Success Stories

Aria Etenzo

The face that changed my life .

Aria Etenzo.
This boy was not in a ‘kill pen’.  I didn’t find him in auction. I didn’t find him at all.
He found me.
Bred to be amazing, ‘E’  didn’t quite live up to what they wanted. Color, conformation…..
Sold for over 20,000 as a baby, this stunning boy somehow found his way to Texas. Terribly abused, starved, neglected… Someone found him. They took him in, worked with him, fed him. Then I saw him.
There was just ‘something’ about him. I bought him sight unseen , on the spot, over the phone.
He made his four hour trip here in 2014. He’s been with me for four years now.
This horse changed how I looked at the entire horse world. If THIS horse, that someone paid so much for to be bred…. could end up in such a situation. . . how many others?
I’ll tell you.
Dozens? . . . hundreds?
Thousands. Thousands of horses end up this way.
I chose to start helping those. . .
Because of this face. ❤

Etenzo face





This girl….. has my heart.
At 2:20 am on a Sunday …well I suppose that would be Monday. . . This girl went through an auction ring in Bowie, Texas. This sale is well known for ranch horses…working western horses. Huge sale…..
Rarely do you see an ‘English’ horse go through .
She was said to be a Hanoverian, complete with the ‘H’ brand on her hip. .
Well! She certainly has that, but no, she is not a Hanoverian.
It matters not, for she is far, far more than that.
I feel perhaps I was meant to be watching, maybe just for her.
She came in, tall, lanky. . . saddled out in western tack with an unknown  and unfamiliar rider on her back. . . She did everything asked of her in that too-small arena. Her ears laid flat to the sides, not pinned…just flat. Her eyes told a story.
They were the saddest eyes I’d ever seen. She broke my heart.
So, I bought her. She came home to us sick, thin, depressed . . . Not to mention the ulcers.
They are all special to me. . . but this girl? I am so, so proud of her!

Meet ‘Hannah’ !
She still has a ways to go, more recovery to be made.
I believe in her…. and I think she’s starting to believe in herself.







AH, this magnificent animal!!!
One of my favorite horses of all time.
This guy…. Hotshot champion, breeding stallion, hell of  a riding horse. . .
Dumped in action at the age of 23. I attended this auction online that night.
Elkhart Horse auctions. I heard nothing, my sound was not working for some reason when he came through.
I saw something special.  It showed without knowing ‘who’ or ‘what’ he was. . . even in that tiny arena. $500 bid won .
Thank God it was mine.
This boy is right where he needs to be and has been brought back to life. . . and then some.
Rock On, Ripalena and Susan!!!



This guy!!!
Four year old Huntsville Prison gelding culled from the system early for ‘lameness’. All Huntsville prison horses are sent to public auction , sadly. He was purchased by a kill pen. . . We bailed him.
His ‘lameness’ was in fact terrible abscesses and a sore stifle. See? You just never know. . .
Look at him now! ❤

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Also known as Hell on Wheels… this little girl is something else!
Bailed from the North Texas Feedlot , this adorable, scared little mare has come a long way. In more ways than one.
After being bailed , the …. shall we say ‘colorful’ owner of the lot loaded her to ship to Mexico anyway. Thankfully, he saw fit to tell me this ( alright, fine, he called and yelled the news ‘ I shipped her! I’m sick of people saying I don’t ship  horses!!! She’s GONE!’ )
Not a phone call you want to get! So… alas, after much to-do and I will admit, harsh words, here she is!
Quite the character, too.
Twix has been in training with Sabrina for two months at this point and is almost ready  for adoption.
After deciding to trust again ( my favorite thing to see ) she now awaits her own ‘person’.
❤ sh sab and twixx


Jaharra ❤




Gemma ~

One of seven, we called them ‘The Magnificent Seven. Our Gemma was among them.
Bailed from Thompson’s Feedlot in June, she came to Texas for quarantine and rehabilitation. Standing 13.3 Hh, she is the perfect size for a child….
And has the perfect demeanor for precisely that.
Gemma found her on loving little girl who took her home October 13th.
This one make my heart swell!

Gemma new person


Cajuness ~


One of the ‘Dom’s Four’, Cajuness came to us in February 2018. Banged up, swollen knees, terrible feet….and beautiful. After a very long rehabilitation  period she started to shine.
Her leg injuries prevent her from being ‘competitive’ but that didn’t stop Rene from falling completely in love. This kind , gorgeous , tall girl got her own human last week!
Congratulations to you  both.
Happies trails to you ♥


Cullens Train~

Another discarder Thoroughbred bailed from Thompson’s feedlot in Louisiana in March , this huge, handsome boy was with us quite a while! Overcoming laminitis among other things, he just blossomed. Eleven year old Cullen got what so many horses need…..
His own teenage girl. She saved up, waited…and found the very horse she wanted. I am so glad it was this one…for her and him alike.
Look at that smile!!!!
Congratulations to both of you ♥SH cullen new home.jpgsh cullen lope.jpg