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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DESTINY

PAINT-MARE-20 YRS. OLD-   HH

We received a call from a local animal control officer who had been working with a cow farmer on surrendering one of his horses. The farmer had several horses on the property that he was pasture breeding and Destiny had gotten older and could no longer be bred so was stuck out in a pasture with only the fading few patches of grass that she could find to eat. She was adopted out as a child’s tail riding horse but was returned because she grew tired of being ridden. She will make an excellent companion and would be great for the kids or grandkids to love on and brush!

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PIPPIN

MINI-GELDING-20YRS OLD-32”
Pippin is a super cute little mini with a lot of love to give. He came to us from a kill pen with a horrific past that we only discovered once he arrived. Without going into the awful details we will leave it at he had been severely sexually abused. We raised funds for his surgery repair and had this 18-year-old tiny mini gelded at the same time.

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HAZEL

MIXED BREED-MARE-5 YRS. OLD-15.1HH  

Hazel arrived at GER two years ago from a feedlot. As we got to know her it became very apparent that at some point in her life, she had experienced some type of emotional trauma. She is sweet but can be guarded until she is comfortable with someone and is clear on the expectations. She has been started by professional trainers but needs someone with experience and patience to continue to bring a young horse along. 

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CLOVER

MINI-MARE-20YRS OLD-32”

This cutie is looking for a home with someone to love and cuddle with. She leads well, stands on the cross ties, vacuums, and stands to be clipped! She has cushings so needs to be on a dry lot. She gets along well with both geldings and mares and would make the ideal companion!

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TASHA

ARABIAN-MARE-16 YO-15HH

Tasha is an owner surrender. She was a wonderful trail horse but has been turned out in a field for 5 years so she will need some conditioning to get her back into shape. She is very sweet and has had her full vet and soundness evaluation and is good to go!

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RAVEN

TENNESSEE WALKER-MARE-13YRS OLD-14.1HH

Raven is a gorgeous Tennessee Walker who due to an old injury is being offered as a companion. She is very self-assured and is one of the calmest, loving horses we currently have. She is the perfect companion, she will not freak out when you take her friend out for a ride. 

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ELSA

SMALL PONY-MARE- 1 YR. OLD

Elsa is a very sweet pony mare who will be a great addition to any farm. She leads well, can be easily caught and haltered in the field, picks up all 4 feet to be trimmed and loves attention from people. 

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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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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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IBIS

THOROUGHBRED-MARE-23 YRS. OLD-15HH
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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ASPEN

PONY-GELDING- 15 YRS. OLD-12.3 HH

Aspen is a super sweet, in your pocket pony who is looking for a home as a companion. He is an easy keeper with no health concerns---he is just unpredictable under saddle so is being adopted as a companion only. He gets along well with both horses and minis and is good for the vet and trimmer. He loves being fussed over!

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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 

Chesterfield is a super sweet, easy going pacer. His walk and pace are slow and easy, but when asked he has a very big trot that may be best suited to a more confident rider. Because he's a pacer he hasn't quite figured out the canter yet. He loves children and will soak in all the love and attention they will give him around the barn but he is not a child’s riding horse at this point in his life. He is a puppy dog on the ground and is looking for someone to bond with.

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WINTER

MIXED BREED-MARE-13 YRS. OLD-15.1HH 

Winter has had minimal training and is not broke to ride. This full bodied mare is looking for someone interested in really developing a bond. She is not a horse that will tolerate heavy handedness or force. She would do well in a program like Harmony horsemanship. For someone who is willing to take the time, she is a mare who will give you her all. She enjoys attention and is very social.

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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.

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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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 last winter and we’ve currently rehabbing a bowed tendon in her front right leg. Once healed she will be available for adoption. 

ADOPTION PENDING

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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.