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“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” ― Alice Walker

Born: 20 October 2008         Arrived: 29 January 2021


Astrid, as she is now known, is a beautiful, super tall mare who started her life in the racing industry. Like the majority of horses who enter the racing industry, she didn’t make the grade, finishing last or close to it in the four races she started in.


She was soon sold off as a riding horse where she proceeded to suffer from laminitis and hoof issues leading to her finding herself, once again, up for sale.


This time, no longer able to be ridden, she was purchased with the goal of being used to breed a warmblood foal. Shortly after the purchase, it became clear that her health issues meant this was unlikely to work, which meant she was once again seeking a new home.


At this point her options were very few.  Sadly horses are typically only kept for a human-centric purpose, and if they are unable to be ridden or bred for, their outlook becomes quite bleak.


Astrid is such a sweet-natured individual, her family went to great lengths to find sanctuary for her. Fortunately, we were able to help her out with a place at Little Oak Sanctuary.


By coincidence, she’s a cousin of our resident Lucky Lago.  Racing under the name "Sisely", this sweet lady has now found a place where she will be cared for without expectation or demands.


You can become a sponsor of Astrid and help support her ongoing care below.


Help Protect Horses

Horses are majestic, powerful yet incredibly sensitive animals.  Sadly they are also some of the most frequently neglected and discarded of animals.  The Australian racing industry sends over 10,000 horses to their deaths each year, they are used in rodeos and to pull carts for tourists. 

When you sponsor a Little Oak horse you will be helping protect horses. Your sponsorship will support Little Oak's essential advocacy work – sharing the stories of individual horses and the plight of their kind across the nation. 


Sponsor today, and we'll take you on a journey to learn more about horses through our regular updates - exclusive only to our monthly sponsors. We'll also keep you up to date on how your monthly gifts are helping to secure a brighter future for the horses at Little Oak, and their kind across Australia.

Your donation



Feeds a horse for a week



Provide hoof and preventative health care for a horse for a month



Covers the cost of hoof care for a month




Sponsor Astrid as a gift

Looking for a unique gift idea?  We offer Gift Sponsorships via a one off payment, perfect for an animal lover. 

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