Twelve Oaks Horse Farm in Madison, MS and Muleshoe Ranch in Coila, MS are privately owned by Stephanie and Bill Billingsley. Their goal is to save as many horses as possible from abuse and neglect, and to find safe and loving homes for all the rescued equines in their care. While some only need a little love and a willing adoptive family, many of the horses they rescue need months of rehabilitation and training before they're ready to go to their forever homes. Since 2008, an average of 30 horses a year have been adopted from Twelve Oaks or Muleshoe Ranch. The Billingsleys work closely with other rescue organizations by taking in their overflow of horses and providing training for those that would otherwise be hard to place.
Twelve Oaks Horse Farm is one mile outside the city limits of Madison. The Farm has 40 acres that is cross fenced with two outer feed sheds and one 15 stall barn. There are usually about 10 to 15 rescue horses at Twelve Oaks, although there have been as many as 34. Just e-mail using the Contact Us form or to make an appointment to visit the horses.
We have the best trainers and volunteers in the world! (pictured l to r) David Gray, Shelly Bass, Emily Galey, Emily Morales, Christie Galey, Charissa Gentry and Sharon Coney! We have volunteers across the state that provide temporary foster homes for horses allowing us to take in even more horses as well as trainers who help us prepare our horses for adoption.
Emily started out as a volunteer and now works part time tending to the horses needs and riding as many as she can. She is pictured riding Dixie, who showed obvious signs of abuse upon his arrival at Twelve Oaks but has since learned to trust. Abused horses are harder to train but provide a great deal of satisfaction when their trust can be won.
Stephanie Billingsley with a couple of nurse mare foals that were rescued by Last Chance Corral in Athens Ohio. She grew up loving horses and feels blessed to be in a position to help those in need.
Click here to learn more about nurse mare foals at Tweve Oaks Farm and Last Chance Corral.
Muleshoe Ranch is situated on 300 acres of rolling hills of southwest Carroll County. The land has been in Stephanie's family for over 100 years. Her father, the late Senator Bunky Huggins, ran cattle on the farm for a number of years before his death in 2006. Through Stephanie’s volunteer work with Mississippihorses.org, she realized there is a need for a place where horses who are neglected and abused can find a safe place to go instead of being sold at auction where they are at risk of being bought for slaughter. She and Bill decided to put the former cattle farm to use and are providing the land and facilities for a sanctuary. The sanctuary is for horses who would otherwise have no where else to go due to age or disability. Limited funding restricts the number of horses who can remain in sanctuary and there is always a waiting list. We hope that one day the sanctuary will have room and funding to support all the horses in need of a place to live out their lives in peace.
Bill Billingsley and Sheila Horton discuss feeding arrangements for 20 malnourished horses rescued in Jones County. For two years, Muleshoe Ranch was the home of Have A Heart Horse Rescue, founded by Sheila Horton. During that time, additional facilities were built including an intensive care barn that features a sling to assist horses too weak or emaciated to stand. Unforeseen circumstances required the Horton's to move out of state to care for family but we hope that one day they will be back to continue rescuing and caring for abused horses.
Sharon Coney with the help of her two boys oversee approximately 15 horses at Muleshoe Ranch Sanctuary. Most of these horses have been badly abused and need years to overcome their fear of people. Sharon has a special way with horses and several have already shown great improvement since her arrival. Some of the horses at Muleshoe have lameness or health issues that make them less adoptable than most horses and will most likely live out the rest of their days there.
One of several hay fields that provides hay for Muleshoe Ranch, Twelve Oaks Farm and other rescue organizations.