Adoption Update: Gizmo

Gizmo has been adopted! Gizmo was abandoned, ignored and terrified of people when Pam entered his life. After helping Clark County Animal Control safely load Gizmo, Pam knew that if Gizmo could become a more trusting horse, that she wanted to be his eventual safe landing. Today, Pam signed adoption papers and took Gizmo home. A new life full of trust has finally begun for him.    

October 17th, 2022|


When we take ownership of a horse, we commit to being a responsible owner. Unfortunately, sometimes the greatest gift an owner can give a horse, is to end its suffering. Twenty year old Copper was a gorgeous and kind big guy. We were told that he packed his owner around the mountains for years. However, the last few years he lived in a large pasture with very little attention or care. By the time we were asked by law enforcement to take Copper, too much damage had been done. There was just no way to get him comfortable. Radiographs told part of his story. The veterinarians best guess is [...]

January 28th, 2021|

Baker County Horses

We are so grateful when law enforcement takes on horse neglect cases, so when they reached out for help placing these horses we were happy to help! With limited finances, most counties are struggling to meet all the needs of their residents. Horse neglect cases are expensive and time consuming. They require additional staff (care takers, officers, attorneys, etc.), supplies, space to house the horses, and skills and programs in place to tame, train and adopt the horses once they are released. It's a lot to ask of an already overtaxed system. So when we get the call, we try our hardest to help! In this case, the Baker [...]

January 28th, 2021|


Past; 2021 started off with a bang, but just try not to fall in love with Trooper… Trooper has had a very tough start in life. He is 9 months old yet the size of a 2-month-old foal. Our new saying around the barn is “The only reason he survived is because he is one tough Appy!” The story, as we can put it together, is that his mother was part of a group of horses that were left on a property and received less than minimal care. At some point, it became painful for the mare to walk and she spent a lot of time laying down. We [...]

January 28th, 2021|

Lane County Seizure

Lane County Seizure, October 30, 2019 Thanks to the support of our amazing donors and volunteers, together we made a real difference in the lives of 61 neglected horses in Creswell, Oregon! These last few months have been one of the most rewarding and challenging times for Sound Equine Options. We have learned some amazing things from this seizure. Our Sound Equine Options family came together as a community to take a stand against horse abuse and neglect. Our incredibly generous donors rose to the occasion and showed us that we have the heart and the resources to fight for the magnificent animals that have [...]

March 20th, 2020|

Christmas Trio

December 20, 2019— Please say hello to our Christmas Trio—Cindy Lou Who, Betty Lou Who and Major Augustus! Christmas 2018 that is. These three horses have been in protective custody with us since December 6th, 2018. But they were not legally ours — so we could not tell their story or ask for help on their behalf — until 12:01 pm TODAY (December 20, 2019). We have been quietly caring for these three horses for an entire year and, with the continued support of our community, we can now make sure they find the loving, caring homes they deserve. But our ability to say yes to horses like [...]

March 17th, 2020|

Linn County Seizure

April 24, 2019— Linn County Seizure. Sound Equine Options helped Linn County Sheriff’s Office seize 34 horses on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, after 14 were found dead on a property outside of Lebanon, Ore. Deputies executing the search warrant on Wednesday found some of the horses standing in septic mud and water, full of urine and feces. The horses were so emaciated that their ribs and hip bones were showing. The horses did not have access to clean drinking water, and there were no signs of an adequate food source. Criminal Animal Neglect II charges are pending for the property owners. The rescue effort took all day and [...]

October 25th, 2019|

Khodie (in rehab)

It makes you sick thinking how many times Khodie has been let down by people. We won't let it happen yo you again, buddy. We have your back and will always fight for what's best for you. As we left to go get Khodie the evening of October 4, 2019, I looked at the map and realized that, dang it, we have been to that place before. Five years ago we picked up 2 Arabian stallions from this boarding barn (Nate and Dusty). Someone had dumped a bunch of Arabian horses on the barn owner, unloading them in the middle of the night. He found homes for most of [...]

October 14th, 2019|

#Safety Forever

#SafetyForever Every horse SEO adopts out is protected by a contract that reserves the right to make sure the horse is being well cared for—and to take it back if it's not. Adopters can return to us, at any time, for any reason. SEO does this because we want to make sure that no horse rescued by SEO will ever be neglected, abused or abandoned again, or wind up dumped at an auction. Not ever. Most of the conditions in our adoption agreement are just the basics of good horse ownership—proper food and shelter, regular farrier and veterinary care, and humane training and handling for the life of the [...]

April 27th, 2019|


Arlo, whose registered name is “Jhugimal Deal,” was born on April 14, 1995 to a Thoroughbred breeder in Kentucky. As a yearling he was sold at a Keeneland Sale, the largest and most prominent Thoroughbred auction house in the world. Out of 3,900 horses sold at that sale, he was #3800 and only sold for $600. But he must have shown some potential as a racehorse, because just four months later he was sold at a Thoroughbred auction in Florida for $7,500. On June 20, 1998, he ran is first race at Hollywood Park in California. Over the next year and a half, Arlo ran several races, bouncing around [...]

April 20th, 2019|


On Saturday, the vet removed the wire that was tightly wrapped around his lower leg. It went as well as we could have hoped for! This 8-year-old guy is smart, calm and level headed. The wire was crazy tight on his leg. Fortunately, it only punctured one small spot. The part of his leg below the wire was hot and swollen, so at least we know it was getting some blood supply. There does appear to be some necrotic tissue already, so it will probably look worse before it looks better. Fingers crossed that the reduced blood supply will not make him lose that hoof capsule! Thank you to [...]

March 18th, 2019|

Twickenham Valley Ranch Horses

What happens if you’re a horse and NO ONE claims you? What happens if you are an ENTIRE HERD of these horses, multiplying steadily yet struggling to survive? A Little History: We have been concerned about the plight of feral horses in Wheeler County for quite some time. In 2013, we helped the County with a different group of feral horses. In the last year, we've been made aware of another group of feral horses. Both of these herds date back to generations ago when ranchers used to allow their horses to roam free. Long ago, most ranchers stopped managing these free-roaming horses, and they're reverted to a feral [...]

March 18th, 2019|

Thoroughbred Rescue – May 2018

Do you remember the group of 15 Thoroughbreds owned by an elderly man with advanced stage cancer? He had been trying to rehome the horses for years with no success. No one wanted older, untamed Thoroughbreds. In January, we took in four of the horses and began a fundraising effort called Project Give Them a Chance so we could go back for the others as room and funding allowed. Two more horses were rehomed directly from his property and one had to be put down. After receiving a generous grant from The Gus Hawthorn Foundation, we returned yesterday to get ONE stallion and ONE mare. The Gus Hawthorn Foundation [...]

May 31st, 2018|
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