Weekly Rescues

This handy post is curtesy of Amy Lizee who works with J&M Acres Horse Rescue on behalf of horses in need.

About J&M Acres

J&M Acres Horse RescueJ&M Acres Horse Rescue is a non-profit rescue in Maple Ridge, BC. We rescue most of our horses from auction or from off the racetrack. Our aim is to get as many horses as we can off the meat truck and adopted into loving homes so that we are able to rescue more.

We are 100% volunteer run and are here for the purpose of rescuing horses and helping them find long-term, loving homes.

The Story

In 1995 we rescued our first horse; a badly abused oldie, dubbed “Lucky”, that was being run through the auction for slaughter. Since then we have purchased 300+ horses destined for slaughter and placed them in good homes. Our rescues are all breeds of horses and all ages from 6 months to 36 years old that have gone on to live happy, productive lives.

Meet the Rescues


BillyBilly is a 6 year old, Quarter Horse. He was seized by the SPCA at the beginning of March where he was gelded and had his feet trimmed.

He is around 15hh and has very nice confirmation. Built like a cutting horse. He is sweet and gentle and very cute. They passed him over to us as he is not yet broke to ride and they had no one able to start him. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be training him to go under-saddle. See our training session blogs and videos below!

Adoption Fee $500 – Learn more about Billy!


SassySassy is a 25 year old, Registered Arabian mare around 14.2hh. She is broke to ride and was very polite on the ground and is very sweet.

She has belonged to the same family for the past 20 years. The family called the local vet (who happens to be the same as ours) to get Sassy euthanised. But, our vet thought that Sassy deserved to find another home, so she talked to the owner and they agreed to surrender her to us. They will be dropping her papers off to us soon so I will share some more information when we get them.

Adoption fee $300 – Learn more about Sassy!


MasonMason is an 18 year old Thoroughbred gelding; roughly 16.2hh tall. More pictures available here. He is very sweet. He is gentle on the halter and polite when it comes to space of both other horses and people. He loaded and unloaded well and his feet are in pretty good shape.

He was dumped at the auction house as owner was no longer physically able to look after him. The auction owner called us and now he is here! Despite being thin, Mason still weighs 1,100 pounds! He has a nice thick body, almost Warmblood-style and will be very, very handsome when he fills in. Will probably weigh around 1,400lbs when he is healthy again.

He is broke to ride and trained to death. He is a little sour from likely being used as a lesson horse, but a couple rides will fix that right up. He flexes, yields off the leg and has great movement. He would be best for an intermediate rider who can give him clear, soft cues. Click here to see our test-drive on Mason.

After his second ride, he has already lost most of his ‘sourness’ and anxiety about being ridden. He is such great boy! This is a video of him trotting in the ring for ride number two on the bit.

Adoption fee $500 – Learn more about Mason!

Mason Cantering on Trail


DuchessDuchess is a 12 year old, registered Thoroughbred mare. She is roughly 16hh. Her registered name is Sister Vic.

She was surrendered by her previous owner and arrived on Feb 21, 2011 in terrible shape. She is very thin and came in with horrible pancake feet as well as being covered in lice. We treated her with lice powder immediately, and she is bug free now.

The farrier came out and trimmed her toes on Feb 23, 2011 and she did a great job! Duchess is much more comfortable now. She definitely needs some TLC, but she is a darling.

Apart from being darling and quiet, she is also broke to ride and can walk-trot-canter. She has been ridden both with just a halter and lead as well as a saddle and bridle. Check out this video of her under-saddle.

Adoption fee is $500 – Learn more about Duchess

Duchess Under Saddle


OzzyOzzy is a 4 year old, 14.3hh Standardbred gelding. His registered name is Intrepid Investor and he was born April 14, 2006. View more photos of Ozzy here.

He is a darling who was on his way to slaughter when the boarding facility owner intervened and called us. He is completely covered in rain scald on almost every inch of his body. He was very thin on arrival, you could feel his ribs and he was scrawny in the neck and withers, but he has filled in now and looks much better.

He is an absolute sweetheart of a horse. He is polite and quiet and really enjoys attention. He is broke to ride and is an easy going boy who knows all his basic commands under-saddle. He would be great for a beginner rider and would do well as a pleasure mount or trail horse. He isn’t bothered by logs, bridges, dogs or traffic. He is friendly and polite, easy to catch, good for the farrier and loads and unloads well.

Adoption Fee $500 – Learn more about Ozzy!

Ozzy Under Saddle


MadisonMadison is a 15 year old Thoroughbred mare.

We picked her up from the North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association because she has an off hip and so they couldn’t continue using her as they need completely sound horses only. She is suitable for light riding if you are mindful of her hip.

She was loaded and unloaded well and had good manners on the ground. She is a sweet lady who has really come out of her shell so far since being at the rescue. She is upper-level in the herd and she is thriving in the pasture right now.

She is adoptable by donation – Learn more about Madison!


LillyLilly is a 3 Y/O, Thoroughbred mare around 14.3hh. She is not registered, but her name is Just in Time. You can view her full pedigree here.

She is a darling mare and would sit in your lap if she could! She is one of the first to greet you at the pasture and often will not leave your side. She is broke and had 10 rides put on her by a past owner. She was ridden mostly in just a halter and no bit. She knows how to back up and move off of the leg. She is a very sweet girl. Her temperament is quiet and willing and she would make a steady lifelong partner for anyone willing to spend time with her. View more photos of Lilly here.

Adoption Fee $500 – Learn more about Lilly

Thanks again to Amy for all of her work to help keep horses out of slaughterhouses. Please check out the J&M Acres website and her adoption page on Facebook (don’t forget to friend Amy while you are there!)