websites. 

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