In Loving Memory


"Today I said my last goodbye. Ever since the day HRU found me at New Holland and bought me for $35, my life has been amazing. I got washed, brushed, fed well, spoiled and above all I got love. Over the years, so many people have come to see me to bring me and my friends treats. I will take the memory of every single person with me. Love healed me. I became a vibrant, larger than life, awesome looking horse. It didn't cure me, I was still ill with cancer. But man, did I enjoy my life these past five and a half years!

I had girlfriends galore and kind volunteers who cared for me. And if anyone's love could had healed me, it would had been the love I got from Anouk. Her life will never be the same, but it is forever a better place because she met me. And Anouk is going to be sad, but she will mostly remember all the good times we had. She will remember how strong, handsome and resilient I was. She will remember how I loved life and everything in it.

Several volunteers who loved me over the years came to bring me lots of treats and say their goodbye to me. I'm very thankful that my regular volunteer is with me as I pass. Anouk couldn't let me go, so she asked my second caretaker, who I know well, to comfort me in my last minutes of my life. To stay with me and tell me how I will always be remembered and that my cremated ashes will come back to Anouk.

It's time to go. My eye started to hurt me. Anouk always promised me that I would know love and kindness and when the time came that the cancer progressed too much to be myself, she would kindly let me go. So now I am gone and I will live on in all of your memories. Remember me fondly and often. Smile and say 'he was an awesome horse. larger than life.' Because I really was. I was everything. My pain is gone now. Love to all, especially to my best girlfriend C.C. xxx Tristan - 8-13-2016." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

Read "Farewell to Tristan" by HRU supporter Allan Schott. See Tristan's before & after transformation.

"Tristan was everyone's horse and represented the soul of every rescued animal. He brought the values, heartaches and beliefs of HRU and good rescues into the spotlight. He was a good will ambassador and will be missed by many, including me." - Sharon Nolin, long-time HRU supporter


I found Jessica on January 3, 2011 at New Holland auction. I was specifically looking for a Standardbred in need to bring home by outbidding kill buyers.

When I found her, she was runty-looking and terrified. She kicked and had a very nasty attitude. She had trouble moving behind, but was also sore all over and looked like a mess.

I called Diana, our Vice President, and joked, "I found one, a little mare and she'll be with us forever since nobody is ever going to want her, the way she acts and looks." Those words turned out to be true since the right home never came around for her.

We outbid a kill buyer on her and for $75 she was ours. At first, I had to leave her behind at New Holland when she had a false positive coggins test. I worked with Dr. Holt and his wife Amber to possibly be able to take her on, if they could quarantine her cheaply for me and when the state would clear her, if she turned out to be negative after all.

And so a month later, Jess was cleared to come to HRU with a warning that she had a huge attitude and absolutely hates needles.

She was afraid of people still. Peppermints warmed her up to me and some dedicated volunteers. We even got her sound enough to start her under saddle and to drive her a little in hopes of finding her a home. She didn't enjoy it though, especially hated getting dressed up.

Jessica had probably been an Amish buggy horse her whole life. Her registration was incomplete as a Standardbred and she never raced. So we eventually retired her.

No one adopted her as a companion horse, and when her health issues became too severe, we made her a resident.

Over the years, Jess knew very well that visitors usually meant treats. She had the cutest baby face and would come for the treats, only to put her ears flat with a mad look as soon as it was finished.

She is the absolute toughest horse I have ever met. That never changed.

She had so many health issues over the years. Laminitis, Cushings, scratches, heart murmur, allergies, hives, stroke, nerve issues and bad confirmation with too straight hind legs. But she always fought through and was a great companion and very beloved horse.

Her quality of life was deteriorating and she was clearly in pain. So, after again consulting with our vet, we decided to let her go. There was nothing more we could do for her.

She was nice to me on her last day, surprisingly so and she went peacefully. Before we let her go, I had her eat a little grass, which we had always had to keep her away from. I'm glad she took that since she refused her apples and feed from me that day.

Jess has always been one of my favorite horses. I even named her myself with a big personal meaning behind her name. We think Jess was around 27-30 years old.

Thanks for being you, Jess. You weren't easy and you must have had a tough life, but I'm so thankful that we had you at HRU to love on you when you let us. Rest easy, my girl." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

See Jessica's before & after transformation.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF HAILEY- passed away 2016

"Never before was there a horse who I wanted to save more than Hailey. For years, I reported her suffering of starvation and poor care. Her two owners (who had about 10 equines most times in one field) already had multiple horses who had died, possibly from starvation. I managed to get Lucky and Bernie away from them, and I assisted in the removal of four other horses.

Hailey was always one of the skinniest in the field. Complaints always fell on deaf ears. Multiple people reported the neglect several times to no avail. Several people often fed hay and documented conditions of the equines' poor state. I had even offered a high amount of money to her owner at the time just to get her to safety.

Eventually, Hailey was removed from the farm. I always feared the worst until one lucky day when we finally got her saved. With huge thanks to Lynsey Sandy, Laurel Fox, and Olga Gladwin, Hailey ended up at HRU, knowing I would ALWAYS take her, no matter how full we were. The day we finally got her, I just couldn't believe it. We finally had her safe. I cried a lot that day, happy tears, since she finally had a chance in life. She was again in a too-thin state, but all she needed was TLC and food.

Several more horses were saved at the same time by others and I know they all improved. Funny how feeding your horse more often than maybe once a week in winter snowstorms can make them thrive...

I don't know Hailey's past before that. She was probably an Amish work horse before as she had a docked tail.

Aftre rehab, Hailey was adopted out for nearly three years. Sadly her adopter had to make some hard life decisions and ended up contacting us to take her back. Hailey returned to HRU just after Easter 2016. As always, she was a sweet, shy girl.

Just a week prior to her passing, we had a visitor who wasn't used to horses who she got to brush and give apples to Hailey.

On the morning of December 10, 2016, I discovered Hailey dead in the field. Since she had some blood from behind, I had the veterinarian take a look at her. He said:

'We didn't open her up. Externally there was evidence of uterine prolapse and hemorrhage. Also evidence of trauma to left hind limb medially and a distended abdomen. Now with that said, uterus prolapse usually occurs during foaling or can be secondary to gastrointestinal intestinal issues like strangulating type colic where the distended gut pushes the uterus out. Still hard to tell externally, can't tell for sure.'

Our poor Hailey has had a tough life, with a few golden years at HRU. Sadly, she suffered as she passed away overnight. She was fine at the last check the day prior, happy as always.

I just keep looking at her intake picture, the skeleton horse, and think of all the good we gave her. It wasn't enough, but she was loved as long as we were blessed to have her.

Hailey was picked up to be cremated by the same service who handled Tristan. Obviously we don't have the finances, but they agreed to a payment plan. As I said before, some of our horses I love too much to see rendered, and Hailey is one of them. They are compassionate and caring. She will return to HRU. Tristan's ashes are in my house and Hailey will join him.

Thank you to all who loved her and have visited her over the years. Hailey was probably around 28 years old, but give or take, it's hard to tell when they get so old. R.I.P. sweet Hailey." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

See Hailey's before & after transformation.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF KALINE- passed away 2018

On December 20, 2018, we laid to rest a champion. Words can not describe how much Kaline means to me. I have know him since he was 3 years old when my then boyfriend raced him at the Meadowlands. Kaline was a little goofy, a little nervous, but also super sweet and happy.

Kaline ended up going to Canada to race after the summer meet. When he injured his knee, he was turned out. Eventually, if memory serves correctly, I took him on to train as a 5 year-old and try to bring him back to racing. And return to racing he did.

Kaline was always a good horse, but he really blossomed with age. He loved racing from the front, never liked coming from behind. He was a bit dependent on not drawing too bad behind the gate. We loved Chester for the slanted starting gate where he could leave from any post. He ended up earning over $570,000, the majority for my stable. Along the way, Kaline was always happy and very spoiled. He used to get a full bag of carrots each day and treats all day long with nothing but the best care. He loved to tow as his exercise.

One day, it was pouring rain when it was time to warm up at Freehold. None of us wanted to go out there, so I handwalked him about 20 minutes instead around the paddock. He ended up racing very well. Kaline used to pull hard at the racetrack, so we just handwalked him from there on out. Only Chester made us warm up one lap when he raced there.

When he was 9 years old, Kaline was the top money earner of his age in the USA. That made me so proud of him. He worked his way up to the open trot at Yonkers, racing against Ripped, Beach Nut Brand and American Lane amongst others. They were usually better than him, but he always got checks and sometimes beat them. Kaline's love for carrots was so well known that the competition started bringing him carrots after his races. Everybody just loved him.

Kaline made it back to race after he stepping in a groundhog hole. He always had back luck with injuries and later got his nostril stuck on a water bucket, ripping the nostril off. He had two surgeries with Dr. Patty Hogan to repair the damage. He healed great, but the time away from training made his arthritis act up and he eventually retired. He was the best companion horse in the world, making friends with every horse, pony, dog or cat.

I used to ride Kaline when he still raced. He had a hard time adjusting to less attention after he retired, so my friend Lynn started riding him and he enjoyed it very much. Eventually he suffered a freak accident in the field where he torn up his stifle. With careful management and medication, Kaline was able to stay comfortable enough as a pasture pet over the past few years.

The winter of 2017-18 was tough, but he had a good summer in 2018. The two months prior to his passing were harder on him and I knew his time was coming. His healthy hind leg was injured from over compensating his weight, and while he was still his happy, goofy self, his struggles in getting up were no longer fair to him and he was humanely euthanized.

Besides CC and Tristan, no horse has meant more for me than "Biiig hooorse!," like I used to call him. Or just K. He was one in a million and I will always treasure the good times we had, which were so plentiful. It shocked me that nobody adopted him over the years, since there was truly no kinder horse. The past month before we let him go, he became a resident of HRU when I realized he wasn't going to make it through another winter.

Rest easy. my big boy. I will miss seeing you shake your head happily, chewing on your lead chain and looking at me with the most gentle eyes. Go win your races up there, Kaline. I love you, K." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

IN LOVING MEMORY OF CONGO- passed away 2018

"Sometimes you try everything you can, but simply run out of options. We laid Congo down to rest after he continued to struggle to get up in the mornings. After another conversation with his veterinarians and advise from our chiropractor as well, we decided to kindly let him go.

Congo enjoyed lots of treats in his final days and ate a bag of carrots before passing over peacefully. He was never supposed to come to HRU; I received a call from his owner asking if I wanted a blind horse or knew anybody to take him, knowing he would be rejected at the grade sales for slaughter.

During his quarantine, I visited him and immediately fell for his huge kindness and trustful attitude. After we had a horse adopted out, we were able to take him in ourselves, even though we were over our usual maximum amount of horses. I'm glad I made that call because it was an enormous pleasure to care for him.

We gave him a little over a year and he was happy with his companion in the field, loved on by visitors and volunteers. He was far too young for such a tough life. We think he was 9 years old. Rest in peace, my sweet Congo. I miss you already." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

"Congo may have been blind, but he would hear my SUV, filled with buckets of feed, before I even got to his field. He would be at the fenceline waiting as I pulled up. I would always tap his bucket and talk to him so he knew exactly where I was. My last conversation with him was telling him he would be in heaven soon and happily, be seeing and galloping around again. May his spirit be around us at HRU." - Suzanne, HRU volunteer

"I have one memory that stands out. Donna and I were grooming the knots out of the horses' tails and manes. As I put some detangler in his tail, Congo stood still like a statue. Donna and I noted this, and she groomed his body while I combed his mane and tail. Congo was in heaven, standing so still, enjoying every bit of attention. When we stopped to move to a new spot, he kind of woke up and turned his head to hear where we were, almost sad the spa treatment was over. But when Donna switched sides and I moved to his mane, Congo went back to standing like a statue, almost like standing still helped him enjoy it all the more. I always had a fondness for him, but that day was when I fell in love with him." - Nancy, HRU volunteer

IN LOVING MEMORY OF PRINCE- passed away 2018

"In early 2017, I took Kiki with me to New Holland Sales Auction. She had been volunteering at HRU and it was supposed to be a teaching experience to show her what some of our horses have been through and how to understand them better. As always, I found a horse that I could not leave behind: a big grey skinny Percheron who looked very old in his mouth with horrible leftover teeth.

I called a few friends and we all decided that he was going to go home with HRU. We discovered that he was a sales reject, so I asked the auction veterinarian to convince his owner to let me take him. I did not want this horse to slip through the cracks, fearing the worse for him. The owner agreed to let us buy him at a low price- I think I paid $100 for him on my first offer.

It was a scramble to find transport, layover and quarantine. He ended up being cared for by my good friends Laurel and Olga. They did an awesome job and it was immediately apparent that Prince stole Laurel's heart. She basically told me she was going to be his foster mom. Since her home is heaven on earth for any animal, I gladly agreed. Trolley has been a best friend to Prince and I loved seeing all the pics she sent me of the two HRU horses together.

We don't know precisely how old Prince was, somewhere in his thirties, which is extremely old for a horse. Add in his terrible teeth and it was nothing but a show of the dedication and love he received in Laurel's care that he not only improved, but greatly thrived. He was never ill, but had some mild issues over the past few weeks with some wet manure here and there. He was closely watched.

On a Monday, he started colicing and when his heart rate was very elevated and not coming down with treatment, he was rushed to Mid-Atlantic Equine Clinic. He was slow to respond to treatment, but seemed to be making a recovery. Even ill, he still looked amazing to me Monday when I met them at the clinic. By that Thursday, he was still improving. Laurel visited him every afternoon, and this day was no different. Sadly, he suddenly took a turn for the worse with new colic signs. His heart rate was rapidly elevating and colon displaced again. After talking with Laurel (who really was his mom) and with veterinarian recommendations, we made the heartbreaking call to humanly euthanize him to prevent further suffering. He went quickly and as peacefully as possible with his illness.

I am terribly sorry to tell our followers and kind donors that Prince is now a King in heaven instead of our Prince on earth. Goodbye Prince. Laurel and Trolley will lean on each other to heal from the large hole you leave in their hearts. For myself, I will remember how my daughter fell in love with him visiting him during quarantine and at Laurel's. It was the first time she started playing with her horse toys at home, calling the white one Prince. I will remember him hanging with Trolley, which I loved seeing during the Christmas photo shoot and other visits and pictures sent to me." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

See Prince's before & after transformation.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF LORI- passed away 2020

"Sometimes our bodies go before our mind is ready to say goodbye. On January 27, 2020, we laid to rest our most senior resident: sweet Thoroughbred mare Lori. She was almost 30 years old.

Lori came to us on February 14, 2017 as an owner surrender when her owner got ill. She was already suffering from a collapsed knee at the time, the years made it worse, and the winter of 2019-20 we knew Lori was on borrowed time. The previous year's winter wasn't easy, but she made it through and enjoyed an extra year with us. She had good days and not so good days, which we tried to control with her medication.

Lori became inseparable from our other senior Jessica and couldn't even be stalled next to her when they had to come in for the vet or farrier. They shared a stall together each and every time.

Lori took a turn for the worse with her knee. When she was even worse the next day, we made the decision to kindly let her be laid to rest to end her pain. She was always one of the horses I truly loved and I will miss her.

Thank you for the memories and love you gave us, Lori. You were a true joy every single day. Thank you to her former owner who entrusted us to care for Lori and Kiwi (now adopted by Diana) over the years.

The first and second photos are by Kelli Clark, one of our long-time, dedicated volunteers who gave Lori extra carrots and love. She got the same from me before her last goodbye." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

IN LOVING MEMORY OF ISIS- passed away 2022

"Isis was always one of my favorites for her perseverance and kindness. Most horses would not have made it through the severe starvation she suffered when we rescued her. I'm glad we got to give her many happy years in two wonderful adoptive homes. We are very thankful to Randy, Isis' original foster dad, for rehabbing her when she was 7 hours away from NJ and too weak to make the trip until she was stronger." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

"We truly enjoyed our time together and know she did too. We wish we could be together longer, but we would do it all over again. The days leading up to her last day were good ones for her. She really was a good horse." - Sean and Amanda, Isis' adopter

See Isis' before & after transformation.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF SOPHIA- passed away 2022

"But not only was I loved by my human, but by all the young people I got to meet during summer camps. They adored me. The honor graduate got to lead me in front of the parade of the camp graduates. It was always a proud and special moment for me. I know I will be missed, especially by my human. I saw her cry when I had to leave and tried to tell her not to be sad, because I know we will meet again. In the meantime, I will frolick with my old friends, Midnight and Bucky the blind Appaloosa." - Karla, Sophia's adopter

See Sophia's before & after transformation.


"As of November 2017, it has been more than seven months since my boy Cloud suddenly passed away. The thought still brings tears to my eyes. He was such a sweet boy with a big personality. Every day, I arrived to the farm receiving a big whinny and happy face; Cloud was always so joyful to see me. Although there are still several horses there, the farm has since been silent. His nickname was 'the town bugler.'

I adopted Cloud and owned him for 2 1/2 years before he passed away from a fatty tumor colic. He enjoyed a wonderful last few years. Cloud was spoiled rotten and was still acting like a young guy. Hopefully, this helped him forget the horrible neglect conditions he had previously endured.

Even in his 20s, Cloud was eager to learn anything that I had to show him. He latched on and followed me around at liberty as if we had been together all his life.

At one point, one of my other horses hurt me pretty seriously. Cloud pushed the horse away and started weaving back and forth with his nose over me as if he wanted to help me, but didn't know what to do. What he did was enough; he protected me until someone else could help.

I love you Cloud and I will never forget you! I would like to thank HRU for the selfless work that they do. Without them and many others, this particular horse would have been euthanized. Cloud still had plenty to offer." - Kathy, Cloud's adopter

IN LOVING MEMORY OF COOPER- passed away 2012

"Thank you everyone and thanks to HRU for giving me the opportunity to have Cooper in my life. He taught me more about horses than anything I could have learned from a book in vet school.

I wanted to adopt a horse to better understand my patients since, while I treated them occasionally, I never had a chance to play with them or learn their body language.

I wanted to learn about day-to-day care...not just medical care that I knew about. Cooper taught me that and also taught me more about equine colic then anything I learned in school.

I always wondered why horse people were so 'crazy' about their horses...I mean, I understood dog, cat, and even bird bonding...but horse bonding is totally different, and you don't understand unless you have bonded with one. You can't possibly! It's nothing like even the human bond. It's something special and totally unique and there is so much silent communication that happens! Here is an animal that could kill you instantly that submits to knowing you...allowing you to ride on it...and shows affection while doing! The intelligence I witnessed with Cooper and other horses is beyond what I dreamed when I learned about treating them in vet school. Like I've always said...animals DO talk...but we have to learn their language and every species has an intelligent sophisticated language. They are ALL intelligent.

There will always be a place in my heart now for all Standardbreds, which we don't see ever down here in New Orleans. I'm proud to say that at 31, I got my very first horse and became a 'horsewoman,' and that Cooper was responsible for that. It's never to late to be a beginner rider! He certainly DID NOT live up to his name Foolish Venture...he was the smarted venture I ever embarked upon and one of the best things to happen in my life. He is an example to us all to never give up. I wish I could have had more time with him, but I'm glad he has gotten out of this life of discomfort.

Clients have asked me if I think pets go to heaven. I always tell them absolutely. If heaven didn't have our animals and only our relatives, it would not be heaven! Thanks again everyone for your prayers while I was up all night waiting for poop and colic watching. My boy was the best horse I could have asked for." - Charlotte, Cooper's adopter

"Cooper was hard working and a great horse. He was all about pleasing people." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

"Cooper was a sweet, stoic horse with enough charm to coax an extra carrot out of visitors and enough sense to stand quietly when being loved on by kids. Despite his hard-working past, Cooper was a willing partner both under saddle and in harness. His work ethic was unbeatable; he only needed to be asked once.

The thing that struck me most about him was his genuine enthusiasm to be out doing something useful. He was a highly intelligent and perceptive horse who enjoyed observing and experiencing his surroundings, making something as simple as a walk through an open field fun and interesting. I feel privileged to have known him. While it is sad when any horse dies- especially as young as Coop- the fact that he passed away knowing what it was to be loved and cared for offers some comfort. He was a special horse who will be missed by many." - Kelli, HRU volunteer

IN LOVING MEMORY OF BRONSON & PHOENIX - passed away 2012 & 2013

"I don't know why, but I fell very hard for Bronson. He was just one of those horses that spoke to me." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

"It was the 'two old men' that brought me to HRU. I love all horses, but Standardbreds are a part of me. When Anouk saved two Standardbreds from auction and I was informed they were older and had pulled Amish buggies, I reached out to her. As an equine massage therapist, I knew the two would love massages. So I met up with Anouk, and what sweethearts they were Anouk and I had fun taking photos of us with Bronson and his pal Phoenix (later renamed Charlie). They received their massages, relaxing and yawning, and were all cuddly with me. As Anouk pulled off their heavy Amish horseshoes, I said, 'Give me those, I can turn them into suncatchers.' Their shoes were auctioned as part of HRU's first real fundraiser. Saving Bronson and Phoenix was the start of Anouk opening her heart wider, making Horse Rescue United the successful non-profit it is today. Everyone was thrilled to see the old men adopted together, getting a chance to live out their retirement years peacefully. Bronson, as you are trotting around in heaven with all the other horses that have passed over, thank you being a part of my life." - Suzanne, HRU volunteer


"We had the pleasure of having Fabulous Valentine for 3 1/2 years. He was a pleasure to be around. Valentine always had his ears pricked forward when he greeted you; he never pinned them. He got along great with our other horses, but he always chose a mare to be his running mate. Valentine was part of our trail riding program, and he did fine with beginners usually, but if he broke into a canter, the fire inside him just came to life. Sadly, Valentine was kicked in the pasture by another horse and broke his leg. It was heart wrenching to see him with his expression still perky and ears alert. If you couldn't see the mangled leg, you never would've known that he was suffering. We had to humanely put him down. We loved Valentine very much, and he is missed terribly." - Carla, Fabulous Valentine's adopter


"IC Gaitor lived with us for about 3 years. He was the sweetest horse and not as hot as many Thoroughbreds are. He actually calmed down to the point where he could have children as young as 6 years old ride him at our summer camp. He had a knack for getting himself into mischief. Gaitor once got his hoof caught up in the roots of a tree. He also suffered from cancer of his sheath. While it was removed twice, I suspect it was throughout his body as he began to get bone calcifications on the shins of his back legs. Gaitor's spirits were always good, and he maintained a good weight. He never appeared to be in obvious pain, so we can only hope that he went peacefully. I feel sure he's running and bucking in horse heaven now." - Carla, IC Gaitor's adopter

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MIDGET- passed away 2015

"Midget was everyone's favorite miniature horse. Having been a companion to Standardbred racehorses, Thoroughbreds, drafts and other ponies and a donkey, she was always feisty, yet cute. She had several bouts of laminitis, but enjoyed a few good years in a loving adoptive home. Eventually, the laminitis got the best of her and she was laid down to rest peacefully. She is missed by many of us." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

IN LOVING MEMORY OF AU RUMBA- passed away 2015

"Rumba was a successful racehorse and easily transitioned into a beginner-safe riding horse. He was quickly adopted out and enjoyed a leisurely life with his adopter Tracey for many years." - Anouk, HRU founder/president

IN LOVING MEMORY OF QUEEN- passed away 2017

"We found Queen in severe bad health and tried hard to save her life. She suffered from numerous conditions, the most dangerous being in heart failure while in foal. I had planned to ship Queen to Mid-Atlantic Clinic, but she proved to be too unstable for transport. After discussing it with our veterinarian and the heart specialist at Mid-Atlantic, we decided that it was kinder to have Queen humanely euthanized to prevent further suffering. She was a successful racehorse and broodmare, but above all she was a very kind mare, a total sweetheart. While we were sadly unable to save her, she was given the best in her last few days and must have known we tried our hardest to help her. We just got her too late to make a difference." - Anouk, HRU founder/president


"In this last hours, IAM BILLY THE MAN (who I called Chance) was held, loved and celebrated, and told he was the best boy. He received everything that he had been lacking for so long. We got him all the way home and immediately he knew he was safe; he was happily enjoying his new field with Ernie the Attorney and felt so comfortable here that he laid down, rolled, but just couldn't make it back to his feet.

He was the strongest willed horse I've ever encountered and told me until his last breath that he wasn't ready to give up. He recognized that he finally made it to his forever home and he knew he was safe and wanted. Chance brought so many strangers together over the past few months and even more yesterday where a village came together to help us get him up. He had several people petting him and telling him all the good things he so needed to hear. Even Ernie got his turn to say goodbye.

I'd like to thank Horse Rescue United for taking him into custody and agreeing with us that the care he was receiving in quarantine was less than basic, and allowing me to bring him into my own QT barn. Unfortunately, he never made it to my home, but Chance, you will always take up residence in my heart and your ashes will stay with me always. Thank you HRU for giving me that keepsake as well.

I love you, buddy. Chance's death will not be in vain as my husband and I plan on saving another Standardbred in need when the opportunity presents itself."- Brianne, Billy/Chance's foster mom

IN LOVING MEMORY OF LUCKY- passed away 2020

"We took Lucky under our care when several horses were relinquished to HRU after severe neglect. Lucky was covered in lice and too thin. He made it safely through refeeding and was adopted out to a loving family with kids. When they moved back overseas years later, he was adopted out to another family with children. He was home for good and enjoyed their loving care and attention for several years before he sadly passed away. Lucky was a spunky boy with a lot of love to give and a friend to many horses and kids." - Anouk, HRU founder/president