April is the sanctuary's blind horse. Once upon a time, April was in training to be an "on the job" horse. When it was decided April wasn't learning quickly enough, she was hit in the head, leading to her going blind. She was then left at a high kill shelter.
April soon found her way to the sanctuary, where she no longer needs to worry about anger and abuse. Due to her condition, she has her own private area, but she gets plenty of attention for sanctuary visitors (and an occasional visit from Tucker)!
She is loving and can be sweet and gentle, when she wants. She can also be a total 'mare'; For those of you who know horses, that's code for:
stubborn, moody, defiant, unpredictable, challenging... did we miss anything?
Topper came to us on October 24th, 2020. He is a 3.5-year-old Purebred American Quarter Horse. He was born on a working ranch and was being trained to work. When Topper was about 1.5 years old, his tendon was severed in a severe injury. No one is quite sure how this happened to him, and it wasn’t clear at the time if he would survive.
Fortunately, through the care of the ranch, Topper made it through the injury. But a huge part of his recovery included intensive medical care for the entire year. After the medical care, Topper received rehab, therapy, and training with the hopes that he could return to the ranch as a working horse.
His veterinary care team, however, has determined that, although Topper’s leg is healed from the injury, he will never be able to carry the weight of a rider again.
At this point, the rancher had two options: keep him at the ranch knowing that he will be unable to work (not a financial possibility), find a sanctuary that would take him in and take over his care, or euthanize him.
You may or may not have heard that most sanctuaries are not currently accepting horses due to their large financial requirement at a point in time when volunteers and donations have drastically been reduced. But we would not be able to live with ourselves if we let this young, innocent, beautiful, sweet young man be euthanized.
"My horse's feet are as swift as rolling thunder. He takes me away from all my fears. And when the world threatens to fall asunder, his mane is there to wipe my tears."- Unknown. To the horses who are no longer with us, but always in our hearts.
Meet Newton, Saving Grace's big, sweet, lovable horse!
Newton was a leased show horse for many years until his owners decided he was too old and wasn't useful to them anymore. Newton was scheduled to be put down until Saving Grace stepped in to give him a forever home.
When Newton first came to the sanctuary, he was scared and unsure of his new surroundings. After a few weeks, he bonded with Kathy, the founder, so much that he expected her love and attention with each mealtime. Welcome home, Newton!