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Our Mission 

Second Chance Stables & Draft Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Massachusetts State Charity and Registered Rescue dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and retirement/responsible re-homing of draft breeds. Those otherwise headed for the slaughter pipeline. Our rescue seeks to provide a safe place for these horses to heal and rehabilitate so they may have a second chance at the life they deserve.



Samson-​Samson was the draft that started this all. He was the first Belgian fostered at Second Chance Stables through Heart & Hooves Rescue. Half blind, a huge personality, and very loving, he brought new life to the farm and now to his forever family. 


Charlie- A Belgian gelding, Charlie came and never left. Saved from a Pennsylvania kill pen, he came to the rescue underweight, detached, blind in his right eye, which needed to be removed. He underwent surgery and did fabulously. As he rehabbed, he blossomed, his worth was evident. He is loving and kind and resides here with us in sanctuary.


Athena-A Percheron mare saved from a Pennsylvania kill pen with Charlie and Finn. She had multiple medical issues and with the help of Little Brook Farm Athena made her way to Gentle Giants Draft Rescue, who was able to get her adopted into a safe and loving home where she is thriving. 


Finn-A Belgian gelding, saved with Charlie and Athena, said to be 13 but was actually closer to 30. With poor teeth, he was unable to chew properly and therefore very thin when he arrived here. With proper nutrition, dental care and love, he made an amazing comeback and is now in a home that adores him. 


Tree & Barn Lighting to benefit Mike's recovery

On December 3rd from 2pm-530pm we welcome you to join us for a winter celebration and tree & barn lighting to benefit Mike ❤️


Mike is a senior Belgian diagnosed with EPM. Sadly his health has been declining rapidly since his rescue this summer. His treatment will cost anywhere from 2900$-4800$. All proceeds will go directly towards his care. Please consider joining the fun for a great cause 🙏🏼!


As we get closer to the date, I will update the event but here is some general information.


Ticket prices (purchased upon entrance)- 

$5 per person

Children under 3 free 

Every ticket purchased includes a cup of treats to feed the horse(s) of your choosing 🥕 


Each paddock will be manned by volunteers, there to answer all questions on each horse and help you feed your treats 🍪


Santa and his reindeer will be here all afternoon to visit🎅!!


Ugly Sweater Contest-330pm (Adult and child division) prizes given at time of contest. 


Bake Sale & Hot Cocoa Bar 🍰 


Silent auction-Beautiful homemade bench hand crafted by a local woodworker (all proceeds benefit Mike)


Giving Tree-The horses have made their Christmas wishes and this tree will give you a chance to give your favorite horse a gift via donation🎁. 

Tree decorating- Bring an ornament dedicated to your favorite horse and add it to our tree that will be lit at the end of the event 🥰


Two wonderful professional photographers have volunteered their time 📷 !!


Professional Mini Sessions will be offered by Creek Dreams Photography here on the farm. This is a great opportunity to get some family photos done for an amazing price.


You MUST pre-register for these spots prior to the 3rd at-



$55 a session (half of all proceeds will benefit Mike)

$25 extra to add Charlie to your session (all proceeds benefit Mike).

Pictures can purchased via online gallery.


Barbara Connors will be capturing candid moments throughout the day and you will be able to access the online gallery and purchase prints (half of all proceeds will benefit Mike).

Tree and Barn Lighting at 5pm to wrap up the evening🎄 



Venmo, PayPal, check and cash accepted at event.  

Waiver required at entry 

Parking off site (details soon)

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