Interested in Adopting?
Please fill out our adoption application if you would like to be considered for the placement of one of our dear rescues.
All applications go before our Board of Directors for review.
Rescued November 13th, 2020
Meet Jake! Jake was rescued from Kaufman Kill Pen in Kaufman TX. We were able to make a trip to Texas to pick up Jake and another horse that was rescued and bring them both back to South Dakota. The other horse was safely dropped off at his new home along the way. Jake is a 12 year old Gypsy Cross Gelding. He came to us un-handled. He had a low body weight and scared of people. We were not able to get his weight when he got here as he was not able to be touched. We had him haltered in the first week after lots of work on trust. He has now been able to be led around, brushed out, and learning to trust. Please follow Jake on our Facebook page! If you are interested in sponsoring Jake please let us know.
Rescued December 18th, 2020
Lady was rescued from Kaufman Kill Pen in Kaufman TX. She is a beautiful palomino mare that came to us extremely dehydrated and a very low body weight of 807lbs and 13.2 hands. She is said the be a Quarter Horse that is bred to a Cremello Stallion. I was able to get in touch with the man who sold her to the sale and he said she was found abandoned with her yearling baby and a stallion. They were found in a pasture in TX with no food or water. She is just the sweetest most gentle mare I have been around and its hard to imagine her in that situation! I am so blessed that she was able to make it to our ranch. She has had her vet check and she has some health conditions that will need monitored along with the pregnancy. Lady is still looking for a sponsor or two to help in her recovery!
Born June 17th, 2021
Our beautiful baby Angel was born happy and healthy to her mom (Lady) on June 17th, 2021. More information and photos coming soon!
Angel Is Proudly Sponsored by Allison Body at this Time.
Rescued December 18th, 2021
Meet our sweet baby Olivia. Olivia was rescued from Kaufman Kill pen in Kaufman TX. She is said to be a nicely bred Quarter Horse that goes back to Drifts Chip x Blue Valentine. She did not come with any papers. She came to us by way of transport from Witherspoon Transportation and then the other half by Rafter M Ranch Transport. Olivia came to us with a great bill of health. The vet says she is doing great. We were able to get her haltered within the first few days. She is currently being sponsored and growing every day. UPDATE: We sent her DNA off to be tested and she is actually a Quarter Horse Thoroughbred Cross.. To Follow her story follow us on Facebook! Livy is proudly Sponsored by Amber Fessler
Bitsy's Carlos (Carl)
Meet Carl (Bitsy's Carlos)
Carl comes to us from Lincoln NE.
Carl had a history of winning until he was injured on the track. He broke his left leg and was sent to a sale barn. He was lucky enough to be snatched up by a loving owner who did all she could to help him. Carl will never compete again and will need to retire permanently. He is a huge 16'2 hand gentle giant who wants nothing more than to get love and enjoy his grain. We are excited to be able to give Carl the relaxing retirement that he so very much deserves. His initial intake went well. We were able to find a few issues we will be addressing over the next few months. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel so you get all the info. Carl is new to the rescue and therefore is looking for a sponsor or two to help in his recovery! Please consider joining Carl for his recovery!
Phoenix is a handsome 6 year old mustang that was rescued on 2-14-22 (Valentine's Day). We received a call early that morning from a young lady in tears and concerned about her horse. She lovingly shared her story with us and what her situation involved. It was clear from the conversation that she loved her horse very much and was concerned for his wellbeing as she could not care for him anymore. She was referred to us by a trainer that said we could possibly help her. After discussing the immediate danger, the horse was in we asked her to full out our donation form on the website and we would be in touch. We reviewed the form and called her back. She then explained the urgency of the situation and we agreed to load up and meet her right away. Once on site we were able to access Phoenix and he was easy to catch and easy to lead. He appeared to be in good condition other than having some long hooves and in need of a few trims. We had even told that he had a bad experience previously and would not be willing to load. Once at the trailer we calmly evaluated his fear level to find he was indeed reluctant to go into the trailer. Phoenix however is very food motivated which is great! We were able to coax him in the trailer after about an hour using handfuls of grain. Phoenix is now safety at the Rescue and settling in. Upon his intake and Vitals check we discovered he has a rough case of worms. Thankfully we worm and vaccinate all rescues upon intake. He will be going through the physical and emotional healing in the next few weeks. Phoenix is Currently in need of a sponsor to help in his transition prior to being available for adoption. Please consider Phoenix as he needs your support!
Rescued in 2021
Stormy is an adorable little Miniture that has so much love to give! She was rescued with her Buddy Leo in 2021 from Wyoming. She is calm and loves kids! She is currently being using in our lesson and therapy program. Stormy is looking for a sponsor currently.
Rescued in 2021
Meet Leo, an adorable little all white Miniture. He was brought in with stormy although he was not as friendly as stormy. He didn't mind people once he was caught but pretty skidish. He came in with pretty long feet and needed several trims to hit back to normal. He spent the summer with kids and is coming along nicely. Leo is looking for a new sponsor this year or an adoptive Family!
💥What we know of Victor's story starts in December of 2020. A picture of 2 blind horses were posted to FB. They were both unlisted at Stroud OK kill pen. He is an ex-Amish horse so he does not carry the normal Standbred brand. It was apparent he hadn't been blind very long. He still had all 4 driving shoes on. As time went on he learned to be a blind horse. Using his nose to feel his way around. Learned the sound of the hose and voices means it's grain time. He does well finding hay and water. He has learned to use all his other senses to make up for his loss of site. He still needs to build some confidence when riding on uneven ground and Crossing obstacles. When he's unsure he will stop, whiny and wait for your reassurance that it's safe to continue. (This is from his rescuing angel.)
Victor came to Rafter M Ranch 2 weeks ago from Iowa and his angel rescuer would like Victor to find a sponsor here at the rescue and then an adoptive family to call his own.
We are guessing his age at 11 to 12 based off the vet and his teeth. But he's not an old horse. Victor has a very gentle soft personality and a willingness to please. If you want to meet Victor please set up a time to visit the Ranch.
Victor is probably sponsored By the Dann Family.
Meet Thunder! Thunder arrived at the rescue in April of 2022. He is a super sweet 26 year old, 14 hand gelding who loves attention and his food! Thunder came to the rescue due to his owner having some health issues which caused finances to be tough. Thunder is came to us needing some extra groceries and love. Thunder came to the rescue with two friends, Captain and Rascal. Thunder is in his 30 day evaluation process and is looking for his special heart Donor! Thunder will be evaluated for adoption after his initial 30 days! Please consider partnering with Thunder and paying him a visit here at the Ranch.
Meet Rascal! Rascal arrived at the rescue in April of 2022. He is a super sweet 29 year old, 14 hand gelding who loves being brushed and going for walks. Rascal came to the rescue due to his owner having some health issues which caused finances to be tough. Rascal came to us needing lots of groceries and to get his teeth desperately floated. Rascal came to the rescue with two friends, Captain and Thunder. Rsacal is in his 30 day evaluation process and is looking for his special heart Donor! Rascal will be evaluated for adoption after his initial 30 days! Please consider partnering with Rascal and paying him a visit here at the Ranch.
Meet Captain! Captain arrived at the rescue in April of 2022. He is a super sweet 23 year old, 15 hand gelding who loves attention and his food! Captain came to us with one blind eye from a previous injury and it will need attention by our Veterinarian. Captain came to the rescue due to his owner having some health issues which caused finances to be tough. Captain came to us needing some extra groceries and love. Captain came to the rescue with two friends, Thunder and Rascal. Captain is in his 30 day evaluation process and is looking for his special heart Donor! Captain will be evaluated for adoption after his initial 30 days! Please consider partnering with Captain and paying him a visit here at the Ranch.