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Our Rescues

At Triple C Stable part of our mission is to help horses in need. A portion of the proceeds from our services and events goes toward the care, feeding and rehabilitation of horses we have rescued. It also costs thousands of dollars to pay kill pen fees and trailer the horses to Maine. We currently have several horses that we have saved from kill pens. These are wonderful animals whom we are thrilled to have at Triple C. This is their forever home and we are their forever family. 


Let us introduce you to a few of them. 

Please consider donating to support our rescue mission.

As our donations grow, we will adopt another horse from a possible kill pen.
Your support truly saves lives. 

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Big Ben

A former Amish plow horse, Ben had been put up for auction in Texas. When Cathy saw his picture, she could see how defeated he was. His spirit was slowly ebbing after all he had suffered and physically, he was in bad shape. Cathy felt connected to him right away, praying that he would hang on until she could bring him back to Maine.  An animal communicator told Cathy that Ben longed to lay down as he had been standing for weeks, but there was no safe place to lie down, so he continued to stand. 


Finally, Ben arrived at Triple C, where Cathy assured him he was safe and loved and would always be cared for. When she returned to his stall later that evening, he was lying down, a sure sign he felt home at last. 


Ben has had several costly health issues over the years, but is now sound and will be one of the horses used in Triple C’s therapy programs. A big boy, he stands 19.2 hands and is a gentle giant. He loves to be petted and has a lot of love to give.

Horse Rescue big ben before photo
Horse rescue big ben after photo


When you see Lena galloping, it’s hard to believe that she came from a Texas kill pen, but that was almost her fate. Lena has a storied past. A quarter horse, she was originally a working horse  on a ranch in Oklahoma until she suffered a bad injury to her right hind leg. The ranch sold her into a surrogate program where she was used to carry thoroughbred horse embryos to term. Top race horse breeders don’t want to risk the lives of their precious dams so they have the embryos implanted into quarter horses who birth easier. When Lena reached 10 years of age, she was too hold for the surrogate program; because of her old leg injury, she was considered of no further use, and wound up at the kill pen. 


Cathy felt an immediate connection to Lena who reminded her of her late mare, Babe. She brought Lena home and after lots of rest and care (and vet bills!), Lena is now healthy. Once at Triple C, Cathy was shocked to find that Lena is King Ranch branded, meaning she is a valuable horse. Somehow the brand was not noticed during her later years, or she never would have been treated so badly. King Ranch is one of the premium horse breeding facilities in the country. 

horse rescue running horse
horse farm owner with rescue horse on shoulder


Serena came from Pennsylvania and was originally purchased by a person who was boarding her at Triple C. However, the new owner quickly realized Serena was too green to easily ride and decided to surrender her to a rescue in Bridgton, Maine. Cathy had gotten to know Serena and knew there was trust between them. She agreed to trailer the horse to the rescue but it didn’t feel right. She felt she was letting Serena down. Still, she had agreed to do it, so they set out. Twice on the way there, the trailer broke down with flat tires. Each time, Serena stayed calmly in the trailer, munching hay. Despite the long delays, she seemed peaceful, even happy—which was unusual as most horses get antsy if in trailers for too long.

After the second breakdown, Cathy sat in the truck for a few minutes thinking. She decided the universe was telling her what Serena already knew—Serena was HER horse and there was no way she was going to Bridgton that day! A fellow at a nearby retirement community fixed the tire and helped them get back on the road, home to Triple C. 
As it happened, the incident with Serena occurred just before Cathy’s wedding. When she called the horse’s owner and said she would like to keep her, the owner said, “Consider her a wedding present!’ and Cathy did—one of the best! Today, Serena is used in the Triple C’s summer riding camp where she loves working with children. Clearly, Triple C is where she was meant to be. 

horse instructor with rescue horse


Cassie was once a beloved border at Triple C, cared for by a teenage girl who loved her and rode her regularly. But, financial hardship changed the life of the girl and she had to let Cassie go. Another woman decided to take Cassie in and brought her to a different town in Maine where she was starting a horse rescue. Her heart was in the right place but she got in over her head with more horses than she could safely care for. Cassie’s initial owner had heard stories of the failed rescue and worried about her horse. Cathy investigated and found out how poorly the conditions were. She offered to take Cassie and was allowed to bring her home. 

Cassie was in terrible shape. Her hip bones stuck out and she could barely stand to enter the trailer. She suffered repeatedly from colic because lack of food made her stomach no longer work properly. Reintroducing a healthy diet was painstaking and difficult. She was also riddled with lice and had some bad wounds from being bitten by the other horses. In just a few months, Cassie had gone from being a once-loved friend to a horse near the end. 

At Triple C, Cathy patiently brought her back to health. She discovered that Cassie adores kids and she soon found the role she was born for—doing birthday parties with children. She has even played the part of a unicorn! Today, she is happy and healthy and once again beloved. 

Cassie rescue horse before photo
Horse Rescue Cassie white horse after photo
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