Boo is an Argentine TB mare that came to us from a NJ auction house. She is part of our sanctuary herd. She spends her winters playing arena polo with Beth. A regal and opinionated mare who had spent her life playing polo before being dumped at auction. We had always wondered about her breeding and sent hair off to Texas A&M for testing. We came to learn Boo is a TB, Andalusian and Quarter Horse cross. Not your average polo pony!
Molly- A little firecracker of a mare that is about as opinionated as she is quick. Molly came to us after not working out at a local polo club. She is very much a one person horse and we have given her sanctuary here at SES. Molly plays indoor polo over the winter and spends her summer grazing beside her best friend Boo.
Bacci- Sadly we lost Bacci this past Winter after a long battle with an eye condition. He was a very special member of the SES family and is greatly missed.
Bacci is an Argentine polo gelding that played two seasons with the sanctuary string. He came to us as an owner surrender when he became too old to play for the pro outdoors. We have had an ongoing battle with uveitis and it lead to his retirement in 2014. Though sound and keen to keep playing he can no longer see well enough for it to be safe.
G-Man (Bepa)- Bepa arrived to the sanctuary in July 2015 from Louisiana. He has quickly become a farm favorite and everyone wants to snuggle with him. He is a lovely large bodied polo bred gelding that stands 16h tall.
Frosted Flakes (Fiona)- Fiona arrived in August 2015 after playing outdoor polo since leaving the racetrack as a young horse. She is a little mare standing under 15h with a sweet kind face. She is incredibly well trained and is a bit like a fine Italian sports car under tack. Looking forward to getting to know this little lady.
53- chestnut mare with white blaze and socks. ADOPTED!
"53" is a relative newcomer just starting out with Beth. She arrived at the end of the outdoor season this past summer and is settling in very well. She seems to love the quiet life here at SES and quickly learned all about horse cookies and carrots. Spoiled already!
Teddy- A athletic little grey gelding that originated as a White Birch bred horse. Sold through SES for professional polo player looking to rehome him.
G-man & Fiona
Boo excels at arena polo, normally playing 5 months of the year before a long Summer vacation. She is one of the keenest polo horses I have ever sat on and takes her job very seriously.
Pesto & Abe
Pesto is our very special little girl that somehow ended up growing into a moose. She was born here in 2004 to a PMU mare named Ash-Lee. She had a rough start and much of the first couple months were plagued with kidney issues. She outgrew the difficulties and you'd never have known she had ever been ill. Pesto went off to school and learned how to drive and pull. We use her for dragged paddocks and pulling logs for firewood. She is never far from her best friend Abe.
Squirrelwood said goodbye to our wonderful old Abe in late July 2015.
Abraham is the grand patriarch of SES. He is reaching his mid 20's and is a very special member of our sanctuary herd. He came to us in 2007 from a direct to slaughter pen outside New Holland PA. We battled the canker in his feet and he has bloomed here. From a over worked old Amish work horse to Pesto's best friend and disciplinarian.
Pesto regaining strength after a tough first week.
Her earlier kidney issues are resolving and she is growing into a beautiful weanling.
Pesto was growing like a weed at this stage. She had officially moved to the main barn and was starting to meet the adult horses.
Pesto shown here spring 2013. She has finally stopped growing and has reached 17.3 hands. She spends her days at Abe's side, usually eating. It is amazing to see her come such a long way from that tiny little filly that greeted us in 2004.
Pesto learning a job. Her incredible strength makes easy work of bringing logs out of the woods surrounding the sanctuary.
Abe & Pesto 2013
Gabriel is a TB gelding that came to SES at just a few days old. We spent long nights nursing the little colt back to health. Currently Gabriel is showing in dressage with our board member Courtney Budd. "Shrimp", as he is known around the barn has exceeded all our expectations in the show ring and has held his own against very stiff competition here in Region 8.
USDF Regionals/ NEDA Fall Festival - 8th in the 1st Level Championship with just shy of 70%.
Pippy & Pon
Pon-Pon is the resident baby sitter. Pon is the perfect companion for the orphans and weanlings that come our way. He raised both Pesto and Gabriel. Currently he is keeping Pippy in line and teaching her all the valuable lessons of adult horsehood.
Pippy was found at Chamber's Auction House in Unadilla NY just a few days shy of Christmas Eve. She was not even 5 months old and was all alone tied up for hours. We couldn't leave her there. She has blossomed from that little ugly duckling into the beautiful appy two year old she is today.
Pippy, day after auction
Pippy, 6 months old
Pippy & Pon-Pon. Spring 2013
Pippy, long yearling
Pumpkin is an aged mixed breed gelding.
Winston- QH retired barrel horse gelding
Noelle- Standardbred TB cross mare found at Unadilla Auction Christmas 2012.
Teton- Appaloosa gelding retired.
Max2- Percheron cross PMU foal that is now all grown up to a strapping 16.3h
Timmy- Belgian cross PMU foal that also spent years here with Max2 growing up.
Peanut- Our resident Holstein cross steer that stands a towering 18.1h tall now. He just keeps growing.
Freida- Retired dressage show horse in her 20's now.
Lexie- TB broodmare that came to us in the Spring of 2014 as a neglect/ starvation case. She has made a fantastic recovery (see her page for more info)
Lexie came to SES in the Spring of 2014. Easter Sunday she walked off the trailer bone thin and sad looking. We immediately provided vet assessment to make sure she was not suffering from any medical conditions that might cause body condition t deteriorate. When she was medically cleared we began the long path back to recovery with good nutrition and careful refeeding. Too much too soon can quickly kill a horse in her condition.
Happy to report Lexie has made a terrific recovery. Even at her age she responded well and slowly gained back all the weight. She looks fantastic!