One of the toughest parts of rescue is the lives we lose – whether in their sleep or when we need to help end suffering and pain. Each one takes a little piece of our heart with them.

Featured is old Molly – who came to us from the sale yards in a terrible condition. Unfortunately during rehabilitation she broke a hind leg and had to be PTS. Molly was one of HSES’s first rescues.

Rest in Peace our beautiful friends.



Maddie – RIP

Beautiful Madison or Maddie – Racing Name ‘Stroll in the Park’ – spent her life as a broodmare. When she could no longer conceive or was considered too old – she was sent to Echuca sale yards. Purchased by the meat processor, she ended up in holding pens at Shepparton Meats – however a kind … Continue reading Maddie – RIP

William – RIP

Handsome William was acquired on the way home from the Pakenham sales – we were advised he was free or he was going to the next sales and there was not a lot of interest in a 20 year old THB’s. William was homed twice from HSES but became so difficult for his new owners … Continue reading William – RIP

Tori – RIP

Tori was surrendered with a “sore” leg however when we collected him it was clear he was in a grave state. X-rays revealed the infection in his leg had started to eat into his bones. Tori had struggled through the winter in intense pain. After a week of hugs, grooming, a dry warm stable, carrots, … Continue reading Tori – RIP

Zena – RIP

An absolute Sanctuary favourite – beautiful Zena was retired to HSES due to a serious leg issue from racing. Tragically on the 3oth January 2017 a vet x-ray revealed significant bone trauma that appeared to be cancer. Zena was suffering significant pain and we decided to ease her pain and help her leave this world. … Continue reading Zena – RIP