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!
2004 Miniature Horse
Matilda, Tilly for short, was by far our most spontaneous rescue. We were contacted by one of our local hay suppliers after he picked her up from a man who said "get rid of her, either find her a home or bring her to slaughter I don't care just get rid of her!" We aren't sure what this sweet girl did to deserve such a horrible sentence, but we are certainly glad she ended up with us. Tilly loves attention of all kinds, she is quite the diva...and being that cute, we can't really blame her!
Matilda is partially sponsored by Rebecca Lockhart, Rachael Hammer, and Kensie Dapointe.
Matilda's rescue was sponsored by the Nolan family.
My Friend Bob
2011 Thoroughbred Gelding
Percy had a successful racehorse career and was loved deeply by his owners and breeders. When hard times hit their small family farm they had to find new homes for some of their horses. In hopes of giving their horses the best life possible, a local horse rescue was contacted to take them. Percy was eventually adopted out from that rescue, only to learn that a riding career just wasn't for him. Finding himself once again searching for a home and purpose, he landed safely with us.
Now Percy will forever spend his days sharing love and healing with people who are also searching for something that feels like home.
Percy is partially sponsored by Lynda Mockler and Laurian Pope.
2016 Mustang Gelding
Nemi was rescued from Stroud, a kill lot in Oklahoma, with Altivo in August of 2020. Nemi was completely wild, he had no handling or contact with humans except for a few traumatic experiences like being gelded, branded, and left in a kill lot. He came to the farm with an old halter on, we don't know how he got it or the trauma surrounding that form of capture for him. It took about 6 months, incredible patience and understanding to finally remove it. His gentling process will be slow and patient, we are very grateful to have a horse so close to his wild instincts to learn from and heal with.
Nemi is partially sponsored by Stephanie Ault, Shobha, and Susan Davidson.
Nemi's rescue was sponsored by Carrie Langhauser.
2016 Mustang Gelding
Altivo was rescued from Stroud, a kill lot in Oklahoma, in August of 2020. Altivo is completely wild, he has had no handling or contact with humans except for a few traumatic experiences like being gelded, branded, and left in a kill lot. As Altivo has settled into his new life we've gotten to see his personality start to shine through his trauma. He is brave, kind, extremely curious, and very gentle. His gentling process will be slow and patient, we are very grateful to have a pure wild mustang to learn from and heal with.
Altivo is partially sponsored by Stephanie Dacko and Susan Agostini.
2007 Grade Quarter Horse 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 with the Hippotherapy program at the farm. She is a very special girl with very special jobs!
Rain is partially sponsored by KJ Nolan, Sarah Miller, and Christine Donovan.
Rain's rescue was sponsored by Beth Sherman.
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 months. 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 and Anne Brinkerhoff.
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 Carolyn Blair, James Andon, and Jenn Scott.
New Sheriff In Town
2003 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 sponsored by Peter Costello, Anne Middleton, Stephen Daponte.
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 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 is partially sponsored by Patience Carey and Stephen Daponte.
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.
Invested In This Machine
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.