Our Horses

HRU horses are up-to-date on vet/farrier/dental needs and thoroughly evaluated prior to adoption.

Our horses are available to approved homes on a minimum 60 day trial period. Adopters must be located within a eight (8) hour drive of Howell, NJ OR to the Lexington, Kentucky area (unless otherwise noted).

ADOPTION SPECIALS: Approved adopters may qualify for free transport within 200 miles of Central New Jersey, by one of our generous adopters! All adopters will receive a painting of your horse at the end of a successful trial period.

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For more information or to start the adoption process, please email us.

FIRE WITH COURAGE

20 year-old 15.3 hand bay Standardbred gelding - lightly rideable (walking with occasional trotting) for advanced beginner rider

Courage is a laid back, kind horse with a husband type personality. He has been a babysitter to weanlings over the past several years, after having earned $170,000 on the track. He is sweet and has great ground manners and is wonderful with other horses. To prevent an old hock injury from flaring up, Courage is currently available for light riding (walking with occasional trotting) under saddle, but needs a home that will love him as a pasture pet as well. He likes to be the boss in turnout situations with other horses and currently lives outside 24/7 with a shed. Sponsor Courage. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.

BUTTERSCOTCH SWIRL (SCOTTIE)

14 year-old 15.3 hand dark bay Standardbred gelding - companion/pasture pet only

Scottie was saved from New Holland auction in March 2016. He was very thin and found with the identification freezebrand on his neck burned/cut off. He was later identified as Butterscotch Swirl, a horse who won $170,000 on the track, thanks to DNA testing by the United States Trotting Association.

Scottie last worked as an Amish horse and developed osteoarthritis and severe lower ringbone in his right front hoof. He is currently medication free (taken when needed) and wears front bar shoes with degree pads. Scottie is a normal keeper and very sweet horse. Scottie can be bossy in the paddock, so he needs a confident companion. He currently lives outside 24/7 with a shed. Sponsor Scottie. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.

CONGO

Estimated 8 year-old 18 hand BLIND black Percheron gelding - companion/pasture pet only

HRU was surrendered to Congo by his former owner, who was also previously Prince's (a New Holland auction save) owner. Congo went blind in both of his eyes due to utivitis with multiple complications. Congo requires a smaller field with secure fencing along with a 24/7 equine companion to help him "see" (he currently lives out 24/7 with Cool Cookie [CC] and a shed).

Congo is very sweet and needs an adopter who has owned horses before, preferably someone experienced with drafts. Sponsor Congo. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.

SPEEDWELL

Estimated 18 year-old 12.1 hand bay roan possible Welsh/Hackney pony stallion - driving prospect or paddock pony - suited for experienced person

Speedwell had sold to a renderer for meat at New Holland auction. It was his good fortune that they forgot to load him on the trailer, which gave him time to find a second chance with HRU.

Speedwell is a typical stud (cryptorchid stallion) and will not be gelded due to potentially life-threatening complications. He is a kind boy with a wonderful, playful personality. Speedwell has definitely had some rough corrections in his past, so he needs an experienced, confident handler. He can be headshy when you work around his neck and ears, especially on his left side.

Speedwell leads and listens well. He is good trailering and with the farrier. Speedwell is trained to drive with a cart and will make a knowledgeable person a very nice prospect.

Speedwell currently lives in a stall with daily turnout, but would be fine with 24/7 turnout with a shed. Since he is a stallion, he's best kept alone with other horses in view or with a laid back gelding or two. Sponsor Speedwell. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.

JESSICA

Estimated 23 year-old 14.2 hand dark bay Standardbred mare - companion/pasture pet only

Jessica is a former Amish buggy horse who was saved from slaughter via New Holland auction. She is an absolutely excellent companion who gets along with minis to drafts. Jess would do best in a quiet home as a companion to another horse or pony or with a small group of kind horses.

Due to her past, Jess needs time to warm up to new people. She likes to be left alone at times, but is a charmer at heart. She loves being brushed out during shedding season especially. Jess has a very expressive face.

Jess comes with her own leather halter and nameplate. She suffered from laminitis during the winter of 2015 and foundered with a slight rotation (~5 degrees) in one hoof, but is barefoot and currently only on pergolide to keep her Cushings disease under control. Jess currently lives outside 24/7 with a shed. Sponsor Jessica. Available for adoption within three (3) hour drive of Howell, NJ- FREE to approved home.

COOL COOKIE

16 year-old 16.1 hand dark bay Standardbred mare - companion/pasture pet only

Cool Cookie (CC) is a retired Standardbred trotter and former broodmare who is a great companion to other horses. She is sound, healthy and an easy keeper, but does not enjoy being ridden, so we no longer ask that of her.

CC can be moody at times, but if you give her a chance, she is a wonderful horse. She hates the vet, but is good with the farrier. She enjoys baths and will drink from the hose. CC currently lives outside 24/7 with Congo and acts as his seeing eye horse. Sponsor Cool Cookie. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.

KALINE

18 year-old 17 hand brown Standardbred gelding - companion/pasture pet only

Kaline was a popular racehorse who supported HRU for many years thanks to his generous owner. He had 202 starts, won 41 times (31 seconds and 26 thirds) and had total earnings of $570,000. In 2007, he was the highest money earner for nine year-olds in the US. Kaline retired from racing in July 2010.

Kaline is sweet as can be and the best companion horse ever, great with all other horses. He is a harder keeper who requires a good amount of feed. Kaline has a stifle issue that is controlled by Previcox. He currently lives outside 24/7 with a shed. Sponsor Kaline. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.

PRINCE

~30 year-old 18 hand gray Percheron gelding - permanent resident

Prince was found at New Holland auction on January 30, 2017. He was not cleared to run through the sale, so we found his owner and purchased him to ensure he wouldn't fall into the wrong hands. Prince requires some special TLC: he was thin and missing teeth, so requires multiple mashes a day, and was treated for mites. Prince has gained considerable weight and is a total sweetheart. Due to his advanced age, he will remain a permanent resident, but needs sponsors for his care. Sponsor Prince.

KIWI and LORI

19 year-old and 26 year-old bay Thoroughbred mares - currently residents only

Kiwi and Lori are two Thoroughbreds mares that spent most of their lives in the same loving home. Their owner was sadly unable to keep them due to health reasons and lovingly surrendered them to HRU. Kiwi and Lori are sweet, friendly and well-mannered, but have never been ridden. Sponsor Kiwi and Lori.