Zipper is available for adoption as a companion horse and is searching for his special person. He came to us a year and a half ago as an owner surrender after his owner passed away, who Zipper had bee…

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sadie horse available for adoption
Sadie is a five-year-old mare who stands 14.1 hands. She has come a long way in learning to trust people in the past couple of years and is gaining confidence every day. She started her training in th…

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***Adoption Pending*** Sheila is a very experienced and easy going horse who is 14.2 hands and approximately 14 years old. She seems to have training in the Western ring but she seems much happier doi…

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Luna is a 16 year old beautiful flea bitten grey quarter horse mare. She has a very sweet personality and loves to stand to be groomed. She is good for the vet and Farrier and great with other horses.…

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Missy is a 19 year old Thoroughbred mare who had a brief racing career. She came to us as an owner surrender about 2 years ago. Missy is available as a companion horse and gets along well in a herd…

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Success Stories


Cassidy was an unwanted small Welsh pony who arrived with us as a 13 year old in the winter of 2019. We quickly learned she was safe for kids and had a very sweet personality. Cassidy wasn’t with us…

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We rescued Holly from a kill-pen in the winter of 2019 as a four year old. We named Holly after our friend Holly who created a fundraiser for us to assist use with rescuing this mare. She wasn’t wit…

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Montauk arrived at The Dorset Equine Rescue in December of 2017 after his owner unexpectedly passed away. He quickly bonded with another horse that had already been with us for a couple of years named…

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Memphis arrived with his mother Apache in the summer of 2017. They were both owner surrenders. Memphis was adopted in March of 2018 along with his buddy Nipster. We are thrilled that he and his buddy …

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Tess arrived with us in January of 2018 as a four year old. She and another horse, Sadie were part of a neglect case and were seized by law enforcement. They were both very underweight and neither had…

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Twister was a local owner surrender who arrived with us in the summer of 2017. He wasn’t with us long before he was adopted. He is now a companion to Barney (now known as Lovebug) who was adopte…

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Apache is a very beautiful and gentle horse who arrived with when she was  18 years old as an owner surrender in the summer of 2017 along with her colt Memphis. She gave birth to Memphis on a trailer…

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We rescued Foster when we outbid a kill buyer at an auction in the spring of 2017. We also outbid a kill buyer for another horse at the same auction who we named Sheila. They were named in memory of a…

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Maggie arrived with us as a 6 year old with her son Nipster in the summer of 2017. They were both well cared for but were surrendered due to their owner having a serious illness. Maggie was adopted in…

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Nipster was a two year old when he arrived with us along with his mother Maggie as owner surrenders. They arrived in the summer of 2017. Nipster has a kind personality and loves attention. He was adop…

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Sally and Lucy

Sally and Lucy are an adorable mother and daughter pair of miniature donkeys. Sally is the mother and is the lighter colored donkey. She is five years old and Lucy is two years old. They were a local …

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Turtle was a local owner surrender who arrived with us in Spring of 2017. Even though he is blind in one eye, he was very trusting and was always willing to go out for a trail ride and be handled and …

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India (Indy)

India came to us as a scared and completely unhandled yearling filly who we saved from slaughter in February 2017. She had come into a kill pen with a group of 8 young horses. We only had room and fu…

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Orion is a beautiful 15.1 hand, 7 year old gelding who was slaughter-bound when rescued. He arrived with us in the winter of 2016/2017.  He has a young and lively personality. Orion has an old injury…

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Jaks is a 10 year old appendix gelding who was owned by a kill buyer and about to ship to slaughter and we pulled him. He has been with us since August 2016. He was very underweight when he came to us…

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Ferdinand is a thoroughbred gelding and arrived at DER in August of 2016 as a four year old. He had been raced several times and won a couple of races. When he stopped running as fast, he found himsel…

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Spirit is a Shetland pony who came to us through a local neglect case in March of 2016 with three others. He was a 6 year old feral stallion. We had him gelded right away. It’s taken a lot of work a…

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Barney was one of four neglected stallions who arrived with us in March of 2016. They were a local owner surrender and very feral. We had them gelded right away and trimmed their feet long feet while …

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We rescued Fred along with three other mini’s from a local neglect situation in 2016. All four were stallions and had foundered. Their hooves were very long and they were very afraid of people d…

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Manning was rescued when he was 6 years old from shipped to slaughter back in December 2015.  He was very sick with pneumonia and very underweight when he arrived at DER. But after a few visits from …

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Jack (shown right) and his mother Ruby were rescued in the spring with the help of Spring Hill Horse Rescue. They were full and asked if we had room to take them. They were trapped inside an old campe…

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Duke (left) and Daisy
Duke (left) was rescued along with his sister Daisy. The photo taken at his rescue (below) was taken in the spring of 2012. You can see how skinny he was by the bones on his face, even showing through…

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Daisy Success Story
Daisy (left) first came to us with her brother Duke from a neglect case in the spring of 2012. The “after” photo was taken about 6 months later (August 2012). She has come such a long way! She was…

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Bella in her new home
Bella was rescued in the early Summer of 2015 because she was owned by a kill buyer and was scheduled for slaughter.  Ten years old at the time of rescue, Bella was adopted in the fall and is doing…

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Ollie Success Story
Ollie was rescued in the early Summer of 2015 because he was owned by a kill buyer and was scheduled for slaughter.  Three years old at the time of rescue, Ollie was adopted in the fall and is doing …

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Sarge - Success Story
Sarge came to us in August 2014 from an auction in New York where he was bound for slaughter. He came to us very scared, due to him not having his full sight. After he was examined by the vet we learn…

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Coco Success Story
Coco was rescued in June of 2014 from a known kill-buyer in PA.  He is an 18 year old pony with a wonderfully sweet personality. He was adopted by a wonderful family in CT and is now called Spirit an…

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Walter in new home
March 2015 Update – Walter (above left) found his new forever home in Massachusetts where he lives with his new equine friend Ace! It was very hard to say goodbye but we know his new owner Rebecca…

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Champ came to DER in 2014 as a ten year old when we rescued him from slaughter. He was adopted into a perfect home in NH in 2017 where he lives with his two horse buddies.  

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Lorelei Success Story
Lorelei came to us in June, 2014 from a known kill buyer in PA. She was very underweight, was missing a lot of hair, and was having trouble eating (pocketing her food in her cheeks). After a full vet…

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Rain was rescued in August of 2015 at an auction where we outbid a “kill buyer” for her to prevent her from shipping to Canada for slaughter. She was only at our rescue for four short mont…

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Pike and his friend Violet were rescued soon after they both lost their mothers due to severe neglect. Violet was just two months old and very scared. Pike, being just a few months older, looked after…

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We rescued Violet in August of 2014 when she was two months old from a local cruelty case. She tragically lost her mother due to severe neglect. She was at The Dorset Equine Rescue for two years and h…

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Lady has been with us for a couple of years and we are very excited that she was finally been adopted in the spring of 2018. Her best buddy Montauk is also getting adopted along with her. We couldn’…

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Ireland came to us in the Spring of 2015 when she was three years old. She was in a kill pen and in danger of shipping to slaughter. Ireland was very ill when she came to us and clearly had an extreme…

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We outbid a kill buyer for Dixie in the summer of 2015 so she wouldn’t ship to slaughter. When we’re at an auction trying to decide which horses to save, it can be a very tough decision wh…

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Buttercup is a sweet and beautiful 15-year-old buckskin mare who we purchased in August of 2015 from a known kill buyer. She was literally standing on a scale getting weighed after the auction, about …

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Nash with Lorelei
Nash came to the rescue in June of 2014 after he was seized by animal control due to neglect and severe malnutrition.  He was about 400 pounds underweight and we are still working to increase his wei…

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Ruby and her foal Jack were rescued in the spring with the help of Spring Hill Horse Rescue. They were kept in a pop-up camper for nearly 6 months, completely neglected. Jack was just a new born when …

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Morgan was rescued from shipping to slaughter from NY in the fall of 2014. She’s was adopted in the summer of 2016 and lives with her new mom in southern VT.

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The Dorset Equine Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in East Dorset, VT. We are dedicated to rescuing equines, restoring their health and wellness, and providing a natural environment in which they can heal both physically and mentally until they can be adopted into their forever homes.

Many equines (horses, ponies, mules, donkeys) are victims of cruelty and neglect. They are treated inhumanely: starved, neglected, abandoned, and abused. Often once animals become old, injured, or ill, the owners no longer have a need for them and wish to discard their “problem.” Equines can become a burden to their owners due to a multitude of reasons (economic conditions, job loss, relocation, loss of interest, or personal issues such as sickness or death) resulting in a desperate need to find a home for their animals. Horses are being euthanized or sent to slaughter for convenience.

To date we have rescued over 60 animals from difficult circumstances and they are now living life in a pasture with room to roam. They have appropriate feed, fresh water, veterinary care, health maintenance, and lots of positive attention. Some will be adopted into new homes and others will have a forever home at the Rescue.

Our Founder and President

Jen Soderberg Straub was born with a passion for horses.  After years of pleading, she acquired her first horse at the age of nine. Ever determined to do all she can to help the creatures she was born to love, Jen has brought this commitment full circle with the inception of The Dorset Equine Rescue.

Our Board of Directors

Jen Straub: Founder and President
Connie Blatchford: Vice President
Dorie Morgantini: Treasurer
Alison Stannard: Secretary
Janet Dunnington: Board Member
Chip Straub: Board Member
Denise Tuttle: Board Member

Connie Blatchford

Vice President

Connie grew up riding and continues to enjoy spending time in the ring and on the trails with her horse Koda. Connie has served on the Board of Directors of The Dorset Equine Rescue since 2014 and her farm serves as one of our two locations for our rescue horses. Connie is employed as a Workshop Leader and Coach for PowerWeek, a business that assists small businesses and non-profit leaders with their marketing and social media efforts. She also serves on the Northshire Regional Advisory Board for Southwestern Vermont Health Care.

Dorie Morgantini

I come to The Dorset Equine Rescue with a new found love and curiosity for horses as well as a long history of non-profit service. I have been on the board of The Dorset Equine Rescue since February of 2018 and currently split my time between raising my 3 children, serving as the Treasurer for The Dorset Equine Rescue and The Dorset Field Club and running a bookkeeping business.  Previously, I was the Treasurer of the Bromlely Outing Club, The Junior League of The North Shore of IL and The OGRCC (Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center) of Greenwich, CT.  In my spare time I love volunteering my time tending to the rescue horses, as well as my own two adopted miniature horses. I also enjoy weekly riding lessons, needle pointing, skiing, playing platform tennis and, of course, spending time with my family and friends.

Alison Stannard


Alison Stannard is a retired school teacher living in Manchester with her husband, Bob.  She has loved horses since she was a tiny child.  Alison enjoys spending time with her 4 grandchildren which includes introducing them to her horse friends.  The Manchester branch of the DER opened just after she retired, ½ mile from her home, which has given her the opportunity to become involved volunteering at the barn and helping equines be rescued and adopted to their forever homes.

Janet Dunnington

Board Member

Born and raised on the water in Savannah, Ga.,  Janet’s love of the water and boating led to a career in Sailing. For 15 years, Janet sailed throughout the Caribbean, eastern seaboard, Bahamas, Central and South America, the pacific earning her 100-ton Captain’s license and was support vessel for the 1980 and 1983 America’s Cup in Newport, RI.

Wanting to settle in one place, Janet landed in Manchester, VT where she worked in the hospitality industry starting out as an Inn keeper, then moving on to the Equinox Resort as Food and Beverage Manager and eventually as the Conference Manager where she found her love of planning corporate events.

Janet opened her own event planning company and planned events throughout New England for the next 25 years until her retirement in 2017. She spends her free time donating her time as the Event Chair and board member for The Dorset Equine Rescue.

Janet’s other free time is as an advocate for Wild Horses and Burros and spending time with her husband, two cats and a horse.

Chip Straub

Board Member
Chip was born and raised on the Jersey Shore and enjoyed spending his free time fishing and boating. He ran a landscape company for several years in NJ. Chip spent 5 years in Northern California and worked in the building materials industry. Chip eventually moved to Manchester, VT and worked in construction building homes. In 2009, he had the opportunity to build his own home in Dorset, VT which is the main location of The Dorset Equine Rescue. He is a certified home inspector, and has also been a volunteer firefighter. Chip currently works in the Renewable Energy field. He has been serving on the Board of Directors of The Dorset Equine Rescue since its founding in 2012. In his free time, he enjoys helping out at The Dorset Equine Rescue, spending time with his wife, Jen and their two children, and 2 dogs, 2 cats and 3 horses.

Denise Tuttle

Board Member
Denise was lucky enough to ride horses every day after school with a friend while growing up in Manchester, VT. Her friend moved away in 8th grade and life got busy with school and then work, and having a family.  Spending time taking silversmithing classes for a couple of years with Jen, founder of DER, and watching the horses outside the windows reminded her of her childhood love for horses and this began her volunteer time, behind the scenes, shipping packages and mailing thank you notes for DER. Denise is a Paralegal at McCann Morgan and Getty in Rutland and lives with her husband, Buck, in Dorset, VT. She has two wonderful adult sons, Gunner and Kyle. Over the years she has spent time volunteering or serving on boards for Northshire Day School, Northshire Hockey Association, Equinox Lacrosse Association, The American Red Cross, Manchester Rotary Club, Burr and Burton Alumni Association and was the Clerk/Treasurer for the Dorset Fire District/Dorset Water District.  Denise is a licensed Zumba instructor, enjoys camping, boating, family time, furniture restyling, silversmithing, reading, and spending time with her yellow lab Ella. She has a love for all animals and is looking forward to continuing to help out DER’s rescue horses who so greatly deserve it.

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