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Our Purpose

We find the role of animals profoundly valuable and dedicate our project to the theory that:

"Animals are the most agreeable of friends, they ask no questions, pass no judgements." -T. S. Elliot


Horse Play is a non-profit organization that operates an equine rescue/sanctuary in Saunderstown, Rhode Island.

Our equine sanctuary provides rescue and rehabilitation for abused, neglected, unwanted, and/or slaughter-bound horses. Many horses come to Horse Play because their owners can no longer afford to keep them, children outgrow or lose interest in them, some owners do not have the skills or knowledge to provide proper care and many horses are just considered"disposable" - if the horse isn't winning, it goes to auction. Most of these horses also have health and/or behavior problems.

We use humane, communication-oriented "teaching" methods in our training/retraining, provide quality vet care, feed and lots of love. Some horses are eventually placed in approved adoptive homes. Those horses who
are "unplaceable" live out their lives at the Sanctuary.

Miracles, even small ones, need no explanation. Maybe the horses know, but they are quiet. Maybe, just maybe, if we listen, we will grow to understand...

All life is sacred here.


Horse Play Equine Sanctuary Staff

Deidre Sharp, Administrator and The Alpha Mare
Garry Cayce, Asst. Adminstrator, Mustang Wrangler and Dog Walker
Patrice Hughes, Research, Education and Fence Fixing
Troy Hughes, Web Honcho and Media