New Options for Rescued Horses

When I'm bestride him, I soar. I am a hawk. He trots the air.
                                       -William Shakespeare, Henry the 5th

New Options is a volunteer run 501c3 non-profit horse rescue. We strive to foster confidence, compassion, and a sense of accomplishment - particularly in people who are disabled or disempowered - by offering the opportunity to participate in the rehabilitation of abused and neglected horses. 

Our youngest student is 3, our oldest is 86. People with MS, Downs Syndrome, autism, blindness, paralysis, and PTSD take lessons and volunteer their time. Our team of adolescent volunteers spend their school breaks learning how to ride, train and care for horses, trust themselves and each other, take personal responsibility for their actions, communicate, empathize and never judge.

We supply a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for anyone in need; horses and humans alike.

New Options has no covered  riding space for lessons and training.

During the rainy months, of which there are plenty in Oregon, our outdoor arena is too muddy to be safe. Lessons and training are confined to the stalls around the perimeter of the hay barn.

This is also where horses are fed, where injured horses receive care and where they recuperate. For people with non-standard physical needs, horses who are just starting out, or riders who want to move in shapes other than short, narrow ovals, it’s not at all ideal. Since lessons and training account for a significant percentage of New Options' revenue this poses a serious problem. We need a covered corral that we can use year round. To get that we need $20,745.

Any amount you can give will make our hearts glad and be used in service of our mission. If you can't give any amount of money we'll be grateful for your good thoughts and well wishes. Also, grooming is appreciated. Particularly by the horses. Learn more about volunteering at New Options here .

And please spread the word! Talk to your friends, family, & co-workers, email your friends, family & co-workers; tweet, facebook, instagram, messenger doves - whatever method you prefer. Please help us help horses and humans help each other.

May we introduce you to the herd?
Over the past 20 years New Options has rescued and re-homed over 300 horses. You're contribution will help horses like:

Copper was owned by a family with little horse experience. They had a small property with a barn and a tiny yard for grazing. Not fully aware of the work and expense involved, they decided to try their hand at breeding.

Their mare was very young, but she got pregnant quickly and gave birth to a healthy palomino foal they named Copper. Soon after delivery the mother horse got sick and died, leaving the heartbroken family an unweaned baby to keep alive.

They brought Copper into their house to feed and tend, but in days she was too big. They put her back out in the barn. The family gave her hay and  kitchen scraps and whatever grass grew in her turn-out and Copper survived - but barely.

The property Copper lived on was close to land New Options rented at the time. On the way to and home from work, Leslie Roach, New Options' founder and (um...) head mare, noticed and worried over the very thin yearling in their yard. When thin turned towards skinny she knocked on the door.

Today Copper is perfect in every way. Her breath smells like grass and the best kind of hay and something not far from honey. The world is a better place because it has her.

Li'l Bit
Li'l Bit was owned by a woman in her seventies who had horses all her life. She loved and cared for her animals meticulously. She got Li'l Bit as a young horse and successfully integrated her with the herd.

After a few weeks, she noticed Li'l Bit limping. A vet visit confirmed an infection in her back foot. Despite her owner’s good care and excellent intentions, the infection was quite bad by the time it was diagnosed. The treatment was expensive and labor intensive, and the prognosis not good at all.

Her owner knew she didn’t have the physical or financial resources to care for her horse, but putting her down didn’t feel like a good choice either, so she found New Options.

These days Li'l Bit has a very slight limp, but she can trot, canter and gallop. She grazes in the sunshine and mingles with her new herd. She enjoys carrying very tiny riders on her back.


Charger was found by park rangers in the Mount Hood Wilderness. He’d been abandoned by owners who were unaware that much of the area is monitored by surveillance video. Charger had been kept as a stud horse in a single stall with no access to the outdoors by a criminally abusive breeding operation for years. His owners gelded him and dumped him in the woods when they found out they were under investigation for cruelty. Charger had deep cuts on his legs and crushed sinuses from chains that were wrapped around his nose when he was found. He was weak from confinement and starvation and terrified from years of abuse and neglect. It took hours of cajoling and reassuring before Leslie could convince Charger to let her approach him. Then more hours, some prayer and finally tears to get him to load into a trailer and come to New Options. 

Today Charger lives in a field with his horse companion, Rocket. Because of his impeded breathing he can’t be ridden, but he’s learning to do ground work, be scratched and be told he's wonderful. His nose is soft like a newborn rabbit.

Horses eat like a horse
Caring for a herd is expensive. Annual EXPENDITURES total approximately $125k.
Breakdown of annual expenditures

Annual REVENUES total is approximately $103k
Breakdown of annual revenue
There's a considerable gap between revenue and expenditures.  Not only do the women who run New Options forgo salaries for their full-time work, they also make significant personal contributions to keep the organization and all the lives it supports healthy.

With a covered riding space Leslie could extend the riding season by as many as nine months, easily quadrupling the amount of money she takes in from lessons and training which would more than close the gap.

Thank You!

Every person who donates time, money or good wishes will receive our heartfelt gratitude.

But Master, what gift shall I dedicate to you
      who taught all creatures their ears?
- My thoughts of an evening long ago
      it was springtime, in Russia — a
horse ...

He came bounding from the village,
    alone, white,
with a hobble attached to one leg,
    to stay alone in the fields all night;
How the mane beat against his neck 

To the rhythm of his perfect joy, in
    that hindered
gallop across the meadow.
    What leaping went on in his stallion

He felt the expanses, and oh!
    He sang and he heard — your cycle of
    was completed in him.
                                   His image: my gift.

(R.M. Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus)

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Organizer and beneficiary

Anna Grace Christiansen 
Portland, OR
Leslie Roach 
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