The story of promise…


I sat there online, looking at all the sites that weekly network kill lot horses in need of being saved before they ship. This week one horse in particular grabbed me. Her name was Toffee. It was still early in the week so I knew there were several days before she would ship. I watched all week hoping and praying someone would bail her. Day after day passed and no one was saving her. Finally it was Saturday afternoon and I knew we only had until 6 PM, no one was stepping up to save her.


Toffee had a note with her. The note extolled her talents “gaming, eventing and jumping” and further stated that she had “4 new shoes” put on just the week before. The owner was going to college and couldn’t keep her.

“HOW DID SHE END UP HERE??” I kept saying. Well, that didn’t matter, fact was, she WAS there and needed someone to care. I couldn’t let her ship. I couldn’t let down the college-bound teen who erroneously trusted someone.

I couldn’t imagine letting their horse be slaughtered. I knew I wouldn’t sleep. So, my incredibly kind husband and I drove 5.5 hours each way to bring this horse to safety. Today Promise is thriving and looking for her forever home.


Toffee’s name was changed to Promise, because she represents my promise to fight against slaughter after a horse I had was sent off to auction by someone I considered a friend. My horse had an enlarged thyroid. She was a young tattooed TB. I never found her. I hurt daily over losing her into the corrupt system that is so well hidden from our eyes.

IT’S TIME! Time to stand up, to educate ALL Americans about the underground horse slaughter pipeline, time to change laws. Please help us in our mission.

Please support USHWR today through a one time donation or an ongoing monthly donation.

Thank You,
Susan Mitchell, President

Faith (Blind Faith)

Faith is an 8 year old 13.2 hands pony that was rescued after being purchased by a kill buyer and was going to be slaughtered. This incredibly sweet and mild tempered girl has a strong work ethic with substantial training. She is especially fond of jumping. Faith is looking for that forever home. She is ideal for anyone who is interested in showing Hunter/Jumper as she is very talented, smart, and willing. Faith is completely sound.



Bentley (Bentham’s Quote)

Bentley is a 5 year old 13 hands green broke Welch type pony who was rescued from a slaughter lot. He was still a stud. He is ideally suited for someone who wants to finish a pony off their way and can continue his training. He has been ridden and is very accepting of a rider, no buck or rear!  Bentley is completely sound.


Meet Copper, our newest rescue who just arriving on 6/10/18. He is a Haflinger, approximately 14 years old. He has some arthritis in one front leg, possibly from catching it in something and damaging the joint.  With time and naturopathic treatments Copper should be able to live a long comfortable life. Copper wears scars from years of being whipped to pull the cart, plow or carriage yet his heart shows no scars! He is ready to retire and be a pasture pet. No horse deserves it more!  Copper measures only about 13’3 hands, making him a small Haflinger and by size a pony. 

You will never find a bigger heart than Copper’s. His sweetness has already captured the hearts of all the volunteers, the vet, the vet tech and the farrier. His soft loving demeanor makes him a perfect therapy pony for a program that only does ground work with their steeds in cross ties, small paddocks.

Copper will leave Avon soon and will head out to Thompson, CT where he can roam the bulk of 30 acres with others who have been retired. He will soon be available for adoption under the right circumstances to a forever home where he can be a loving companion to another horse or to a therapy program where he would only have to give hugs!! If you are interested in learning more about Copper please send us an email.



Vinnie Van Go

Vinnie is the newest Off Track Thoroughbred to be rescued by USHWR. He became part of our herd the first week in May after he was discovered in a PA kill lot that ships to slaughter weekly. It is the same lot that Promise came from. Once discovered, we began the work of tracking down the former trainer and securing the necessary funds to rescue Vinnie from the lot prior to shipping to slaughter. Vinnie is now in Avon after having been quarantined nearby. He is still undergoing assessment, so stay tuned for more information about him. He will be available for foster/adoption once assessment is complete.