Foster is ready for adoption! He’s a beautiful 8 year old Mustang and stands 15 hands tall. Foster is a solid advanced trail horse and has good ground manners. He loads, is good for the vet and …

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Maggie is a 7 year old mare who stands 13.3 hands tall. She’s a very good girl and needs an intermediate rider. Our trainer has ridden her on some short trails around the farm by herself and she…

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Nipster is ready for adoption! He is a two year gelding who is 14.1 hands and growing. He is a very gentle soul. Adoption donation $1,000. Please fill out an adoption application found on our website …

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Turtle is a gelding who is approximately 20 years old and stands 14.2 hands. He was a local owner surrender who arrived with us in Spring of 2017. He stands quiet to groom and loves attention. He is b…

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Sheila is a very experienced easy going horse who is 14.2 hands and approximately 13 years old. She seems to have training in the Western ring but due to arthritis in her back end we would like to see…

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Indi is a yearling Quarter Horse filly who we rescued from slaughter in February 2017. At the time of rescue she was not halter broke and was un-handled. She has come a long way, but we will be lookin…

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Luna is a 14 year old mare who stands 15 hands tall. We rescued her in January 2017 from a known kill buyer before she shipped to slaughter. She is still in the evaluation process. Please check back f…

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Missy is a 16 year old Thoroughbred mare who was recently surrendered to The Dorset Equine Rescue. She is tattooed and has raced a couple of times. More info coming soon.

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Spirit came to us through a local neglect case in March of 2016. He was a 6 year old feral stallion. We had him gelded right away. It’s taken a lot of work and patience over the past year or so,…

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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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Success Stories

Sally and Lucy

Sally and Lucy are an adorable mother and daughter pair of miniature donkeys. Sally is the mother and is the lighter colored donkey. She is five years old and Lucy is two years old. They were a local …

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Jaks is a 10 year old appendix gelding who was owned by a kill buyer and about to ship to slaughter and we pulled him. He has been with us since August 2016. He was very underweight when he came to us…

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Ferdinand is a thoroughbred gelding and arrived at DER in August of 2016 as a four year old. He had been raced several times and won a couple of races. When he stopped running as fast, he found himsel…

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Barney was one of four neglected stallions who arrived with us in March of 2016. They were a local owner surrender and very feral. We had them gelded right away and trimmed their feet long feet while …

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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 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 (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 (left) and Daisy
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 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 in her new home
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 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 - Success Story
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 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 in new home
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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Champ came to DER in 2014 as a ten year old when we rescued him from slaughter. He was adopted into a perfect home in NH in 2017 where he lives with his two horse buddies.  

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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 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 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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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 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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We outbid a kill buyer for Dixie in the summer of 2015 so she wouldn’t ship to slaughter. When we’re at an auction trying to decide which horses to save, it can be a very tough decision wh…

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Buttercup is a sweet and beautiful 15-year-old buckskin mare who we purchased in August of 2015 from a known kill buyer. She was literally standing on a scale getting weighed after the auction, about …

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Nash with Lorelei
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 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 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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Upcoming Event

1st Annual Hoof and Hike

The Hoof and Hike fundraiser is right around the corner!  Here’s some helpful information to prepare yourself for the day:
-Please note that the parking lot is a 5 minute walk from the sap house (which is where the food and registration will be).
-If you plan on participating in the scavenger hunt, please bring your cel phone (camera) to take photos of each item on the list.
-If possible, please bring a smaller trailer for your horse(s) to conserve space in the parking lot.
-Please bring a pitch fork and muck bucket to clean up after your horse in the parking lot only. Poop is ok on the trails. 

Horse Trail routes:
8.5 miles (3 hours)
7.5 miles (2 1/2-3 hours)
3.5 (1-1 1/2 hours)

Hikers will have many more trail options!

Time Line:
8:30am to 10:30am: check in/registration.
8:30am to 10:30am: Breakfast
12 noon to 1pm: lunch
1pm: drawings for scavenger hunt and raffle prizes.
2pm: ending/break down

*Don’t forget to email a current copy of your horses coggins to:

Please join us for our first annual Hoof and Hike event at the beautiful Merck Forest and Farmland Center to benefit The Dorset Equine Rescue.

Hikers as well as trail riders are welcome to come out and enjoy this fun event. Registration is $35 for both hikers and riders. Hikers 12 and under are free. Breakfast and lunch are included. Riders/horses will be limited to 25 for this first year and will need to preregister. The number of hikers however are unlimited. Although hikers can register the day of between 8:30am and 10:30am, we would appreciate if you could preregister if possible so we have an estimated head count for food, etc.

There will be 2-3 suggested routes for riders which will vary from 6-12 mile loops. There are shorter routes available for hikers. There will be a scavenger hunt for both hikers and riders and you’ll use your smart phone to take photos of each item. There are some amazing prizes! Beau, our mini horse will make a special guest appearance in his kissing booth too! This is going to be a fun event for the whole family! Please register through this link:

*Please note that we do require an up to date coggins on every horse who wishes to participate. Please email a copy to

We would like to thank our 2017 Barnyard Ball sponsors!

We are very grateful for your support! 

Manchester Life/Mountain Media
The Black Dog Foundation
John and Kimet Hand
The Marthage Family
Manchester Power House
Harrison Rush Group Manchester Rotary Club
Finn and Stone
Hill Farm Inn
Joseph A Wagner, CPA
Stifle Investments
Equinox Valley Nursery
Bennington Subaru
The Bank of Bennington
Three Maple Farm

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