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Tri-State Equine Adoption & Rescue, Inc.
Sanctuary Horses

Cookie was rescued from New Holland auction in 2003. Too weak to walk Cookie was lifted into the trailer as a 3month old weanline. Exhausted, Cookie came to the rescue with her 4 month old pature mate Champ. Champ was adopted but through the years Cookie remained. She is now 15, blind in her left eye, and honestly not always the brightest but she is a beautiful sweet girl. She will live out her days here at the rescue. 

Chachi came from New Holland auction in 2003. He was reported to be 6 at the time. He had gone to the auction with three other arabians. Two weanlings and an older mare. The other three were confiscated due to neglect and held for TEAR to pick up. Chachi had been already purchased and was in the kill pen. We were able to purchase him from the kill pen for $125.00. Chachi was unrideable and had trust issues. Chachi has remained here through the years and now at the age of 19 will remain in sanctuary. 

Ultimately came to me as a 9 year old from Rosecroft Raceway. Donated by his caring owner. Ultimately was no longer sound and the owner did not want to send him to auction. Ulty was adopted out but was sent back after 10 years. While I hate to see a horse come back after so long, it is part of our contract. I want what's best for the horse and want them to come back instead of end up in the slaughter pipeline. Ultimately is not sound and remains in sanctuary. He is positively the slowest horse I have ever seen in my life and ambles in for breakfast and dinner. I guess he knows he will get fed no matter how slow he is! He is now 25 years old. 

Charlie with his pasture mate lady behind him. Charlie came to TEAR a few years ago with Lady when his owner was looking for a retirement home for them. Charlie is the sweetest horse. Sadly he has DSLD and can no longer be ridden. Charlie is in his mid to late teens. Lady is in her late teens and can no longer be ridden due to bad knees. She absolutely loves to be groomed and loved on. 


Native is a BLM stallion foaled in 1995 that was captured from Fish Creek Nevada when he was four years old. Blind in his left eye, Native has a huge flight instinct. Who can blame him? When we first acquired Native many years ago, we immediately sent him to a trainer in Westminster, Maryland that specialized in mustangs. He used the round penning technique. My requirements for training were: I want to lead him, get him gelded and be able to trim his feet.  8 months later I received the call to come pick him up. Epic fail on all accounts. Native learned "hey if I dont do what you want, you make me run in circles. So how about I just run in circles now?" Smart guy. He prefers someone to work close with him. Native will let me groom him, give him vaccines (have to be quick), and I deworm him by feed. He did allow me to bandage his right front leg when he injured himself but other than that nada. He wears his feet down and is quite content with his pasture life. He is now 23 and has no complaints. 

Chichi - This little girl was purchased at an auction to use for breeding. Chichi had an old break to her hip and clearly could not be used for breeding as her little body is twisted. She was donated to TEAR and we took her to New Bolton to have her evaluated. She was only four years old. I was told Chichi would never be able to run, play, lay down, and dont ever put her out in inclement weather. They said the break was old, probably an injury from when she was a foal.  Chichi had learned to adapt and she can do everything they stated she would never be able to do! I have now had her for about 20 years. It is amazing how her first four years of life impacted her view on people. It is only in her most recent years she has learned to really trust people. 

Ultimately (pictured on the left) is a 28 year old off the track STB. He was adopted out from TEAR when he was 8 and returned when he was 18 after the other horse he was pastured with died. Ulty has now been back at TEAR for 10 years. He has an older injury which prevents him from being ridden. 

Captain (pictured on the right) is possibly in his mid 20's. He has a fused hock, side bone in one front hoof and a bad knee. Somewhere, once upon a time, someone loved this horse. He has never known an unkind hand that I can tell. He has the sweetest disposition. He loves people and loves attention. 

A few of the other residents at Tri-State Equine. Libby (the donkey) came here as a scared untrusting being. Now she loves attention and of course get treats! 

These are just a few of our sanctuary horses.  All of them great in their own way!  Some are abuse cases, some suffer from permanent injuries, and others are in their golden years overlooked by people who wanted younger horses.  I personally LOVE older horses!  They have been there and done that!  The old folks at TEAR (25+ and retired) are living out their days here on the farm.  They are still in need of your help though!  Any donation is very much appreciated! 

Please click below to make a donation. All donations are greatly appreciated! 

869 Hartly Rd., Hartly, DE, 19953
Phone: 302.492.0492


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