About Us


Website: wwwsunshinehorses.org

E-mail: sunshinehorsesinc@gmail.com

Phone: (315) 456-9380

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Adopting A Friend

All horses are up to date with vaccinations, coggins, and worming.

Adoption requests range from $300-$800 depending on the level of training, age, soundness and potential of the horse. Prior to adoption you must fill out an interest application and schedule an appointment to see the horse. We follow a right of first refusal and do not hold horses unless the proper paperwork is filled out. Should you continue with the adoption we ask that you fill out an adoption contract and provide references. There is also a home check for the barn or stable where the horse(s) will be kept. After adoption yearly vet checks are require to be mailed or emailed to us per our contract. Please contact us for more detailed information.


Who We Are

Helping Horses, Helping People

by making a humane, compassionate difference in the lives of horses in Central New York. Through rehabilitation, retraining and ultimately adoption, we make a profound difference in the lives of our own; as well as in those of community groups through education and care of the horses.

Sunshine Horses, Inc. is a non-profit adoption agency and rescue facility for horses located in Syracuse, NY. Founded by Kate Starr in 2003, Sunshine has found loving homes for more than 150 horses.  We specialize in retraining and rehoming retired Standardbred racehorses. However, Sunshine works with all horse breeds and prepares them for their forever homes.

Just as important to our mission of helping horses is our mission of helping people. Sunshine works with many different community organizations and agencies within the Syracuse area. Through youth and adult volunteer programs, we draw upon the strengths each participant brings to Sunshine and seek to provide personal growth and enrichment. Many program participants face unique challenges of their own, and can empathize and bond with our horses in a special way as they help prepare the horse for adoption.

Sunshine has well over 150 committed volunteers that give love and care to over 25 horses. Many different breeds make up our Sunshine herd such as former Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses, Appaloosas, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses and Paints. Many of the retired Standardbreds come to us because they lacked the desire or skill to be successful on the track. Occasionally they have just become too old to race, or have an injury that prohibits further racing. Along with the off the track Standardbreds some of our horses have been surrendered, as their owners could no longer care for them, while others come from true rescue situations.

Once coming to Sunshine, all of the horses are rehabilitated and/or trained for different equestrian disciplines prior to their being adopted. Many of our horses are used to being driven, and adapt well to light carts and carriages. Others readily learn to accept a saddle and rider. We strive to give each horse the basics so that they may excel in any discipline or new career they might find. We work with them daily and try our best to match each one’s unique qualities to the needs of a potential adopter.

If you would like to support Sunshine Horses, you can help by:  

  1. Doing all your online searching and shopping through http://www.goodsearch.com.  Choose Sunshine Horses as your designated cause, and every time you use Goodsearch the organization will receive a donation!  There's no cost to you at all, and the horses benefit!
  2. Donating the following supplies: 
    Hay, Grain, wood shaving/sawdust bedding, lumber, rubber mats, hardware, buckets, towels, tack, fly masks, fly spray, grooming supplies, supplements, tools, pitchforks, shovels, wheelbarrows
  3. Volunteering!  We always welcome new folks to help feed, clean stalls, turn out, fundraise, publicize, etc.  Please contact us if you're interested!  Horse experience is a bonus, but not a requirement-- we'll teach you everything you need to know as you go.   We also partner with various youth organizations, and invite you to contact us if you are interested in connecting your group with us.  By volunteering with Sunshine, young people have the chance to learn about horses in a safe and structured environment. The opportunity is free, and it is a win-win situation for both the kids and horses. The kids learn responsibility, teamwork, and the joy of working with horses. The horses benefit from the love and attention they receive while they wait to find their new forever homes. 
  4. Giving financially.  All donations are appreciated and tax deductible!
    Send monetary donations to:
    12550 NYS 176
    Cato NY, 13033

    Sponsor a horse! Sponsorship is on a monthly basis.
    White Ribbon Sponsor: $50-stall covered
    Yellow Ribbon Sponsor: $75-stall and farrier covered
    Red Ribbon Sponsor: $150-covers bedding, feed, stall
    Blue Ribbon Sponsor: $200-full month of care covered

    Bale of Hay: ($5)
    Bag of Feed: ($15)
    Bedding: ($30)
    Farrier Visit: ($35 trim, $75 shoes)

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Come Visit Us

Please contact us to make an appointment if you're interested in visiting.  Our primary location is: 

1777 County Route 12

Central Square, NY 13036

Website: wwwsunshinehorses.org

E-mail: sunshinehorsesinc@gmail.com

Phone: (315) 456-9380

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