Herd Life

Horses are prey animals and therefore would never live alone by choice. The herd provides many advantages, physically, mentally, and emotionally such as taking turns watching over each other while they sleep. Horses need a partner to engage in mutual grooming that releases comforting hormones and helps to create bonds between them. Play provides mutual stimulation and helps to keep your horse in shape. Companionship offers an important foundation for well-being and social contentedness.

 

All our horses live in a small herd or in a large paddock with another horse. We do not adopt to homes where the horse will be alone, where they will be kept in in stable with no daily turn out or are only turned out alone. Horses need each other to feel safe and to socialize. Research tells us that horses who are isolated or live alone suffer from more illnesses and emotional stress and live shorter lives. We don’t adopt to homes without a suitable companion. Small ponies, mini horses, and goats are not considered suitable companions for a larger horse as they cannot engage in normal socializing behavior. A playful kick from a horse can turn into a serious and sometimes fatal injury.

We are looking for loving, forever homes with a holistic approach to horse care. All our horses are barefoot and are ridden bitless.

At this time, we are not adopting to homes over 50 miles from our facility because we’re not staffed to do the pre-requisite welfare checks farther away. Please read policy and procedures carefully.

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Sponsored by Kirsten E-W.

Harley


Born: 2010

Status: Ready for adoption

Rider-level: Intermediate

Discipline: Trail horse

Harley is a big, beautiful Quarter horse gelding. He is 15.2 hands. Harley is a buckskin and as you can see from his picture, he has gorgeous dapples. He is really laid back, the perfect trail horse.

 

We still consider Harley to be a bit green, so he needs an intermediate rider. Our trainer says he is smart and picks up new things very easily, “He just needs more miles.”

 

We ride our horses bitless, but he has been trained to take a bit. If you want a solid horse who is easy going, you could not ask for a nicer boy.  


Harley came in with his partner Radish (see below). They have been together for almost all his life. Harley and Radish survived a fire when their owners house burned down to the ground. We have had them since January 2018, and they have both come a long way! 

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Native Eddie

 

Born: 2006

Status: Ready for adoption

Rider-level: Intermediate

Discipline: Trails, but can go any direction with training

Eddie is a 17 hand OTTB (Off-The-Track-Thoroughbred) who had a short career on the track. Eddie is extremely sweet and loves attention. Eddie has been ridden English only. He requires a gentle hand and patience. Eddie needs a trainer to work with him so he is more comfortable being on his own.

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Sponsored by Myrna B.

Radish


Born: 2003

Status: Ready for adoption

Rider-level: Advanced

Discipline: Trail horse

This is beautiful Radish. She is a chestnut Appendix Quarter horse out of the Peppy San Badger lines. She is 15.2 hands. She hasn’t been ridden in a while and still has a way to go to build her confidence, but she is making great strides.

Radish is a sweet girl who, like her partner Harley, survived a fire. She and Harley were frequently without food, so she gets a little crabby if you try to take her when she is eating. She is slowly getting over this.

She now loves to be cuddled and loved. She loves a bath and to be groomed. Radish is going to make someone a wonderful partner.

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Ty

Born: 2005

Status: In rehabilitation

Ty is a beautiful Chestnut Arabian gelding who is 16.2 hands and was shown for several years. He was rescued from a person who was using him to give trail rides. Ty was emaciated and in a lot of pain due to severe ulcers. Our veterinarian, Dr. DeWard, scored him at a 1.5 on the Henneke Body Scoring System on his intake exam.

 

Ty’s challenges are a result of years in a stall, so he tends to weave when he is gets stressed. This disappears if he always has access to a paddock. He would do best in an environment where he is free to come and go from his stall to pasture with a friend. He still has a way to go, but he should be ready this Summer for a new home.

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Pixie

 

Born: 2010

Status: In rehabilitation

Pixie is a Pinto Shetland pony mare. Pixie was relinquished by her owner. Although we do not know a lot about Pixie, we know that Serenity may be her 7th or 8th home. She is a beautiful little mare with an enormous amount of fear. She was mistreated at a young age and has a great fear of humans. She is currently in rehabilitation and we expect that it may take up to a year for Pixie to begin to trust. Watch for her story on our Facebook page as she travels on her journey to becoming a whole pony.

Pixie's Story

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Sponsored by Kirsten E-W. and Susan F.

Katie

 

Born: 1995

Status: In rehabilitation

Katie is a Thoroughbred mare. She is 16.2 and should weigh about 1,300 pounds. She was abandoned in a pasture and on her own for a year, Katie was very malnourished. Her hooves had not been trimmed which has resulted in malformation and deep bruising. She will be in rehabilitation for many months.

Prophecy

 

Born: 2019

Status: In rehabilitation

Prophecy is a double registered Mini Horse Shetland pony gelding. He is blue roan with black mane and tail. He is 44” tall.  Prophecy loves people and is very curious. He was fed a lot of treats by his previous owner so is still having a problem with nipping. He has come a long way though and only does this when he thinks you are not looking. Prophecy was surrendered with his companion Findley and is still in training.

Findley

 

Born: 2019

Status: In rehabilitation

Findley is a bay registered Miniature Horse mare. She is 44” tall and has beautiful movement. Findley was purchased in August 2020 at 17 months and was kept in the owner’s very small backyard. They soon realized they did not have adequate space, requisite shelter or knowledge to care for her and her companion Prophecy. She was surrendered with her companion in November of 2021. She was very fearful when she arrived at Serenity and difficult to handle. She is still in rehabilitation as we work to overcome her fear. Both Findley and her companion are still in training. 

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Stormy


Born: 2005

Status: In sanctuary

Stormy is a dappled chocolate/palomino Mini gelding who stands about 34" tall. Stormy is a very curious and friendly little guy whose sweet personality and expressive face bring a smile to everyone he meets.  

 

Stormy and Blue are being sponsored by our  volunteer Brenda L. 

Sponsored by Brenda L.

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Blue


Born: 2010

Status: In sanctuary

Blue is a gray Mini gelding who stands about 32" tall.  

 

Blue is quite a character. He thinks the farm revolves around him. He and Stormy are great buddies and one is very rarely seen without the other.

 

You will see this guy on Facebook fairly often as he is almost always up to something.

Sponsored by Brenda L.

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Jay Jay


Born: 1989

Status: In sanctuary

Jay Jay is a 15 hands, gray, registered Arab. This beautiful Arab mare is very special to all of us at Serenity. Although she is older, she moves like she is still in her teens!   

 

Well trained with experience in dressage and trails, she is an absolute jewel! Jay Jay has taught a number of young children how to ride and competed with them at a number of local venues including Donida. 

 

She is now retired as a dressage horse and teacher, and would love the trails. She is very sweet and loves attention. Jay Jay is allergic to Alfalfa, but otherwise healthy.     

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Little D

 

Born: 1987

Status: In sanctuary

This wonderful little guy is Little D. He was rescued from a hoarding situation along with three friends.

 

Little D only weighed 100 Ibs. when he came in, he was brought to the farm in the back of Patricia's Subaru.

 

He is an angel. Almost totally blind after years of no medical care for eye infections, he is so sweet and kind to everyone, we think he knows he is in his loving forever home.

 

Little D is loved by everyone who meets him. An old soul with lots of life still to live. He will remain in sanctuary at Serenity.

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Dante

 

Status: Therapy horse

Dante was imported to the US when he was four months old and placed in quarantine where he became very ill. Patricia paid to get him out and he went to Pilchuck for care and then back to Serenity where he was nursed back to health. After months of daily love and care, Dante was well and a big teddy bear! He loves people and is drawn to those who need a hug. Read about Dante with veterans from the Odyssey Project for Wounded Warriors.

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Hulk


Status: Therapy horse

This awesome Off-the-Track Thoroughbred is one of the sweetest boys you will ever meet. Hulk is a beautiful bay, 17.2 hands gelding with a very laid-back personality.


He hasn't had to do much in his life and hasn't been ridden for many, many years.  He is close to Peakin' since they have been together for about seven years.

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Midnight


Status: Herd companion to rescues

Midnight is a bit of a Diva. She is a great companion for horses with health challenges as she is very gentle in her approach. She hasn’t had to do much in her life so she is more than happy to just hang out and keep others company.

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Zoey


Status: Herd companion to rescues

Zoey is a beautiful Crabbet Arabian Mare who came with Patricia to Serenity. Zoey is frequently one of the horses that help to settle in a new rescue. She is a quiet companion who helps our new rescues to develop trust. 

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Eskont


Status: Herd companion to rescues

Eskont is the most confident, easy going gelding on the farm. Even though he is not a big boy he always takes on the role of herd leader. Eskont teaches the other horses on the farm all about herd dynamics. He helps the rescues to feel safe as he is always looking after their well-being.

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Lightning


Status: Adopted

Lightning is a 14-year-old 15.2 hands Black Polish Arab with a very sweet disposition. He has been ridden for several years in the past and has worked with our trainer in the past year. He is very laid back and loves attention.

 

Lightning needs a kind, knowledgeable person with time to spend working with him. He is going to be an awesome trail horse.

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Miracle


Status: Adopted

Miracle is a beautiful 5-year-old miniature gelding. He was rescued from a hoarding situation where he was housed in an 8 by 8 foot concrete stall. He lived alone without contact with other horses and little contact with people.

Miracle has been gelded and he is now living in a small herd where he is thriving. He is 30" tall and weighs about 180 lbs. He is a sweet boy, very smart and clever. 

Miracle is ready for adoption. We do not adopt our minis to be companions to larger horses and they must have a mini partner.

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Keona


Status: Adopted

Keona is a 9-year-old 14.2 hand dark bay Arab/Mustang filly. She is extremely smart and is easily bored. She is very social and likes both people and other horses. She is also very curious and can figure out many different types of gate openers.

Keona's beautiful movement really stands out at the extended trot and canter. She has been ridden both English and Western. Our current trainer thinks she could excel at just about anything. And he would take her or her mom, Sequoia, in a heartbeat if he could take another horse. She has a beautiful head and is quite stunning under saddle.

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Sequoia


Status: Adopted

Sequoia is a 13-year-old, 14.2 hand Yakima Indian reservation pony mare who was rescued from extreme neglect. With intensive effort she recovered and was adopted by a wonderful family and ridden by a young girl. She subsequently gave birth to Keona, now 9 years old. Unfortunately, circumstances resulted in Sequoia and Keona returning to Serenity, where they are both available for adoption.

 

Sequoia is very personable, smart and resourceful. She can be a challenge to keep in the paddock since she is handy with many gate openers and keeps a keen eye out for an escape route. Sequoia is well broke but has not been ridden for some time, however, our trainer has started Sequoia on a refresher course, and she is responding well. She is a quick learner.

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Frisco Bomb


Status: Adopted

Frisco is a 17-year-old chocolate miniature horse who is 32" high and weighs 210 pounds. He is very social and is always at the fence to visit with volunteers or horses. He is bonded with Miracle, and they spend many hours each day playing together. 

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Sponsored by Kirsten W.

He's Peakin'

 

Born: 2011

Status: Adopted

Rider-level: Advanced

Discipline: Trails, but can go any direction with training

Peakin' is an OTTB (Off-The-Track-Thoroughbred). Peakin' is a big boy. He is 17.2 hands and weighs about 1,200 pounds. This picture does not do him justice. When you see him next to his pal Hulk, you can get a better idea of his size.

Peakin' and Hulk have been on pasture with a loafing shed that they can go in and out of at will. This is what they like. Peakin’ does not do well in a stall without outside access.

 

He has not been ridden consistently for over five years. He was started again by our trainer but needs an owner who can work with him, or has a trainer to help build his confidence.