Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue

Flash Me was removed from Unadilla’s Thoroughbred Dispersal. Immediately after arriving, his vet found he suffered from EORTH. After extracting 9 teeth, Flash has settled well. Here he is showing this 6-year-old boy just how wonderful a retired Thoroughbred can be.
  • Services

    Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Equine-Assisted

  • Location

    Dover Plains, New York

  • Founded


  • Average Number of Thoroughbreds


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 43% of the population on the farm. We have been gradually increasing that number. We are happy to see Thoroughbreds come to the farm fresh off the track and watch their transformation from racehorses to therapy horses.

LOHR assures the very best care of our herd. Staff is CHA equine facility management certified, as well as 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 Mentor, 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 caring 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 with 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.

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