The Horse Shelter
Rescuing Abused, Abandoned & Neglected Horses throughout New Mexico


821 W. San Mateo Rd. Unit A
Santa Fe, NM 87505

(505) 471-6179

(505) 214-5932 Fax

THS News

NNMHA Presents an EQUUS Film Fest screening of “The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses” To benefit The Horse Shelter

Northern New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Proudly presents an EQUUS Film Fest screening of “The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses” To benefit The Horse Shelter

June 29, 7pm - Santa Fe Playhouse, 132 E. DeVargas St.

 EQUUS Film Fest will present an evening of Mustang programs presented by the NNMHA featuring the 90-minute documentary “The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses” an amazing story about America’s wild horses from their turbulent history to their uncertain future. 

There will be a panel discussion following the screening, with leaders in the protection of NM wild horses. 

Tickets are $20 ($15 for students with IDs)

 Names will be held at the box office and no physical tickets will be issued. 

There will be only one screening and seats are limited, purchase your tickets now!! 


Matching Grant Opportunity

Matching Grant Opportunity

Help Us Match a Grant

Matching Grant Opportunity

Help us match a $10,000 grant and double your donation dollars. A very generous, long term supporter, who would like to remain anonymous has offered this grant and we all hope you will help us match it!

So far we have raised $3,375.

THS News

We Love You! Do You Love THS?

Best of Sante Fe Nominations Begin.

Nominations February 1 to March 15. Nominate The Horse Shelter Today.

Nominate The Horse Shelter for BOSF

  • The Horse Shelter for Best Non-Profit for Animals
  • The Horse Shelter Resale Store for Best Consignment 

Nominate & Vote Online: vote.sfreporter.com


Best of Santa Fe 2022

Great News! – Tango Adopted

Adoption Success

Tango Finds a Happy Home
More good news sharing: @breegoo has welcomed pretty miss Tango into her barn! This love story began more than two years ago and came to fruition this past week.
It may seem like horses are flying out our door with all these happy reports but as you can tell, a lot of time and effort and thought goes into a successful adoption. We have a three-step process: an initial meet-and-greet; a riding test (if the horse is being adopted for riding); and a barn check, before a horse leaves the ranch. This process is to ensure a successful long-term adoption.
Once a horse comes into our herd, we have a lifetime connection with them, and you, and are invested in happy outcomes for all.
Thank you, Brianna, for checking all the boxes.
Photo credit @rachellynnart
THS News

Two New Ranch Hands at The Horse Shelter

New Ranch Hands

So just like our horses, the ranch hands come and they go.  We said goodbye to Jesse just last week but now have two new ranch hands to welcome into the fold…   Traci wrote,  Matt S. recently joined our team and is new to the horse world but ready and willing to learn and will be at the Ranch Thursday-Sunday.  Welcome to the team, Matt!”  (see 1st pic)  And… “Hershey (Rachel) joins us after volunteering this summer and fall as our newest ranch hand!  She is going by Hershey, her nickname while she worked at Girl Scout Camp (with Traci, by the way!), so we don’t get her and our other Rachel confused!  Hershey has extensive experience with equines and had worked and trained at a donkey rescue in CO before coming back to NM.  We are happy to have her on the team!  Thanks, Hershey!”  (just curious if that nickname doesn’t have something to do with a special fondness for chocolate… ??)        

-Tina Ossorgin

Adoption Update

Adoption Update – Fiona (formerly Gaho)

THS Adoption Success

Adoption Update - Fiona (formerly Gaho)

I wanted to let everyone know that Fiona (formerly Gaho) is doing well.

She had some spooky times during the BIG winds but has settled in well to her new environment.

She and Bodhi hang out together and are on their way to becoming best friends.

Feeding time is always interesting – who will be the boss today? always changing…

Fiona is doing great with her liberty work over raised poles in our 1.5 acre turnout.
She is also teaching me to be very clear in my requests as they are a bit different than what she was taught (so well) at The Horse Shelter.

We are forming a bond and she is coming out of her shell, brighter every day.

Thank you for your help and all the you do for the horses and people at The Horse Shelter.


Horse Care

Caring For Your Horse – PDF Download

Caring for Your Horse - PDF Download

Owning a horse is great for your health, your nerves, and your mood—it’s also a lot of work. Presumably you will always enjoy the work, which will be both challenging and soothing, but it will also be constant. You cannot decide to skip feeding your horse for a day.

Before you decide to adopt or buy a horse, or even consider accepting one as gift, make sure you know what is required to take proper care of an equine. The average life span of a horse is 25-30 years and there are horses that have on record lived to be 56! Not only are you making a commitment of care for a long period of time, but also a commitment to take care of all of its needs on a daily basis physically, mentally, and financially. Please consult a local veterinarian to establish specific care and feed guidelines for your horse.

The booklet was put together by Ripley’s Horse Aid Foundation and it addresses all aspects of Equine Care.

Link: Download PDF


Bringing an equine into one’s life is an exciting time and, for many, a long-time dream come true. Regardless of whether it is a donkey, burro, mule or horse they are compelling creatures; stimulating the imagination and representing personal achievement. The reasons for owning horses/equines are as varied as the breeds themselves. The one constant in today’s society is no one needs a horse as was the case in our historical past. By making the choice to have these marvelous creatures in your life, you are also making the commitment to give them the care they need for a healthy and safe life.

As soon as you become an owner, the responsibility is yours to provide a management program where they will thrive. Along with this is the daily care and the need to understand the importance of health care maintenance. A good management schedule not only removes some of the unnecessary problems that will occur but will save the owner money. Health situations beyond your control, will also become your financial responsibility.

Being prepared to address whatever comes your way is the key. Having one or two qualified farriers you can contact as needed and being familiar with veterinarians in your area that you can work with is essential. Be ready to make decisions regarding the future of your animals if there is a sudden change in your circumstances such as a loss of a job, medical problems or other situations that make it no longer feasible for you to care for them properly.

They have no choice. They have no voice. You are their future.

Horse Care

What Does It Take to Care for a Rescue Horse

What Does It Take to Care for a Rescue Horse?

Countless Hours from Volunteers, Dedicated Staff & Your Generous Support

The average yearly cost to care for one rescue horse at The Horse Shelter is approximately $3,000 and rising. 

On a typical day here at THS we house over 76+ rescue horses with a maximum capacity of 80. This cost doesn’t include our facility, maintenance and ranch equipment, like barns, shelters, paddocks, wells, fencing, tractors, ATVs, horse trailers, etc. 

It takes a lot to care for a rescue horse at The Horse Shelter, with your generous support we will continue rescuing, rehabilitating and finding forever homes for these gentle horses. 

Here is a breakdown of the basic costs for keeping and caring for a rescue horse. 

Hay for one horse costs $5.00 per day, $150 per month and $1,800 per year! This is not including supplemental feed, such as grain. We experienced a 21% increase in cost in 2021 and with the ongoing drought, rising fuel and transportation costs, are preparing for continued increases in 2022. 

  • Farrier every six to 12 weeks (depending on training status) at $45 per trim – at least $180 per year. 
  • Dentistry once or twice a year (depending on age) at $125. 
  • Annual basic core vaccinations of rabies, tetanus, equine influenza, and other routine vaccines at $95.00 per horse, some new intakes need boosters as well. 
  • Other needed items, such as mineral blocks, de-wormers, supplemental feed as grain, halters, training tools, feeders, water troughs, fly masks, fly predators, and more! 
  • Another very large expense is the ongoing cost of equipment maintenance (truck, trailer, tractor, manure spreaders, etc…) and staff to muck, water, clean troughs, socialize and train! 

Additional Expenses 

  • Feeding more expensive concentrates or supplements. 
  • Accidents and unexpected veterinarian bills 
  • A horse that requires shoes or special trimming 
  • A horse that is ill or injured. 
  • Some horse arrive at the shelter pregnant or severely emaciated and require additional veterinary care. 
  • Rapidly rising fuel prices and replacement cost for all our equipment, transportation. 
  • At the Shelter we have no pastures and must feed year around. With ongoing drought the price of feed is driven up significantly. 

Sponsor a Horse

Sponsorship Program Levels

Level 1: $50 Per Month

Level 2: $100 Per Month

Level 3: $150 Per Month – (Feed For One Horse)

Level 4: $250 Per Month – (Full Care For One Horse)

We are grateful for sponsorships at any level or for any amount you are comfortable with. You will be named as a sponsor on the horse’s webpage. Horses can be sponsored at any level. Thank you to all of our sponsors for the kindness and generosity!

THS Newsletter

THS Winter 2021 Newsletter Download

In This Issue

  • Message from THS Board
  • Matching Grant Success
  • What Does it Take to Care for a Rescue Horse
  • Horses You’ve Helped Save
  • Horses Ready for Adoption
  • Volunteer Spotlight
  • THS Resale Store

Message From The Board

COVID changed everything for us, and this year is all about overcoming the unexpected. We took our cue from how horses teach us patience, resilience, partnership and leadership. The challenges we faced in this tough year were the force that drove us closer together, taught us how to do better, and lead us to dream bigger. Thank you to our volunteers who spend countless hours supporting every facet of the organization, the staff members with their immeasurable passion for the mission, the donors who give even in the toughest of years, and the Board of Directors, who not only set the strategic direction of the organization but is all-hands-on-deck to find new connections and opportunities for the organization. 

In this year of the unexpected we put our hearts focused forward and rescued 16 hungry, neglected and sometimes sick horses. We hired our new Ranch Manager, Rhoda Rein, who is passionately and enthusiastically leading us in new directions. We have implemented a marketing program to increase awareness and better tell our story. We held our first Virtual Auction and Hay Fundraiser. Our modified Gimme Shelter event successfully adopted out three horses (thank you to our stalwart bidders). We held our first Octoberfest and Open House to bring our horses closer to the public. Through all of this, we were voted third best animal shelter for the second year. 

The necessary expenses to feed, water, care for, train and clean the stalls to give our horses a lifetime home is like trying to keep an empty bucket under a faucet that never stops flowing. The loss of revenue from the pandemic along with the $100,000 annual hay costs going up due to the prolonged exceptional drought is creating unique challenges and straining feed, rehabilitation and training efforts. Your support is needed. 

Without your support we would not be able to continue to meet the growing demand for rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of horses in need. 

There are several ways to donate either by sponsoring a horse, direct donation and planned estate giving. 

Thank you all for tapping into the power of generosity and your ongoing passionate and enthusiastic giving. 

Octoberfest & Open House 2021

Become a Rescue Horse Sponsor

Monthly or Annual Donation For a Specific Horse

Do you love horses, but are not able to adopt? Would you like to help a horse recover from neglect and abuse, come back to health and receive the training it needs to find a good forever home? Please consider sponsoring one of our 73 horses! Your annual or monthly gift will have immeasurable impact on this horse’s life and future and you will be able to follow this horse’s progress online, or even by an occasional visit at the ranch! Our estimate that full care of each of horses (includes feed, vaccinations, farrier, worming and dental) costs us $250 per month. Sponsorships are available at any level you are comfortable with and you can pick the horse you feel most drawn to, or we can assign one to you. Please consider sponsoring one of our horses and change a life! 


THS Horses Ready for Adoption

Help us Find Happy Homes for These Amazing Horses

Izzy is a shy bay mare. She is easy to work without a halter and quietly loads and unloads on a trailer. She is halter trained, has knowledge in round pen work, experiences with obstacles and has worked with many volunteers. She is a little sweet mare that has a lot of room to grow with a great partner. Izzy is available as a non-riding/companion horse. Izzy’s adoption fee is $250. 

THS Resale Store

The Horse Shelter Resale Store

The Horse Shelter Resale Store is the premier resale store in Santa Fe. We sell art, jewelry, apparel, housewares, furniture, saddles, tack, horse supplies and much more. 

The Horse Shelter Resale Store

The Horse Shelter Resale Store is the premier resale store in Santa Fe. We sell art, jewelry, apparel, housewares, furniture, saddles, tack, horse supplies and much more.

Huge selection of Horse Tack, Saddles and Riding Apparel. 

Awesome place to pick up used Horse Tack to fill in any needs you may have. They also have a nice selection of used apparel, household items and other objects. Sales go to the excellent cause they support of sheltering and caring for horses.