You know, you don’t throw a whole life away just ’cause he’s banged up a little.
Life Statuesque is a 12 year old standardbred gelding. He had a short harness racing career, and for whatever reason wound up at an auction in Pennsylvania; unwanted and abandoned. In no time at all he was purchased by a kill buyer, where he would have gone for meat if it weren’t for the generosity and kind hearts of some dedicated rescuers and Sunshine Horses. Here, he was rehabilitated, trained, and found a forever home with volunteers Carol and Ed Saleh.
Putt For Money is an 18 year old standardbred gelding. He too had a short racing career and found himself in a kill pen. If it weren’t for the help of some kind women and Sunshine Horses, he would never have found his way to New York and into a loving home with volunteer Emlyn Clark
Ephraim is an 18 year old standardbred gelding and a kill pen rescue. He was very skinny and in need of some TLC when our friend and benefactor Wanda Polisseni helped to rescue him. He now lives with fellow Sunshine horse Townie Guy.
Bos Laughin. B Rustler. D K Miss America. Amazida. Kevin H. TL Six Shooter. Whiskey Walt. Mandala Quest. These are just some of the names we have rescued over the years from auctions and kill pens. These are horses who now reside with us or have found their forever homes. These horses have been given a new lease on life.
We believe that each horse saved from the over 140,000 horses who go to slaughter every year is worth it. No crammed trailer where space, food and water is ignored. No terrifying and long trips to Canada or Mexico. It may seem like a drop in the bucket, but for that horse it’s a second chance.
We have found homes for over 200 horses since our founding in 2003. Of those, over 100 standardbreds have found new homes and second careers, from being police horses to pleasure and show horses.
Now it’s our turn to find a forever home.
At the present time, we are leasing the facility we are in and are restricted in the types of improvements we can do; and there is so much to do. The barn is in need of many repairs, from roofing and electrical conduits to new fencing and pasture management. We do what we can and can afford, but it simply isn’t enough.
We are now looking actively for a farm of our very own to call home, where we can continue our mission of rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming horses. We’d also like the space to be a sanctuary for those horses who, for whatever reasons, cannot be adopted. More space means more horses rescued from slaughter. More horses having a dignified retirement after their racing careers are over and are ready for a second career.
Our organization has always maintained a high level of equine care, and now it’s time to improve upon these standards even more. A facility of our own will allow us to pursue accreditation with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries which will make us more eligible for grants, as well as become even more involved in our community. We will be more readily accessible to local groups and extend our educational and volunteer programs for youth, veterans, the disabled and more.
Sunshine Horses, Inc. has been growing since we started in 2003. Our first years saw only a dozen horses at any given time. Now in 2017 we have over 30 horses in our direct care with nearly as many adopted each year. There are over 200 horses in our network of alumni as well.
We have been raising awareness for retired Standardbred racehorses and it is apparent, now more than ever, that we need a bigger, better facility.
Our program receives daily inquiries from owners and trainers who wish to send their horses to us, but due to limited space and funding, not all horses can be accepted. We also make sure our adopted network of horses is safe; and one way in which we manage that is by taking horses back who can no longer stay in their adoptive homes. In 2016 alone we had 16 horses return to us due to unexpected life changes. While we are glad to know these horses have soft places to land for the rest of their lives, it does take a toll on our current facility and funds to have that many horses returned.
Please help us continue to help horses by making a donation towards reaching our goal. No amount is too small.
Remember that this is ALL for the horses’ benefit. Sunshine wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for them. They are what bind us all together, and their needs rise far above the needs of any one person here. We want them to have the best farm and life possible as they wait for their forever homes.
Mikey at the kill pen
Mikey, at his forever home
Our Current Facility:
- 25 permanent stalls
- 9 temporary stalls
- 20-25 acres of pasture/paddock space (Dry lot/limited grazing and rocky ground)
- Fencing is old and needs replacing/maintenance
- Manure storage near barn
- Hay storage above barn in loft
- Well water
What We are Looking For:
- More pasture space with grass and better soil (At least 40 acres)
- Solid fencing
- A facility with at least 20 stalls
- An indoor riding ring for year round training. An outdoor ring would be a bonus!
- Closer location to the city of Syracuse, for easier access for ALL of our many volunteers, as well as better access to local community groups, hospitals, colleges, veterinarians, etc.
- Access to trails for recreation/training purposes.
- Exterior hay and bedding storage, as well as a farther place for manure storage (Fire safety)
- Safe electricity (Conduits) and water lines preferred to well water (Less chance of water running low)
- Easy access in and out of the property for all volunteers (Wheelchair accessibility is a bonus!)
Wouldn’t this be nice?