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The Equamore Foundation on the Local Social

The Equamore Foundation on the Local Social

Posted by Grange Co-op on 15th Jul 2021

Equamore Foundation was founded in 1991 by Linda Davis, to provide rescue and sanctuary for neglected, abused, and abandoned horses who have no other alternative for their care. The sanctuary is home to 54 horses/ponies, 3 donkeys, 2 dogs and 8 cats. Equamore’s name derives from Equus the genus for horse and amor which is Latin for love, meaning the 'love of horses'. The sanctuary’s logo is a photo of a mare and her foal that was taken by a volunteer that Linda loved and made into their logo. The sanctuary owns 22.3 acres and has use of about 8 acres of neighboring properties that are being used for turnout.

All horses at Equamore will remain at Equamore for the duration of their life. The main goal is to make sure that the sanctuary will continue forever and remain the safety net for horses that need it. Some of the biggest challenges Equamore is currently facing is fundraising, to keep the sanctuary running on the level they do, it costs $350,000-400,000 each year! Most of the horses are at the sanctuary due to neglect, malnutrition, lack of medical care and abuse.

Of the 57 horses and donkeys, one horse stood out to us, this may be due to his height or his kind eye. 15-year-old Percheron gelding, Gandalf, was surrendered in 2013 after his former owner realized his dream of having a herd of Percheron stallions and few mares was dangerous and deadly. He spent his life in a field defending himself from the dominant stallion of the herd. Gandalf was rescued with two of his herd mates, Flint and Diamond, and was gelded two days after arriving at Equamore. Gandalf has excelled in his training and loves to learn. To learn more about Gandalf and his herd mates, visit

Grange Co-op and Equamore Foundation have been working together for nearly 20 years and will continue the partnership for years to come. You can read more about local farms in our series,
The Local Social, available online now.