Rocky's Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc.
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Eyes into their Souls

Dec. 2020 Killpen Rescue

They are almost home. Today we took in 3 horses. 2 of which are Belgium’s and a lovely standardbred. It is a very difficult process to decide which one to pull. Tears at your heart strings. Seems like they are used up and thrown away.
We need to raise $2,500 for their bale and their vetting needs. The 2 Belgium’s have injuries on their legs and will require some extensive vetting. I am remaining optimistic that we can help them.
As usual we will hit the ground running and get them the care they deserve. Below is a PayPal link if you can help, please also share. One thing, we can’t focus on their pasts, their pasts no longer exist. Now we move on to their futures.
Malcolm is the standardbred gelding. Jingles is the larger senior Belgian mare who has some discomfort on her right front. She will need radiographs. Joy is the skinnier mare and needs to be checked for possible pregnancy. She also has an injury on her back leg requiring immediate attention.

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We went back the next night and we came to look at another Clydesdale but found out he was a feral bucking horse. We could not get near him sadly. Over in the corner he stood quietly and patiently as the other horses were kicking and biting at each other. Sent to be slaughtered was this old Amish work horse. He has the permanent scars to show his years of loyal work.  We have named him Grandpa.  He will live out the rest of his life in our sanctuary. 

A video from the kill pen where they were saved from

We saw this cute 12 year old pony while getting the 6 broncs onto their trailer. She is a cutie. Rides nicely. More info to come on her.

Titan has been adopted by Joseph Abbott at Belleview Farm and Stables. Titan was a Christmas Wish come true. We can't wait to see how he matures. We want to thank Missy and Andy of Friends Horse Transportation for hauling Titan to his new home.

Mary Rose Smyth has adopted Bandit

Burt has been adopted by Julie Talbot


The link to our Facebook page

Well we have a surprise. Suspicions acknowledged. River is about 6 months pregnant. Dr. Tuck did confirm some other thoughts that this young 8 year old mare has been used as a broodmare. Which for her this will be her last baby. 
Today River cost the rescue $220 to have her checked and a sonogram done. If you would like to contribute towards these costs please see the link below.
Update: Whisper is also pregnant and will be due around the same time as River. Yes BOTH MARE WERE IN A KILL PEN PREGNANT AND WITH COLTS BY THEIR SIDES......

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Due to the recent events associated with the Covid19 Rocky's is closed to visitors. Volunteers are taking care of the horses but donations are needed to get us through this hard time. Any donation is greatly appreciated and goes directly to the care of the animals. Our founder runs a small business to supplement the rescue funding. Her business has closed down following state regulations until further notice.

 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.