The Riderless Horse – Hank the Tank

Reading Time: 2 minutes The cap horse in the photo above is Hank serving the funeral for Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and US Secretary of State.Hank retired as a military working equine in 2023 after 10 years of service and was adopted to live his retirement at Compassion Ranch in Central Alabama, […]

From Rescue to Forever: Thistle’s Journey Home

Reading Time: 2 minutes In May, HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) conducted a rescue of four starving horses from the rural property of a neglectful owner. All four mares were in similar condition: severely emaciated with overgrown hooves and external parasites. Thistle, the youngest of the four, was in the worst condition. She was extremely thin, weighing only […]

Love is Good: Creating Community with This Old Horse

Reading Time: < 1 minute Love is Good: Creating Community with This Old Horse This Old Horse is a unique rescue that provides a dignified retirement for aging and neglected horses.  The dedicated volunteers, forming a close-knit family, not only care for the horses but also build deep connections with them. This is a heartwarming tale of love, compassion, and […]

Abandoned Horse Earns Career at Horse Rescue

paint horses in pasture

Reading Time: 4 minutes A local community and A Home For Every Horse sponsors band together to regime abandoned horse. Spring of 2022, I received a phone call from an old college friend, Mattie Alewine, in dire need of finding a home for an abandoned horse. After posting the horse in a local community group on Facebook she had […]

5K Run Leads Woman’s Feet To Her Heart Horse(s)

Reading Time: 5 minutes Story written by Courtney Thompson, submitted by Hope’s Legacy Rescue History of Horses I started riding horses when I was just five years old. At age nine, I started asking my parents for a horse of my own. My dad, who grew up on a dairy farm, suggested we get cows instead when well-meaning friends […]


brown rescue horse with his damn

Reading Time: 4 minutes Story submitted by adopter Bebe Edwards Sherman was born at the Horse Protection Association of Florida (HPAF) farm. His mother Tequila and four other horses had been seized by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and then relinquished to Horse Protection the week before. Sherman was stout and tough from the start. He was named Sherman […]

Charlie Finds Her Angel

Reading Time: 4 minutes Story submitted by Elyse Marriner. I never planned on owning a horse, but the little fiery red mare had a heart full of passion and curiosity. I was drawn to Charlie like a magnet.  Every time I showed up for a lesson and was assigned a different horse to ride, I felt bitter disappointment welling […]

Adopted OTTBs Try Cattle Sorting

Off the track thoroughbred takes on cattle at western clinic

Reading Time: 5 minutes Story submitted by Chelsey Burris Off-track Thoroughbreds are versatile. While they are becoming highly sought-after partners in many English disciplines, they are also becoming increasingly popular in Western sports. On May 8, three Friends of Ferdinand Inc. (FFI) graduates and one adoptable horse—Bisque, Is He Proud, Vindication Ally and Soy Sauce—attended an intro to cattle […]

Gabriel, the Blind Horse

Reading Time: 2 minutes Gabriels story is sadly full of abuse and abandonment but not to fear, that is not his entire story. Spoiler alert! The story ends with him thriving in his forever home.