Gerda's Equine Rescue

Adoptions

Below you can see the equines we currently have available for adoption. 

Please keep in mind that when you are adopting a rescue horse you are making a commitment for the remainder of its life. We want to find each rescued horse a loving, forever home.  Our adoption process is comprehensive and designed to assure the best possible match between our horses and potential adopters. 

Suitability is of the utmost importance in placing our horses.


Our adoption fees range from $200-$4000. Please contact us for specific prices 

of individual horses.


You can download our adoption application below. When completed, please return this form to GER at  PO Box 1352,  West Townshend, VT 05359, or scan and e-mail to gerdasequinerescue@gmail.com

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Adoption Gallery

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MAPLE

PALAMINO-MARE-10 YRS.OLD-13.1HH

ADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME

Maple is a medium sized pony mare who is looking for a home with someone who has the time and patience to build a relationship with her. Her time in the slaughter pipeline left her very weary of people. She gets along well with others in the herd and would make a great companion.

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ROSE

MINI-MARE- 8 YRS. OLD-34"

Rose and Apple met each other here at the rescue and were immediately drawn to each other.
Rose is a beautiful registered 34" mini mare.  She is well mannered and easy to handle. Her best friend is Apple, who is the same height, color, and age as Rose.  They would be a perfect driving team!  Minis are so easy to train to drive.

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Apple

MINI-MARE- YRS. OLD-34"

Apple is a beautiful registered 34" mini mare.  She is well mannered and easy to handle. Her best friend is Rose, who is the same height, color, and age as Apple.  They would be a perfect driving team!  Minis are so easy to train to drive. 

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ANNA

SMALL PONY-MARE- 5 MO.
This lovely smart and sweet weanling is so adorable. She leads, picks up all four feet and deserves to have someone enjoy her at this tender age. She arrived at the rescue with her yearling half-sister Elsa, who has been invaluable at keeping her company while they await their new homes. 

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ELSA

SMALL PONY-MARE- 1 YR. OLD
This little girl with the beautiful face is Anna’s big half-sister and security blanket for the moment.  She is a bit more opinionated than her baby sister and is at the age where she could use some structure around what is expected of her as a pony. She is very beautiful and fun!

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EVIE

QUARTER HORSE-MARE- 4 YRS.OLD-14.2HH AND GROWING

This adorable horse came to our rescue from a kill pen at the tender age of three; she is now four years old.  She stands at 14.2hh now and is still growing! Evie is full of potential, she is green broke and has been out on trails and really enjoyed them. This girl will need a rider with the experience and patience to bring a young horse along. 

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SMILEY

STANDARDBRED-GELDING-14 YRS. OLD-16HH

Smiley is a big, very handsome Standardbred gelding with a big floaty trot. He is in a foster home where he is getting help transiting from being a racing harness horse to a riding horse. 

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CHOCOLATE & SHEILA

MINI-MARES- 10-12 YRS. OLD- 34"
This bonded pair of mini mares came from a private home; we will not separate them. They are both beautiful despite their furry winter coats. They are not in their teens yet and could be taught to becoming a wonderful driving team.

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BRIDGETTE & PENELOPE

DONKEY-MARE- 1 1/2 YR. OLD- HH
Baby Bridgette is a one and a half-year-old donkey who arrived from a direct ship killpen in PA with her mother Penelope. Bridgette arrived very sick after having been in the slaughter pipeline but is now 100% healthy! She has had her dental done and feet trimmed, and she is an absolute doll in every way. Her mom, Penelope, arrives terrified and you could not get near here. Donkeys typically never forget any experience they have had whether good or bad. I am sure having gone through the slaughter pipeline and protecting her baby the best she could had to have been exhausting and scary for her.  She is SO much better now; she comes up to you for treats and allows you to pet her head.  She will be great but needs someone with patience and who will not demand anything of her until she learns to trust. She is totally worth the wait! We are hoping to keep mother and daughter together.  

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VIZI GIRL

THOROUGHBRED-MARE-5YRS.OLD-15.3HH

This girl is stunning!!  She arrived Summer 2018 from a kill pen, emaciated, and beaten up by other horses in the pen. Vizi is a super well-bred Thoroughbred, and she looks it now.

We found her breeder and were told that she broke off the top off her sesamoid bone during training as a 2yr. old. We have had her x-rayed and she is 100% sound.  She should not be jumping courses but has no other restrictions.  This mare is full of potential and is great on trails.

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GUNNER

STANDARDBRED-GELDING-18 YRS. OLD-15HH
This full-bodied big boy would love a home where he would be a devoted companion to ANY horse, he would also enjoy being ridden at a walk with someone who would love to do just that!  He is very fond of men in particular!  
After his cart racing career  he became an Amish buggy horse and ended up in auction when he couldn't keep up with the demands of a cart horse. He is sound and healthy.
He is very handsome and is deserving of a great home.

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WILLIE & CHANCE

PAINT-GELDINGS-22 YRS.OLD-14.3HH

These boys are inseparable and we will only adopt them out as a pair.  They have been together for most of their lives. The young woman who owned them had passed away and they ended up in a home where the care was less than acceptable!  They were emaciated; these striking looking Paints had a loving life that quickly became one of trying to survive. They are much better now and are ready for a safe loving home. They are both 22 years old and are two of the most loving horses we have ever had here.  Will (the black/white boy) has arthritis in his knees, so we have injected them with Legend making him wonderful for trail riding again, which is what both love to do. This bonded pair is for sure going to make someone really happy!

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ANGELICA

PONY-MARE-20 YRS. OLD-14 HH

Angelica has decided she would rather be fussed over then ridden and will make a great companion!  She is a major lover of people and is impressive to look at with her one blue eye and bright color. She is a super easy keeper and is perfect for the vet and trimmer. She stands completely still on the cross ties to be groomed and soaks up all of the attention you will give her.

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ASPEN

PONY-GELDING- 15 YRS. OLD-12.3 HH

This little full-bodied guy is eye candy, along with a sweet personality to match his good looks.  He had teeth that were in severe need of a dental on arrival. Once the basic medical was done we got to evaluate him under saddle, he was a bit opinionated about things but once he understood that was not the way things were going to be, he straightened out and said OK!

He will need an educated rider for a while to keep things clear in his mind.  He is good-natured and will just get better and better with consistency.    

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HANOVER BUCKNELL (BUCK)

STANDARDBRED-GELDING-13 YRS. OLD- 15HH
ADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME
ADOPTER WILL RECEIVE A CONAIR PRO GROOMING SET!!
After Bucks racing career was over, he went to auction and became an Amish buggy horse. He found himself in a killpen when his legs couldn’t take the demands of a buggy horse any longer. Sweet is an understatement and with his movie-star looks he would make any owner proud to call him their own. He can no longer be ridden but gets along well with others and will make a great companion and someone to love on him. He would be more than willing to give little ones a lead line ride!

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IBIS

THOROUGHBRED-MARE-23 YRS. OLD-15HH
ADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME
ADOPTER WILL RECEIVE A CONAIR PRO GROOMING SET!!
Ibis is a lovely Thoroughbred mare who after her racing career became a school horse! She was adopted out as a trail horse but grew tired of the trails and is looking for a home who wants to enjoy ring work with her. She needs an advanced/beginner rider and will do anything asked of her. She's a young 23 year old although when you meet her you'd think she was more like mid-teens. She gets along well with other horses.

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SYDIN

ARABIAN-GELDING-6 YRS. OLD-14HH

Sydin arrived to GER as an intact stud who quickly became a gelding! He will need a home with someone who will give him time to bond; he was run through several auctions before coming to GER so arrived very mistrusting of people. He has never shown any aggression whatsoever towards people, just fear. He is lovely under saddle and will go out on trails alone (you can see videos of him on our FB page). Once he finds his person to bond with he'll be even more fun to ride!

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GENEVA

THOROUGHBRED-MARE-12 YRS. OLD-15.3HH

Geneva is a lovely TB mare. We are still evaluating her to see if she has any issues that would make her unadoptable, but we have great hopes for her. She is the epitome of an elegant TB! 

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CHESTERFIELD

STANDARDBRED-GELDING- 17 YRS. OLD-15.1HH

Chester is a very sweet pacer who is transitioning from a cart racing horse to a riding horse. He does w/t/c and needs a confident rider who will be comfortable with his big stride. Chester needs more evaluation under saddle, particularly out on trails. We have a trainer that will be working with him on a regular basis now, so we should have more information on him soon.  

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WINTER

MIXED BREED-MARE-13 YRS. OLD-15.1HH

Winter arrived last summer along with 3 other mares that we saved. Sadly she has been put on the back burner as far as her training is concerned but we do know that she is green broke and a very kind horse. We would like to find her a home with someone who has the time, patience and experience to bring her along so she can reach her full potential! 

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MELODY

THOROUGHBRED-MARE-19 YRS. OLD

This lovely mare had been through a lot before we rescued her from a killpen.  Unbeknownst to us, she had a birthing that had gone awry and left her with some severe damage.  Once in our care, she had a successful surgery! She and Misha were adopted in a home together but were recently were returned due to a divorce.  Melody has participated in a Christmas parade in our town and actually seemed to really enjoy it!  Her Tattoo needs to be revisited, it is not very clear but the first reading tells us she is now 19 years old.  A home with an intermediate rider is preferable as she has not been ridden in her previous home and will need a refresher.

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MISHA

THOROUGHBRED-MARE-17 YRS. OLD - 14.2HH

Misha is a sweet and willing pacer who is wonderful with children, easy to handle and also happens to be NY Melody's best friend. She is looking for a low key home with an owner to mosey around with; she is a pacer so a canter is not going to happen.

HOLD FOR EVALUATION

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TEEDEE (HOLD FOR EVALUATION)

Teedee is a 3 1/2 year old gelding that we rescued from a kill buyer the day before he was set to go to Mexico. He was sick and his tail had been eaten by the other starving horses at the feedlot. He was rescued with another mare Phyllis and went through quarantine for 3 months before they were well enough to come to GER. He has a sweet puppy dog personality and loves running around in the field and showing off his loving personality. He will be competing in this year's rescue to stardom at the world horse expo! 

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PRING (HOLD FOR EVALUATION)

WELCH PINTO X-MARE- 5 YRS. OLD-14.1HH-MARE

This stunning mare is as sweet as can be and has one crystal blue eye! When she was rescued from auction she did not even know how to lead! She is truly a blank canvas because of her exceptional disposition she will make a great student!  

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HAZEL (HOLD FOR EVALUATION)

MIXED BREED-MARE-5 YRS. OLD-15.1HH ADOPTION DONATION TBD  Hazel arrived at GER two years ago from a feedlot. As we got to know Hazel it became very apparent that at some point in her life she had experienced some type of emotional trauma. We have given her all the training that we’re capable of giving her here at GER and it is clear that she is in need of some professional training at this point of her life. Hazel is very guarded and to be honest can be unpredictable at times when she doesn’t understand what you’re asking of her. This is however balanced out by a super sweet horse when she’s feeling comfortable and clear on the expectations. She will be going to Peter Whittmore in April for training. 

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SEDONA (HOLD FOR EVALUATION)

THOROUGHBRED-MARE-5 YRS. OLD-15.1HH
This sweet young mare was used as a broodmare after suffering an injury on the track. Her last baby was weaned and adopted this winter and we’ve given her some time to settle in and enjoy life without a little one. She will be evaluated for her riding abilities to see what she knows this spring.

ADOPTION PENDING

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COMMANDER (ADOPTION PENDING)

MINI-GELDING- 20 YR. OLD- 34" This 34" 20 year old mini gelding has got quite a personality and a fancy red roan coloring.  He arrived from a killpen in PA with several others who were also saved.  He has completed his health and dental exam, had his feet trimmed and was easy to handle.  He is now waiting for his own home with a promise to make someone very happy!  

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GUS (ADOPTION PENDING)

HINNY-GELDING-15YRS. OLD-13HH

 Gus is a hinny gelding who is extremely wary of people. He would make a good companion and will need a lot of positive handling and consistency in his life. He needs a very patient person who is willing to give him the time and help he needs to trust again. 

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RAVEN (ADOPTION PENDING)

TENNESSEE WALKER-MARE-13YRS OLD-14.1HH ADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME ADOPTER WILL RECEIVE A CONAIR PRO GROOMING SET!!! Sleek, black and beautiful, she arrived from a kill-pen the Summer of 2018. She has some damage to her hind end that has left her unrideable. She is very independent and would not make a fuss were she a companion to a horse that would leave her behind when taken out on a trail ride. She is totally people-oriented and will follow like a puppy! She is an easy keeper and a genuine pleasure on the ground.