At Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary, we offer the opportunity to sponsor one of our long term residents. The monthly sponsorship covers their basic costs such as feed, worming and farrier visits. Contact us for more information.

Carter – Sponsored

Introducing ‘Carter’. A sweet girl but can be nervous and naughty. Carter isn’t fond of people although we are working hard on winning her trust. Carter is an old mare so we have decided she will live out her years at the sanctuary.   We would love a sponsor for this grumpy pony!     … Continue reading Carter – Sponsored

Danny – Sponsored

Danny was one of the first horses to arrive at Horse Shepherd – purchased from the sale yards by Anne – a little Rig – there was little interest at the sales but heaps of debate on social media. Danny arrived and very quickly lost his crown jewels. (expensively) HSES Danny was rehomed to keep a … Continue reading Danny – Sponsored

Bloom – Sponsored

Beautiful Bloom (Bay) pictured here with her best friend Shaq is sponsored by our great supporter Michelle. Michelle spotted her at Shepparton Meats and paid her release price so she could retire to HSES.

Issie – Retired

Introducing ‘Issie’. Issie is an aged Australian Riding Pony that was at the Echuca sales with a belly full of baby and a damaged eye in urgent need of attention, back in mid 2014. Bless her beautiful soul. Issie has since had her eye removed and her foal Mia was born at the Sanctuary in … Continue reading Issie – Retired

Aussie – Retired/Sponsored

Aussie is breath taking – he joined HSES from the RSPCA seizure at Warrak, where nearly 100 horses were seized. Aussie earned his name – as we felt his face mark looked like a map of Australia or a boomerang! When he arrived he was a starving stallion – using up all his precious energy … Continue reading Aussie – Retired/Sponsored

Elvis – Sponsored

This little pony arrived within a truckload of stallions (11) and 3 mares! Owned by a hoarder, we know little of his background other than he is an older pony. At some stage he has ripped his muzzle open on a fence – and although healed, he carries the scars. And with a dodgy hip/stifle … Continue reading Elvis – Sponsored

Blue – Sponsored

There is no mare more stunning at HSES than Blue. This young mare – we believe to be approximately 4-6 years old – was again at the meat processor following a sale. As stunning as Blue is – she has ripped her hind leg at some stage and will need an operation to repair the … Continue reading Blue – Sponsored

Winston – R.I.P

Introducing ‘Winston’. Winston is a thoroughbred gelding, approximately 30 years of age. He was surrendered to us by an elderly gentleman whom was unable to care for Winston anymore due to his aged ill heath. This lovely man has had Winston living with him for approximately 20 years! We are touched and grateful to this … Continue reading Winston – R.I.P

HSES Tom Turkey

Glorious Tom rules the farmyard and has been known to chase the unsuspecting visitor from time to time! Tom has lived at the Sanctuary for 6 years now. We adore Tom and he spreads the word that Turkeys aren’t for eating. Sponsorsed! Thank you Robyn

Shaq – Retired/Sponsored

Introducing ‘Shaq’ – adoption Pending. Shaq is a big black 17 year old standardbred gelding, standing approximately 17.2hh – but is the most amazing gentle giant. Shaq was rescued from the Echuca saleyard back in July 2014 and has been a very special addition to the HSES family.


HSES Savanah has given us our fair share of sleepless nights. Arriving from the saleyards and staying a few days at Tongala Donkey Sanctuary before coming to HSES with her mum Kalihari – she ended up at Werribee Hospital with salmonella poisoning. Then once recovered and at approx 6 months of age, we discovered a … Continue reading Savannah

Curio – Retired/Sponsored

Introducing ‘Curio’. Curio is an appaloosa mare, purchased  from Echuca Horse Sales in late July 2015 and then surrendered to HSES. Curio is such a sweet girl and very easy to handle on the ground. We have suspicions that she has not been treated kindly in the past and has trust issues. Curio has been retired … Continue reading Curio – Retired/Sponsored


Quinn the Eskimo – Mighty Quinn …. is named after the great Bob Dylan song . The subject of the song is the arrival of the mighty Quinn who changes despair into joy and chaos into rest and attracts attention from the animals. One of the two Bulla foals – Quinn was weaned on arrival … Continue reading Quinn

Diva – Retired/Sponsored

When she arrived she was no Diva but we knew there was  a jewel inside that skinny fluffy exterior! Diva arrived in a truck load of little horses surrendered via another rescue . Diva is unsound with continuous sinus issues and we have decided its best that she remains at the Sanctuary – although she … Continue reading Diva – Retired/Sponsored

Yogi – Retired/Sponsored

HSES Yogi – too many dealers and too many poor trainers appeared to ruin this gentle giant. We were advised he was stunning however Yogi was very nervous and reactive. With grave concerns that Yogi would end up with doggers or another dealer – he was purchased from the dog pens at Echucca and surrendered … Continue reading Yogi – Retired/Sponsored