Horse Rescues

Nexus Equine

P.O. Box 54572 Oklahoma City, OK 73154 (405) 510-1588 https://www.nexusequine.org/

Connecting People and Horses

The AHC estimates 60,929 Oklahomans 18 years of age and older own horses, with a total of 117,886 people participating as owners, family members and volunteers or employees of horse industry enterprises in the state.

One of the main reasons for interest in the horse industry is that it is a tool to improve the quality of human life. The horse is a model animal for people to use in leisure activities and use as a youth educational tool. Households with families are most likely to own horses (AVMA 2012).

Oklahoma is home to three racetracks, 11 major expo centers, 8 major equine hospitals and 11 colleges and universities offering equine studies programs. Sounds like a great state if you’re a horse lover!!
(Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry)

Horse Rescues

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc., located in Harrah, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved and abused horses. We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability. We provide Rehabilitation, Education and Adoption Services. We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods for training horses. Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases. We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases. We also assist any other local/rural County Sheriff’s Office who request our assistance.

If you’re interested in adopting a horse, please visit our Adoption Contract page. The rehabilitation process can take a long time, but it’s best to go ahead and submit your application, as qualified adopters will be chosen on a first come, first served basis. Please call or email to schedule an appointment to visit the horses currently available in our rescue program. We are generally available BY APPOINTMENT Monday – Thursday after 5:30 and generally anytime Friday – Sunday BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We do maintain full time jobs, so we are not always available on weekdays. Please be patient with us and we will return your call/email as soon as possible.

Horse Rescues

ZAR Horse Rescue

Sand Springs, OK 74063 918 397 0546 http://zarhorserescue.weebly.com/

A Part of Zoi’s Animal Rescue, a 501c3 Non-Profit Animal Rescue Organization

The horses we rescue are primarily from kill pens, owner surrenders, auctions, and shelters.  We focus on Arabian and Arabian crosses but will accept any other breed. With donations from our sponsors and friends we restore their health and trust, evaluate their disposition and skills, and match them with appropriate homes . All proceeds go to the horses!

Donate today and make a difference to a horse’s life

Please consider making a donation today. All donations are tax-deductible and  go directly to saving and rehabilitating horses from slaughter-bound lots.
Animal Advocacy Horse Rescues

Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation

2350 S Midwest Blvd Guthrie, OK 73044 (405) 206-4689 http://www.horseandhoundrescue.com/horses-.html

Rescue + Rehabilitation + Sanctuary:

By Amy Greene

Three decades ago, give or take a few years, Oklahoma’s race tracks were at the peak of popularity. The horses were fierce, lively and beautiful. They shook the ground with the sheer power of their hooves; they kicked up the walls of dust the state fought to settle in the ‘40s. Unfortunately, for all of their magnificence, Oklahoma’s racing horses were also viewed as replaceable commodities.

Nelda Kettles, the founder and owner of Horse and Hound Rescue, remembers that time well.  “When we first got started, Oklahoma had a serious problem,” Nelda says. “Injured race horses were just being sent to slaughter by owners and trainers who didn’t want to spend the time and money to fix them. We (at Horse and Hound Rescue) got in touch with those owners and trainers, as well as the tracks themselves, and worked to show them that there was another option.”

While the rescue itself was only first officially established in 2015, the owners of Horse and Hound Rescue have now been in the Thoroughbred industry for more than 30 years, specializing in Off the Track Thoroughbreds: Jockey-Club registered Thoroughbred horses that were previously racing or in training to race and have since been retired due to reasons such as injury, lack of talent or old age.

With experienced riders as volunteers and decades of experience, Horse and Hound Rescue retrains horses from top racing competitors headed for the slaughterhouse to family members with a purpose in new careers including jumping, eventing, trail work and Western discipline. In 2018 alone, Horse and Hound took in approximately 50 horses, 46 of which have already found their forever homes. However, as their name suggests, Horse and Hound Rescue doesn’t stop with equines.

            When the Kettles began rescuing Off the Track Thoroughbreds dumped for being too much work or financial trouble, they also found a staggering number of special needs dogs being euthanized or dumped by their owners for the same reason. Similar to the horses, these dogs continue to come to the rescue from all over Oklahoma. However, while the horses are stopped from being sent to slaughter, the dogs are usually saved from being homeless, abandoned, surrendered or victims of tornados. Most of the dogs Horse and Hound takes in are blind, deaf, diabetic, or a combination of the three, requiring adopters to invest in the animals not only financially but with their time and energy.

            Approximately five months ago, in the heat of the Oklahoma summer, one such dog was found by a woman and her grandkids. The family had decided to go for a walk together when they heard the sound of crying coming from a nearby dumpster. Peeking inside, they found a small black and white puppy baking in the 100-degree weather. The woman called animal control, but because it was a Sunday all the shelters were closed. Eventually, Horse and Hound Rescue was notified, and rescuers crawled into the burning hot dumpster to save the dog thrown out like trash. The 1-year-old mixed breed was terrified but finally safe. She was named Miss Kitty in honor of one of the rescue member’s affection for the CBS Western television show, “Gunsmoke.” With time, Miss Kitty recovered from her physical and emotional wounds and is now part of a forever family.  

Unfortunately, due to the bigger investment and level of experience these special needs dogs require, not all of the animals that make it to Horse and Hound Rescue are able to have success stories as wonderful as Miss Kitty’s. In fact, the reality is that only about half of these dogs are able to be retrained and rehomed because of the severity of their conditions. Instead of giving up on these animals, however, Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation has created a sanctuary nestled into 50 gorgeous acres onsite in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

It is here the dogs, horses—and even the occasional cat—live out their days in the safety of Nelda and Larry Kettle’s home, receiving the attention and love they need and deserve. But while Horse and Hound Rescue goes to great lengths to help animals in need, they cannot do it alone.

“Nobody can make it on their own,” says Nelda. “I get tons of help from other rescues and trainers. People care, and it’s a blessing.”



To fund their belief that “every horse and every hound deserves to be loved unconditionally… just like they love us,” the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization depends on a combination of grants and donations to continue making a difference. If you would like to donate, you can visit the website at www.horseandhoundrescue.com, click the convenient Paypal link, and 100 percent of your donation will go directly to Horse and Hound Rescue as they help these special animals find their place in someone’s heart and home.


While on their website, hover your mouse over the “How to Adopt” tab at the top of the page. Here, you can check out the foundation’s list of adoptable animals, be it “horse” or “hound.” Simply fill out the adoption application also found on the website, or call (405) 206-4689 for more information and to set up a meet and greet with available animals.


Maybe a lifetime commitment isn’t an option for you right now, but a short-term commitment is. Horse and Hound Rescue is in need of foster families! Consider temporarily giving an animal a home until the right forever home is found. Fostering animals teaches them they are loved, helps their socialization adjustment, and gets them into a comfortable environment where they can thrive and their personalities will shine, all the while helping save a life! Just click the “Get Involved” tab on the website or contact Nelda for more information on fostering.


If you would like to help out but donation, adoption and fostering aren’t for you, consider giving your time. From the mouth of the horse hero herself, Nelda stresses the constant need for more helping hands. “I don’t want to preach,” she said, “but volunteers are always needed, even just to come out and love on the animals.” Brushing horses, walking dogs, playing ball, giving kisses, receiving tail wags, and being on 50 acres of a serene animal sanctuary may be as beneficial for you as the animals you’re helping. Visit the website or call to set up volunteer opportunities.

Spread the Word!

At the very least, anyone can help spread the word. Go to horseandhouserescue.com, look at the “Happy Tails” success stories and feel inspired! Tell your friends about the amazing things the rescue does and how they make a difference. Lastly, visit the Facebook page @horseandhoundrescue to like and share with your friends.

Animal Advocacy Horse Rescues

Horse Feathers Equine Center

6320 N. Highway 74C Guthrie, OK 73044 (405) 260-7281 https://horsefeathersequinecenter.org/

Horse Feathers Equine Center is a 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated and committed to providing services to horses that are found to be in need of healthcare, nutrition, and rehabilitation. We will assist abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses in need on a discretionary basis by rehabilitating, training, and placing them in a forever home.

We utilize a tailored training program specific to each horse to help them realize their full potential, work within its limitations and work to address the issues that cruelty or neglect has left on their lives.

Every horse we rehabilitate receives medical attention to address all immediate physical needs, and ongoing veterinary, farrier and alternative/holistic care where needed.