SHERR's MISSION- Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement is a 501(c)3 non profit that was founded to rescue horses in need of food, shelter, and medical attention due to neglect or abuse in an effort to improve their quality of life. Further more, SHERR will provide a place or assist in finding a place of retirement for older horses that are unable to perform the tasks intended for them. 

Our Philosophy - Our philosophy is based on the belief that since we domesticated horses,we must take full responsibility for their life. SHERR’s goal is to find permanent placement with responsible loving adoptive homes for horses as companion riding mounts and retired pets. All of them need a home, a sanctuary.







High Point's Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement (SHERR) was recently contacted regarding an Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) horse. SHERR named the horse Ferragamo, after the famous shoe designer, because he is a horse with medical conditions mostly related to his hooves.

Nicknamed Ferroh, he was underweight when he was rescued and suffered from rain rot, very thin hoof soles as well as bruised coffin bones and subsolar abscesses in both front hooves. An Equine Veterinarian and a Farrior recently attended his medical conditions and hoof issues.

Afterwards, he was bathed and shaved by a professional horse groomer. At 16 years old and 16.3 hands in size, Ferroh is an excellent choice for adoption to a loving home once fully recovered and in sound health. Although in much better condition than when he was rescued, Ferroh still has months of recovery ahead. Fortunately, there is significant confidence he will recover completely.

An OTTB horse is a Jockey Club Registered Thoroughbred that was racing or being trained to race, but has since been retired due to age, health conditions or too many losses in racing. OTTB horses are typically athletic animals with an especially aesthetic physical appeal due to their breeding. They typically can be retrained for other purposes, including but not limited to, general riding. It is recommended that certified or highly experienced horse trainers work with OTTB horses due to these animals having been disciplined specifically with regards to racing.

If you would like to donate to Ferroh's cause, tax deductibl Donations can be made online below or directly to our vet at:
Iron Will Mobile Veterinary Services, 2445 Vaughn Lane, Burlington, NC 27217 336.223.8644

or US Mail: SHERR NC PO Box 5228, High Point, NC 27262



Blind Horse headed to death –SHERR saves her.

Sugarfoot has been adopted! YAY YAY!!


A desperate call came into SHERR for help with a blind horse after the owner had been told by other equine rescues and a national equine rescue to euthanasia her because “no one wants a blind horse”. SHERR, stepped in to save her.

SHERR (Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement) steps up to save a beautiful but completely blind horse from euthanasia. The owner was losing her farm and had three horses including, Sugar Foot, the blind horse. She was able to find a boarding facility for the other two but no one would take Sugar Foot due to her blindness. She contacted several equine rescue groups only to be told to euthanasia the horse because no one would want a blind horse. Someone told her about SHERR and we received her desperate call for help.

SHERR immediately went into action to get the horse to their facility. Gin Wiltsey, director of SHERR said “although we have never had a blind horse in our program, there was no way we were not going to help Sugar Foot”. Sugar Foot was soon on her way to her new home at SHERR.

Sugar Foot received a prompt examination from the Vet and was diagnosed with Equine Recurrent Uveitis, which will require continued treatment and future surgery. A cure for ERU is not known but veterinarians have learned how to best control this devastating disease and are continuously working to unravel new treatment options.




Volunteers are in integral part of the SHERR NC. They come from many backgrounds and experiences, but all share a desire to help the forgotten horses. Duties range from office work to horse training. There is a job for everyone at the SHERR NC!
SHERR NC believes there is room for anyone interested in volunteering their time, whether a few hours a year or many hours a week. From grooming horses, fundraising or in a leadership role, we want volunteers to feel welcome and to work in their area of interest.

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SHERR's Goals

SHERR’s Goals -
To educate horse-owners and the public about proper equine care, and the problems of neglect and abuse.

Working within the bounds of the law to rescue horses from neglectful or abusive owners.

To rehabilitate sick, underweight and abused equines and restore them to a state of good health.

To end the suffering of those equines which cannot be rehabilitated by means of humane euthanasia.