Summer 2017 Newsletter


ShyAnn is a silver mini-mare that S.O.S. rescued from neglect and abuse.  She had been starved and chased for sport by children and dogs.  She was so frightened, that she was untouchable. 

Though still wary of humans, she spent her rehabilitation time with 3 other minis, who helped calm her fears about people. 

When it was determined that ShyAnn was physically rehabilitated, it was time to work on her behavior.  We did as much as we could here at our sanctuary, but she needed more focused and consistent attention, so it was time for her to move on and find a family of her own.

It was clear from the first moment they met, that Eric and Cambria Moon could work magic with this shy and sweet little horse.  Their patient and gentle handling made ShyAnn feel confident and trusting in their care. It was love at first site, and ShyAnn made the three hour trip to her new home.

Congratulations to the Moon family on their adoption of this gorgeous little girl. Photos show ShyAnn when she was rescued, and a photo of ShyAnn in her new home, where she is now being handled regularly and learning new 'tricks', like lunging.

S.O.S.: Re-Defining Rescue

Stamp Out Starvation of Horses has been working to eliminate starvation, abuse and slaughter of horses since 2010.  

Since our inception, S.O.S. has helped hundreds of horses achieve a better life by assisting economically challenged horse owners with feed and vetting, as well as educating them about equine nutrition and horse care. 

Today, we continue to take applications for assistance from the public, but we also assist Horse Rescues United (HRU) organizations with costs associated with taking in horses that require rehabilitation.

Horse Rescues United of Georgia (HRU)

In 2014,  S.O.S. became one of the founding members of Horse Rescues United of Georgia (HRU).  This is a group of 501c3 horse rescues that share information and resources, for the purpose of expanding the overall intake capacity for horses in Georgia.

S.O.S. does not have the capacity to take in many rescued horses, although we have rehabilitated several, some of which remain in sanctuary on our farms, others have been adopted to qualified homes.  

The officers of S.O.S. operates from two small horse farms in Clarkesville, Georgia, so we do not have the capacity to be a traditional 'horse rescue'. 

In order to maximize the reach of our organization, S.O.S. obtains donations and grants for feed, hay, emergency vetting, gelding and hoof care.  We make these funds available to qualified individuals who complete an application for assistance, and to any HRU member horse rescues.

Better Together

One of the great benefits of belonging to a group of like-minded and reputable rescues, is the sharing of resources.  For example, a few months ago, S.O.S. responded to a situation in which two mares were removed from from their home after their owner was cited with animal cruelty.

One mare was pregnant and the other required surgery on a severe wither injury.The owner had been riding the horse as transportation with a poor-fitting saddle, and continued to ride her even with open, bleeding wounds on her back and withers. Both had very low body scores and malnourished.  This caused the pregnant mare, now named 'Princess', to lose her foal.

The mare with the open wounds required surgery on her withers, which S.O.S. paid for.  This mare was named 'Road-A-Lot', because she was ridden several miles every day, without concern for her well-being.  Both mares were transported to Save the Horses, where they are now rehabilitated.  Thank you so much to Cheryl and Save the Horses for taking such good care of them.

Did You Know? 

Horses produce about 10 gallons of saliva each day.  But, when your horse produces so much saliva that it begins to drip or, in some cases, pour, from his mouth, look around your pasture for clover.  What you may be seeing is Slaframine poisoning, or 'clover slobbers'.  This is not a life-threatening disease, but can create a dangerous situation if your horse becomes dehydrated. 

Please remember that clean, fresh water must be available to your horse at all times!

S.O.S. was awarded a hay grant from ASPCA in June.  These funds have been allocated to be used, upon request, by other HRU rescues, in $150 increments per horse.  Documentation requirements include before and after photos of each horse that benefitted from the donation. One recipient of these funds is Southeast Equine Rescue (SEER), who works to save at-risk equine in Southeast Georgia. 

Habersham County Puppy Mill & Livestock Impound

S.O.S. was contacted by the Habersham County Animal Control to coordinate the removal of all the livestock impounded during the raid of a puppy mill.  The Humane Society of the United States sent in their Animal Rescue Team.  They found more than 350 animals including dogs, cats, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, doves, bunnies, a horse and an alpaca. The HSUS said the animals were living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions and "in need of urgent veterinary care."

Thank you to both Cheryl Flanagan, of Save the Horses and Candace Taylor, of Georgia Draft Horse Rehabilitation and Recovery, Inc., for their assistance in transporting animals to Cheryl's barn for assessment and rehabilitation.

We would also like to thank Drs. Pam and Rob Milligan of Chattahoochee Veterinary in Cleveland, GA, who assisted with exams, and helped to organize the capture and transportation of the large animals.

read more about the puppy mill bust


It’s cold and the horses need our help!  Please donate to our hay bank fund.

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REBA - Seeking a new, forever home.

Beautiful TB up for Adoption. She is 13 years old, OTTB, located in Clarkesville, GA Posting for owner, she will have to approve home with vet references. This mare needs lots of grass pasture, loves turn out time. Cannot be stalled for long periods because she will wind suck. Bottom of the pecking order. Very tall, close to 17 hands. Experienced horse owners only will be considered. Adoption contract will read that she cannot be bred, that she would have to be returned back to her owner if unable to keep. Would be great for English pleasure but not jumping or tight circling. Old track injury that doesn't bother her or cause lameness at all. Floating trot, just gorgeous sweet personality, trailers fine. Inquire by writing to Doris at


Stamp out Starvation of Horses had a group of UGA students from a community service fraternity come to volunteer at Doris Buckleys barn yesterday. What a delightful group of young people! This group spends time at nursing homes, animal shelters and other places and organizations that are in desperate need of volunteers. It gives me hope for the future.


This is Princess, the horse that was rescued along with the mare who had been ridden with open sores on her back.  Cheryl Flanagan and her crew are taking very good care of this shy girl. She already looks a lot better. You can still see the scar on her face where the halter rubbed her raw. Princess is pregnant, and very lucky to have been rescued in time to provide her with the proper care and nutrition to keep her and her baby healthy.


This is a very important warning to horse owners!


Thank you to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for the generous grant that allowed S.O.S. to purchase hay and feed to assist needy horses over the winter.


Two very lucky horses were rehomed today. These horses were impounded by the Habersham County Animal Control, and transported to their new home in Cumming, Georgia by Doris Buckley at Stamp Out Starvation of Horses (SOS). I rode along because these are the moments that help me remember why we make the sacrifices we do for the sake of rescue.

The sorrel mare was used as the only mode of transportation for years by a man who rode with a poorly fitted saddle. When not being ridden in heavy traffic to places like WalMart or through drive-through restaurants, she was being tethered, and has scars around her pasterns to show for it.

When animal control officers found the mares, the sorrel had open sores up and down her spine, and fistulous withers that were oozing puss and had to be surgically debrided. The vet had to remove some of her back muscle and said that she will no longer be able to be ridden.

The smaller, white mare is pregnant by a stallion that was kept by the same man. Both impounded horses have a body score of about 2 - 2.5. These are horses that S.O.S. has been following and caring for off and on over 3 years. Their owner has previously been convicted on charges of cock fighting.

I am proud to announce that Habersham County Animal Control Officers charged both the man and his father with cruelty, which is now a felony.

Today, both horses were delivered into the loving care of Cheryl Flanagan and Save the Horses in Cumming, Georgia.

After a life of pain and bondage, these horses will now live the life that they deserve. ~Sue

Bissell Grant

Bissell Awards Grant to S.O.S. for Gelding

Stamp Out Starvation of Horses is happy to announce that Bissell Pet Foundation has provided funds to be used for families that need assistance for gelding horses.  SOS will be awarding a $150 subsidy to ten horses this spring.

Please contact Doris Buckley at to apply.  If approved, funds will be provided directly to your vet to offset cost of gelding.