We do believe in humanly euthanizing when certain criteria has been met: if there is no quality of life, the miniature is terminal, or suffering. However, some horses are not adoptable immediatly or will require special care the rest of their lives, what then?

  • What to do with a miniature that can have a happy life with the right balance of care and maintenance?

  • What to do you do with a miniature that could get hurt during horse play in a “normal” healthy herd? 

  • Is it ethical to euthanize a happy animal just because it needs special care for an extended time or may never be considered adoptable?


More and more rescue miniatures need specialized care for a period of recovery or the rest of their lives. So what happens to them? What is the answer?


 The solution to this dilemma is simple, a sanctuary program has been created for our most “delicate” ones. In the sanctuary program, they can either recover to be adopted at a later date or become a permanent resident. 

Starla: intake July 2017

Starla arrived into rescue severely foundered. She laid down all the time and was very sore on her feet. We worked with our vet and several farriers to make her comfortable. Her diet had to be changed to very low starch (no treats and no grain) and her pain was managed in the beginning with medication.

In March of 2018, Starla started having abscesses form in her front feet. The farrier changed how they were doing her feet and we changed our dry lot over to a sandlot per their suggestion. By August of 2018 she was barefoot for the first time in a very long time. Starla is considered a long-term sanctuary equine. 

We helped Starla Cross the Rainbow Bridge February 2020

Buttercup: intake May 2018

Buttercup came into rescue underweight, with bad feet and a hip that was messed up and caused her to drag her leg. We took her to UT vet hospital where we discovered she had previously fractured and/or dislocated her hip and there was nothing to do for it at this point. They did decide to cut a tendon at her stifle so she could unlock her leg. She can now run and play with other horses that have issues but will never be able to be with healthy horses.

Wren: intake July 2018

Wren is a one in a million! She has a congenital spine disorder that makes her look hunchbacked. One volunteer said she looked like a gnu even. However, nothing is going to slow this girl down! Even though she looks funny, she has no idea she is different. She still runs and plays with other “delicate horses” but because she is off balance she cannot go in a herd of healthy horses. Her best friend is Buttercup. These two adore each other and we are so happy they have found each other here in the sanctuary program.  

Cookies: intake June 2018

When Cookies arrived, she was very thin  and she had untreatable issues with her feet, due to long term founder. We made her comfortable as possible and she enjoyed 6 months of having a full tummy and a soft bed. We helped her cross the rainbow bridge December 2018.

Delilah: intake July 2018

Delilah is a super sweet girl. She has deformities to her shoulders which cause mobility issues. Her front legs almost cross over when she walks. She also only has one eye due to an injury from a full-sized horse. We sewed her eye closed to protect the tissues and she has healed beautifully. She can still run though, but because of her front-end issues and being blind on one side she cannot run in a healthy herd. She hangs out with Wren and Buttercup.

Queso and Salsa: intake Feburary 2019

Queso and Salsa are two super sweet girls that came into rescue together. Queso has some limb/foot issues that need maintenance to keep her comfortable. 

Salsa is her dwarf BFF. She was born with an eating disorder that causes food to come back through her nasal passages when she eats. Because of the medical dangers this causes her, she requires a super attentive home to ensure she is fed properly and her nose and water are cleaned several times a day.  They were adopted by a registered nurse in February 2020 and are in training to become therapy horses. 

Chester intake October 2019

Chester is a senior gelding that has collapsing trachea. This is a progressive disease that will is sometimes seen in middleaged and senior minis. 

The extent of his collapse does not make him a canidate for surgery but at this time he is not at risk of suffocation. Unfortunately, since this is a progressive disease, he will be closely monitored for changes in his condition. Chester is an absolute sweetheart and we hope to have him in our program for a long time. 

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