Contact: Shea Hutsenpiller

Phone: 615-975-7168




Wilson County, August 14, 2018 — Hickory Hill Farm, a foster-based equine & livestock rescue farm that also provides programs for adults and children, takes in 10 horses in 11 days.

“We had a fairly quiet summer until the last two weeks.  It started with one call to assist with an out of state neglect case, which we committed to. After that, the flood gates opened. We then assisted in direct placement of 2 other horses, and then got the call to help with 7 more. We may not be the largest equine rescue in our area, but I’m proud to say we were able to answer these calls because of our amazing and dedicated team here at Hickory Hill Farm.” -Shea Hutsenpiller, Rescue Director, Hickory Hill Farm

On July 31, Hickory Hill Farm, based in Wilson County, took in seven large ponies at the request of the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office. The ponies were found running at large and deemed strays. This is a notable intake due to the fact that 5 of the 7 are un-touchable, 2 are stallions, the 5 mares are likely pregnant,1 is in critical condition, and all were sick. The organization took them all in in a matter of days to care for them for the remainder of stray hold. The Robertson Family, owners of Cash Saver in Lebanon, are providing the rescue with a pasture to house most of the ponies. Other rescues and volunteers provided panels and other supplies while Pates Bushhogging cleared the land. Hutsenpiller notes that the community is really stepping up support the intake which has already cost over $2,000. Shortly after, on August 10th, three more horses arrived. Caitlin Stewart of Rancho Relaxo in New Jersey had reached out to Hutsenpiller mid-July to request Hickory Hill Farm’s assistance with a case involving the horses of Labrador Hill Sanctuary. Labrador Hill Sanctuary’s owner was charged with 60 counts related to animal neglect and almost 70 horses needed a place to go. Happy to assist, three horses from the failed sanctuary made their way to Tennessee. The 10 new horses will be vetted and rehabbed while in foster care. They will be adoptable when cleared as healthy and from stray hold.

You can assist with the recent intakes by donating at If you have supplies that could be used, please email


Hickory Hill Farm is a 100% volunteer run organization operating solely on donations. With three ‘branches’ that their motto, “Rescue, Play, Heal” alludes to, the organization serves the community in various ways with one goal in common: serving and healing both people and animals. The foster based facility is currently providing care for some 25 horses and other farm animals including goats and pigs. Visit the website to view adoptable animals, learn about their programs, and more at