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.

BE A GOLDEN ONE (MARA)

5 year-old 15.2 hand bay Standardbred gelding - all-around WTC riding or driving horse - for advanced/experienced person

Mara started training under saddle during Spring 2019 and has been coming along nicely and quickly. He currently rides in a slow-twist snaffle. Mara absolutely loves to work and isn’t prone to spooking (like any young horse, he can have an occasional minor spook). He is higher energy, but not hot in the sense that he will not run off with you or buck or rear. He has a very willing attitude and truly wants to listen and be good.

As he gets more tuned under saddle, Mara enjoys stretching down across his back, and is getting lighter on the bit. He is doing well learning half-halts, bending, and moving off leg pressure. Mara has also cantered under saddle and gets both leads, but his canter will need more balancing and fitness. He does know the cue and transition fairly well and improves every time.

Mara happily trots over poles and over small jumps. He has jumped up to 2’ verticals, but is schooling small courses of crossrails. He is brave to the fences and doesn’t mind gates, flower boxes, or roll tops.

Mara has also been shown in Intro level dressage and has the right type of movement and ability to collect to be successful in this discipline. He is good to ride with other horses and has been out on the trails.

Mara drives very nicely with lots of energy and no spook. He previously raced as a trotter, but was retired as he hits himself too much when trotting at racing speed, and therefore not a good fit for barrel racing.

Since Mara is young and still learning, he needs an advanced/experienced rider. He is very versatile, suited for low level jumping and hunter pacing.

Mara has excellent ground manners and is easy to catch with food (after he gets to know you, treats aren’t necessary). Crossties very well and is quiet to groom and tack up. Good for farrier. He does need to be twitched to clip, but isn't terrible.

Mara is turned out 24/7 with two other geldings right now with no issues. He can be stalled if needed. Mara is the dominant horse, but is not unfair to his pasture mates. He has also been turned out with mares before. Sponsor Mara. Available for adoption- $350 to approved home.

IVORY TOWER

23 year-old 15 hand brown (appears black) Standardbred mare - trail/pleasure riding or driving - for advanced beginner rider or driver

Ivory Tower (Ivy) was a successful broodmare who found herself at auction in March 2010. She was adopted to a loving home for 7 years, but returned to HRU in late 2017 when her adopter's health issues prevented her from caring for her.

Ivy is an absolute sweetheart who has excellent manners, always looking to please. Ivy rides English or Western and also drives beautifully. She can take little jumps under saddle, but isn't too fond of it. Ivy hasn't been on traditional trails out in the woods to date, but has been ridden on a sand track and all around her former adopter's property.

Ivy is a very easy keeper who should only eat Timothy grass hay with some alfalfa hay added during the winter (she has a past history of choke, but only with grain). She has shared a field with many types of horses and makes an excellent companion. She currently lives out 24/7 with a shed. Sponsor Ivy. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.

SPEEDWELL

Roughly estimated 17 year-old 12.3 hand bay roan possible Welsh/Hackney pony GELDING - driving prospect or paddock pony - for experienced person

Speedwell was saved after selling to a renderer for meat at New Holland auction. They forgot to load him on the trailer, so he was able to come home with HRU.

Speedwell is a kind boy with a wonderful, playful personality. Due to rough corrections in his past, he needs an experienced, confident handler. Speedwell is green broke to drive with a cart and is a very nice prospect for a knowledgeable person, but has mainly been a turnout companion since 2015. He leads and listens well, is good with the farrier and trailering. He can be headshy when you work around his neck and ears, especially on his left side.

Speedwell was gelded in November 2018 after previously being a cryptorchid. He currently lives outside 24/7 with a shed as a babysitter to yearling horses. Sponsor Speedwell. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.

FIRE WITH COURAGE

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

Courage is a laid back, kind horse with a husband type personality. He was a babysitter to weanlings for several years after having earned $170,000 on the track.

Courage is sweet and has great ground manners. To prevent an old hock injury from flaring up, Courage is only available as a pasture pet/companion horse. He prefers 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)

16 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, but is pasture sound without shoes. He is a normal keeper and a 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.

COOL COOKIE

18 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 and an easy keeper, but does not enjoy being ridden, so we no longer ask that of her. CC has chronic utivitis.

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 a shed. Sponsor Cool Cookie. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.

JESSICA

Estimated 25-30 year-old 14.2 hand dark bay Standardbred mare - permanent HRU resident

Jessica is a former Amish buggy horse who was saved from slaughter via New Holland auction. She takes time to warm up to new people and prefers to be left alone at times, but is a charmer at heart. She loves being brushed out during shedding season especially.

Due to dietary needs, trust and various health issues, including Cushings disease, founder, a heart murmur, and allergies, Jessica is a permanent resident with HRU. Sponsor Jessica.

LORI

28 year-old 15.3 hand bay Thoroughbred mare - permanent HRU resident

Lori spent most of her life in the same loving home with Kiwi. Their owner was sadly unable to keep them due to health reasons and lovingly surrendered them to HRU. Lori is a harder keeper who is well-mannered, sweet and friendly. She was ridden in her youth, but retired due to arthritis. Lori has short teeth due to her age, so she only gets soaked feed. She takes Previcox for her arthritis. Sponsor Lori.