Rocky's Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc.
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Rescue to Stardom 2022 !

Here we go. Let’s keep a close eye on these 2. Wishing Aaryanne Cloutier with ACE Horsemanship the best. Win lose or draw, Ava gets the chance at more of a life then standing in the field making babies.

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No experience necessary. If you love horses. If you want to make a real difference in the life of a rescue animal. If you can commit the time and energy needed. Please join us !

Nita is getting a forever family for the New Year. The Kearney’s are going to love spoil and grow with Nita over the years. Looking forward to many updates.
Nita had an extensive pre purchase exam done, needless to say this rescue horse passed with flying colors. Most of our horses do pass these exams and if they don’t, we fix whatever is going on or redo what they can be used for. Some are just trail horses and some can be eventers.
So please don’t look the other way when considering you’re next horse. It’s not their fault they were put into this situation. Sometimes all they need is some training.
Happy New Year 2022 is going to be amazing. Tomorrow we will be going to the kill pen to see if we can find a couple more like Nita that need training and tlc.

Jan. 2 2022 killpen trip

While at the kill pen this afternoon  We did pick up an OTTB mare and a standardbred gelding. More information will follow in the next few days. Both rode with no issues and seem sound but sick. This evening they are enjoying all the hay, fresh water and a clean stall.
Princess has settled into her temporary quarters as well with no issues. I did break every rule and fed her some foal feed. We normally do not feed them feed as soon as they arrive. But knowing what she’s facing I figured why not. We put a couple bags of shavings down for her to lay in if she chooses. She’s in our small indoor riding area. So fresh hay water and some sweets for the baby.

Ottb mare is Tessa in the top far left picture (black halter)
Jughead is the Standardbred gelding in the top middle picture (red halter)
Princess is in the top right photo eating (blue halter)

Newest Rescues Oct. 2021

 We bought her at auction last night. Just like another recent horse we bought there, she was just there a month ago.
Her name was Nubs, totally dislike that name so we are renaming her Cleo short for Cleopatra. She’s a queen that needs to be treated like a queen not shuffled around.
All we know is she’s 18 rides nice and has done some cow work.
We have found her papers and her name is Chilly

Second horse of the day getting on the right trailer was known as Marv. We have changed his name for his fresh start also, to Clint Eastwood aka barn name Clint.
Need to be very clear and straight forward.
Clint is close to 500 pounds underweight and has cellulitis in his right hind leg. Clint will be put on a strict re feeding program and antibiotics for his leg.
Teeth vetting and dental will all need to be done as well. Clint will be a costly rehab but is worth every cent. Said he was Amish owned then at a camp. We choose to not look at his past and focus on where he is going.

4 new saves  August 21, 2021

Andy (Breeze)
 8 year old Andalusian that was sold by a dealer. Andalusians aren’t normally seen in auctions. We did have the winning bid against another dealer.
He was one of the last horses to go through around 10pm last night. He too will be in quarantine for a minimum of 30 days. All vetting, farrier and dental will be done during that time also. Right now he has front shoes on.



18 year old mare that was a camp horse. She needs a little weight and we will be having her teeth and feet done. She rides nice and will be placed for adoption after a minimum of 30 days in quarantine, weight gain and full vetting and riding evaluation.


New mare came in today from the kill pen. She’s in rough shape but is already receiving meds and being taken excellent care of at her quarantine. Vet has already given orders on what meds etc., we have seen a lot worse. She will get better soon.
The puncture wound did happen at the kill pen, which as of right now is over flowing 
with horses. We cannot take any more in at this time. This is our 4th intake in less then 14 days.

This video shows you what a kill pen is like. Taken during one of our trips to pull horses.


 What is Rocky's Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation ?

Rocky's Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation is a 501c3 non-profit horse rescue ( EIN# 46-5656223) located in Thurmont, Maryland. It is run and cared for with a 100% volunteer staff.  We rescue equines from all over the United States to give horses, donkeys, and mules a soft place to land after being abused, neglected, or thrown away at an auction to the highest bidder. We also assist in helping horse owners find a new home for their horse if we are unable to take them in to the rescue.

Our goal as a rescue is to rescue , evaluate , rehabilitate , and find them forever homes.  This process can be easy or difficult depending on the needs of the animal rescued. Many of our equines are adopted out to live their lives happy in their forever home. However, some of the equines we rescue can't be homed and these equines will live out their lives at our Sanctuary.  Most of our horses, donkeys, and mules can be found on the "Our Horses" tab above.