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.


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 (no 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.


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

Be A Golden One (Mara) is full of personality, very vocal with high energy. He wasn't cut out to be a racehorse as he hits himself too much when trotting at racing speed, and therefore would not be a fit for barrel racing. Mara can trot all day long and never gets tired.

Mara currently lives outside 24/7 with another horse and shed. He can be bossy with other horses. Mara is good to drive and making good progress under saddle since starting in October 2018. He is similar to Gleason, Sierra or Gem: high energy and all work with an awesome personality. If you like Speedwell, Mara is just a taller version.

When racing, Mara was perfectly well-behaved with excellent manners at the track. In his current environment, he usually moves around a lot on crossties, but doesn’t break them. Mara loves attention and is easy to catch in the field, but needs an experienced handler; not for a timid person. He gets bored easily and loves to work. Sponsor Mara. Available for adoption- $350 to approved home.


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 trained to drive with a cart and will make a knowledgeable person a very nice prospect. 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. Since he will always have stud-like behavior, he’s best in a paddock alone with other horses in view or with a laid back gelding or two. Sponsor Speedwell. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.


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.


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.


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 does have cataracts.

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.


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.


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.