The (equine) faces of Equamore Sanctuary

The more time I spend among the horses at Equamore Sanctuary, the more I adore them. And the more I appreciate all that the Equamore Foundation does to take care of these animals, most of whom had no place else to go when they were taken in by Equamore.

Here’s one of Equamore’s newest arrivals — Wishes, who is almost completely blind but is also among the most curious horses I’ve met, always popping her head out of her stall to see what’s going on. She is so sweet and affectionate, and she loves attention. (My photos are always a little blurry, thanks to these horses being so animated!)

Shane is another new arrival, rescued along with Wishes from a situation that is not uncommon: good intentions that, unfortunately, led to neglect. While Wishes had been trying to navigate a pasture being unable to see, Shane was in a pasture and unable to eat; he is missing a lot of teeth, and he wasn’t receiving the nutrients he needed because he couldn’t process his food. Here’s a photo of Shane now, so happy to be at the sanctuary (where he receives special food that he can digest) and so happy about having dinner that he can’t stop eating to look up at the camera. He is still very, very thin — but the way he’s been eating, he’ll be at a normal, healthy weight in no time.

Hazel is another new arrival — she, too, was rescued from owners who didn’t know enough about horse care. This beautiful Appaloosa mare was left alone to graze in a vineyard fenced with barbed wire, where the resident dog chased her and pulled her tail. When her rescuers noticed that she growing thinner and virtually tailless, they called the Rogue Valley Humane Society, who came out to the property and found Hazel cowering in a chicken coop. She’ll now receive lifetime care at Equamore — and as you can see in this photo, she’ll be the first to tell you how happy she is about that.

If you want to help, visit the Equamore website, where you can learn more and make a donation to support these lovely creatures. And, if you’ve fallen in love with any particular horse, you can visit his or her individual web page and make a donation that directly supports his or her care.

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Ashland Creek Press co-founder Midge Raymond is the author of the award-winning short story collection FORGETTING ENGLISH and a novel, MY LAST CONTINENT. Learn more at