Spring Farm CARES Animal and Nature Sanctuary
Our Horses
Updated August 31, 2018

The Horses of Spring Farm CARES

You can meet our horses (and find out how to sponsor one too) below.


Our Roots
The Birth of a Horse Rescue

Spring Farm CARES was founded by Bonnie Jones Reynolds and Dawn Hayman. Back in 1987, before Spring Farm CARES was even born, our first venture in the animal field was to be a small breeding operation for Thoroughbreds and Arabian horses. For Arabian horses it was to preserve a bloodline that was literally dying out. And for Thoroughbreds, the goal was to breed a well bred horse and to use holistic and gentle training techniques to show that horses could be trained humanely to race. We weren't going to start them until 3 years old and we had no ambition to race them for money but to bring something different to Thoroughbred training. Well, that was the dream, but we quickly learned that it was not reality.

From 1987 through 1990, we bred a total of 3 Arabian horses and 5 Thoroughbreds. During this process, Bonnie and I discovered the truth of what was happening in the horse world. We discovered how horses were over-bred and how there were way too many unwanted horses in the world. And our dream of racing in a holistic training was out the window. We could find no one who was willing to work with us. No one. We immediately withdrew our plan to race any horses. We refused to let any of the horses that we bred become victims to a system that needed complete reformation. In fact, of the 8 well bred horses born here at the farm, only one of them ended up being rideable. The universe was making sure that we got the message. And the horses were making sure we understood what they really came here to teach us and to show us. Those 8 horses were the teachers who showed us the plight of horses and what we could do to help. We decided to dedicate the rest of our lives to helping them. Spring Farm CARES was born.

By 1990, we understood that there was an incredible need for retirement and rescue places for horses. We completely switched gears, took up a no breeding policy, and became Spring Farm CARES. In 1991 we became a 501c3 not for profit corporation. The small animal part of our mission began a couple of years later. Horses have always been where we got our start and the mainstay of the farm. Many of the horses in our care have been with us for over 20 years. Still others stayed with us for shorter times as their lives ended sooner. Some came to spend their last few weeks/days with us in hospice care. We have learned a lot about special health issues affecting the aged horse. We have done a lot with other conditions such as founder over the years. They have taught us much and we then can apply what we have learned to help others.

Most of our horses have stalls and pasture access. Although some of them have physical conditions that limit their ability to go outside, they still get daily turnout in our indoor arena area. Many of our horses are elderly or have physical disabilities such as blindness or extreme lamenesses. All of them are loved and cared for around the clock. As well as conventional medicine and veterinary care, we also use a lot of holistic techniques and remedies with them. We do a lot of preventative care as well. Some of the modalities we have used on them include: chiropractic, massage, energy work, homeopathy, and of course, animal communication. It is not uncommon for our horses to live into their 30's. We have had many live to be between 30-35 years and one even lived to be 40 years old.

We do not adopt out our horses. They live with us for life. Because of this, we are very limited as to how many we can take in. We do not maintain a waiting list because the only way we get space available is when one of them dies. We don't like to have a list waiting for someone to die. We continue to work on behalf of horses through education and networking to bring much more awareness to the plight these most honorable creatures sometimes meet at the ignorance of humans.


Meet Our Current Equines

Below is a list of all of our horses. Each one is available to be sponsored. You can make a direct difference in their lives by sponsoring them. Just click the red "Sponsor Me" heart to find out more information. Each horse has a description of how old they are and how they came to the farm, followed by a quote directly from them.



Thanks to my sponsorsLynn Franco - In Memory or Harriet - May 2018 - April 2019

Bayberry, bay grade mareBayberry is a grade, possibly Thoroughbred mix mare born around 1997. Bayberry came to the farm in 2017 from a neglect case with three other horses who all were in very Sponsor Buttonbad shape. Because of the neglect, Bayberry has a muscle disease and a periodic cardiac issue that affect her greatly. She will most likely be on medication for the rest of her life. Bayberry is quite a character and is often not very aware of where her body is at any given moment. We have never seen a horse quite as agile at throwing her legs around every which-way when she gets excited. She is also very sweet. One story about Bayberry that we will never forget happened shortly after her arrival to our farm. She and the other horses had been starving and had witnessed the death of scores of animals who starved to death at the farm where they came from. A few days after her arrival, she was in her stall and looking out watching all the goings on in our barn. Just then, our tractor drove in pulling a wagon load of hay to be unloaded. Bayberry was at first just watching the tractor but when she saw the wagon of hay her eyes got very wide and she began jumping in circles and whinnying for joy. She couldn't believe the food that was heading her way! We all laughed at how animated she got but then grew silent realizing and understanding the deeper meaning of why she was so joyful. A common everyday occurrence in our barn was a miracle to Bayberry.

"You know what? Life can be very short. I have seen that for myself. So I figure, if I am joyful, I am going to show it. There is so much sadness in the world sometimes. I think we need to make the most of joy and just be joyful anytime we can. I am so grateful and joyful to be here. It is the first solid place I have ever landed in my life."




Thanks to my sponsorsSue Sefscik - January 2017 - December 2018


Belle, Morgan MareBelle is a bay Morgan mare born around 1990. Belle came to us as a three year old who was going to be euthanized because she could not be ridden or trained even by the most gentle and holistic methods. She has several behavior problems, most notably that she will not let us handle her.Sponsor Button To Belle, these are not behavioral problems at all, but simply are traits she has so that she could live the life she came to live. We provided her with a place to just be a horse for the rest of her life. She will not let us halter her so we can not do much with her. She loves living outside with a large enclosed run in shed and has three other horse friends for whom she is the boss mare. She is very beautiful and is friendly over the fence. Sometimes she will even let us groom her beautiful mane, but only from the opposite side of the fence.

"Life is a compilation of choices. Freedom is the ability to make those choices. Wisdom comes from learning from each choice. Forgiveness comes from understanding that there is never a right or wrong choice. And Happiness comes from knowing that the choices I have made have lead me to exactly where I needed to be."



Thanks to my sponsorsNora Ricci - June 2018 - May 2019


Brandy, bay grade mareBrandy is a grade mare estimated to have been born in 2001. Brandy came to the farm in 2017 after being rescued from an extreme neglect situation with three other horses. Unfortunately, Brandy's health was greatly compromised by the neglect and, of the four horses, she was the one most adversely Sponsor Buttonaffected. Brandy has a heart condition where she suffers bouts of arrhythmia that make her very weak and tired. But Brandy still finds great joy in life and loves to gallop up her hillside pasture with her herd mates. Brandy quickly stole the hearts of our staff with her gentle personality and her spunk that periodically comes out and certainly helped her to survive her circumstances. Brandy is a horse who carries a lot of emotion. In the neglect situation she was in, she and the other horses, witnessed scores of animals starve to death. We can tell that this has weighed heavy on them, but most especially on Brandy. She cares deeply as we learn more and more each day. We are glad Brandy is safe with us now and will call this farm her home for the remainder of her life. Brandy seems just fine about that!

"I have stood out in the rain and tried to wash away deep sorrows that I have felt from others. I have also let the peace and joy of the sun fill my body so that I can share that with others as well. It is good to breathe in a place of safety and beauty. It is good to be able to rest and heal. And I hope to offer that to others as well."



Cami, grey mareCami is a grade mare estimated to have been born in 2005. Cami came to the farm in 2017 after being Sponsor Buttonrescued from an extreme neglect situation with three other horses. Of the four horses, Cami was one of the most emotionally shut down of the group. Although her physical health has recovered, the emotional scars have been more obvious with her. One year later, we are starting to see more of Cami's personality as she learns to trust us more and she realizes that she is now in her forever home. She has had a very rough go of things and it is good to see Cami just explore the world of being a horse with nothing being asked of her other than to heal. We look forward to learning even more about Cami as we watch her heal and unfold.



"I do a lot of watching things in life. You can learn a lot by watching actually. That is far easier than pushing through something when you don't know what you are doing. I like to choose my steps wisely. I have other horse friends who kind of just explode through life haphazardly. I think I like to just think things through a bit first. That is how I am."



Thanks to my sponsorsKathryn Harding - June 2018 - May 2020

Carley, mini-donkey mareCarley is a mini-donkey mare estimated to have been born in 2016. Carley arrived at the farm in the spring of Sponsor Button2018 with six other mini-donkeys all rescued from a severe neglect situation. All of them were emaciated and had hooves that were extremely overgrown. It will be a long process to get her feet back to something reasonably normal and we do not know if she will be permanently lame as a result or not. Carley is a bit shy but she is very sweet and is coming out of her shell more and more everyday. There is a big character in that little body and we look forward to seeing the real Carley come alive in the weeks and months to come.

"I think I'm going to do something very special in this lifetime. I was trying just to survive before and not all of my friends were as lucky. But now we have a nice little group of donkeys here who are going to do some magical things. I just know it!"



Cashew, mini-donkey geldingCashew is a mini-donkey gelding estimated to have been born in 2014. Cashew arrived at the farm in the Sponsor Buttonspring of 2018 with six other mini-donkeys all rescued from a severe neglect situation. All of them were emaciated and had hooves that were extremely overgrown. Cashew is a friendly, easy going guy who we are still getting to know. We look forward to discovering all of the magic he has to offer us as time unfolds and the group realizes they are safe here in their new home.



"I follow a basic principle in life. It is better to listen carefully than to speak recklessly. If I'm quiet, it is quite possible I am simply thinking. But it doesn't mean I don't have anything to say."




Thanks to my sponsorsIn Memory of Jeremy - March 2018 - February 2020


Charlie, Shetland PonyCharlie is a Shetland pony cross gelding who was born around 2000. He came to the farm in 2011. He had been rescued by someone once from an auction, became a kids riding/show pony, and then unfortunately fell into a neglect situation. He foundered, and for many months went without having his feet trimmed, which caused his feet to become very badly overgrown. Charlie's riding and driving days are done and he will now stay here being rehabilitated so that he can live the remainder of his life comfortably.

Charlie is a character and full of spunk. He is a joy to beSponsor Button around as his sense of humor shines through. He also can be a "naughty little pony" and be very stubborn at times. But he is always kind and gentle - and, of course, extremely cute - which gets him everywhere. Charlie is doing very well and now walks on feet that are normal. However, the damage done to his feet is permanent and so Charlie will live out his days here at the farm. His feet and diet will be closely monitored to minimize any laminitis episodes. And we are sure that Charlie will go on charming many hearts over the years to come.

"I used to think, when I was alone, that no one remembered me anymore. I was someone's distant memory that they misplaced out in a field. I almost got to the point where it didn't matter anymore what happened. But deep down inside, it did matter. I wanted to matter to someone again. When the trailer came to pick me up I had just about lost all hope. And then I wondered where I was off to now. What would be expected of me now? And what I found was unbelievable but good enough to be true. I found a home. Not just a temporary home, but a forever home. My heart can trust once again."




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Kathryn Harding - June 2018 - May 2020
Monica Semeraro - June 2018 - May 2019


Chico, mini-donkey maleChico is a mini-donkey in-tact male (soon to be gelded) estimated to have been born in 2013. Chico arrived at the farm in the spring of 2018 with six other mini-donkeys all rescued from a severe neglect situation. All of them were emaciated and had hooves that were extremely overgrown. Chico is a very Sponsor Buttonquiet and kind guy (at least so far) who has endured a lot of neglect and physical challenges. We don't really know the real Chico yet as he is so run down that he clearly does not feel at his best. Chico's feet were among the worst of the group. His feet are extremely deformed. Radiographs reveal that the bones inside his feet actually look surprisingly good so we are hopeful that he may be able to be sound once again one day. It will take a long time to get them back to a more normal shape but it is a process we have already begun. As soon as Chico is healthy enough, he will be gelded and that way he will once again be able to rejoin his herd of donkey friends.

"People here have told me that we are safe now and I think I believe them. The other donkeys who were already here told me that there is nothing to worry about and that it is ok. They have some wise donkeys here I can tell - so I believe them. I look forward to feeling better again. Where I came from made me sad."



Clyde W. Peeperman

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John Andersen - February 2018 - January 2019
Sharon Greiner - January 2018 - December 2018


Clyde W. PeepermanWith a name like Clyde W. Peeperman, you know there has to be a story! And there is. Clyde is a draft horse mix gelding born in 2002. He came to the farm in late spring of 2013. Clyde came to us from another rescue who was forced to close and he had no place to go. At that time his name was Peeperman. It indeed is a long story but after his arrival, several of us at once got that his name should be changed to Clyde. None of us knew why, exactly, but several of us came up with that without knowing that any of the others also came up with that name. It was obvious his new name would be Clyde. However, co-founder Bonnie, got that his full name should be Clyde W. Peeperman. She hadn't a clue why but it came strongly to her. In talking to the person who ran the rescue from where he came, we understood the significance and realized the name indeed had to stay. Clyde was one of 80 foals to be rescued from a PMU farm by his original rescue. He was the smallest of all the foals and was given the nickname of Pee Wee. It was assumed all of the foals would be placed into Sponsor Buttonhomes and all of them were except Pee Wee. When he got to be 4 years old and was a big strapping guy, a trainer began working with him to see if he could be trained under saddle and then adopted out to a good home. But Pee Wee as a name didn't cut it, so that trainer began calling him PW. Unfortunately, PW had several significant training problems and he really could not be safely ridden. The rescue knew they were looking at keeping him for life. His caretaker then began calling him Peeperman or Peeps. Unfortunately, due to health issues of her own, the rescue was forced to close and all the horses needed to be placed. Her beloved Peeperman was the last one to go. We had already taken a mare, Ginny, from the same rescue a few months before and as it turns out, Ginny and Peeperman had been best friends. We ended up with an opening and accepted Peeperman in to our herd where he will now stay for the remainder of his life. Now known affectionately as Clyde, we are happy to have him with us. He is a very gentle soul who has had more change in his life in the last few months than he knew what to do with. But he has handled the transition well and is forging new friendships in his new herd.

"I am still learning new things everyday although learning new things is not always easy. I am alive because of the kindness of loving people and I am aware of that everyday. I like to keep things simple. There is no need to over think things really. What's most important to me are all of my friends. Friends can get you through anything."




Thanks to my sponsorsPat and Dan Nolan - May 2018 - April 2019

Coco, male mini-donkeyCoco is a mini-donkey in-tact male (soon to be gelded). He is estimated to have been born in 2014 and came to the Sponsor Buttonfarm in spring of 2018 after he and six other mini-donkeys were rescued from an extreme neglect situation. All of them were emaciated and had feet that were severely overgrown. Of the group of 7, Coco was actually in slightly better condition physically. But, although he is a sweet boy, he is also one of the more emotionally shut down of the group. As soon as Coco is healthy enough, he will be gelded and integrated with his other donkey friends. We look forward to watching Coco heal and unfold. He is safe now and has all the time he needs to find his confidence again.

"I haven't been in this life for very long but I have seen enough to make me a little confused. I watched my friend die and no one seemed to care. It made me not want to care either. But now things seem to be changing and I am starting to be interested in caring again. Hearts were not meant to be broken. I think I'm going to find something better now."





Thanks to my sponsorsDeborah H. Morelli & Molly H. Kent - September 2018 - August 2019

Cora, mini-donkey mareCora is a mini-donkey mare estimated to have been born in 2010. She came to the farm in spring of 2018 Sponsor Buttonwith six other mini-donkeys who all came from an extreme neglect case. All of them were emaciated and had very bad overgrown and deformed feet. Cora is definitely one of the leaders of their little group. She is also probably the oldest of them all. She is very sweet and a bit more confident then most of the others. We look forward to learning more about Cora as time goes on. She seems to be settling in knowing she is safe now and let's us know she is interested on where life will now take things for her and her friends.



"I am starting to get excited to be here and feel I am now starting my real mission in life. I have always known there was something better going to happen in my life. I have things I want to share with people and with my other friends. Even though I cannot see the details yet, I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be. That makes me excited!"




Iron Embrace

Thanks to my sponsorsLaura Trisiano - December 2017 - December 2018


Ember, Thoroughbred mareEmber is a Thoroughbred mare born in 1990 here on the farm before we became SFC. Her mother, Iron Isle (Ginny), was free leased to us for two years and two foals. Ember is somewhat shy but a very friendly mare. She was originally bred to race but we did not want to put her into that environment. Ember is very low key but enjoys spending time with all of the other Thoroughbreds running in the pasture.

Ember has spent her life with her herd just being a horse. That wasn't how her life was supposed to go but she let's us know she is very happy and grateful it has gone the way it has. She was fortunate to grow up here on the farm with many of the original elder Thoroughbreds as her friends, Sponsor Buttonteachers, and mentors. She has lived a life that few horses actually get to live. By human standards, she was "useless." However, by horse standards, she got to be a real horse. Ember holds a space at the farm that is hard to really define or describe. The horses hold a space, an energy, that literally grounds the farm and keeps us centered on what we are here to do. Ember is a big part of that energy. She has been with us since we became Spring Farm CARES and is actually one of the founding horses. Because of those founding horses, many other horses (and other species of animals) have been helped. Ember is a solid presence and daily reminder of why we get up each morning and do the work that we do. And all the while she just quietly eats her hay, grazes in the pasture with her buddies, and relaxes in the barn at night. It may look like she isn't "doing" anything. But just by being Ember, she has done a lot.

Ember is healthy but has a condition called Heaves which is basically like asthma. Hers are seasonal allergy based and she is on medications to help keep her breathing clear. She has been prone to getting pneumonia though because of this so we keep a close eye on her and try to keep her environment as clear from dust as we can in a barn.

"I remember my mother who told me all about her life as a race horse. She told me she hoped I would do something different. I've always hoped that she knows I did do something different and that I am safe. I hoped to see her again one day. I liked her. They say I look just like her now. I'm glad to carry on her legacy. She felt that no one really knew her. I hope that changed for her."




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Katie Fistner & Peter Ricci - January 2018 - December 2018
Pat and Dan Nolan - December 2017 - November 2019
Kathryn Harding -May 2017 - April 2020


Felix, Donkey, geldingFelix is a gelded Donkey born in 2003. Felix and fellow donkey Leo arrived at SFC in November 2003 from a horrific animal abuse case. Both donkeys were severely emaciated and very near death. To increase their chances of survival, they lived for that entire first winter in a pen in Dawn and Margot's heated garage. With lots of nursing and tender loving care, they pulled through but by then had developed an amazing bond with both Dawn and Margot. The barn was remodeled to add two more stalls and they now both live in that barn with the horse herd of Jeremy, Ginny, and Charlie. They are affectionately known as the donkey boys. And Felix especially can be heard all Sponsor Buttonover the farm at dinner times.

Felix is incredibly sensitive and very caring. He also tends to be a bit hesitant at anything new. But once he gets used to something, he is very solid and dependable. For the first year that Felix was here, he suffered from horrible nightmares during the night. We had never experienced that with another horse or donkey before. He literally would start braying as if he was being killed and we'd run down to his stall to find him madly running in circles, terrified. When we'd come in to the stall, he'd stop running, and come up to us and bury his head in our chest and breathe deeply until the fear subsided and he knew he was safe once again. To see anyone carrying that much trauma, especially at such a young age, was heart wrenching. To know that this sensitive being went through all that is difficult. But to see him playing with his donkey body Leo and knowing that he no longer has nightmares and that he totally feels safe is immensely gratifying.

"I have my barn now. I have my farm now. It is my world. I watched many of my friends die when I was little and knew I was next. I couldn't run away. But I don't have to run away any more. It is like a dream that I woke up and realized the dream was real. I treasure each and every day."



Thanks to my sponsors
Mikki Dorsey - August 2017 - July 2018
John Andersen - July 2016 - June 2019

FrankieFrankie is a Shetland pony gelding estimated to have been born around 2009. He came to the farm in early 2016 after recently going blind and needing to have a safe place to live out the rest of his years. Frankie is a dynamo. Right now, Sponsor Buttonhe is still adjusting to going blind. He has been blind in one eye for several years but recently lost sight in his second eye. He hasn't figured out yet that it is better to slow down and think things out instead of just plowing forward and seeing what happens. But Frankie is learning fast here with us as we are working with him. We are seeing his confidence return and his ability to slow down and think things through to get better. He's not been here for long but we all love him already. He has quite the spirit and willingness to adapt to whatever comes his way. And we can see already that he has figured out he is home and that he will never have to move again.

We look forward to sharing many years to come with him and watching him find his place here in the herd and at our farm. Welcome home Frankie!

"I know I may be little and cute but never underestimate the energy behind my charm. I have always known I'm in this world to do big things. It's just that I didn't know what they were. But now ... now I'm on the way to finding them. Stay tuned...."



Virginia Creeper

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Pat and Dan Nolan - December 2017 - November 2019
Leanne Jardine - December 2016 - November 2018
In Memory of Marianne Lines - March 2016 - February 2020


Ginny, Standardbred, MareGinny is a Standardbred mare born in 2002. Her journey to Spring Farm has been one with many twists and turns. She was trained and raced for the first part of her life. But her career was cut short and she found her way to pulling a wagon for an Amish family. It was during that time that she suffered an unfortunate accident. Her hoof was impaled by a very long nail that she picked up on the street and she actually drove for miles with this nail embedded in her foot that went clear to the bone. This was not only a "career" ending injury, but in most cases would have meant the end of her life. But luck found Ginny in an amazing way. A horse rescue heard about her plight and agreed to take Ginny into their care. A donor came forward and helped pay for extensive surgery to try to save the foot. It was an 18 month long process of healing and rehab for Ginny's life to be saved. And thanks to the dedication of the personSponsor Button running that rescue, she survived. Unfortunately, Ginny also developed another condition in her front feet called navicular which is also incredibly painful. A whole lot of work and corrective shoeing and pain management got her through that - but she still would be lame at times. The question was now a matter of keeping her comfortable enough for her to have a good quality of life.

Another twist of fate entered Ginny's life when the horse rescue who stood by her no matter what was forced to close due to health reasons of it's founder. We were asked if Ginny could live out her days with us and when we heard her story, had a space come open, and realized that Ginny would fit in perfectly in our herd, we were able to say yes. Ginny is magnificent. She is funny, kind, incredibly loving, and very trustworthy. And now, Ginny, got an unexpected gift. Thanks to our veterinarians at Syracuse Equine, they knew about a drug that has had amazing results with some cases of Navicular. It was costly but, for a young horse like Ginny, it was worth a try. The results have been nothing less than miraculous. Over a 3 month process, Ginny is now barefoot and totally sound. To watch her run and gallop in the field with her buddies is a sight to behold. Thank you Drs. Romero and Tan!

"Sometimes there are long days that are hard to get through. When I find one of those, I just remember that tomorrow is an opportunity to be better. The nice thing is that change always comes. Some changes are hard. I was beginning to think my life didn't matter. I never dreamed I'd end up someplace safe where I didn't have to perform or carry a load when my body could no longer do it. I thought I was dead. But I found out that it changed and I've never felt more alive.




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Pat and Dan Nolan - December 2017 - November 2019
Kathryn Harding - November 2017 - October 2020


HenryHenry is estimated to have been born in 1995 and came to the farm in Fall of 2017. Henry comes to us from an equine rescue in Vermont after it was determined he really needed to find a sanctuary to care for his needs as he is aging. Henry doesn't have very many teeth left for chewing hay so he needs to be on a Sponsor Button special diet of soaked feed. After our blind pony Molly lost her seeing eye horse friend Annie, we had been keeping an eye out for an appropriate companion for her. Henry was also looking for a more permanent friend as life at a rescue was hard for him with horses continuously moving in and out and he really wanted to bond with someone. Henry is a gentleman and a very kind horse. He loves people and has settled in very nicely into his new home.

"I have moved around a lot in this life and have longed for a place I could say I belong. My body is a bit more tired now and I don't have much to give in terms of work. But my heart is full of friendship and I have a lot to give and a lot of life still left to explore. I feel like I need to rest a bit but then I intend to find my true work here with my other horse friends."




Kernel, gray geldingKernel is a grade gelding estimated to have been born in 2007. He came to the farm in 2017 with three other horses who were all in an extreme neglect situation. Kernel was in very poor condition when he Sponsor Buttonarrived. Luckily, he seems to have physically recovered. Emotionally, his situation was very hard on him as well as his other three friends. Kernel is a big guy with the confidence of a tiny mouse. For the past year, we have been working with him on boundaries and confidence building. If Kernel could crawl in your pocket for comfort, he would. He is a gentle guy with a cocky sense of humor. He loves to hang out with horse mate Cami and you can see her kind of roll her eyes at his antics. Kernel can quickly get himself into a lot of trouble. We hope to see his confidence continue to grow as he understands he is safe and is now in his permanent home with us.

"Life is kind of interesting. I know people think I'm just out here chasing butterflies around or something but actually I have a lot to think about. It just takes me a while to figure things out. But once I do, I can be a good role model and leader. Just wait, I'll show them all."




Thanks to my sponsorsJaney - February 2012 - January 2019


Leo, Donkey geldingLeo is a gelded Donkey born in 2003. He arrived at SFC in November 2003, only a couple of months old, with another donkey baby, Felix. They were both rescued from a dreadful animal abuse case where they were both found starving and near death. They spent their first winter in Dawn and Margot's heated garage to increase their chances of survival. After much nursing care, they made it and then later moved into the barn with horses Jeremy, Dulcie, and Shawnee. Leo may be the smallest in stature in the barn Sponsor Buttonbut he is the largest in attitude. Stubborn doesn't nearly describe Leo when he doesn't want to do something. He is a very sweet and loving guy and holds his own out in the pasture with the big horses. In fact, his favorite play buddy other than Felix of course, is his uncle Jeremy.

Leo's tenacity is exactly what enabled him to survive the extreme deprivation at such a young age. Barely alive when he arrived at the farm, his eyes were completely vacant. It was like looking at an empty shell. To see this magnificent being get stronger, come into his own power, and to learn that life is indeed something good has been a wondrous thing to witness. It was a long journey for him. He endured more in his first two months than many beings ever have to deal with in a lifetime. He makes us laugh with his antics as he plays with Felix and they share everything together. They both love to play together with a jolly ball (a large ball with a handle for horses and dogs) as they carry it together all over the pasture. We often see the two of them making up games of chase or catch with the ball. He also can be quite an imp. One of his favorite tricks is to move the manure bucket while we are mucking his stall. He often will pick it up and walk off with it just as we are about to deposit a fork-full. He thinks that is quite funny. But to see his sense of humor and play is a blessing after all he has been through.

"Life is totally about having fun. I watch butterflies have fun. I watch birds have fun. If things get too serious, then it is up to me to be sure to create some fun."



Thanks to my sponsorsBarbara Gold - June 2018 - May 2019


Libby, mini-donkey mareLibby is a mini-donkey mare estimated to have been born in 2014. She came to the farm in spring of 2018 with six other mini-donkeys all of whom were in an extreme neglect case. All of them arrived emaciated and with severely Sponsor Buttonovergrown and deformed feet. Libby has some of the worst feet of all of them. She is also quite shy and at first was very afraid of even letting us touch her. But as Libby is realizing she is safe now, she is becoming less shy and even has been standing closer to us to be petted. In fact, she is really starting to like the idea. We will continue to take things very slow and let Libby let us know when she is ready to move further. Each day we see her make steps and we are getting to know her more and more as time goes on. We look forward to watching her blossom.

"I'm glad to be with all of my donkey friends. It gives me comfort to be in my group and to know we all are finding safety together. Not all of my friends survived and that made me very sad. But I look forward to know what different things I can now find in life. I think something really good is happening here."





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In Memory of Jeremy - March 2018 - February 2020
John Andersen - March 2016 - February 2019

Mabel, donkeyMabel arrived at our farm in January 2016. She is estimated to have been born in 1986, but we do not know her exact age. We knew the minute we saw Mabel that she was exactly the perfect friend for mini-donkey Mary Beth and we couldn't have been more right. The two girls hit it off immediately and quickly bonded. Mabel is a wise old soul with the very special qualities of being a donkey. We are Sponsor Buttonthrilled to have her join our herd and to add her voice to the donkey choir. We look forward to learning more about her and from her over the years.

At this point Mabel does not have any health problems that we know of. She does have a deformed hind foot/leg that we will be working on with corrective foot care and we will be addressing any aging issues or special needs as they arise.

"I have been moved around a lot in my life. This time it feels like I found the place where I now will stay. I can see they need me here and it feels great to be needed. I love being a part of things and having a little extra care as well. My old bones are starting to creek a bit but I'm doing ok. This place intrigues me and I look forward to tending to whatever roles come my way."



Mary Beth

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Mary Beth, donkeyMary Beth arrived at our farm in spring of 2015.  She traveled a very long way to get to us and to find her forever home.  Mary Beth is a mini-donkey born in 2011 in North Carolina.  Sadly, just moments after her birth, her sire stepped on her neck, badly injuring her.  The people who had her were unable to acquire the medical help needed to try to fix her neck and as a result, her neck was permanently damaged.  Mary Beth has limited motion and mobility with her neck.  She carries her head down low with a slight tilt.  But this little girl knew that life was precious to her and she had no intention of quitting. 

We were contacted by our friends at Pets with Disabilities in Maryland after they were contacted about Mary Beth to see if anyone could give her a permanent home when her people could no longer keep her.Sponsor Button  We just happened to have an opening for a small pony or donkey and when we saw her photo and heard her story, we knew she was supposed to be here with us. 

Mary Beth is a beautiful soul.  She is soft and gentle and filled with compassion and a zest for life that is amazing.  No, she is not “normal”, but Mary Beth has figured out how to live life to the best of her abilities and she is taking to joining the ranks of many of our other equine teachers here at the farm.  She settled in immediately, making friends with 2 goats who hang out with her during the day and the two ponies who live right beside her. 

Her bray bellows out and fills the barn with her special music.  Mary Beth’s body may have problems, but the light of her soul shines through her eyes and through her special donkey song.  We welcome Mary Beth home and strive to do all we can to see if we can improve some of her mobility and make sure she is content and happy.  And we also are excited to see what all she has to teach us as well. 

"I am happy to know the safety of friends and the farm I now call my home. I am learning about many things as my world just expanded a lot. But I am ready now to see all there is to see and most importantly to be all that I can be. And when you hear me sing, you will know that it is from my heart, because my heart is filled with joy to be alive. And that is worthy of not just a song but a symphony."




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Mikki Dorsey - August 2017 - July 2018
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Meloudee, Arab geldingMeloudee is an Arabian gelding born at SFC in 1990. Meloudee was born to Deelight as part of our Arab breeding program before we became SFC. He was originally supposed to be sold as a stallion but that did not work out. Meloudee was not having a good life as a stallion and we gelded him at 4 years old. He was the third generation of his family line to reside at SFC. His grandmother, Deeteza, held a very special place of honor here. A daughter of hers, Deelight, later came to SFC and was bred and had Meloudee. Meloudee is quite a character and has been known to make faces at workshop participants to get them to lighten up around him. He loves to run in the pasture with seven other friends and to be able to play with his stall neighbor and best friend TLC.

Meloudee, like his grandmother before him, has a determination and mind of his own. Most people wouldSponsor Button throw up their hands in frustration trying to do anything to work with him. He can be skittish at times, stand-offish at times, and can act like he has never been handled before in his life. And if you are in a hurry and trying to do anything with him where you think you have to win - he will instantly be all those things. But if you stay soft and quiet and centered and present, he can be an awesome partner. He has never been a mean horse. He actually is a very sensitive guy and frequently misunderstood. He can be challenging but a relationship with him is incredibly rewarding. He is symbolic of the true heart and spirit of the Horse. He also is incredibly handsome and has magnificent Arab bloodlines - and he knows that too!

"I am here and I am who I am. If you see me, you know me. But it takes a keen eye to see me. And an open heart to fully understand who I am. I'm still learning that myself."




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Pat and Dan Nolan - December 2017 - November 2019
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Molly, Welch Pony mix, mareMolly is a Welch Pony cross who was born around 1997. She came to the farm in 2010. Her career as a hunter/jumper show pony was cut short when she suddenly lost her eyesight. Molly is functionally blind, meaning she totally trusts and relies on her human handler to move about like a normal horse. In fact, she was even being ridden by children up until 3 weeks before she came to retire here at Spring Farm. Molly goes out to pasture with TJ, a blind Quarter Horse. They are accompanied by their seeing eye pony Annie (see above).

Molly had a rough transition when she first came here. Not only was she now blind, but she also was suddenly withoutSponsor Button a job. She had been a career show pony and that was her entire life. To be in retirement at only age 13 was not even anything she could comprehend. She was in a new place with new people caring for her and her life had abruptly and totally turned upside down. Yet, sweet Molly trusted us and the horses who became her new family and kept communicating to her that she was safe. It took a while but Molly believed them and now has settled in beautifully to life in retirement at Spring Farm. Because she is so trusting, we are able to lead her out to pasture with her two friends and she has a wonderful life.

"When I lost my eyesight, I thought my life was over. And for many horses that is true. But I am very lucky. I was able to rewrite my own story within the safety of this farm. And what a wonderful story it is. I don't have to win any ribbons to be a champ. I've never really even seen what this farm looks like or what my friends look like. But I know what it feels like. And I love them all."



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Mabel Cobb - December 2017 - November 2018
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Murfee, donkeyMurfee is a standard Donkey who was born right here at the farm on August 9, 2016. He arrived in utero without our even knowing he was in there when his mother Mabel came to retire here at age 30 in January 2016. Little did we know she'd be pregnant at that age but what a surprise we had when in April we noticed some very strange Sponsor Buttonmovements coming from her belly. Little Murfee was quite active inside there apparently running laps around inside, impatiently awaiting the day he could run free. It took until August when out he came. It took him only minutes to spring to his feet and greet his mom and human friends with great enthusiasm. As if he was saying, "I'm FINALLY here!" We look forward to a lot of years together. He was born during our 25th Anniversary year and ushers in the next generation.


"I have so much to do. I'm so excited to be here. Wait until you get to see what I'm up to!"



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NellNell is estimated to have been born in 2007 and came to the farm in March of 2017 after being rescued from an Sponsor Buttonanimal neglect case. Nell was the only survivor of three horses who had been neglected and found starving. Nell is a very sweet girl and we will be updating her profile here as we learn more about her. She is very happy and grateful to everyone who cares for her. She has lost the vision in one eye due to severe infection that occurred from her neglect situation. We are thrilled to welcome her to the farm and are doing all we can to help her in her recovery. Nell is very affectionate and we look forward to getting to know her better. Right now the main goal is to put much needed weight on her and to let her settle in to our herd and make new friends. She is already making friends with Ember, her stall neighbor and she will be introduced to her new herd as we can.

"I am very happy to be here. In the bigger sense and the smaller sense. I'm not sure what to make of everything right now. I didn't think I'd survive and now suddenly I have a family again. I am very grateful."




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Noah, donkeyNoah is a Donkey estimated to have been born in 2011 and came to the farm in the summer of 2016. Noah and his horse companion Ziek came to the farm after their human caretakers could no longer keep Sponsor Buttonthem due to health reasons. Noah came in without much handling and basically only knew how to follow his horse friend around. But he showed us in short order how very intelligent he is and what a wonderful and special donkey he is. Within only 3 weeks, we were able to lead him around and introduce him to new friends at the farm. We are thrilled to have Noah with us now as he shares his amazing wisdom and gentle energy.

"I am here to learn as much as I can in this life. This is my home now and I want to settle in and learn and share so many things. I am very excited to be here in my new life. I am grateful for opportunities and hopeful about the future."






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Shawnee, Tennessee Walker/Quarter Horse geldingShawnee is a Quarter Horse/Tennessee Walker gelding born in May 2005. Shawnee arrived at SFC at just 12 hours old when his mother died shortly after giving birth to him and the people could not properly care for him. He also was badly injured from something that punctured him all over his legs and thighs. Unfortunately, despite massive medical treatments and around the clock nursing, infection still managed to set in. Dawn, Margot, and Bonnie took shifts nursing him around the clock for weeks, bottle feeding him and tending to his wounds. He pulled through but there seems to be permanent damage to one of his hind legs where the infection had gotten into one of his joints. The injury left him unsound and he will never be able to beSponsor Button ridden. He is however comfortable if he doesn't have to carry a saddle and rider.

Most orphaned foals grow up to be difficult adults because the lack the proper horse socialization that only a horse mom can provide. Shawnee ended up with a very special gift in his life. Shawnee was given a second chance at life when Margot's mare Tasia (who sadly passed away in February 2008) actually took Shawnee in and was a surrogate mother for him. She let him live in her stall while we maintained bottle feeding him. Tasia's gift to him afforded him the chance of having a horse mom and learning the ways of the horse. He is a kind, gentle, loving and now well behaved horse thanks to Tasia. But sadly, Shawnee has now lost two mothers in his life. Now that he is an adult, Shawnee has been moved to our bigger barn and is now integrated with a more active herd. Shawnee will spend the rest of his life here at the farm -really the only home he has ever known.

"I am a boy who was given the gifts of great moms. Not just 2 horse moms, but my human moms as well. I know my first horse mom never got to see me grow up but my second horse mom did and I always remember all the things she taught me. She was a kind and great lady who taught me that kindness is always most important. I hope my life is a good representation of who she was. That would make me great."




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TLC, Arabian/Quarter Horse geldingTLC is an Arabian/Quarter Horse gelding born at SFC in 1990. TLC was born to Tina as part of our breeding program before we were SFC. He was a very difficult little foal with a mind of his own and could be incredibly stubborn. He has since grown up to be a decent horse citizen and minds his manners well. Because of his difficult temperament, TLC was not sold or adopted out as we felt he could fall into abusive hands. Sponsor Button

TLC is Meloudee’s best friend and enjoys his summer days out with his herd in the big pasture. When TLC was born, we couldn't immediately think of a name, so temporarily in our records he was TLC which stood for Tina's Little Colt. When we saw how ornery he was, we began to think that TLC may be a good name to influence the direction he developed in. It seems to have worked!

TLC has been in good health although he has had an episode of seizures that we do not know the underlying cause. We do know however that he is very happy running and playing with his friends, most especially Meloudee who he also lives beside in their stalls. They are always hanging their heads over each other's stall walls and playing and mutually grooming one another.

"I don't know if I really have anything important to say. I have lived my whole life here on this farm and it is just the way I like it. We have all been through a lot together and we know each other very well. We love this farm and the land and all the folks who keep us safe and loved."




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Toby, mini-donkey geldingToby is a mini-donkey gelding estimated to have been born in 2012. He came to the farm in spring of 2018 with six other mini-donkeys who all came from an extreme neglect situation. All of them arrived Sponsor Buttonhere emaciated and with severely overgrown and malformed feet. Toby is very precocious and actually a bit pushy. He loves human contact but has poor judgment on proper etiquette and body space. In other words, he slams into people for attention. We will be working with Toby to help him with that but he clearly is excited to be here with us. And he is clearly elated to be in a new place where he has food and dry bedding and his friends. Toby lets us know daily of his gratitude and excitement. And we are glad to have him with us as well.

"I'm looking forward to EVERYTHING there is! I want to do it all! I look forward to meeting as many people as want to meet me. I have a lot to give and I was waiting to find my place in life to share it all. I am so excited! I think I found my place! It was starting to look like I'd never get here. But we all did!"




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Viva, Quarter Horse/Arab geldingViva (registered name: Zinkaviva Ursus) is a Quarter Horse/Arab gelding born in 1985 to Bonnie’s first horse Kazinka. Kazinka was purchased by Bonnie when she was already pregnant. Another mare Tina was also purchased around the same time when Viva was born, thus, he was raised by two mares, Kazinka and Tina. Kazinka died in 1993. These were the original three horses that got Bonnie on the path to founding SFC. Viva, especially, played a large role in that, as Bonnie raised her first foal and learned about all the things going on in the horse world. Viva developed a bad case of kidney stones which were really Sponsor Buttonpainful and gave him lots of back pain. As a result, he had a lot of pain under saddle and bucked people off, so he was never able to be ridden.

He thankfully has not had a problem with kidney stones for a long time now. He occupies his place of honor here at the farm with his mares that he takes care of in the outdoor paddock. He is a real clown, like his mother, and just as loving and caring as she was too. Viva is sort of like the class clown and the 3 mares he lives with love to get him going by picking on him. He puts up with a lot from them and still keeps in good sense of humor. We consider Viva to be one of the Founders of Spring Farm CARES.

"I guess it is true that I am famous. It's something that I have to live with but its not a big deal. The mares are a bit bothersome at times but the truth is that they'd be totally lost without me. However, when they kick me out of the shed I am not very pleased. I'm lucky that my best friend is Story and she is the leader of our herd. No one messes with her. And do you think it is by accident that she is my best friend? And they don't think I'm very smart!"




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Whisper, Quarter Horse paint mareWhisper was born in 1999 and came to the farm in 2012 when her owner could not care properly for her needs. Whisper had sustained a very bad injury to her hock after getting tangled in a wire fence. Unfortunately, the wound had not been properly treated, infection set in deep into the joint, and the joint fused and became immobile by the time we got her. She also had issues with her teeth that required a lot of dental work to get her back into shape so that she could get more nutrition from her food. Sponsor Button

Whisper is a sweetheart and fit in with the herd as if she had always been here. While she will never have a leg that functions normally, she is able to walk and enjoy pasture time with her friends. She also is comfortable as there is no longer pain due to the fact that the joint was fused. Our goal now is to keep her comfortable and to help the rest of her body cope as she compensates for the problem leg. Unfortunately, this is the sort of injury that does affect her life expectancy. But for now, Whisper is fully enjoying her life. She is supported by chiropractic, acupuncture, and other holistic modalities as well. She will live out her remaining years with us and she knows she is safe now.

"I'm glad to be here where I am safe and where people care. It means a lot to me. I also cherish my horse friends. We are all here together because there was no other place for us. That makes this place all the more special to me."




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Ziek, buckskin Quarter horseZiek is a Quarter Horse estimated to have been born in 1999 and came to the farm in summer of 2016 with his donkey companion Noah. He has quite a history of having been a camp horse in a summer campSponsor Button program for several years. He came from somewhere out west originally before he ended up here in New York State. Ziek is now retired with us. He has become great friends with his new pasture mate Whisper and seems to be enjoying being a part of a larger herd again.




"I am not that complex a guy. I kind of like things easy and simple. When things get too complicated around me, well..... then so do I. I'm still trying to figure things out. But life seems good."




And then..... The Glue that Holds the Whole Barn Together.... Our Barn Cat



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Izzy, catIzzy and her litter mate sister Bella came as kittens after they were rescued from another barn where they were going to be killed at Sponsor Buttonthe age of 8 weeks. Izzy had a seriously injured and infected eye when she arrived which later had to be removed. Izzy is a super friendly cat and she knows her way around the horses, ducks, chickens, geese, and goats and sheep. She watches over the whole show and greets all the humans who come to visit as well. Sadly in October 2017, we lost Bella to kidney disease. Izzy however continues to patrol the barn and keep everyone in line.




You can also visit our Ghost Brigade page with the photos and bios of all of the horses and farm animals to have lived at Spring Farm CARES and who still lovingly watch over the farm

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The ghost herd