Our Rescues - Be sure to visit each horse's individual Facebook page, too! Follow our day to day experiences and learn more about what our lives are like at
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue.
Serendipity is a 30-year-old horse that was being sent to a nearby facility to be euthanized when he was accidentally loaded onto the wrong trailer and delivered to Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue. Serendipity's skeleton-like frame was frail when he arrived, but after just 3 weeks, his weight increased from 726 pounds to 793 pounds and he began to grow a glowing coat. The timid, withdrawn temperant Serendipity arrived with has quickly become social and outgoing. He was a horse that was given up on, but is now enjoying a new chance at life here at Lucky Orphans.
All That Jazz
Jazz is an older thoroughbred gelding. He came to us five years ago and is one of our first horses. He is an ex-prelim horse and has an exceptional amount of talent. He is patient with children and beginners, yet fun for the more advanced rider. Jazz has given and received a lot of love in his years with us. We look forward to more years of watching what this special gelding has to offer all those who know him.
Annie and the girl that loves her, Lindsey
Annie is a 16 year old Thoroughbred mare. She came to live with us the summer of 2008. Annie spent her days living with cattle before she came here. She is a bit unsure of her surroundings in the barn but is safe and willing under tack. She is steady and not spooky. Annie has connected with a fifteen year old girl at the barn, who is helping her progress in leaps and bounds.
Bill is a 9 year old mustang from Nevada. He was captured and adopted as a yearling. He came to live in Connecticut and was taught to drive, jump, ride English and Western. His owner sold him as a 3 year old when she decided he wouldn't get big enough for jumping. He then went to live with someone else, who sold him after 6 months, and was then sold again after another 6 months. He ended up at auction and was purchased by a summer camp. We found him at this camp with 2 other horses tacked and tied by their bridles to a post with no shade or water. After a few discussions with the camp they turned them over to us. Bill has become a favorite with the kids and a trusty trail horse.
Cadbury is a 14 year old grade large pony. She was found at the camp with Bill. We are unsure of her history before the camp, except that they bought her from auction. She is a safe mount for any child, but is very difficult for the vet. She has shown English and Western and aside from being attached to her pasture mates, is a steady mare. She loves to be fussed over and adores the kids, as she will follow them around the ring while they learn how to handle horses at liberty.
Charisma is a 6 year old mare of unknown breeding. She was found in Greene county. Charisma is the most difficult of our horses. At 6, she is completely feral. If she slips her halter it becomes a challenge to get it back on. She will rear, bite, kick and do anything she can to keep people away. She is slowly beginning to trust, and follow humans, but still refuses to be handled. She is a beautiful mare with a very nervous personality.
Clover is a young year old paint mare. She is originally from Montana, and made her way to the Hudson Valley. She has been owned by a local family her whole life. Unfortunately, she never completed training. She came to us very timid and would resort to rearing when challenged. With the patience of a 17 year old girl, Clover learned to trust humans. She has competed at gymkhanans and hunter paces. She is a reliable mare on the trails and around the barn.
Cody Girl is a 13 year old Draft Cross mare. She came to us from Dutchess County in 2007. When she came in she had horrific hooves, they had not been trimmed in a very long time. Our vet and farrier didn't believe she'd ever be sound. We were strongly urged that euthansia would be the most human option. We disagreed. She lived in a stall for the first year with us. Once on turn out, she wouldn't be caught. Over time, she progressed from an unruly, timid mare, to one of the favorite in the barn. She loves kids and they can can be found riding her bareback on the trails. We are still working on keeping her consistently sound, but progress is increasing daily. She has competed in hunter paces and local hunt seat and stock seat schooling shows.
Copal and his human, Emma
Copal is an 18 year old thoroughbred gelding. He raced under the name Lucky Orphan for 7 years. We named our organization after this patient gray horse. After racing for 7 years, he went on to his new career and evented for 5 years. When his owner decided it was time for a change, Lucky, renamed "Copal" by his owner, needed a place to retire. He came to us, and at first seemed nervous and untrustworthy. For over a year we considered him not suitable for children, but as you can tell by this picture, he has surely overcome all of his issues and now LOVES being fussed over and ridden. He is a trusted member of our family.
Cowboy, registered as "RR Sandoc Tonto", is a 21 year old quarter-horse gelding. He was a ranch horse in Oklahoma and spent his days driving cattle until his owner sold the ranch in 2003. He came to live with us that summer and has been here since. We taught him his leads in the ring, and he taught us that there doesn't need to be a trail to continue on your way. He has taught all our students for their first lessons. This remarkable horse has shown us ALL a thing or two about patience and respect. He has been to Main Street Poughkeepsie and marched in the parade, as well as to the Dutchess County Fair and the Yorktown Grange Fair. He's come a long way from home, and we're sure he still has some lessons up his sleeve.
Windy is an 11 year old Quarterhorse gelding. He was born and sold in Missouri. At the age of 3 he was sold to a young girl, who was expected to train him. After 3 years, a bad situation was made worse, and after he bucked her off repeatedly, her parents sent him off "before he killed her". With a history like that, he ended up at auction with an uncertain future. He has been with us since then with more optimistic views. He can be ridden English and Western, is good on trails, and is very patient. He still has an unruly side, but with consistency he is a very well rounded horse; with a weakness for treats and cookies.
Justin is a 14 year old chestnut gelding. His young owner decided having a horse was too much and not enough fun in the winter, as compared with the summer. When he came to us, he needed corrective shoeing and retraining. Although he still has quite the buck in him, a couple of girls simply love him. Justin has competed English and Western. He is a good boy on the trails and loves to play at liberty. He is often used to teach the children how to round pen.
Patches is a large pony with quite the personality. Patches was a childrens' event pony. He is flashy and every bit the part. However, for such a comical pony, Patches takes his job seriously, and began scaring children with his speed. He came to live here, when his owners feared for him being sold over and over again due to his vices. We adjusted his job description, and found something more suitable. A lot has changed and presently, Patches teaches little kids how to ride and is also our spokespony, and can be seen at all our fundraising events.
Tugs is a 13 year old pony. Tugs is the third horse that was found tied to a tree with Bill and Cadbury. She has come a long way from her camp days. We don't know much about her past, except she came from an auction. We do know that all children who ride her, whether English or Western, adore her.
Maverick is a 14 year old Paint gelding. Although he has no typical Paint markings, he is a Paint. He is a superstar with children. He can be ridden English and Western, though not extensively due to a cyst in his hoof. He loves to go swimming and on trail rides, and has boosted much confidence with children in these areas. Maverick recently had colic surgery and is recovering very well. Although he is patient and gentle with all children, he is the boss of his paddock and any horse near him.
Ollie is a pony gelding in his teens. We believe, judging by his hooves, that he has previously foundered. He is also severely affected by noseeums in the summer. The little tiny bugs attack him so severely he will rub on anything and everything to the point of rubbing his skin raw. This hypersensitivity is caused by his previous owner putting pool chlorine tabs in his water trough, to reduce the need for scrubbing! Ollie has a definite mischievous streak, but nonetheless, is loved by everyone here.
Page is a 10 year old Thoroughbred mare. She raced under the name Crazy Daisy. After her racing career, she became the pet of a woman in Dutchess County. Her owner loved her, and we were told, she would sit by the lake with her and take walks around the entire property with her. Page was her owner's companion, much like a dog. Page's owner was diagnosed with cancer, and fell victim. When we picked Page up from her home she put up a fight - rearing and striking. She chased her owner's husband around a tree. When we finally got her on the trailer and to the barn, the fight did not let up. She ran for days, and would not be caught. She was very angry. One day she seemed quite, and as Deanna approached her field, she walked up to her and laid her head in her chest. Later, we found out her owner lost her battle the previous night. Page has done a 180 and is a wonderful gentle horse. She lets the kids dress her up, and has even worn chaps.
I am a 9 year old Warmblood. I came to LOHR last year with Pokey. I’m
a lot like Patches was when he first came here – fast and nervous.
However, I’m settling down and enjoying life at a slower pace.
a lot like Patches was when he first came here – fast and nervous.
However, I’m settling down and enjoying life at a slower pace.
Whiskey is a 13 year old mare of unknown breeding. She was found with Gypsy, in Greene County. She was undernourished and her hooves were a total disaster. She bites, and must be tranquilized for the farrier. She has no sense of self-preservation. If she is frightened, its best to stay out of her way. However, in less than a year, we can cross-tie her, groom her, and lead her around. Unfortunately, due to permanent foot damage she is unable to be ridden, but makes a fantastic pasture mate for our other horses.
Zoe is a unique breed. She is a 9 year old Arabloosa. She brings together the best of both breeds. She is flashy in the show ring, quick at gymkhana games, and confident on the trails. She has a bad habit of rearing, but with a patient and confident rider, quickly forgets her vice. She is a typical mare and loves to be groomed and fussed over. She loves to be loved, and has a lot to give back in return.
Gypsy is a 3 year old Paint mare. She came to us from a breeding lot in Greene County. We were surprised to find 14 horses and 3 cattle living together in such a small area. She was covered in lice and maggots. Her tail has wire and burrs entangled throughout it. She couldn't be caught, or even touched. She came to us with an extensive shoulder injury, and it's been a trial of trust since day one. Although slow at first, this little girl is now making huge steps forward. She loves being groomed. Her whole body trembles when she gets curried. She has learned how to stand for the farrier, can be cross-tied, and has even had a child sit on her back. She went to the Yorktown Grange Fair and is a perfect example of how trusting and forgiving horses are.
Cuervo is a very well behaved colt, and a bit of a mud monkey as you can see by the picture. He was born in May 2008. Cuervo was infested with lice and maggots when he arrived, and had to be introduced to the joys of bathing immediately. He is wonderful for the farrier and stands quietly for grooming and handling. However, he's not too fond of wearing a blanket yet. He trusts Envy and will follow her anywhere, since they've been weaned from their mothers. He is beginning his work process and was just ponied on his first trail ride! We are optimistic that he will become a really fabulous horse!
Envy was born in May 2008. She is one of the bravest and smartest foals we've ever come across. She got her mother to come out of her stall so we could clean it, and come into the barn from the paddock. She is a confident leader to her colt pasture mate. Little Envy has the markings and makings of being a fabulous horse. She is improving with the farrier, and loves having her belly rubbed. She is not crazy about her mouth being touched, but is perfect with everything else, including wearing a blanket.
Sunny Irish Skies
"Sonny" is a 5 year old Thoroughbred gelding. He raced a few times and was sold to a man in Ulster County. He was ridden Bareback and Western, but never really trained. He lived with llamas and chickens. When he came here we were told he doesn't know how to walk, he only knew fast. After 2 years, he's figuring out how to go slow. He has tons of potential and is a flashy boy under tack. He carries himself nicely and is a good dressage prospect.
Thunder is a magnificent black Thoroughbred gelding. He is five years old, and was recently gelded. He wasn't sold at the sales, mostly due to the fact he was his dam's first colt. Mr. Hettinger brought him to another rescue organization, which was at capacity. We accepted Thunder from the other agency. He is brave, but youthful in everything he does. He is very talented with his liberty work. He challenges his pasture mates, but adores people.
In Memory of Dash, 1999 - 2012
Dash was a Quarter Horse bred for racing who didn’t live up to his name. However, his big racing size equaled the size of his heart, and he was sometimes compared to Eeyore. He loved attention and if slow is your speed, he would have been your steed!
In Memory of Tiny Secrets, 1972 - 2012
Tiny was our beloved Shetland pony who dedicated his life to making children smile. Here he is with a group of our little riders grooming him, and giving him lots of love. Even while retired, Tiny was a huge ham, and loved attention. Right up to his last year he could be found at birthday parties and other events, raising awareness of the importance of horse rescue and the preservation of open spaces - and of course, getting lots of hugs and kisses. He is greatly missed.
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