Hamilton is from the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, and came to GSH in November of 2016 during a crisis at ISPMB involving county impoundment and seizure, overcrowding and lack of resources, with his mother, Rachel. Hamilton is a playful colt, cute as can be, but does have problems with his back hooves. He will[...]
Lauren is a lovely 3 year old mustang filly who has uveitis and is going blind. She came to GSH in November of 2016 during a crisis at ISPMB involving county impoundment and seizure, overcrowding and lack of resources. She suffered a miscarraige shortly after arrival and was tested for Leptospirosis which indicated she probably was exposed in the[...]
Meet Djinn’s Lucky Symbol, also known as Jinny, a lovely mare who floats across the pasture. She did have an injury when she ran into a T-post before coming to Gentle Spirit Hores but her flank healed up nicely, though it has a scar. She has great manners, is easy to catch and loves attention, and we've saddled her.
Update 11/11/2013: Jinny has[...]
This is Paisley. She came into GSH Iowa a few weeks ago and we haven't had a chance to introduce her yet! She is a 22 year old halflinger/paint cross pony looking for a retirement home under our Pasture Pals program. She has good ground manners, loves to be groomed, and has been used for lead line before. There are reports of bucking which is why[...]
Gracie was dropped off at the Sanctuary late November, 2012. She had been purchased at an auction in Missouri and brought up for a family who rides mules. Thought she would be good for their kids...she is terrified of everything! Once the halter is on she leads nice, and we just moved her to the lower pen. It appears she has some night blindness.[...]
Nelly is an Arabian or Arabian cross mare, whose previous owner just couldn't get to gain weight. She is reported to be 20-25 and our vet has verified that's likely accurate. Her body condition score on intake was 1 on the Henneke scale, however she's very strong and spunky and lively. SUPER SWEET GIRL, said to be broke to ride, easy to be around[...]
Chikala is a new intake. His name means "small" in Lakota, and he comes from a young man on the Lower Brule Reservation. His name is pronounced "cheek-ah-lah" and he appears to be about 5 years old, though we'll have the vet verify that. He needs to be gelded, but is easy to handle.
Update: After lots of consideration, Chikala has been removed[...]
Skye has been part of GSH since he was 19 months old - over five years now! He had already been rejected from two homes at that age - first from his breeder who had no use for him since he is a Paint with no spots; second by the person who took him in as a weanling who had no time for him and just had him out with cattle. He has grown up with[...]
Maggie has been blind all her life and came to be a permanent resident after being given to Gentle Spirit Horses during a Saddlebred herd reduction. She can be very nervous and sticks very close to Queenie, another permanent resident.
Yogi is a sweet donkey who George (the white donkey) became very attached to. As such, he remains a permanent resident as a companion for George.
Jackie was obviously well cared for in her old home but could no longer stay there due to the fact that her previous owner has past away and the kids were not into horses. She has been out in pasture for the last 10 years and has many a baby with her pasture mate Duke. She was confirmed in foal when she came into the Gentle Spirit program and had[...]
Kiwi is a beautiful blind Hackney pony that came to Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue & Sanctuary through the Iowa 22 Sumner neglect case in March 2010. She's been offered Sanctuary due to her blindness and trust issues.
Prince is a permanent resident of the Gentle Spirit Horses Sanctuary due to blindness. He's a lovely boy, can be ridden by an experienced handler, but mostly just gets to enjoy being a horse.
Sully came from AC4H broker lot in Pennsylvania prior to coming to Gentle Spirit Horses. He's a quiet, well broke boy, but much older than we were told. He remains at GSH due to his age and is part of our therapeutic riding program.
Buster is one of Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue & Sanctuary therapeutic riding horses and a wonderful one at that!
George is the official spokes-donkey of the GSH Sanctuary. He remains a permanent resident due to a broken hip that was never treated and healed poorly.
Tommy is with Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue & Sanctuary because he has Wobbler's Syndrome. For the past several years he has been a solid trail and therapy horse, but as he's getting older his Wobbles is starting to advance and he is now fully retired and will live his life out at the Sanctuary.
Lucy was purchased at the Corsica Horse Sales by our barn manager at that time. When he brought her to the barn, Nina fell in love at first sight. She wasn’t available for purchase at that time. Approximately a year later she showed up back in the pens at the barn we were boarding at, slated to go to Novartis to be used in a research program and[...]
Beau is a permanent resident of GSH due to blindness. He's broke to ride and a good boy! He's unable to do therapeutic riding due to his blindness.
Jazz is the first horse that came into our family. Jazz stays a permanet resident due to behavior problems. During the summer, Jazz is able to be ridden by specific riders with certain restrictions but loves to work and jump!
Chip is an energetic pony who is highly athletic with a background in gaming on the east coast. This boy has speed! He is completely sound but will have to be watched because as a pony he is predisposed for founder and did have a scare with founder a few years ago. He has been cleared by the farrier as sound and ready for work now. He has good[...]
Buddy is a Special Needs boy...he has no front teeth and is 26 years young. His diet is Nutrena Senior, beet pulp, HS-35, and Cool Calories along with Chaffhaye twice daily....he could really use a sponsor!
Comet is a cute large pony who was a therapy horse for a paraplegic girl when he was younger. When she outgrew him he ended up at auction where he was purchased by someone who couldn't bare to see a therapy horse go to slaughter. Comet has some health problems, including Heaves and Cushings, and has come in to GSH as a permanent resident due to[...]