Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue

Montauk Traffic, aka Monte, shortly after he moved onto the farm. Monte is a gorgeous dapple grey and a visitor favorite. We love showing visitors his races and his come-from-behind victories.


Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Equine-Assisted

Location: Dover Plains, NY

Founded: 2008


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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 10



Lucky Orphans’ mission is “People Helping Horses Heal People.” The goal is to do just that.

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue (LOHR) is proud to have been accredited by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance since 2015 and to provide a home to retired racehorses. Thoroughbreds currently make up 35% of the population on the farm. We hope to increase that number over time. We are happy to see Thoroughbreds come to the farm fresh off the track and watch their transformation from racehorse to therapy horse.

LOHR assures the very best care of our herd. Staff is CHA equine facility management certified, as well Harmony Horsemanship Certified by Lindsey Partridge, Thoroughbred Makeover Champion. LOHR also holds a DAHP from NYS AG & Markets and is inspected annually for such. We are an EQUUS Foundation Guardian, and in addition to holding TAA accreditation, we are accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

As a sanctuary, we don’t count success by how many horses we adopt. We count success by how many lives we save, both human and equine. As committed to care for our equine herd as we are, we are equally as dedicated to our human services. LOHR is certified through EAGALA, Natural Lifemanship and E3A, providing the best in equine assisted psychotherapy and development. It is a pleasure to watch the retired racehorses help people struggling from mental, emotional, physical, and/or developmental health issues, working with at-risk youth, and dealing with depression, anxiety, addiction, and self-injurious behavior. During the mutually advantageous process, horses and humans help one another.

Lucky Orphans is committed to reducing the suicide rate within first responder and veteran populations. Our Innovative programs offer a variety of ways for this important population to get involved and learn from horses. The ability to use Thoroughbreds as retired athletes, helping our retired service men and women, is inspiring.

Lucky Orphans Success Stories

Lucky Orphan

Lucky Orphan – The namesake of the organization, a Pennsylvania-bred son of Obligato, made 74 starts and earned $142,148. He became an eventer after his racing career was finished but now lives at the sanctuary. Read more >>