Transitioning to a second career
The horses shown below are participating members of Project Comeback. Each horse has a unique story, read about our herd below!
2009 Grade Quarter Horse Mare
River was rescued from a kill lot in Oklahoma in March of 2019. River was close to impossible to approach for weeks. With gentle consistency and without force we were able to gain her trust and make our first touch.
River is partially sponsored by Anna Nolan.
2009 Mustang Mare
Moon was rescued from Stroud, a kill lot in Oklahoma, in June of 2019. Moon Shadow has a lot of anxiety and "horse PTSD". Her triggers and actions are extremely unpredictable, causing her to react often and become tremendously scared from seemingly minuscule things. Moon's emotional wounds run deep, leading us to believe she has had a very traumatic past. Now that she is in a safe home, with fields to run free in, we can see her fear starting to turn into trust.
Moon is partially sponsored by Alexandra Pereira and Carolyn Blair.
2003 OTTB - Off The Track Thoroughbred - Gelding
Spirit's first career was as a race horse. Like so many others in this industry, he was trained to do only one thing - run fast and turn left. The story of the racehorse is a sad one, most are taken at a young age and put through rigorous training, never knowing how to be a horse. Then, still at a young age, they are discarded with no transition to a second career. Discarded was how we found Spirit, more specifically at Stroud, a kill lot in Oklahoma, in March of 2019.
Spirit is partially sponsored by Christian Dunham.
1989 Belgian Draft Gelding
Bud was rescued from a "free" ad that we found on Craigslist. Bud was an Amish plow horse most of his life, which means he worked long hard days pulling wagons and farm equipment. He wore his harness so much that it rubbed off all the hair on his nose and left him with scars all around his face. Bud is the most fearful horse of people that we have seen to date. When approached his entire body begins to tremble in fear. It took time and so much patience, but we are happy to say that our hard work has paid off and Bud LOVES scratches on his belly. Finally, at the age of 30+, Bud is able to enjoy the retirement he deserves.
Bud is partially sponsored by Anne Middleton and Madeline Tyree.
2015 OTTB - Off The Track Thoroughbred - Gelding
Blue was donated to Project ComeBack from Godolphin Racing. Blue grew extremely tall extremely fast, ending his racing career and leaving him with the horse equivalent of PD - Parkinson's Disease - called "Shivers". His condition causes his hind legs to "shiver" or shake. Not to worry, with gentle exercise/physical therapy, routine visits from the chiropractor, and holistic healing modalities we see Blue living a long healthy life without this condition diminishing the quality.
Blue currently has no sponsors.
2017 Mustang Gelding
Kai was once a wild mustang born in Wyoming, we found in a Texas Kill lot in the winter of 2020. Kai is the bravest horse we have met! He is very curious and always wants to explore. We have no idea how this sweet young boy ended up so close to death, with his stunning looks and incredible personality, but we are so happy to give him a home and a second chance.
Kai is partially sponsored by Tea Leigh.
2008 Quarter Horse Gelding
Charlie was Lindsay's very first rescue, he was purchased at an auction barn in Western MA in 2013. In July of 2015 Charlie suffered traumatic physical injury. He came in from the paddock one day with his front legs shaking. We found out that he had somehow broken his withers (part of his back). Today Charlie Brown deals with residual nerve damage that acts up with the weight of a saddle/rider. It is important that even though Charlie will never be able to carry a rider like he used to, he can still have a meaningful job - it will just look a little different.
Charlie is partially sponsored by Lindsay Andon.
2007 Grade Mare
Rain was rescued from an kill lot by our Oklahoma partners, Safe Keep Place. SKP is veteran owned and operated rescue facility that provides a safe space for horses making their freedom rides out of kill pens and to their new homes. This "middle man" is required to ensure that any sick horses heal before travel. The owner of SKP reached out to us about this sweet girl and thanks to a generous sponsor we were able to adopt her and give her a forever home at Project ComeBack.
Rain will participate in Project ComeBack programing as well as help us partner with another program at Breezy Hill Farm that offers Therapeutic Riding Lessons to children with different abilities. She is a very special girl with very special jobs!
Rain is partially sponsored by Beth Sherman and KJ Nolan.
Our horses whose bodies are no longer among us, but whose spirits live on forever.
1995 - 2020 Mustang Mare
Once a wild horse running free in Oregon, Flicka somehow found herself in a kill lot in Oklahoma by November of 2017. When we rescued Flicka she had a respiratory infection and was battling mastitis. On top of that she was terrified of people. It took months to heal her - physically, mentally, and emotionally. Flicka was wild most of her life, which is something we did our best to honor, letting her roam our fields and be as free as we could allow her to be. Flicka was strong and kind. She was old and wise, sharing many lessons with those who were patient and open enough to listen.