To provide rescue and sanctuary to abused, injured, homeless and retired horses until they can be placed in permanent loving homes; to provide an equine assisted therapeutic program to assist at-risk and low income children; and to deepen the natural bond between horse and human through educational and outreach programs.

Mission & Ethos

The SWS is a non-profit equine rescue located in Hartly, Delaware, dedicated to the rescue of abused, neglected, abandoned and “off the track” horses. Our organization offers sanctuary, medical care, rehabilitative services and training to these horses and then places them in carefully screened, loving and permanent homes. We receive our horses from many different sources – private owners, veterinarian recommendations, the SPCA, racetracks and boarding facilities.

Our Stories

  • An Introduction to the SummerWinds Stables

    The SummerWinds Stables (SWS) is formed to provide rescue and sanctuary to abused, injured, homeless and retired horses until they can be placed in permanent loving homes; to provide an ...
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  • Beyond the Ring

    There are so many ways a horse is good for a child. When you think about all the pressures of childhood today – from drugs to bullying – there ...
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  • Sammy’s Story

    One of our first rescues was also one of the most notable. We were contacted by an owner that was running out of time and money. He had ...
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