You can read each horse's bio below, as well as link to their Gallery of photos and videos.
If you would like to help, please donate and sponsor one of them! You can choose the amount you would like to give. $10 a month provides treats; $25 a month sponsors supplements and meds; $100 a month covers all of a horse's feed and hay; $250 a month is a full sponsorship for that horse. Any amount can make a difference! Sponsorship donations are tax deductible and your donation goes to help provide the very best care.
Princess & Valentine are sisters who joined the herd in August 2021.
Princess and Valentine have been together their whole life. Their owner passed away and his family reached out to ask if they could retire here. Their family gave us a lot of help ensuring we have everything they need. The girls are enjoying their own pasture and having fun making friends over the fence. They are loving the attention they get from our volunteers, and they really like treats!
Princess & Valentine are fully sponsored by their family, but we would love to have you sponsor one of our other horses!
*Birthdays: 1993 and 1995
*Homecoming: August 23, 2021
Smoothie joined the herd in August 2021.
Smoothie was a roping horse who developed stringhalt and was sent to the sale barn. Someone stepped in and took him home instead. Smoothie had surgery to try to correct his stringhalt, but it didn't work. When his family couldn't keep him, they asked for our help. Smoothie isn't in any pain - it just takes him a while to get where he's going. He loves mealtime and is getting used to all the attention here. He's very happy out in the big pastures and has buddied up with Hank.
We would love to have someone sponsor Smoothie.
*Birthday: March 29, 2001
*Homecoming: August 22, 2021
Gypsy Rose (fka Spooky) joined the herd in August 2021.
Gypsy came to us from a local family who couldn't care for her anymore for medical reasons. They reached out for help and we went to meet her. We felt called to help and brought her to GRS, thinking we could possibly team up with one of our non-profit veterans-program partners to give her a job helping out. She has a number of medical issues to address first, but she's doing well here. She's paired up with Skip and hanging out in the back yard for now! Her name was Spooky before she came to us, and we felt like she needed a name change with her move here.
We would love to have someone sponsor Gypsy.
*Birthday: likely 2004
*Homecoming: August 13, 2021
Sonar joined the herd in July 2021.
Sonar is our youngster! He's not a senior, but he came to us because he was stablemates with Bingo's first baby. He was a competition cutting horse but suffered a stifle injury. So he will retire with us and take it easy. He's a cousin to the Bingo horses, so he is very much loved here. He is a funny guy who likes to untie lead ropes. He and Hank are big buddies. He keeps us laughing with his antics.
We would love to have someone sponsor Sonar.
*Birthday: April 1, 2011
*Homecoming: July 2, 2021
Hank joined the herd in June 2021.
Hank was a trail horse until he injured his hock. Surgery and other treatments didn't quite fix the problem, and his 'mom' found out about GRS through a weird connection to our Bingo --- so we had to take him! We got him injections and some Prevacox, and he's sound today. He's a sweetheart and fun to ride, and so he is helping out with lessons occasionally. Everybody loves him!
We would love to have someone sponsor Hank.
*Birthday: Likely 2003
*Homecoming: June 30, 2021
Annie & Cash joined the herd in June 2021.
Annie and Cash have been together for 20 years and are a bonded pair that needed a place to retire.
Annie is very sweet and a little shy. She won't wander far from Cash, even for food. She takes lots of naps and is happy to get attention as long as you don't have fly spray!
Cash is an amazing "gentle giant". He had extensive training and is very easy-going and extremely smart. He and Annie have been together for 20 years and are a bonded pair that needed a place to retire. He loves mealtime and is very happy to have pasture with Annie and Skip 24-7.
We would love to have someone sponsor them.
*Birthdays: Annie - March 25, 1991; Cash - April 26, 1997
*Homecoming: June 26, 2021
Lightning joined the herd in May 2021.
Lightning is a quarter horse, and we can't quite figure out whether he's chocolate brown, black, or dark charcoal :-) He has groucho marx eyebrows - not from age, it's just his coloring. He loves pretty much everyone. He started out with Skip, but is now in with "the girls" and enjoying his little herd (especially since he figured out that the girls are the boss!)
We would love to have someone sponsor Lightning.
*Birthday: maybe 1996
*Homecoming: May 15, 2021
Skip joined the herd in May 2021.
Skip is a registered Hackney and was a show pony. We believe he was a cart pony. He was clearly loved, and he loves people. Although he is 29, his only health issue is his teeth - not surprising at that age. He is very friendly and engaging and we love him!
We would love to have someone sponsor Skip.
*Birthday: June 17, 1992
*Homecoming: May 8, 2021
Maggie joined the herd in March 2021.
Maggie is a registered quarter horse who had been working as a show horse in the Stars and Strides program in Weatherford. She has a stifle injury that ended her show career, so S&S asked if she could retire at GRS. We are working on her injury and treating her for ulcers. She loves being in our herd of mares and is the boss of the crew!
We would love to have someone sponsor Maggie.
*Birthday: March 12, 2001
*Homecoming: March 18, 2021
Gabby is our oldest horse. She joined our herd in September 2020.
Gabby is a sweetheart and very unique. She is 30 and healthy, but she has an extreme sway back and is over 16 hands tall. She loves cookies and people. She came to GRS when one of her previous owners found out she needed a home, and found us through The Pegasus Project in Ben Wheeler.
We would love to have someone sponsor Gabby.
*Birthday: April 23, 1991
*Homecoming: September 6, 2020
Raie joined our herd in May 2020.
She came to us from Parker County Animal Control. She was in a herd of 9 who were extremely starved, and as she's over 20, they asked for our help. We began feeding her 4 times a day and giving her lots of attention. She blossomed and within 2 months was healthy and shiny.
She's a sweet girl with good manners, and we've started her on trail riding. She's in a pasture with Koni, and they are doing very well together!
We would love to have someone sponsor Raie.
*Homecoming: May 12, 2020
Romeo is our first official resident and our sanctuary is named in his honor.
Romeo is a beautiful gray off-the-track-thoroughbred. (OTTB) His registered name is “Golden Reward." Romeo was purchased for $30,000 as a 2-yr-old and ran 30 races in his career. While one of his parents won over $1M on the track, Romeo wasn’t as successful and was retired. There’s no history of his whereabouts from 2008-2015, just that he'd been in a pasture when a local stable bought him. He was neglected, injured, and not being treated, so I bought him as my first horse, my first rescue. And he started the journey that led to GRS.
Romeo will let you hug his neck and loves to trade “smoochies” for carrots. He really REALLY loves the vet, as he is capable of finding the most unbelievable ways to get injured on a regular basis. We think he just loves the attention.
*Birthday: March 9, 2002
*Homecoming: July 1, 2015
Gracie: Thank goodness for barn names, because Gracie was born Royal Pocos Sprat!
Gracie had an unknown accident at the beginning of 2019 that resulted in partial paralysis and a myriad of other issues. She had a fractured skull and probably a fractured disk in her back. After a year of therapy and recovery, it became apparent to her “mom” that Graice needed to retire.
Gracie’s mom sponsors her to be retired here at GRS. Gracie is a registered Paint and Quarter Horse, and has stunning features – the white blaze on her face and her gorgeous mane. She still has droopy features on the right side of her face, and her lower lip doesn’t work well, so it takes her a long time to eat. Her hind end is weak and she can’t lift her tail, so she wears a nifty tail wrap most of the time.
She isn’t in pain and she is happy when she’s out on green grass with the other girls. She has the sweetest nature you could imagine – a gentle soul.
*Birthday: April 2, 1999
*Homecoming: March 2, 2020
Jessie Jayne is a free spirit who loves people!
She is a beautiful Arabian mix and is technically a pony at 14 hands tall. She is fast and can be very animated when she plays. She is loyal and really only wants to hang out with the other “girls”. She is extremely smart and keeps a sharp eye out for anyone who might have treats! Jesse Jayne came to us from the amazing Pegasus Project horse rescue in Ben Wheeler, Texas.
*Birthday: unknown, likely in 2009
*Homecoming: August 6, 2016
Poco was a trail horse at a B&B in the Texas Hill Country, but arthritis made it hard for him to handle the rocky, steep trails.
Poco was given to someone who had never had a horse before and ended up in sad shape on an unsafe property right on Hwy 281. “Uncle Frank” on our board of directors saw a posting on Facebook. “Aunt Amy” (also on the board) and I went to see him and we loved him. He followed us around like a puppy - a VERY large puppy. He came home and began filling out with quality grain, supplements, hay and green grass. He has allergies and had lost patches of hair. He’s now on Platinum Performance Allergy and has a beautiful coat and no itching. We’ve had x-rays done of his feet, and he has some rotation and the bones aren’t quite right, so he’s mostly retired with some easy grass riding. He has special shoes and boots, and gets Bute on a regular basis. He’s the largest of the geldings, but the most easy-going. He is the worst beggar and will give you a good nudge if you don’t hand-out quick enough. He has the most fantastic trot and lope.
*Birthday: Unknown, likely in 2001
*Homecoming: June 19, 2018
Konsuela (Koni) is a 26-yr-old registered Holsteiner mare.
She has settled in at GRS and gets along well with her pasture-mate, Raie. Koni was a broodmare and never ridden, so we work consistenly on manners and basic groundwork. Koni "smiles" for German muffin treats!
*Homecoming: March 7, 2020
Zeke is a sweet horse and he is registered as Tee Joe Buck.
Zeke is the only non-rescue on the property. He’s a registered Appendix Quarter Horse who is calm, smart, dependable, and solid. He gives rides to toddlers and grannies! He’s the boss of the geldings and a beautiful buckskin. Eating is his favorite thing in the world and he will “sing” for his supper and will always nicker for a treat.
*Birthday: May 3, 2003
*Homecoming: April 18, 2017
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