Cows, Horses, and Mules
The fee to adopt a cow, horse, or mule is $40/month or $480/year*. If adopting one of our large animals is out of your budget please consider adopting a smaller animal (Chicken, Goat/Sheep, Pig or Donkey) or making a one-time donation. All donations to Burleigh Manor go directly to supporting and caring for our animals.
*Donations can be paid in full (one payment) or paid over 12 monthly payments. You can select the option that suits you best when checking out.
Your $40/month donation will supply the following:
Meet Our Animals
Cash is a 20+ year old Amish working mule that was sent to slaughter after becoming worn down. When we picked him up in Lancaster during the Fall of 2012 we were not sure whether he would have the strength to make the two hour trailer ride home. Reflecting his true survivor spirit, he made it that day. In his first few weeks at Burleigh Manor he was very fearful of people. We could not lay hands on him or brush him without him fearing that we were going to harm him. Over time he regained both his strength and trust in people. Cash is a gentle soul and we are truly blessed to have him living out his days with us. His easy-going disposition makes him the perfect pasture mate. Today he shares a pasture with Moose the mule and Amir the pony.Adopt Cash
Moose is a young mule that had been working for the Amish until being sent to slaughter. It is unkown why a perfectly healthy, young mule would have been slotted to such a fate. He was found at the auction house with Cash the mule and we brought them home to Burleigh Manor the same day in the October 2012. While Moose appeared to be in reasonable condition on the outside, his hooves revealed a different story. The grooves in his hooves reflected times of hardship. While the exact cause(s) of his stress remain unknown, the many grooves in his hooves revealed that repeated stress had affected the life of this young mule. Today, Moose is a frisky, adventure-seeking, and loveable mule. He is very curious about the doings around the farm and is known to jump out of his pasture and relocate himself in other pastures on the farm just for fun. While Moose indeed has an ornery side, he also has a very loveable side and seeks human attention and affection from everyone who visits.Adopt Moose
Doogie is a 13-year old, gray-colored Thoroughbred. He is a retired racehorse that used to run at the Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland. He was surrendered to Burleigh Manor by his owner after sustaining an unfortunate, life-changing, medical injury. His owner had rescued Doogie right off the track when his racing days came to an end. Too much racing, too early, left Doogie with arthritis so severe that he cannot be ridden. For the past nine years he has been enjoying retirement with his best friends, Jack the donkey and Barnie the barn cat. Unlikely friends, perhaps, but Doogie is especially gentle for a Thoroughbred racehorse. Today he shares a field with Jack the donkey, Jenny the donkey, Pagan the pony, and L’il Cow. Doogie is especially fond of mud, and lots of it! It is really hard to keep this gray-colored horse looking clean because he loves to roll in the mud so much. As soon as we brush him or wash him, within five minutes he is out in the field rolling. Despite being a fairly young horse, Doogie has insulin resistance for which he takes medication everyday. He also has a very large appetite and really appreciates treats, like apples and carrots.Adopt Doogie
Apple Jack is a 20-year old Quarter Horse pony that was rescued from the New Holland ‘kill pen’ along with her companion pony, Butterfinger, who has since gone on to the great pasture in the sky. It is not known exactly why, but it is presumed that their elderly owner became ill and could no longer take care of them so the family brought the horses to auction. It was a special day that September afternoon in New Holland when we loaded Apple Jack and Butterfinger onto the trailer and brought them home. When they unloaded, they were so excited to see their new green pasture they immediately began to graze. The first thing we noticed were the heavy dreadlocks that had been weaved into Apple Jack’s mane and tail. When we cut them away this gorgeous, rhone-colored pony was revealed. She was also clearly lame with severe arthritis accompanied by some deformity, but able to amble around the field okay. We began her on a joint supplement which she takes daily to ease her pain. Despite her discomfort, Apple Jack has a very sweet disposition and really enjoys human attention. She is an alpha female when it comes to other horses, and is clearly top horse in the pasture she shares with her three male equine friends. These days she spends her time grazing in the pastures of Burleigh Manor and enjoys visits by adults and children who come to see her. Her favorite treats are, unsurprisingly, apples.Adopt Apple Jack
Lotto arrived at Burleigh Manor in the spring of 2013 after we were notified that a severely neglected little pony had just been shipped on a slaughter bound truck from Tenessee to New Holland, Pennsylvania. Nameless, we called him Lotto because some kind-hearted folks rescued him from the ‘kill pen’ at New Holland with money they had won by playing the lottery. Upon our arrival at the auction house, we were shocked and dismayed to find a frightened, bay-colored pony riddled with horrific lice and hooves the size and shape of cowboy boots from severe neglect. We loaded him into the trailer and made the two hour trip home to Burleigh Manor where we promptly began addressing his veterinary and farrier needs. Early on providing him any sort of care was difficult because he simply didn’t trust humans and wouldn’t let us touch him. Through much hands on work and trust building, Lotto has come along way in his first year with us. Even though he still mistrusts humans, caring for him is much easier. We are able to brush him, pat him, and give him gentle kisses. Eight-year old Lotto is a true survivor in story and spirit. Today, he is enjoying his second chance at life,palling around the pasture with his equine friends, especially his best bud, Edgar.Adopt Lotto
Brisky is an 18 year-old standard bred gelding who has lived through some pretty difficult days. In his early years, he was used for harness racing before being sold to an Amish farmer. It is not known for certain, but strongly suspected that over the past 15 years, he was used to pull heavy equipment that usually a draft horse would handle. This resulted in a rather extensive spinal deformity, making Brisky look much like a dog squatting to go to the bathroom (sorry for the analogy!) When he could no longer work, he was disposed of at the New Holland auction, and was headed to slaughter. He was thankfully rescued from the ‘kill pen’ by a group of individuals committed to equine welfare who raised enough money to save this special boy. For two months he underwent intensive rehabilitation with his foster mom, restoring his weight through proper nutrition, and intensively treating his damaged back, and infected hooves. Then Burleigh Manor made the two hour ride to pick him up and bring him home and embrace him into our hearts and lives forever. Brisky is undoubtedly a very special animal – a survivor. Remarkably, despite his rough ride through life thus far, he is the perfect gentleman. He is very social with other horses and extremely well-behaved with humans. He even seems to have human-like qualities, including obvious empathy for other animals when they express distress. He is also very alert and “street-smart.” So smart that he has figured out how to unlatch his stall door. We didn’t believe it at first, thinking we were just forgetting to latch his stall door, until one day we watched him in the act. He jiggles the door with one hoof, while nudging the sliding latch on the door with his chin and mouth till it opens. Once free, he then unlatches everyone else’s door and lets them out for what appears to be an equine social hour.Adopt Brisk
Standing less than 9 hands tall, Edgar is an adorable and friendly mini horse. He is beige in color with a dunn stripe down his back. Several years ago, Edgar served as one of Baltimore’s Arabbers. Arabber ponies or horses usually work by pulling a food cart through Baltimore neighborhoods. Edgar’s job was to provide pony rides at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. In addition to working long days, Arabbers are often be found living in inappropriate housing situations such as the basements of city homes.
In 2006, Edgar was rescued by a loving family and served as a faithful companion for their aged and ailing pony, Mizelle. He lived with her until she died in September 2013 at the age of 48 years old. Her death, compounded with a family health crisis, led to a search for Edgar’s new home. Thankfully, Edgar was lovingly placed at Burleigh Manor where he will live out the rest of his days.
Edgar adores attention and treats. He is very friendly with both people and his pasture mates and charms everyone he meets. He loves peppermints and sugar cubes — though just about any treats will do!Adopt Edgar
Little Cow (L’il Cow for short) arrived at Burleigh Manor on a cold, gray Sunday (January 13, 2013). She is a small, young adult, brown-colored Hereford. She was surrendered to us by her former owner, who was closing down the family’s cow farm after the death of her husband. The rest of the cows had been sent to slaughter, but not L’il Cow or her mother. L’il Cow’s mother had been the family pet until she died a year ago, leaving L’il Cow orphaned. Noticing how lonely L’il Cow seemed to be, her owner decided it would be best to place her with other farm animals. L’il Cow now shares a pasture with two donkeys, a blind pony, and a retired thoroughbred race horse. L’il Cow’s placid nature allowed her to immediately integrate with her equine pasture mates, who are now her friends. She also allowed us to pet her on the very first day. This was quite a surprise since L’il Cow had never been petted before. We are now able to brush her and smother her with love and affection. She has found her forever home.Adopt L'il Cow