Our Horses

HRU horses are up-to-date on vet/farrier/dental needs and thoroughly evaluated prior to adoption.

Our horses are available to approved homes on a minimum 60 day trial period. Adopters must be located within a eight (8) hour drive of Howell, NJ OR to the Lexington, Kentucky area (unless otherwise noted).

TRANSPORT SPECIAL: Approved adopters may qualify for free transport within 200 miles of Central New Jersey, by one of our generous adopters!

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For more information or to start the adoption process, please email us.


EEYORE- 15 year-old 9hh miniature donkey gelding & SUMMER- 17 year-old 11hh standard donkey jenny- companions/pasture pets only

Eeyore and Summer are a pair of bonded, sweet-natured and loving donkeys. Both are very easy keepers best turned out on a dry lot, or field with little to no grass. They are only available to a home where they will stay together.

Since both donkeys can be shy with new people and take time to warm up, they are only available to a private family or person vs. a program which requires visitor or student interaction.

They love to be groomed, scratched and played with by kids or adults that they know. They will play with jolly balls and just love being around people.

Summer lost her left eye in an accident some years ago, but doesn’t seem at all bothered by it. Summer is great for the vet and farrier (just needs someone patient with her back hooves). In his current home, Eeyore is good for the farrier, but hates getting shots and bloodwork with the vet.

Summer is definitely the leader and Eeyore will follow her anywhere. He gets upset if they are separated for any reason, typically only during a vet or farrier visit.

Both are typical donkeys and would benefit from adopters with some experience as they can be strong-willed. They both walk well on leadlines and load well on trailers.

In the past, Summer has lived with goats, sheep and a steer while Eeyore lived with a mini horse mare and an alpaca. They have lived alone together in a paddock with a shared stall or run-in shed over the past five years. Sponsor Eeyore and Summer. Available for adoption- $100 to approved home.


Roughly estimated 18 year-old 12.3 hand bay roan possible Welsh/Hackney pony GELDING - driving prospect or paddock pony - for experienced person

Speedwell was saved after selling to a renderer for meat at New Holland auction. They forgot to load him on the trailer, so he was able to come home with HRU.

Speedwell is a kind boy with a wonderful, playful personality. Due to rough corrections in his past, he needs an experienced, confident handler. Speedwell is green broke to drive with a cart and is a very nice prospect for a knowledgeable person, but has mainly been a turnout companion since 2015. He leads and listens well, is good with the farrier and trailering. He can be headshy when you work around his neck and ears, especially on his left side.

Speedwell was gelded in November 2018 after previously being a cryptorchid. He currently lives outside 24/7 with a shed as a babysitter to yearling horses. Sponsor Speedwell. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.


23 year-old 15.3 hand bay Standardbred gelding - companion/pasture pet only

Courage is a laid back, kind horse with a husband type personality. He was a babysitter to weanlings for several years after having earned $170,000 on the track.

Courage is sweet and has great ground manners. To prevent an old hock injury from flaring up, Courage is only available as a pasture pet/companion horse. He prefers to be the boss in turnout situations with other horses and currently lives outside 24/7 with a shed. Sponsor Courage. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.


17 year-old 15.3 hand dark bay Standardbred gelding - companion/pasture pet only

Scottie was saved from New Holland auction in March 2016. He was very thin and found with the identification freezebrand on his neck burned/cut off. He was later identified as Butterscotch Swirl, a horse who won $170,000 on the track, thanks to DNA testing by the United States Trotting Association.

Scottie last worked as an Amish horse and developed osteoarthritis and severe lower ringbone in his right front hoof, but is pasture sound without shoes. He is a normal keeper and a very sweet horse. Scottie can be bossy in the paddock, so he needs a confident companion. He currently lives outside 24/7 with a shed. Sponsor Scottie. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.


19 year-old 16.1 hand dark bay Standardbred mare - companion/pasture pet only

Cool Cookie (CC) is a retired Standardbred trotter and former broodmare who is a great companion to other horses. She is sound and an easy keeper, but does not enjoy being ridden, so we no longer ask that of her. CC has chronic utivitis.

CC can be moody at times, but if you give her a chance, she is a wonderful horse. She hates the vet, but is good with the farrier. She enjoys baths and will drink from the hose. CC currently lives outside 24/7 with a shed. Sponsor Cool Cookie. Available for adoption- FREE to approved home.


24 year-old 15 hand brown (appears black) Standardbred mare - permanent HRU resident

Ivory Tower (Ivy) was a successful broodmare who found herself at auction in March 2010. She was adopted to a loving home for 7 years, but returned to HRU in late 2017 when her adopter's health issues prevented her from caring for her.

Ivy is an absolute sweetheart who has excellent manners, always looking to please. In August 2019, Ivy went to her first show, the 2019 National Standardbred Show. She took 1st place in the Adoptable Horse Pleasure Riding 2-Gait class and 4th place in the 25th Anniversary Pleasure Driving class.

Due to past severe choke, Ivy can only eat Timothy grass hay with some alfalfa hay added during the winter. In April 2020, HRU chose to make Ivy a permanent resident as she has had trouble maintaining her weight in recent months. Sponsor Ivy.