“They Rescued Me” Photo Contest

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Horses that come from equine rescues are a very special breed. They seem to have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the effort that led them to their second chance at life. Trained or untrained, ridable or not, to many people it really doesn’t matter. They are “home,” in the loving hands of those who care, and they feel safe and secure.

We want to give you a chance to show us your rescued horse, either by itself or by showing the special relationship you share.


A photo contest will be held weekly starting April 1st and closing at midnight (CDST) Saturday at the end of each week with the final week on May 31st (Friday). One winner will be picked each week for the final contest. If you are the weekly winner, we will notify you.

Final Winner will receive 1,000 pounds of Purina Feed!

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Bad picture: Horizon cuts picture in the middle, too dark, can’t see any detail on horse, poor background.

On June 1st, the nine finalist will be posted and the voting will be open to the public, with the final vote on June 15th at midnight. The winner will be announced on June 17th.


The Purina Feed will be purchased by Habitat for Horses at a Certified Purina Dealer of your choice.



  1. The submitted photo must be original and must be of a horse, donkey or mule that was acquired at a non-profit (501.c.3) equine rescue. You must include the original name or number of the equine, date acquired and name of the rescue organization (finalist will be verified).
  2. Digital photos only. Photos must be submitted using the form link below and be no more than 1 MB in size.
  3. Contestants must own or have adopted the horse in the photo.
  4. Photos should have no more than one person. That person must know that their image will be displayed on this website. The image becomes the property of Habitat for Horses and may be displayed on the Habitat for Horses website.
  5. You may submit up to three photos per week (Monday through Sunday)

Images will be judged on: impact, subject matter, creativity and suitability. Remember, the goal is to display the health, occupation, gentleness and/or affection of the rescued equine.

Is this a good photograph?

Is this a good photograph?


  1. Always groom your horse first!
  2. Watch your background! Poop piles, old trucks piles of trash are not what we want to see.
  3. Keep the sun at your back. A dark horse under the shade of a tree makes too many shadows and black areas.
  4. Keep the horizon either high or low. Don’t let it split the picture in two.

Enter “They Rescued Me” Photo Contest
AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • MorganG

    can’t wait to see everyone’s pictures!

    April 1, 2013
  • Arlene

    Hey Barbara time to show off Corrina !!!!!!! The Beautiful mare from the BLM !!!!!!!

    April 1, 2013
  • sherriey

    i wish we could enter a pix of a rescued horse that wasn’t at a rescue but on its way to be loaded onto a truck going to a meat auction. she still was a rescue and pregnant to boot.

    April 1, 2013
  • Ginger

    No horses rescued from auctions from kill buyers?

    April 1, 2013
    • Shannon

      Exactly what I was thinking! My horse was on her way to slaughter when we found her so she is most definitely a RESCUE.

      April 4, 2013
      • kate

        I have horse saved from truck.load burned alive. Can he be entered

        May 10, 2013
    • Shannon

      Exactly what I was thinking!

      April 4, 2013
  • Could the winnings be donated to a rescue of the winners choice if so desired (not necessarily the rescue that the winners horse was acquired from?) GOOD LUCK to everyone

    April 2, 2013
      • Patty

        I was thinking that donating to a rescue would be a wonderful idea!

        April 10, 2013
  • Deb

    US Wild Horse and Burro count as a rescue? He was repossessed by them then rehomed to us…

    April 2, 2013
  • Jamie Holder

    Do you have to own the horse yourself? I would love the chance to enter. If, by chance, I did win, i would love to donate the prize back to HfH since I monetary donation isnt possible at the moment.

    April 2, 2013
  • KEarlywine

    Can we submit photos if we had some assistance from a 501(c)3 rescue early on, with a horse we personally rescued Jerry?

    April 3, 2013
  • Pamela

    Submitted one of mine. How many horses are you allowed to submit? I have several absolutely wonderful rescues who would qualify for this contest. From the starved to near death to the severely beaten and abused who hold no grudges against mankind. And 200 characters is kinda hard to narrow your story down to. When you want to tell their whole story. LOVE our rescues!

    April 3, 2013
      • Pamela

        Yeah, I’d have every last one of them, those that need a home that is…if I had the means. But I only have 3 here that came from a 501c3 rescue. And they each have such a wonderful story. It is hard for me to choose which one to enter. Most of the rest we took in from people who were neglecting them. We are horse poor. 😉

        April 3, 2013
  • Yes, my young boy came from a kill pen in Washington, State. I just submitted his pics and story! Only 2 and a half and going to picked up by the big bad truck the next day, Valentine’s Day 2011. It was the best decision I ever made. Fact: The majority of horses that go to slaughter are between the ages of 2 and 8 and for the most part, healthy!

    April 3, 2013
  • Elizabeth Gentry

    QUESTION…I was a rescue…out of pocket and not 501 3(c) but my rescue had a name…and the rescue who assisted her rescue was 501 3(C)…But I HAVE HER…How do I do that? I do have a 501 3(c) rescue that can verify I rescued her tho…

    April 3, 2013
  • Shannon

    I saved my mare from a kill buyer and have paperwork to prove it. Can she be entered?

    April 4, 2013
  • Louise

    Can we enter horses that are sanctuary, I was thinking Atlanta and Jeb? Also, I have pics of them standing side by side, or, should I just enter them separately.

    April 7, 2013
      • Sherry

        Don’t want to offend and that is not my intention but is the sanctuary a part of a rescue? I know many that are and if they are – would they be eligible? Just trying to understand and my brain does not want to function.

        Please, I do not want to offend – I just want to understand.

        April 12, 2013
          • Sherry

            lol – now I am totally confused. I asked if rescues could enter and told no – that a contest would come later for us, now you are saying yes as long as rules are followed.

            Getting more coffee, maybe I will wake my darn brain up.

            April 12, 2013
  • wendy

    will you be posting the pictures that are entered ? if so where?

    April 8, 2013
  • Kathleen Anderson

    I entered, but tried to upload a different photo and couldn’t. Is there a place where I can find my entry and put on the right photo?? Thanks.

    April 10, 2013
  • Taylor

    Where do you upload the pictures? I can’t seem to find it but I’m also on my phone not a computer. Thanks!

    April 10, 2013
  • Nicole Mauro

    Does a slaughter horse count, I paid for her through a non profit AC4H? Rescued a molly mule would love to share.

    April 10, 2013
  • Morgan

    It’s too bad it has to be 501(c). I have a couple rescues that weren’t from 501 because the group was new and they are great animals. Sad that we don’t and can’t get a chance at the feed. I have 3 rescues that I could definitely use the feed for!

    April 10, 2013
  • Pam

    Glad to hear the winnings can be given to a rescue instead – I know exactly where mine are going if I win.

    April 11, 2013
  • Debbie

    Are there any exclusions that would apply to me?

    April 12, 2013
  • Can a non profit rescue enter the photo contest? or does it have to be someone who has adopted? We have a couple that are permanent residents.

    April 12, 2013
      • 🙁 Seems like I always lose out, oh well. Keep running into contests for rescues that have 25 or more horses …. we are small and can only hold up to 8 until we find a bigger place.

        No problem, I will wait until voting opens for the public and do some voting.

        Good Luck to all those entries. And on behalf of Rescues ….. thank you very much for adopting a rescue horse or pony. God Bless You!

        April 12, 2013
  • J: We’ll look forward to entering a Healing Horse when you do the contest in the Fall.
    Thanks so much for continuing to raise awareness of and support the rescue world.

    May 24, 2013
  • So glad to see that so many people are rescuing and adopting horses from rescue shelters. We/they need every ones support so that we can continue doing what we do!

    May 31, 2013