I am a miniature horse named Star (short for Rockstar) and I came to live at Ocala Equine Rescue along with my best friend Rose. Even though I am little, I am approximately 10 years old and have a very hard time hearing and seeing. I get anxious and frightened when Rose is not around to guide me and I stick to her side at all times. When I first arrived here I had bad infections in both eyes and need special care every day to keep my eyes as healthy as possible.


I am a 12 year old Arabian with a very sweet disposition. My owners rescued me but then could no longer afford to take care of me so I came to live at Ocala Equine Rescue. I am way too thin but will soon put on weight and be a healthy girl again. I look forward to making life-long friendships with the other horses here.
Radhika Hanna

I am a 7 year old thoroughbred ex-racehorse. My legs “bowed” because I was forced to compete when my bones were not yet fully formed, so I became a brood mare. Now I am happy with new friends here at Ocala Equine Rescue.


I came to this wonderful farm about a year ago when I was only a few months old with my mommy Chitra and my grandmother Missy. Life is so wonderful here and I have been promised that I will never have to become a racehorse, but will live here for the rest of my life.
Hello, my name is Shyam. I am a Tennessee Walker gelding. Before I came to live at the Ocala Equine Rescue farm my life was miserable. I was forced to do endurance racing even though I had injured my side. I have a large bulge sticking out of my side to this day. When I was very young they tied three of my legs down so I could not stand up to try and “break me”. I have scars on my back legs where the rope cut into them. They beat me and twisted my ears. I have always been scared of men in peak caps because of this. I was very lonely and had no other horse companions. That is all in the distant past now; I have a horse family and can trust humans again.

A few months ago I was rescued I was very thin and heavily pregnant with my beautiful baby foal. The people that owned me didn’t want to keep my baby foal. They were going to kill him as soon as he was born, because no one knew who had fathered him. When we arrived here I was very scared because I didn’t know what was going to happen to us. Now I know that this is a safe place, with lovely big grassy fields, and my son can run around and play. We will never be mistreated again.


Little Krishna, now a year old, has been weaned and gelded. He is living with Bhakti (our 2 year old filly) in their own small pasture which has a recently built turn-out barn, it left 3 stalls open for our new family to take up residence.

I am an old thoroughbred racehorse. When I fell and broke my pelvis, I couldn’t race anymore. Since my bloodline was a good one, they kept me pregnant for years. I was a good mother and I loved and took good care of my babies, but it broke my heart every time they would take them away. I was such a wreck that I started to crib (chew the fence) and wore my upper teeth completely down to practically nothing. When I couldn’t have babies any more they were going to kill me, so Ocala Equine Rescue saved me. They brought me to their beautiful farm. I spend my days now playing with Yashoda’s son, and he calls me Aunty Maadri.

I am a 19 year old appendix quarter horse named Rose. I have been moved from one place to the another my entire life and sometimes even forgotten. When I first came to Ocala Equine Rescue I was not used to so much grass and such good hay and feed. My previous owner could not afford to take proper care of me anymore and had me in a small sand lot. I am learning to trust people again and am much happier and healthier now that I get lots of attention and proper care in my new forever home.

When I was born my front legs didn’t work properly. My tendons didn’t stretch out so my front feet rolled under. My mother’s owner was going to kill me! When Ocala Equine Rescue found out they said that they would adopt me, and try to straighten out my legs. They massaged them with special oils and bandaged them up and over time, sure enough, I could stand properly on both legs. Now I can run and jump and buck. Thank you for taking care of me and helping me.

Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
~Ronald Duncan, "The Horse," 1954

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