"There is something about the outside of a horse that
is good for the inside of a man," Winston Churchill once said.
We think he was right.
Much of life at Hillesum Farm revolves around horses. We breed
horses, we have some long-time boarders enjoying the spacious paddocks
and lush grass, and we always try to make room for horses that need
temporary or permanent refuge.
If you would like to save an unwanted or older horse from being
sent to the slaughter house, think about being a sponsor and please
get in touch; we will gladly try to find room for one more. No horse
will ever leave this place to be "sold by the pound."
Merlin's story begins with his mom Sally. Sally is a fiercely independent mare. She is a bit pushy, and not too enamoured of people and fellow equines, but she is a wonderful parent to her offspring. Sally doesn't need help.... [READ FULL STORY]
Late in 2005, a local veterinarian contacts us to see if we could take in a little Shetland pony that " might not make it." [READ FULL STORY]
FLEK, the CHAMP:
Bought at auction to save him from the meatman, Flek is a wild one, and we're not sure we'll ever be able to handle him. [READ FULL STORY]
SOME OF THE FAMILY
Sundance--who has no doubt as to how pretty he is.
Aysha, a standardbred and mother of Zorro, one early fall morning.
Sundance and his buddy Flek playing halter-tag.
(="The Peaceful One"), just a few hours old, with
Mom Sally in June 2005.
Spring, and the horses enjoying the newly lush grass.
Sukkah, an older mare bought at auction, probably saved from
a trip to the abattoir, being "taken for a walk" to
introduce her to her new home. The gentlest and sweetest of
horses, Sukkah has the coat of a teddy bear and the voice of
a donkey, and steals everyone's heart.
Zorro, a standard-bredsired by Donerail Express, as a weanling. He
had a misshapen hoof when he came to Hillesum Farm. The farrier
did a great job in correcting the problem. Zorro is the gentlest of spirits.
If you love horses and want to sponsor a horse or support our aim
of creating a sanctuary for unwanted animals, please
; we'd enjoy hearing from you.