The SummerWinds Stables (SWS) is formed to provide rescue and sanctuary to abused, injured, homeless and retired horses until they can be placed in permanent loving homes; to provide an equine assisted therapeutic program to assist at-risk children; and to deepen the natural bond between horse and human through educational and outreach programs.
The SWS is a non-profit equine rescue dedicated to the rescue of abused, neglected, abandoned and “off the track” horses. Our organization offers sanctuary, medical care, rehabilitative services and training to these horses and then places them in carefully screened, loving and permanent homes. We receive our horses from many different sources – private owners, veterinarian recommendations, the SPCA, racetracks and boarding facilities. To date, the SWS has rescued and rehomed over 250 horses placed in our care.
The facility also provides retirement and sanctuary for a limited number of horses. Our retirement program is fee-based and allows us to provide a permanent home for the remainder of the equine’s life. This horse becomes our priority– care, medical, farrier, daily turnout, grooming and exercise if necessary. Our talented volunteer staff ensures that each and every horse receives the best care – physical, social and emotional needs are met.
The SWS has a track record of success. Since its incorporation in 2001, the SWS has grown from a small rescue facility to a multi-faceted rescue, educational and outreach organization. In 2003, the SWS established an Equine-Assisted Learning Program at our facility. This program pairs children from local schools, church and scout groups with horses in our rescue. We offer day programs, camps, and weekly sessions for children – all programs are specifically designed to be hands-on learning experiences!
In 2006, the SWS expanded ten-fold when it acquired a long term lease of a 200 acre facility. Currently, we have two fully operational facilities in Warwick, Maryland and Hartly, Delaware.
Please see our website for a list of available horses, programs, and camps.