VEWS Adopted Horses


Stunning Dark Bay QH, 15.2hh, gelding.  Walks, trots, canters and jumps.  He learns quickly and wants to please.  He gets along well with other horses and loves to be groomed.  He can be pushy so he needs  confident rider willing to continue his ground work and training.  He is up-to-date on vaccines, teeth, coggins, and farrier.

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Ben is a gentle 17 yo, Quarter Horse gelding, standing 15.3h. He came to VEWS from a Feedlot in NC. He is lovable, and appreciates soft grooming. His ground manners are exceptional and he is leads peacefully. He is up-to- date on vaccines, teeth, coggins, and farrier. Ben is currently being treated for ulcers and is responding well to his treatment. He is very calm under saddle at the walk. Once he is cleared for riding by the vet, we will begin accessing his trot and canter skills.






Dakota is a 17 year old, 15.1hh, Quarter Horse gelding. Dakota was rescued from the Richmond, VA area. He has spent the several years in a pasture on his own with minimal human interaction and riding. After a visit from animal control, due to malnourishment and neglect, his owner got some help from a vet. The vet later suggested he contact VEWS and consider turning over his horse. VEWS immediately intervened and brought Dakota into our program.

Dakota has adjusted well to humans and the herd. During his training sessions, he shows signs of being well trained a quick learner. He will walk, trot, canter and jump. He also, stands still to be mounted. Asking a $1,500 adoption fee.


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FullSizeRender_1Bella is a 7 year old, 14.2hh, Black/White/Tovero Paint Cross Mare. She has beautiful markings and a very sweet face with soft eyes and delicate features. Bella was seized, along with 70+ other horses from a Virginia Farm in 2015, due to neglect. Bella was very timid and not used to being handled by humans. The organization that generously took her in initially, did not have the necessary training to help Bella overcome her fear of being handled but did provide her with a safe home, where she had food and shelter. VEWS agreed to accept her and she has been with us since December 2016.

Her groundwork training has begun, along with some work to help rebuild her confidence and trust of humans and heal her spirit. She is slowly making progress. During her training sessions, she has demonstrated that she learns quickly, is building confidence and is beginning to trust humans. Under saddle, she presently walks and trots very calmly. We have had children and adults ride her and she is very responsive.

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Stormy is a 10 yo, 15.3 registered Thoroughbred with an outstanding personality. With a kind heart and winning ways, he has become one of the favorites at our barn. He is a beautiful gelding with impeccable ground manners. He is affectionate to all, with a very gentle and extremely sweet disposition. He is a very social horse and loves to be groomed. He stands for grooming, vet, farrier and mounting. Stormy has previously raced at Colonial Downs, Charlestown and Laurel Park, but he is much better suited as a show or pleasure horse and particularly a trail horse. Stormy will make someone a very blessed and lucky new owner. He is up-to-date on vaccines, teeth, Coggins and farrier. He is available for adoption to an approved home through the Virginia Equine Welfare Society. If you are interested in adoption, please read our requirements for adoption and download an adoption application.





Jasper is a stunning, 13 yo, 16.1h, well-trained TB gelding. He is a beautiful mover with a hunter-jumper background and is a pleasure to ride. It is obvious that he has been professionally trained and is very talented. He loads well, stands for vet, farrier, grooming and mounting. He is very sweet and is generally the first one to greet you in the pasture. He is utd on vaccines, teeth, farrier and Coggins.




Jett is a 12 yo QH Appendix, standing approximately 15h. He is trained English and Western and enjoys both trail and arena riding. Experienced young riders have ridden him. He is lovable and appreciates lots of attention and grooming. He ground ties and stands for mounting, vet, farrier and grooming. With four white socks and a beautiful dark coat (black in winter and dark brown in summer), he is absolutely stunning. His ground manners are exceptional and he has a wonderful disposition. Jett will make a great trail horse for an intermediate rider. He is up-to-date on vaccines, teeth, Coggins and farrier. He is available for adoption to an approved home through the Virginia Equine Welfare Society. If you are interested in Jett, please read our requirements for adoption. You can download an adoption application and email it to the email address on the form.



IMG_0136Mohawk was foaled on June 17, 2015  to our rescued registered paint mare, Raven. He has personality plus. He has been gelded and weaned. We have been practicing natural horsemanship with Mohawk, and he does a great show of running the cavalettis and taking tiny jumps. He leads, walks over tarps and enjoys playing with his ball.  We have no information on his jack (sire), but it appears “Mo” may reach close to his dam’s size (15hh). We are requiring an adopter to be experienced with mules so he will be properly trained. He would make an amazing partner for someone who can continue to  train him to his full potential.  Mohawk is up-to-date on vaccines/farrier/Coggins and is now available for adoption to an approved home. Interested in adopting?  Click here for our adoption requirements.

Raven – Adopted April 2016

raven1Raven is a 14 y/o, 15hh registered black and white paint mare. Not only is she gorgeous, but she loads and stands for vet, farrier, and grooming. She has been ridden Western in ring and on trail. We’re currently getting her back into the swing of regular riding (she was on hiatus during her pregnancy and while nursing her mule colt). Raven has exceeded our expectations for resuming under saddle and is improving every day! She has an excellent, smooth, slow canter that we are practicing transitioning into / keeping. We would recommend a confident intermediate rider for her. She’s a calm and friendly mare who has gotten along well with all of her pasturemates (mares and geldings alike). She is up-to-date on vaccines, farrier, deworming, and Coggins. Raven is now available for adoption to an approved home. Interested in adopting?  Click here for our adoption requirements.



Ruby is the latest addition to the VEWS horse family. She is a 12 yo, 14.3h, Quarterhorse Mare saved from the slaughter pipeline.  She was a former camp horse for a kids riding camp. A huge ‘Thank You’ goes out to everyone who contributed financially to her rescue. She is steadily improving and winning the hearts of everyone who meets her.

Appy – Adopted October, 2015

Appy had a big send off and several Volunteers came to give him a hug and kiss before he left for his awesome forever home with Amanda! Thank you Amanda for opening your heart and home to Appy! Appy is such a great horse. Our volunteers LOVE him. He will be missed so very much. It is always bittersweet to see them go, but this is what we do and we are so good at finding great homes for great horses.


Takoda – Adopted July 18, 2015


Takoda is an 11 yo foundation type QH, about 15.1h and is available for adoption to an approved home. Takoda was scheduled to ship to slaughter the next day when VEWS stepped up to save him. Not only is he handsome with a great build, he loves the trails and will make a lucky someone a good trail horse. He stands for grooming, tacking up, vet and farrier. He is up-to-date on farrier, vaccines, Coggins and dental. Takoda’s adoption fee is $1,000.  Interested in adopting?  Click here for our adoption requirements.

Buddy – Adopted March, 2015

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Buddy is a 12 year old TWH gelding. He is a big golden chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail, standing approximately 16hh. He is very friendly and loves people and gets along with other horses. Buddy loads, stands for grooming, the vet and farrier and is up-to-date on vaccines, de-worming, teeth and Coggins. If you are looking for a new best friend, you will love Buddy. He is sound and has a really smooth ride.

Sergeant (Sarge) – Adopted – July 16, 2015

Sergeant is a very handsome 12 year old Appendix gelding registered with the American Quarter Horse Association. He is a beautiful bay, 16.2h and stands for grooming, vet and farrier. He picks up is feet easily, loads and has good ground manners. Sarge came to us very thin from an owner who could not afford to take care of him.  He is very well mannered and according to his former owner, Sergeant is a former show horse.  He has completed his rehabilitation and is now available for adoption. VEWS’ riding team has been riding him and he is doing really well. He has been out on short trail rides.  Currently he is best suited for an intermediate to advanced rider. His adoption fee is $1,500 to an approved home. Interested in adopting?  Click here for our adoption requirements.


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Cassidy is a 4 year old black Tennessee Walking Horse gelding. VEWS rescued him from an auction feedlot where his future was uncertain.  Cassidy is friendly and playful.  He has been started under saddle and is going to make someone a great trail horse.  He is confident, a very quick learner, stands for grooming, vetting, farrier, mounting and he loads great.  Cassidy is 14.2hh and weighs 860#. He will be suited for a small adult. Cassidy is available at this time only to an approved adopter who is able to continue his training.

Simon – Adopted July, 2015

Simon_6_2013_2_Breed: Standardbred
Training: Rides and drives
DOB: March 29, 1997
Height: 15h
Sex: Gelding
Adoption Fee: $500
Color: Bay

Simon is beautiful and has good ground manners. You will never find a sweeter horse. He loves people and attention. He is excellent with the vet and farrier and stands for grooming.

In his former life he was raced and then a Amish buggy horse. He is confident on the trails and prefers the trails to arena work.

Simon is up to date on Coggins, vaccines, teeth, de-worming and farrier.He was rescued from a kill pen where he was slated to go to slaughter.


Sundance_Alan_barebackSundance came to us in December 2013 when we pulled him from an auction house in New Jersey. Sundance is a very sweet and well trained horse. He was adopted by one of the VEWS’ volunteers as soon soon after he was released from quarantine.


Bree_5_2013Bree came to us early in 2013 when she was barely a yearling. Animal control in a nearby county asked us to help her after she was found tied to a tree and had been given very little to eat as she was very emaciated. Bree went to foster care and was recently adopter by her foster mom.  Bree is growing up to be a gorgeous girl and we will post more recent photos of ,her soon!


dusty-adoptedDusty was saved from slaughter by VEWS. He had gone through more than one auction and eventually ended up in a Kill Pen owned by a Kill Buyer. VEWS found out about Dusty and we were able to raise funds to bail him out. Once out of rehab, VEWS’ discovered that he was a very well trained horse under saddle. He is now living the good life with a wonderful family and being ridden regularly and winning ribbons in the show ring.


Milo_and_DavidWatch this great video of Milo in his new home!


finn-adoptedFinnegan (aka Finn) was donated to VEWS when his owner was no longer able to ride him.  VEWS offered to find him a good home and was donated to VEWS.  Find him a good home, we did.  Finn is now living with a loving family and he is ridden often on the trails.  He is also best friends with a beautiful chesnut mare.


Sierra_Sierra was donated to VEWS by an owner who could no longer ride her due to medical issues. Sierra has been adopted and is a very happy girl in her loving new home!


duke-adoptedDuke was donated to VEWS by an owner who was unable to handle him.  VEWS’ trainer worked with him and corrected his ground manners and he turned out to be a fabulous horse on the ground and under saddle. Duke was adopted into a home and is being trail ridden regularly.  

Snowflake (aka Snowy)

SnowyBreed: Quarter-horse
Training: Well trained – Excellent on trails
DOB: 1997
Height: 15h
Sex: Mare
Adoption Fee: $600
Color: Fleabitten Grey

Snowy is as cute as they come. She is beautiful and has good ground manners. She is very friendly and loves attention. She is excellent with the vet and farrier and stands for grooming. Snowy is up to date on vet, farrier, deworming and Coggins. She has been ridden by several volunteers, from beginner to highly experienced. She has been ridden bareback and has had a small child sit on her back.

Snowy is confident on the trails and would be suitable for a beginner to advanced rider.

Cayenne – ADOPTED

Cayenne100Breed: QH/Morgan
Training: Rides – w/t/c
DOB: 2000
Height: 15.1+
Sex: Mare
Adoption Fee: $600
Color: Chestnut

Cayenne is a very beautiful and sweet mare. She is an easy keeper and is experienced under saddle. She is up to date on Coggins, vaccines, teeth, de-worming and farrier.

Cayenne is being ridden on a regular basis and has proven to be a very good trail horse. She prefers the trails to the arena. She is a sensitive mare and will do best with a calm handler/rider who practices natural horsemanship. She is looking for a best friend she can bond with.

She was saved by VEWS from a kill pen where she was slated to go to slaughter.