For Adoption

At the Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary, we strongly believe we add value to every horse – both their physical and emotional well being.

We take the risk out of buying at the sales for you because each horse that comes to us is given a great deal of time to be loved, handled and assessed. We never rush the process!

Unsound horses are retired at the sanctuary or if possible fostered or adopted as companions only.

All horses are adopted under lifetime contracts and adoption fees vary anywhere from $200 up to $1,500. Our adoption fees are based on the cost to bid to rescue a horse from a saleyard, plus general expenses incurred such as veterinary care, breaking in, transport etc. We are a non profit organisation therefore no profit is calculated at all into adoption fees.

Your adoption fee is a donation back to the Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary so that we may continue giving horses the life they deserve!

For more information on our adoption contracts, or enquiries for other horses available that may not be listed here, please contact us directly by email, contact form or phoning 0439 624 737.

Please also note that we have a number of horses listed under the ‘Rehabilitation’ tab that will become available for adoption – therefore expressions of interest are welcome.


HSES ‘Rio’. Rio, yet another stunning thoroughbred that went through the Echuca Saleyards. with only dogger bidding. Brought and surrendered to HSES this boy is a strong powerful 16.1 Hh THB who raced as Red Rio. Rio loves to bash through the bush and for an experienced rider he would make an awesome trail horse. … Continue reading Rio

Brulee – In Training

Brulee – was part of a large RSPCA seizure – a skinny un handled stallion however this little horse was just so handsome. Once rehabilitated he was started by Blair Ireland. Brulee is now back at Horse Shepherd Park with Chris Giles – he will be available for adoption to the right home. Brulee is approx … Continue reading Brulee – In Training

Flax – In Training

Flax is only 18 months old and is currently under going education with Blair Ireland. Flax arrived with his mum as part of the herd of horses (the largest seizure in history) seized by the RSPCA in early 2016. Once completed he will be available for adoption.

Stevie Nicks – Companion

Stevie arrived from the saleyards with her beautiful foal Patches. A stunning mare – she is easy to handle once caught. Stevie would suit a retirement home as a companion.


HSES Buddy – not easy to catch Buddy is a naughty little boy – however there is no dirt and we are very sure he has been broken to saddle previously. Once caught he is great. No issues saddling and with slight weight he is fine. We are yet to test with a child. Arriving … Continue reading Buddy


This super kind little horse is called News – he is now in training with Chris Giles. His name came from a feature on the plight of the ‘Bulla ‘ horses in which he featured. We can’t wait for News to find his forever owner – he is very kind and special. News is approx … Continue reading News

Little Grey

Another of the Bulla seizure – Little Grey is approx 14 hh and a very sweet mare. She will make a super pony club mount.    


HSES Marley joined us for assessment and rehoming as her Dad is not well. Marley is a 16 yr old very sweet STB mare. Unraced and broken to saddle – she is going really well with Chris.