Yearly Archives: 2015

Calendar Contest

Calendar Contest All-Star Final


*First Ever All-Star Edition - Vote for your favorite!
We have comprised a select list of DEFHR ALL-STAR horses. The past five cover horses, staff and supporter favorites and a handful of greats who never made it.

Share the link with friends, family, co-workers and others to support your favorite DEFHR horse. Your votes will ultimately determine the 12 finalists and the 2016 cover horse.

Each vote costs $1.00. So, $20.00 equals 20 votes. Feel free to vote as many times as you want – ALL For The Horses!

may be received in 3 ways:

  • Vote Online: Find your horse above and choose the "Vote" button.
    Votes will be reflected in real time.
  • By Phone: 301-854-5037
    DEFHR Staff can take your votes over the phone and process your credit cards. Votes will be reflected within 24 hours of receiving your call.
  • By mail:
    PO Box 309 Lisbon, MD 21765
    Checks mailed in need to have the horses name in the memo field may be made payable to Days End Farm Horse Rescue. Votes will be reflected within 24 hours of receiving the check.

Our 2016 All Star Contest Winner & Cover Horse will receive:

  • A gift certificate and gift basket to Stablemates (tack shop in Mt. Airy)
  • FREE Copy of the 2016 Calendar
  • Gallery Wrap Canvas – of calendar photograph

Voting begins: 10/22/2015
Voting ends/winner is announced: 11/15/15
Selection and submission to designer: 11/16/15
Calendar submitted to printer: 11/23/15
Calendar Sales: 12/12/15 at "Jingle & Mingle" Holiday Party

Questions? Call Jordyn Hutchins or Caroline Robertson at 301-854-5037 or email

Extreme Hoof Neglect Horses

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington County, MD: Worst case of hoof neglect DEFHR has ever seen On August 21, 2015, officials of the Humane Society of Washington County, Maryland, called DEFHR to assist with three horses suffering from emaciation and extreme hoof neglect. They had been locked in a stall for at least 15 years. Check out a video here. Read more

2 Horses with Extremely Severe Hoof Neglect Arrive at DEFHR

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One mini had to be euthanized at the impound site; all 3 had been living in a manure filled stall for at least 15 years!  Washington County Impound PR PicToday two emaciated horses--one full-sized stallion and one miniature stallion--were removed from a stall piled high with 3-4...
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Breed: Haflinger
Sex: Gelding
Height: 13.1 hh
Year of Birth: 2001
Experience Level Required For Handling: Advanced Beginner
Experience Level Required For Riding: Beginner

Nugget came to us in January 2015 as a neglect case. He was severely overweight and suffering from hoof neglect. He made a full recovery and has since been on a strict diet. Though he's lost a good deal of weight, he still has a ways to go. We decided to make him a Program Horse when we saw how tolerant he was both with handling and being ridden. On the ground, he is good for grooming when tied or in a stall. Under saddle, he's pretty unflappable and is suitable for an advanced beginner since he can be a little quick. He's been great off-site for trail rides and we're looking forward to getting him out to other off-site events where he will serve as a DEFHR Equine Ambassador!

Nugget is available for grooming and riding support through the DEFHR Family Forever Program. Nugget has a rider weight limit of 125lbs due to his short stature.

Baltimore City’s Mounted Police Horse, Barney, Joins DEFHR

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]An equine officer retires to a new career in educating law enforcement and the community Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) will be welcoming an 18-year-old Belgian draft horse named Barney to the farm on Wednesday, August 12. Recently retired from the Baltimore Police Department’s Mounted Police Unit, Barney will be starting a new career as...
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ASPCA Awards 2014 Grants

Days End Farm Horse Rescue received two grants from ASPCA in 2014—a $5,000 Anti-Cruelty Grant for 8 horses impounded by Prince George’s County animal protection authorities in April, and a $500 Grant for General Operating Expenses in Honor of Carolyn “Nicky” Ratliff. The Anti-Cruelty Grant went directly toward taking care of the 8 horses which were...
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Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) received a coveted 4- out of 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. It is the tenth year in a row the organization has been awarded this coveted rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s top charity evaluator providing donors with information that helps them...
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Days End Farm Horse Rescue Celebrates ASPCA Help A Horse Day

Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) will be celebrating the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help A Horse Day on April 26 and competing for a chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect horses. DEFHR will be celebrating Help...
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