Tennessee Shelter

Tennessee Shelter


Find Your Right Horse

Your Adoption Specialist | Kristen Breakfield
Horses are my passion and my life. I train horses at Horse Plus Humane Society’s Tennessee Shelter and my goal is to help you find the right horse. I will give you a full disclosure on any horse you are interested in. You will have access to a 1 hour complimentary lesson with me and your new horse at the time of adoption. I will also be available if you have questions about your adopted horse in the future. – Kristen Breakfield 931-306-6623 | kristen.b@horsehumane.org

All adopters must be approved before adopting. Fill out the Adoption Application, click here.

Tennessee Shelter Adoptable Animals

Contact Shelter


​Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
1:00 to 4:00pm | Closed stormy days

Adoption Specialist:

Kristen Breakfield

Email: kristen.b@horsehumane.org

Phone: 1-888-HPHS-077 ext. 702

Shelter Address:

600 Charles McClearen Rd

Hohenwald, TN 38462

 Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 485

Hohenwald, TN 38462


Surrender fees: $0- Donations  Appreciated

Adoption fees: $0.00-$500.00

     Transporting fees: $1 a mile- Round Trip

Shelter Blog

A Horrible Hoof and Shelter Blog

We will be attending an auction this weekend and we need your help!  Over 100,000 horses are shipped out of the USA for slaughter every year. All that kill buyers see at auctions are dollars on hooves, and the horses are purchased for their meat, regardless of age, training level, injuries, or service they have done for their previous owners. Kill buyers generally pay around $0.25-$0.55 a pound. Help us save horses before the kill buyers get them and take them to their feedlots to await shipment for slaughter. Owners of horses who do not care about their horse’s future, or have no other option, take their horses to auctions, hoping and telling themselves that some nice person will buy them. This is often not the case. Your donation will be used to purchase horses directly out of the slaughter pipeline, evaluate them, give them the medical care they need, the Last Act of Kindness if necessary, training, rehabilitation, and help them find their new homes.

Wednesday the farrier was at our shelter, he was going to be working on a special Little Pony, Snickers.  Snickers’ owner was going to shoot him because they couldn’t catch him.  After we rescued him, his hoof cracked horizontally almost all the way across.  The veterinarian recommended special farrier care for him.

The farrier put a pad and a little pony shoe on his hoof and cleaned it up as best he could.  The farrier was hopeful and we were doing everything we could for him.

We were extremely worried as Snickers’ hoof was unlike anything we have seen before.  The farrier came out to work on his hoof, but he was really worried that his coffin bone was sinking.

He got to work removing the shoe and the pad from Snickers, hoping that the therapy shoe had helped.

When he pulled the shoe off, his fears were confirmed.  Kristen started documenting his condition with photos.

His coffin bone had sank right down through his sole and could be seen.  Our vet and multiple farriers have worked with Snickers, they all came to the same conclusion that Snickers may have been suffering from lack of nutrition before he came to us, or got an infection that caused the laminae in his hoof to break down.  After the crack, the coffin bone began rotating, sinking it through his sole.  Sadly there was nothing that could be done for Snickers.  We are so thankful that we had the opportunity to help him, and that this didn’t happen when he was living in a pasture, un-cared for by humans.

Chance came back to us, his young adopter has a job now, and doesn’t have time for him.  We always welcome any of our previously adopted horses back to our shelter.

When we rescued Chance from an auction in 2015, he was a skinny bedraggled stallion.  His owner had dumped him at an auction, walking away from a horse in desperate need of help, hoping to make a few dollars on him.

Today Chance is a beautiful boy and we will work on finding him a new great home.  He shows why our auction rescues are so important, we are committed to these horses for life and we will do everything we can to ensure they have the best life possible.

Tawnee, Kristen and a few volunteers helped moved horses from different pastures.  This is our herd of youngsters, they were being moved out of quarantine into the available for adoption pens.

Tawnee took this photo of them as they were trotting into their new pen.  Tails of different colors, all beautiful.

They moved more horses from quarantine into the available for adoption pens.  It was neat seeing the horses exploring their new pens with glee.

Parcey got some new pasture mates too: donkeys.  These donkeys came to us as part of the 1-Day Open Door Shelter in Texas.  Parcey says there is plenty of grass for everyone.

Chandler was working on putting in a gate next to our round pen and loading chute from the main pens.  After he puts up a cross fence and moves some panels we will be able to back up to the unloading chute next to the round pen, unload wild horses, and move them wherever they need to go on the property.  All the pens will ultimately be connected on 20 acres when this is finished.

We had 2 more horses come to us.  Jack is the sorrel gelding in the middle.  He is a 7 year old Quarter horse who is trained to ride.  He is definitely a beautiful boy.  The mare on the right, Maggie, a 14 year old mare, is trained to ride but has some behavioral issues that Kristen will be working on fixing.

At the end of the day, Kristen took Sunny and Lady on the first leg of their journey to their new home.  After she posted Sunny’s picture doing barrel racing, he immediately had nearly 10 people wanting to adopt him.  She found the perfect person for him and when he was on his way.

We would like to thank each and every person for your support!  Please remember the auction rescue we are planning on this weekend.  We can only rescue horses as funds allow.  We don’t receive any grant funding for rescuing from auction, and rely completely on people like you to donate the funds needed to rescue horses from the slaughter auction.

Louisiana Horses Need Help and Shelter Blog

There are animal abusers in every state, but it seems lately Louisiana has a huge problem with starving and abused horses.  It has been an ongoing problem, but it’s been on social media a lot recently.  Last November we began researching the possibilities of doing a 1-Day Open Door Shelter for horses in Louisiana.  Toney Wade of the Southern Animal Justice had seized over 120 horses from January through November of 2016 from abusive situations.  Dr Drip brought the attention of animal abuse in Louisiana to the national media’s attention.  If you missed that news story, click here.

Social media has exploded with starving, abused horses in Louisiana since Dr Drip brought the spotlight on that state.  People are stepping up and sharing what they are seeing in their neighborhood.  It seems overwhelming and something needs to be done.  We know holding a 1-Day Open Door Shelter in Louisiana would help immensely, but we are running into some obstacles.  The animal rescuers in Louisiana are so swamped that we have been unable to find a local coordinator to help us with logistics.  We need an organization or knowledgeable person in Louisiana that can help with coordinating the event locally and spreading the word.  We have not been able to find any adoption partners in Louisiana either, but we could transport the adoptable horses to our TN shelter, which is a 1 day drive.  There are rescues in surrounding states that are also a day drive away that could be adoption partners.  If you would like to help in this, please contact us: info@horsehumane.org.

Our TN shelter has been busy while the 1 day shelters have been happening.  The remainder of this blog is about Tuesday, but we wanted to feature some of our recent adoptions.

Buddy was adopted.  His new dad is so excited, and Buddy is happy too.  They will be going on many trail rides together.  We rescued Buddy last August from an auction.  We are so happy this beautiful horse was saved from the slaughter pipeline and now has a wonderful home.

Stella and her baby were adopted to a very nice family who wanted to add a couple donkeys to their farm.  Their goat enjoyed meeting the newest additions.  Baby Draco hid behind his mom and looked the other way, trying his best to ignore the funny looking critter with a big beard.  Both Stella and Draco came to us through the 1-Day Open Door Shelter in TN.

Tuesday morning was wet and drizzling, but it was farrier day.  The weather forecast didn’t call for rain, but in TN it can change anytime.  Baby and Sunny were not impressed while they waited their turn to get their trimming done.

Baby came to us with her hooves needing trimming, and she acts like she hasn’t had much farrier work done before.  She was a good girl and tried her best to please.

Dream, who was rescued from the same auction as Buddy, got his feet trimmed when the rain had stopped.  He just hung out in his shelter the whole time and was nice and dry for his turn.  Dream is the horse we rescued from auction that had open wounds from soring and was still wearing his stacks.  You can read more about his rescue by clicking here.

When Kristen came to work with the horses, the rain storm was gone.  The farrier was still working and got a whole lot of horses done.  Baby got some more work done in the round pen.  She is such a fast learner.

Baby is doing so well under saddle!  Everything Kristen shows her, she tries her best to do.  She is going to make an awesome horse for someone.

A potential adopter came out and looked at horses.  She really liked Tess and put an adoption hold on her but ultimately there were too many to choose from.  She is going to come back and make her decision later.

Kristen evaluated different horses through the day, but when she got to Sunny she discovered he has a lot of secrets he’s been hiding.  He was very nice to ride!

The more she rode him, the more his secret started coming out.  Kristen, who has done barrel racing before, thought the way he was turning indicated he had done barrels before.  She asked some of the volunteers to set up the barrels.

Sure enough, Sunny knows barrels!  He came alive in the arena and absolutely loved running the barrels.  At 18-years-young he still loves doing it.  We have no idea how long it has been since he has done barrels, but he certainly enjoyed it. Kristen posted the picture of him doing barrels on her Facebook page, and was quickly flooded with people wanting to adopt him.  We are sure he will be adopted very quickly.

We have lots of horses at our shelter that are needing homes.  Please visit our adoptable page to see if any are a good match for you!  Click here.  Kristen will be happy to talk with you about the different horses and help you find your Right Horse.

Thank you for your support, both financial and emotional.  It makes our rescuing and sheltering work possible.