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200 Horses Rescued From Abuse Have a New Life at Duchess Sanctuary

200 Horses Rescued From Abuse Have a New Life at Duchess Sanctuary

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Located in the beautiful state of Oregon, Duchess Sanctuary is home to nearly 200 rescue horses, as well as a few donkeys.

The facility spans over 1,120 acres where the horses can safely and happily live the rest of their lives, grazing on luscious pastures.

Jennifer Kunz, who lives at the sanctuary, has dedicated her life to caring for these once abused and neglected equines. Despite the nearly 200 residents at the facility, Kunz knows each one of them by name.

Many of the horses at the sanctuary came from the Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) industry. Mares in the PMU industry have their urine collected to extract conjugated equine estrogen (CEE).

CEE is used in Premarin products, which are sold to treat menopausal symptoms in women.

Mares in the PMU industry are kept in small confined stalls for about six months of the year that are so narrow they can’t even turn around.

When the horses are no longer useful to the industry, they are sold to slaughter. These mares undergo cruel and inhumane treatment, something no horse should have to go through.

In addition to rescue horses from PMU, the sanctuary is also home to Mustangs, horses saved from slaughter and feedlots, or other neglectful and abusive situations.

All the rescue horses are able to live a healthy and happy life, as they receive a high level of care. The horses are able to roam across beautiful pastures, where they can enjoy their life.

The Duchess Sanctuary was made possible by the Ark Watch Foundation, who allowed the purchase of the facility in 2008.

Since then they continue to provide support along with other donors who make it possible to care for so many horses.

Every horse at Duchess Sanctuary has a forever home, where they will always be shown love and kindness.

See a lovely video below about Duchess Sanctuary

Be sure to follow Duchess Sanctuary on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with everything that is happening with the rescue horses and donkeys!

eleanor guerrero

Monday 4th of April 2022

Dear Jenny:

I was wondering if the large black mustang (abused) from Red Lodge Montana we had named George Clooney was still alive? He was getting old then and had been starved.

I had told you about the special relationship I had with that magnificent horse that was so distant from others as to tag "untrainable." yet, he would let me hug him-people did not believe it-

After his rescue, the Eder family took them in for rehab and he was in the field next to my home. We neighbors were encouraged to spend time with them. I know you are busy and hate to bother you. I was just thinking he might have passed by now.

Hopefully, your acreage is protected and not near those wildfires hitting OR. You and your blessed work is always in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all you do!

Warmest wishes, Eleanor Guerrero


Sunday 13th of March 2022



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Belinda Price

Saturday 26th of June 2021

Thank you for what you do for the wild horse's. If most of America would stop for a moment and see what abuse they endure things might be different. I did want to ask how come we don't see much about Burro's and Donkeys? I am so GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SAFE HAVEN AND THANKS TO THE OTHER SAFE HAVENS.