Coat like black velvet, moves like silk

Adopt beautiful Raven with a $975 adoption fee

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Beauty, grace, elegance, Experience

  • 17-year-old gaited mare
  • Perfect size at 15 hands
  • Well broke to ride, retired harness racer
  • Very calm, level-headed and smart
  • Stands for farrier, vet, grooming or whatever else you ask
  • Tends to be a leader, bonds quickly and closely
  • Easy to catch, halter and tack

Ready to adopt a horse? Check out gorgeous Raven. With the help of Save Our Standardbreds from Slaughter (SOSS), a 501C3 that saves former racing standardbreds, we saved this beautiful black harness racer on September 23.

Records indicate Raven served the same human her entire life. At the age of 17, through no fault of her own, she wound up terrified, starving and awaiting slaughter on an Oklahoma kill lot. Raven looks and moves like a mare in her prime, with the attitude and skills of an old pro. Well broke to ride and pull a carriage, Raven stands for the farrier, vet, groomer and whatever else you need. She’s as gentle as a kitten, respectful on the ground and smooth as silk to ride.

If, after you’ve read the required adoption contract, you’re interested in adopting Raven, contact us today.

alfred heart raven

True love runs deep

Raven almost didn’t make it to sanctuary at Swingin’ D. We were full to the brim and not in a position to bring in another horse – let alone a mare. Save Our Standardbreds from Slaughter (SOSS) was desperate to find shelter for several horses and asked if we could take one in addition to Alfred

Listed at the kill pen as Sam’s Token – a 17-year-old gelding – Raven was one of two standardbreds facing certain shipment to slaughter. Since we have a quarantine pen we can split into two paddocks, we went against our policies and agreed to bring in what we believed was another gelding.

It was only when we picked up Sam’s Token at the lot that we learned she was a mare. By that time, we were committed, and the spark of true love was lit shortly after. From the moment Raven arrived at the ‘D, Alfred has been hopelessly devoted. They survived the same kill pen together, quarantined together, got their teeth floated and vaccines together, and live and sleep together. 

They’ve been through enough; so our preference is to keep them together. Anyone who can offer both a home can adopt the pair for less than $1,500.


"Her ways are pleasant, and all her paths are peaceful."

  • Proverbs 3:17