Mary Jane

Mary Jane

Talk about a character! At her own insistence, Mary Jane has been with us for over a decade and will remain here for the rest of her life.

Mary Jane was one of twelve thoroughbreds rescued from a Saratoga breeding farm that had far too many horses — many were starving. “I just don’t wanna feed 'em,” the breeder said to our founder. With time and love, the horses all healed. A few were adopted; a few have passed on over the years; a few remain, including Mary Jane. Many years ago, a loving family fell in love with the gentle, easy girl. They completed our multi-step adoption process and were excited to have her join their family — but Mary Jane had other plans: when we attempted to walk her onto the trailer to take her to her new home, she sat down like a dog. Over and over and over again.

What a sight! Not only did we not know that horses were even capable of sitting like this: it was so abundantly clear that Mary Jane was saying: NO. THIS IS MY HOME. I DON’T WANT ANOTHER FAMILY.

And so, we apologized to the tearful family, overwhelmed by what they witnessed. All these years later, Mary Jane remains, quite happily, with us.

Meet class clown Mary Jane, who could have gone to a wonderful adoptive home seven years ago, but instead sat down on the ground just like a dog and refused to walk onto the trailer. "Nope," she said. "I'm staying here." And here she is, for the rest of her days.

Posted by Kathy Stevens on Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Have you ever seen a horse sit on their behind like a dog? Neither had we until Mary Jane refused to leave 10 years ago!

Posted by Catskill Animal Sanctuary on Wednesday, April 5, 2017


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