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Last Stop Horse Rescue (LSHR) is a horse rescue/sanctuary, adoption and rehabilitation program for abused, starved and neglected horses. Benny Before & After

We provide a safe, loving environment for horses, and allow time for each to heal at their own pace.

We do not operate any “for profit” businesses under our Federal 501(c)3 charitable license.

Any proceeds generated in conjunction with our organization, such as fundraisers, children’s book sales, and natural horsemanship training clinics are exclusively used to benefit the welfare our horses.

We feel it is important the public and our supporters know their donations are going nowhere else but where intended… for the horses!  

IMG_1202Having this philosophy has helped maintain our reputation of honesty, integrity, and our “for the horse” oath which we take great pride in upholding to the highest of standards.

In an effort to reduce the number of unwanted horses, LSHR funds gelding services for those taken in as colts/stallions and have a “no breeding” policy; your donations help make that possible… thank you!

We are dedicated to making a better life for horses that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or starved.

We assist local law enforcement, animal control, and animal welfare agents by helping in their efforts to rescue horses in need and to provide food, shelter, medical care, and compassion to horses in our care. 

The principles of love, language, and leadership in equal doses will be followed.

There is no force or intimidation, and we rely on gentleness in our leadership.

Aidan Spirit

Natural Horsemanship

We rehabilitate using Natural Horsemanship methods.

“Put your heart in your hand and touch your horse with your heart.”

Pat Parelli

“Put your heart in your hand and touch your horse with your heart.”Put you heart in your hand and touch your horse with your heart – Pat Parelli

Joyce with


Joyce Pomeroy, Founder


Our use of Natural Horsemanship sets these horses up for success in their rehabilitative process.

There are 7 important things

we want our horses to have

when they are in our care,

or in their adoptive homes.








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Gracie is a miniature horse who arrived at the rescue with a herd of other “minis” when her owners died. We took the whole family so they could stay together.  Gracie soon had a baby here at the rescue that we named “Lily.”  She was very protective of Lily, not wanting her to leave her side, and we soon realized that Gracie was going blind.  She eventually allowed Lily to explore and be independent, but she was still nervous and frightened until an unlikely guardian befriended her on the farm.  Don’t you want to know who that was?!



In the summer of 2010 we rescued Lucky, a 12 year old mare who had a body condition score of 0 (near death).  We eventually discovered that she needed a life-saving dental surgery that would help her chew her food!  Through the wonderful support of so many volunteers and donors, we were able to get that surgery done at Cornell University.  She still had a lot of weight to gain and a lot of healing to do, though!  Would you like to know the outcome of Lucky’s surgery and recovery?



Murdock, originally named Milo, was a very angry and wounded boy.  He was scared.  When Joyce moved to the new rescue location in Georgia, she decided to give him a new name and a fresh start.  She picked the name, “Murdock,” after her Grandmother Murdock who had always been strong, and whose home had always been a safe place for her growing up.  Not long after arriving in Georgia, Murdock met a young boy, also a wounded warrior.  What happened next changed both of their lives.  Do you want to know the rest of Murdock’s story?


Believe in Miracles

Believe in Miracles: Lessons from the animals at Last Stop Horse Rescue, was written to teach children heartwarming lessons of love, hope and friendship. It is a collaboration of beautifully illustrated true stories about how the animals found their way to Last Stop Horse Rescue.



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Last Stop Horse Rescue provides education to the general public about the unnecessary suffering of unwanted, abused, and starved horses. We provide education and support to horse owners through natural horsemanship.

Goal # 1

To raise awareness of the need to stop passing around “problem” horses.

Goal # 2

To help people understand that it takes time to reveal the “real” horse that has put walls up around it’s heart because humans mistreated it.

Goal # 3

To put in perspective that each “problem” horse started out life as the innocent new born foal, a spirit for life, and with the protection of its mare.


ASPCA featured  Benny “Horse of the Year” 2014

At the ASPCA, helping horses isn’t just something we preach—it’s something we practice in our work every single day. Intelligent, sensitive, and true American icons, horses have been at the heart of our mission since the very beginning, and in honor of our second annual National Help a Horse Day on April 26, we wanted to share the amazing story of Benny.


True Stories from the LAST STOP HORSE RESCUE:

True Stories from the LAST STOP HORSE RESCUE:

This heartwarming (non-profit) book written with love by Toni Helen is a true story for children of all ages about Benny’s journey. You will read and see pictures of how a horse named Benny was found near-death in a field, a prayer that was answered, and a rescuer who with the help of friends, saved his life! It is a story of faith with lessons of love and hope the whole family will enjoy.


All proceeds go directly to the horses at Last Stop Horse Rescue and are tax deductible.



ASPCA featured Benny "Horse of the Year" 2014



Licensed in Maine and Georgia


Monty Featured in Equus Magazine

We continue to be supported by Tractor Supply locations in both Maine and Georgia.

Sharing an educational but very scary moment…..An event that happened at UGA just moments before Beau was discharged. Beau is by nature a very calm horse, does not react easily, and mellow. Beau is the type of horse to just stand and wait for whatever is needed of him. Beau had a severe reaction to a medication that he was given just before leaving UGA after surgery. Dr Williams, who is Dr Peroni’s assistant, wanted to give Beau his last antibiotic. Penicillin with a Procaine push. Generally, a horse has no reaction to this medication but Beau did have a severe reaction to the Procaine. Beau was standing with his head low and calmly waiting to leave and then Dr Williams gave the medication. The moment that the Procaine entered Beau’s body he became fearful, shaking, pacing, looking behind him, darting back and forth with wild eyes. A team was called to Beau’s stall. Beau appeared to be going crazy. The head of medicine explained to me that some horses react as if having hallucinations. A psychotic reaction with high energy. Some horses rear up and go over from fear. The team was ready to sedate Beau but could not get safely in his stall. Five hours after Beau’s reaction he was calm enough to leave his stall but with sedation for the trip home. This is not common, but it does happen. This is the first time that I have witnessed this type of reaction to a medication. Sharing this "educational" video of Beau and what happens when a horse has a sudden reaction to a medication. ...

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Beau's surgery went well. Dr Peroni shared with me his findings from this 3 hour surgery. The area was large where the cyst was. He explained that with x-rays, he could see the problem but with surgery he could now see the extent of the damage that was done to this joint and bone. He explained that Beau will need joint injections, follow up xrays to make sure that the bone was healing (filling in) and ongoing medication daily for arthritis. I stayed with Beau for awhile after surgery. When I first saw him he was so groggy. I opened the door slightly and said his name. His head came up, let out a loud whinny, and walked to me "drunk on drugs". He was coming out and going home! I held it together until I saw his chart that read. "Beau Last Stop Horse Rescue" All the tears that I held came out like a flood. The reality of today. Beau had this surgery because he is now part of the rescue. It was made clear to me that he was in too much pain to continue any longer and the only other option beside this surgery was euthanasia. The reality ... the supporters ... you made this happen. I continue to have faith that no matter what or how great the need it will happen. A special thank you to Stacie Coyle Ropes for sharing updates for me from UGA. I could not seem to post anything. I felt a feeling of panic.. I needed to share with all of you, I needed you to know that he was in surgery and also when he was out and that he was ok... I reached out to my "sister in rescue" and asked her to post for me. I do understand that the next 90 days will be of recovery, stall time, rest, and a repeat trip to UGA. The good news is this... Beau is alive and he will heal. ...

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Beau Update.. Evaluation today from Dr Peroni , Equine Lameness Specialist and Surgeon, UGA.
So much of today's exam was so good and hopeful. The evaluation of course was extensive . We decided to go ahead with more xrays of his pelvic area and again in depth of his stifle area. The next part of this evaluation broke my heart. Beau has a lesion/cyst on his bone that most likely was from birth and has been growing for the past 8 years to the point of severe lameness and extremely painful. The cyst has been eating away at this bone. We now have a diagnosis and I have spent the day in tears...After much thought and soul searching... this is my decision. Tomorrow morning, this beautiful amazing perfect horse will have surgery. I did not take on his care just to put him down after finding out the reason for his severe lameness.
Sharing Dr Peroni's report...
To summarize the situation.
We have identified a subchondral bone cyst of the medial femoral condyle in his right stifle and associated degenerative joint disease (arthritis). He is bright alert and responsive but is very lame on the leg. As a result, we don’t have many conservative options to offer for this problem and the recommendation is to take Beau to surgery and inject the cyst and also clean up as much of the damage the joint has sustained. In the morning we will also X-ray the left stifle in case a cyst is present there. In fact, we know that in some cases (roughly 30%) these problems can be on both sides.
Please be clear that the arthritis in this joint is advanced and will be the rate limiting step moving forward as Beau recovers from this process. We do however hope to inject the cyst with a powerful steroid which will then cause the cyst to “fill in” with bone and ease the pain associated with his stifle. Subsequent to cyst treatment we will have to implement a plan of rehabilitation that will include joint injections over time to manage his arthritis.
Thursday June 16th general anesthesia (your horse will be completely anesthetized for the surgery)
- arthroscopic assisted injection of the cyst and joint debridement (this typically lasts 2 hours)
- assisted recovery from anesthesia
- hospitalization and care until ready for transport back home.

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Beau heads to the University of Georgia.
Today, Beau is one step closer to finding out answers to why he continues to be lame. Beau and I headed out this morning to the University of Georgia, Athens Georgia. I wanted to make sure he arrived today, get settled in and be ready for tomorrows early morning appointment with Dr John Peroni, Equine Lameness specialist and surgeon. Thankful for Dr Rob and Dr Pam Milligan’s extensive evaluation with many xrays and for sharing their findings with Dr Peroni. Thankful that Dr Peroni agreed to accept Beau and to continue with finding out answers. Tomorrow is a big day and I am ready. Taking a moment to also thank each of you who continue to help the horses at the rescue including this big beautiful palomino. The eyes are the pathway to the soul… Beau’s soul is powerful and also so very gentle.

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Update on Willow <3 Willow has now been back to the rescue "North" and in my sisters hands for 2 months now. Sharing the pictures that Nonie sent me this morning of Willow. Also sharing the picture of Willow when we picked her up after seeing an ad in a local horse/tack sale site that she was for sale by the person we adopted her to . If a horse cant be cared for they are to be returned to the rescue. Willow will never know hunger or neglect again. The rescue will continue to support Willow while she is in Maine. Peace of mind knowing that she is now "back home". Today, Willow has sanctuary at the rescue, supported by the rescue, and cared for by Nonie ( Sun Set ) in Maine. It is important that she heals both physically and emotionally and we want to give her the time she needs. Please consider sponsoring Willow... ...

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