Chico Amigo
Chico Amigo

Chico Amigo, ESS much loved program horse, until we lost him to colic in 2021.

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Klassy Kat
Klassy Kat

Klassy Kat, our superstar therapeutic riding and equine-assisted therapy horse, program horse and ESS unicorn!

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BB
BB

BB, mini program horse.

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Jazzy
Jazzy

Jazzy, a small spotted donkey that loves attention!

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Joy and Grace
Joy and Grace

Joy and her mama Grace, in training now. They were adopted out in 2021 to their forever home.

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Grace and Joy
Grace and Joy

Grace and Joy at Christmas.

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Cisco
Cisco

Cisco, DOB 2014. Came to ESS badly injured, in rehab and training.

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Hope.
Hope.

Hope came to ESS in 2013 when she was barely a week old, an orphan, badly tore up by wild dogs. She healed nicely and is a reminder to never give up hope.

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Baylee and Soxy
Baylee and Soxy

Baylee and his mama Soxy Lady. In training to be program horses.

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Rosie and BB
Rosie and BB

Rosie and BB, mini program horses.

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Laureate
Laureate

Laureate, our gentle giant. 17.2 hands. Retired at ESS, program horse. He passed away at the age of 30 in 2022.

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Scribbles
Scribbles

Scribbles, an ESS rescue and success story, with his forever owner Launi.

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Star
Star

Star, ESS rescue success! Badly injured stallion, now healed, trained, and adopted out to a permanent home.

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Lit'l Black Majik
Lit'l Black Majik

Lit'l Black Majik, our baby! DOB July 2016. Adopted out in 2019.

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Lit'l Black Majik
Lit'l Black Majik

Lit'l Black Majik, summer 2017.

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Sally
Sally

Sally, miniature horse. She is great with the kids and was a program horse. She was adopted out to a new home in 2019 where she is now an equine-assisted therapy mini horse.

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Betty and Alan, R.I.P.
Betty and Alan, R.I.P.

Betty White and Alan, retired seniors at ESS. Both have since passed on.

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Betty White
Betty White

Betty White's first Christmas at ESS.

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Since ESS began in 2005, nearly 100 horses, donkeys, miniature horses and a pony have found a place of safety at ESS. For some it was their final home, others were adopted out to new homes, and some remain at ESS as program horses or are retired. Click on the photos above for full photos and information about these horses.

Meet the ESS family

ESS is home to equines of all ages, types, sizes, breeds. Most of our beautiful herd were either rescues or unwanted horses. Some come from a background of neglect, starvation, abuse or injury, while others were surrendered to ESS because their owners were unable to provide for them. 

When new equines arrive at ESS, they are assessed by our veterinarian and given the care that they need. This may include veterinary treatment, special diets, training, or simply a lot of TLC. 

Volunteers assist with the care of the horses while in the rehab process and when the horses are ready, they are incorporated into our programs for people. Some become therapy animals, some may be therapeutic riding horses, and some never need to do anything other than to heal and enjoy a quality life with companionship and kindness at Equine Spirit Sanctuary.

We adopt our equines out to new homes when it is in the best interest of the equine. For more info, click here for our Adoption Policies. As part of the adoption guidelines, anyone interested in adopting is asked to sponsor the equine for a minimum of two months and, during that time period, to spend as much time as possible working with the equine and getting to know him/her. The reason for this is so that potential adopters understand the costs associated with basic care and to ensure that it is a good match for both horse and person. 

We are always striving to help horses in need and to make a difference. We invite you to learn more and join us in lending your support. Sponsors are always appreciated. Sponsors would have first opportunity to adopt one of the ESS equines if/when they are available for adoption (but adopting is NOT expected if you sponsor an equine!). Click on a box below for photos of the horses!

Frosty
Frosty

Frosty was starving when he came to ESS in the fall of 2021. He is now at a healthy weight and doing great.

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Belle
Belle

Belle is a feisty little mustang mare that is in training to be a lesson horse at ESS.

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Maggie
Maggie

Maggie is a super sweet mustang mare. She is in training to be a program horse.

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Blanco
Blanco

Blanco came to ESS in Feb. 2022 with a severe laceration on his hind leg that we are treating. It will be several months before the injury heals, but he's doing great and we want to help this sweet horse recover fully.

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Scout
Scout

Scout is a big, super sweet natured paint horse gelding that came to ESS in very poor condition. He was starving and had apparently suffered a broken front leg sometime in his young life. He regained the weight he needed, and despite not being able to help his leg heal more, he enjoys a wonderful life at ESS.

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Dulcy
Dulcy

Dulcy is the cutest miniature horse. She is Scout's best friend and constant companion.

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Basquine
Basquine

Purebred Arabian mare. She is classically beautiful, super sensitive and loving, a real people's horse. Basquine was a brood mare in her former life, as a surrogate mom to many lucky foals.

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Lady
Lady

Lady is a Missouri Foxtrotter mare, one of our therapeutic and equine-assisted therapy program team members. She is patient, gentle and responsive and does well with persons of all ages and abilities.

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Gypsy
Gypsy

Gypsy came to ESS a long time ago, when she was in her early teens. She wasn't broke to ride and had a lot of fear issues. She's come a long ways since then. Last summer she made her debut in our Horses Helping Kids riding program.

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Midnite
Midnite

Midnite came to ESS in 2016 with her 2-day old baby, Lit'l Black. Lit'l Black was adopted out last summer. Midnite is a gentle, older mare that was ridden when she was younger. She has been a great addition to our program horses for unmounted work, and as her retraining continues, we hope that she may be a lead line horse for kids someday soon also.

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Baylee
Baylee

Baylee was the first horse born to an ESS rescued mare. He is like a big, lovable pup. Baylee is in training for our kids' programs.

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Poncho
Poncho

Poncho is an older Peruvian Paso gelding who came to ESS in 2020. He is a valuable addition to our team of program horses for both riding and unmounted work. His Paso gait is awesome!

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Lucky
Lucky

Lucky is also a Missouri Foxtrotter, daughter of Lady. She is in training to be a riding horse. She's sweet, sensitive, and enjoys all the attention she can get!

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Hava
Hava

Hava is a mixed breed pony who is a team member for our kids' programs. She is a little princess pony!

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Penelope
Penelope

Penelope works hard (sometimes!) as a program donkey for the Read to the Donkeys classes.

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Jazzy
Jazzy

Jazzy is an older, small standard-sized donkey that thrives on attention. If you want a donkey to brush and cuddle, Jazzy's the one!

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Marley
Marley

Marley is one of our mini herd of equine helpers. He is an assistant for the Read to the Donkeys program. Marley is just plain cute!

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Mariah
Mariah

Mariah came to ESS with a history of extreme abuse. She never learned to trust people much, but she wants to. At ESS she has a wonderful horse family and is safe. She is allowed to have a stress-free life now and maybe someday she will be ready for more people time.

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Honey
Honey

Honey is working up to her name. She came to ESS with a serious distrust of people and tendency towards being an attack horse when people came too close. Someday, with careful training and gentle, respectful handling, Honey will learn how wonderful interacting with humans can be.

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Red&Cisco
Red&Cisco

Red and Cisco are two geldings that both suffered a lot of trauma when they were very young. Now they have grown up to be big, healthy, strong boys but they both still have some fears and issues with people. They are best buds and have a great life at ESS. We have faith that with enough expert, patient, kind care and training that someday they will overcome their fears and insecurities and become safe horses to be around. In the meantime, we enjoy them for what they offer us, on their terms!

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ESS Equines, past and present