Adopting a rescue horse is a commitment for the remainder of its life and we want each horse to have a loving forever home. Our adoption process is comprehensive and designed to assure the best possible match between our horses & potential adopters. Suitability is of the utmost importance in placing our horses! Please note that all donkey adoptees will be placed in a home with another donkey.
If considering adoption, please download, fill out, & submit an application to GER:
GerdasEquineRescue@gmail.com -OR- PO Box 1352, West Townshend, VT 05359
Vic is a 20-yr old ready for adoption and would love to be adopted with his best friend Turbo. Without his eyes Vic relies heavily on Turbo to get around his paddock and he really enjoys his company. Vic is a well behaved loving boy looking for a retirement home! He does give lead line rides and would be okay for light walking rides- but would prefer to be ridden with another horse to feel safe & comfortable.
Turbo is just 16 but has had a hard life already, evident by the pin firing along his legs, swollen joints, & body soreness. Despite this, he is a perfect citizen: he is perfect to catch, stands tied, is great for vet and farrier, and leads well. He loves mares and gets along well with friendly geldings. He is still putting on weight, and is looking better every day. This perfect gentleman would love to live out his days with his bestie Vic!
STANDARDBRED - GELDING - 9 YRS
Like many Standardbreds, BB had a racing career & was later a buggy horse. He suffered 2 injuries, but since has healed and is a kind & gentle boy. He stands tied or cross tied, is good for the farrier and for baths, and is such a sweetheart. He gets along well with any horse we put him with and is very easy going; not much spooks him! BB is 15.2hh.
BB is the perfect green broke horse for an experienced rider or driver to finish. He is friendly, handsome, and wants to please. He is a riding horse for walk/trot and is ready to be finished in any direction. He was also a star in the 2022 Wardsboro 4th of July parade!
PONY - GELDING - 4 YRS
Atlas is a recently-gelded pony; he is 10+ hands of fun personality! He is healthy and easy to manage, is good for the vet and farrier, and his confidence with grooming and people grows daily.
Atlas is friendly, curious, and athletic, and will blossom in a home that will encourage his curiosity, continue his education, and give him a job. He loves living with a herd of minis and ponies, but needs a gelding-only home.
THOROUGHBRED - MARE - 9 YRS
This beautiful girl is as friendly as they come! Alena she loves to greet people at the gate and rest her head on them. She gets along with mares & geldings but can be bossy with grain/mash.
We discovered that Alena had untreated Lyme Disease, plus skin infections and poor hoof treatment, which ultimately affects her ability to stay sound under saddle today. However, she does great in hand and seems to enjoy agility.
She happily lives outside 24/7 and is very easy to manage.
ARABIAN CROSS - GELDING - 14 YRS
Sydin is a flashy white & grey Tovero Arabian cross that needs to find his special person to trust and connect. He is great at groundwork, long-lining, and is a safe ride (no rear or buck). Good as both a trail or arena horse; needs some work at the canter. Good body confirmation, solid legs, and an easy keeper on just hay.
Sydin is currently living with a small herd of geldings. He came to GER as a stud; because he was gelded later in life, mares can cause him some stress.
Sydin is 14.22 hh and is looking for an experienced trail partner under 130 lbs.
PONY - GELDING - 7 YRS
Boo has so much potential! He isn't fully trained but has the beginnings to be a terrific kid's pony. He is safe for lead line but needs the finishing touches put on by an experienced trainer before he would be ready to be ridden off leadline- he doesn't yet know how to steer or respond to leg pressure. Boo is sweet and well behaved on cross ties. He would make a great pony for a more experienced young rider once his training is finished- or for the right young rider with the help and oversight of a trainer!
MINI - GELDING - 20 YRS
Brownie is the perfect kids horse! He is sweet and lovable and well behaved. He is good to catch, good on cross ties, and broke to ride. He is a great lead line pony. He does have cushings and is managed on prascend. He needs to be kept on a dry lot and low carb feed. He gets along well with other minis/ponies as well as horses. He would be the perfect mount for a small child under the age of 5!
MINI - MARE - 20+
Summer is the sweetest little dainty mini. She came severely malnourished with neglected hooves & teeth, which need care as she recovers. She is a busy girl that always has places to be & things to do, but loves snuggling in her stall and being brushed. She is a sassy companion- always squealing and vocal- but loves to have another mare to live with.
Summer is a Cushings horse, which requires a low carb feed with Prascend, but no grass. She is able to eat hay and soaked grain but will need frequent sedation dentals until her teeth are in better condition. Come meet her; she will win your heart!
PONY - GELDING - 8 YRS
Farley is a 9.1hh beautiful, refined pony, with fancy movement. He loves his pasture buddies, bonds deeply, and can be protective of his buddies.
This boy is becoming friendlier everyday and is ready for a family of his own! He loves living with other mini or pony geldings. He is friendly in the paddock, good to catch, and curious about learning new things. He would love to be an agility horse! He is still nervous about cross tying and the vet and farrier but does stand with lots of patience and quiet rewards. He is looking for a calm loving home to encourage his growth.
BELGIAN - MARE - 20+ YRS
Hazel came to GER in February severely underweight & sporting a skin infection. She's healthy & happy sharing a pasture with Dandy and Apple. Hazel is a Big Boss Mare but is not a bully, and rather polite while managing her herd.
Hazel is a bit shy because of her past working life, but has solid ground manners when asked. She isn't a pocket pony but loves a good scratching session and will bond with her person after a few weeks (of food, ahem).
Hazel acts like a youngster but she is over 20 and has some special needs. She grazes and will eat 2nd cut hay, but also requires a soaked feed to keep her figure. Hazel has excellent hooves, but appears to have suffered from scratches for most of her life. She needs regular feather trimming and grooming & hoof maintenance to make sure no infection returns.
MINI - GELDING - 25 YRS
Dale was surrendered with his companion Sammie. Dale is safe to both ride and drive and is a nice little kids horse. He is cute and cuddly but excited to have a job; he would even love to do some trotting with a small rider that has the experience! He does need to be managed on a dry lot & low carb feed.
MINI - GELDING - 19 YRS
Sammie was surrendered with Dale. Sammie is sweet and curious and the leader of the two boys. He is not as trained as Dale but makes up for it in curiosity. He would love to do in-hand and agility work. Sammie likes to greet all newcomers and is good to catch.
The horses in this section have recently come to GER: new arrivals are in quarantine, some horses are in training to ride or drive, and others just need time & TLC.
Follow their progress here or on Facebook!
STANDARDBRED - MARE
We were able to rescue Dolly before she went to auction when someone called us and brought her here from New York. She had heaves so bad an emergency vet was called and we were worried she wouldn't survive the trip. However after the first few weeks of care and medication, she was able to be weaned off all medication! We discovered her heaves were due to her poor feed and environment at her last "home" and not a long term health issue! She also had old shoes on that hadn't been pulled or changed in several months and had caused such bad tendon damage she was in severe pain. We have been working with our vet and farrier to get her more comfortable with new shoes. Since arriving she has gained weight, is breathing well, and is comfortable enough to run and play in her paddock! She has a ways to go still with recovery of her hooves and tendons and won't be evaluated for her future until she is healthy and fully sound.
HAFLINGER - GELDING - 25 YRS
Duke is an owner surrender. He only has one eye but it doesn't affect him a bit. He is extremely friendly and loves attention! We will be evaluating him soon but he is said to ride and drive. This guy may be quite the catch!
QUARTERHORSE - GELDING - 20 YRS
Comanche Is an owner surrender that has lived his entire life since in one home since the age of 8 months old. He needs time to adjust to all the big changes before we begin to evaluate him for adoption.
TB - MARE
Gloria is putting on weight and her wounds have healed well. She still has a ways to go before she will be healthy enough to evaluate for her forever home and riding career.
MINI - GELDING - 7 YRS
Sammie has settled into the herd well and been castrated. He has good vision in his eye and is just waiting for final treatment of the third eyelid, then he will be ready for his forever home! He is sweet and easy going and will make a great boy for someone.
Sammie has an adoption pending after his eye surgery.
CHESTNUT - STALLION
Louis is very thin but good-looking. He is curious about his surroundings but is guarded in our presence and recently has started accepting touches to his body.
If you are a TIP trainer and would like a go at gentling Louis, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org!
PONY - MARE
Snow White will have her enucleation at the end of the month. Her hooves are growing back nicely with lots of care from our wonderful barefoot trimmer and she is feeling great! She loves to run and play in her paddock and loves living with Robin. After healing from her enucleation she will be ready for a home of her own.
DUTCH HARNESS - MARE
Dandy is an older mare that is putting on weight and loving attention! She currently shares a pasture with her BFF Hazel.
She does have an odd conformation in her back end but it doesn't seem to cause her any issue. It's unknown if this was caused by an injury or is an anatomical defect; although she has a flat bum she acts and walks like a normal mare.
THOROUGHBRED - MARE - 17 YRS
Apple arrived at GER with a coffin bone infection that required surgery to remove some of her hoof, plus close to a year of daily treatment & stall rest. Apple is currently in training and working to get her body back in shape.
DUTCH WARMBLOOD - GELDING - 20 YRS
Vegas was imported & raised as a prized stud, and was actively used for driving & breeding. He was very loved by his owner, who sadly had to rehome him because of family wishes. He is gelded and learning to be a non-working horse. Boy is he HANDSOME and lovable!
Vegas is doing well with calm geldings, and currently in foster for some TLC. Recently his foster sent us a photo riding Vegas - no saddle/no bridle! He continues to wow us with his gentlemanly manners. He is terrific to catch and handle, has great ground manners, and loves to show off!
PONY - GELDING - 11 YRS
Cookie was returned to GER due to owner health issues. He doesn't half any formal training and will be working on his ground manners and basic training before he is ready for adoption.
COWBOY - GELDING
Thank goodness for fosters! Cowboy was due to ship directly to slaughter due to lameness, but someone local stepped up to foster him as GER was chock full of new arrivals.
Since being at the foster home Cowboy has gained weight, been treated for sunburn on parts of his body, and is feeling more comfortable with some basic pain medication and a hoof trim.
QUARTERHORSE - GELDING - 20 YRS
Blaze is a sweet, quiet boy that came with his pony buddy Brownie. Both were owner surrenders and both have very good ground manners. Blaze is level-headed, friendly & willing!
ARABIAN -MARE - 23 YRS
Sweet Lady was surrendered when her owner moved. She had been alone for a year after her companion passed away and had been living outside. She had quite an adjustment to make when she came to GER but now loves to relax in her stall for pets & attention. She is slowly coming out of her shell and will be evaluated as she regains some muscle. She does have poor teeth and needs soaked hay cubes or pellets.
APPALOOSA - MARE - LATE TEENS
Bunny has fully recovered from skin fungus , and heaves, plus she was treated for EPM. We are currently evaluating her for adoption.
PONY - GELDNG - 16 YRS
Washawa is settling in nicely. Unfortunately he was one of the minis affected during the Strangles outbreak, but is recovering nicely.
MINI - MARE - 19 YRS
Silky is a spicy owner-surrender with a lot of fun personality. She was one of the minis affected during the Strangles outbreak, but is recovering nicely.
Spot has had one eye enucleated & healed nicely, so he is scheduled for the other eye in November. He has settled in to the rescue well and is becoming friendlier and less nervous every day.
Spot has an adoption pending after his eye surgery.
Horses in this section are in training with Horses with Hope in Maine. Several are there for saddle work, and others just need gentling and handling with a team of resources focused on those skills. Follow their Facebook page and search the horse's name for updates and videos!
ARABIAN - GELDING - 7 YRS
Aziza is under-trained but a great opportunity for someone to advance to a solid riding horse. And he has those Arabian looks! He is a fancy, beautiful mover.
PONY - MARE
Robin came to GER with a 2 year old colt still nursing! She has since been weaned and is warming up to people. She is enjoying a break from motherhood.
Robin & tiny Sparrow are waiting for the all-clear on the quarantine before heading to Horses with Hope for gentling and training.
MINI - GELDING - 2 YRS
Sparrow arrived unweaned from his mamma, Robin. He is weaned, halter broke, and now leading to explore the farm!
He & mamma Robin are waiting for the all-clear on the quarantine before heading to Horses with Hope for gentling and training.
GER has extra blankets for local horse owners that need help providing blankets for winter - no questions asked!
We know there are differing opinions about blanketing, but we are very aware of what it means to have older or compromised horses in VT. We want to help!
Anyone that needs assistance should email email@example.com with size & blanket weight. Owners must be able to pick up at the rescue; instructions will be sent once we confirm we have what you need.
If you want to donate a CLEAN, UNRIPPED blanket, please also email and we'll send instructions for drop-off.