Blue Star Equiculture

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Animals, Food, Environment

Location: PO Box 7 Bondsville MA 01009 USA

Mission: Our mission is to provide retired working horses a sanctuary and homeless working horses the opportunity to be useful and positively improve their lives, while bringing education, equine awareness, skills and healing to the community and the environment.
Programs: Blue Star Equiculture rescues horses, especially draft horses, from kill auctions, neglect situations, and homelessness resulting from their owner's economic or health situation.  Horses are evaluated, rehabbed, retrained and rehomed.  (Horses that are unadoptable enter our sanctuary retirement program.)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer and am very impressed with the running of this organization, the dedication of all involved in caring for the 32 rescue horses in their care, and all the hard work and teamwork needed to make it all happen.
As a non- profit, it takes constant fund raising to continue the great work this rescue is doing. More revenue would greatly assist this organization to do more community outreach and increase the funds needed for grain, hay, and veterinary care.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continuously find ways to get greater community involvement, expose children, their families , and seniors in interacting with our rescue horses to benefit both the horses and humans.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

My first visit to Blue Star Equiculture was in November 2012. Blue Star was absolutely beautiful. Volunteers were doing everyday chores, horses were at the fence greeting the public. I took the farm tour, heard the story of how it all started and why. I believe in kindred spirits, so when I heard that Blue Star is committed to helping horses, humans and Mother Earth, I was hooked. I myself became a volunteer. Learning more and more every time I go. I should say, I live about an hour away. The travel is easy, I can't wait to get there each time. The horses are given the best care, but more than care, they are loved. The gardens are taken care of by horsepower, plowing etc... Blue Star welcomes the public to get involved, come visit, learn the importance of the working horse and the bond we have with them. To see how happy and proud the horses are when given a job to do. Learn how the horses are cared for, the different approaches taken in healing and diet. See the pure love each and every volunteer has for the amazing horses. Horses are our history, our present, and our future. Blue Star works hard everyday to get this message to the public.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I run a public riding stable and I am constantly facing the fact that my horses are getting older and what is the best thing to do for them as retirement. I also run into horses with special needs that need more money and care than the others and I have to wonder how am I going to do the right thing by them. We need to support great groups like Blue Star which take on these issues. Working horses are important to so many people's lives we need groups like Blue Star to help.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fund it better!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Pam, Paul, and all the volunteers at Blue Star Equiculture are incredibly dedicated to doing what's right for horses and for people. I have visited Blue Star on many occasions and am pleased to be able to make a small monthly donation to this organization. As the owner of a small herd of horses, I know what it takes to care for these animals, especially as they age. The folks at Blue Star give 100% towards their mission.

One of the most wonderful things about Blue Star is the atmosphere of openness at the farm. Many, many children and adults have found purpose and peace, and gained invaluable skills, because all are welcome in the Blue Star family. I wish that I lived close enough to spend time there every week.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more resources to continue this wonderful work.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I'm so happy that there is a Blue Star Equiculture, not only a sanctuary and rehab facility for unwanted horses, but also an educational center and organic farm! Truly a unique and critical operation for our modern world. It gives me a wonderful feeling that my modest donations go to supporting them in their work. I also love that BSE is the official retirement home for those beautiful and lovingly cared for NYC carriage horses. Their annual fundraiser, ClipClop, in Manhattan, is the ONLY event I'm willing to go to the expense to attend - flying from my home in Chicago to NYC, leaving my own horse at home for a few days and not being able to ride. This is a huge concession for me - yet, I would not want to miss attending this fun and fabulous fundraiser! - and see these wonderful people - both the BSE peeps and the NYC Carriage Horse peeps and all the other donors and supporters - not to mention those affable and majestic carriage horses : )

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I first became aware of Blue Star when taken there by a friend to check it out as a possible activity for grandchildren. I met warm, friendly, welcoming people who enjoyed talking about what they were doing and who were willing to show us every corner of the farm. Over time, I visited them many times and have been consistently impressed by thoughtfulness that goes into providing, at great personal expense of time, energy and money, the most appropriate individualized care possible for every horse on the farm. I "joined the herd" and became a three star donor, and only regret that I have not yet won the lottery so as to relieve them of the burden of figuring out how to pay for the extraordinary work they do. Pam, Paul, and a small contingent of loyal volunteers do the impossible every day, enhancing and in some cases restoring the health of body and soul for the horses, people and land they care for. I am proud to have stood with them in times of sorrow, and in times of celebration.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask THEM what changes they felt were needed instead of presuming I know enough to make that decision for them.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I am a friend of Blue Star and a volunteer. I can say without reservation that the farm is remarkable, both for the horses and the people who care for them. Pam Rickenbach is a visionary with wide experience and a history of doing the right thing, whether for humans or horses. Paul Moshimer is a great heart and one of the smartest people I know. The farm is about horses and organics, and the relationship we have to the earth. People gravitate to the farm for the heart energy it generates, the creativity, and the continuing passionate dialogue about how we choose to live in difficult times. The care given the horses -- many of whom would otherwise have been sold for rendering -- is one of the most moving things I've experienced. Every ache or pain or fly bite is looked after. Many of these horses come from abusive or neglectful situations and are restored at the farm, and many of the people who love and care for the horses have had their share of existential experiences. The volunteers on the farm come from a wide demographic, from the bright and sensitive young people who live in the local communities, to retired firemen, police, corrections officers, psychologists, and medical people. I'm delighted to have discovered Blue Star Equiculture, and has given me so much. Dr. K. Douglas Anderson, Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them money! They need a new tractor and truck!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

Blue Star Equiculture is a phenomenal organization is every way. I have known the organization for about two years when I was looking to adopt a horse from a rescue type situation. I visited quite a number of rescues and Blue Star stands out as a unique, very open and loving place for horses and the humans who volunteer there.
The folks who live there are seemingly tireless in their work and dedication to the horses, and absolutely pure of heart and spirit in their mission to help these animals.
Many of the horses are older and have health issues which would make them difficult to place in a home, so they keep them there on the farm. Care for any horse can be costly but particularly if the horse is older or needs special care, all of this is paid for through donations which constantly need to be raised. The community of volunteers that work on the farm is amazing, as anyone who visits can immediately perceive. Their hard work and dedication is awe inspiring.
They have given the horses useful jobs by creating an organic farm that feeds members of the community who in turn buy shares to support the horses and their work. Through this work they have taught many volunteers how to care for and work with the horses, developing skilled horseman in the process.
My husband and I adopted 2 semi-retired horses from Blue Star in the fall of 2011. The horses knew how to drive, we didn't, so it was a perfect match. With workshops provided through Blue Star we were able to learn the basics of driving and our experienced horses have been able to fill in our gaps. Blue Star is about 70 miles from our home, if they were closer I would be there everyday.
I would not hesitate to adopt another horse from Blue Star, and likely will as soon as we make more room at our home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move them closer to my home! Make it so they didn't always have to worry about money and could focus even more on the good work they do.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I've only been to Blue Star once, but loved it! The people are passionate about what they're doing and have fun. There is a friendly atmosphere of welcoming and they educate you on what they do and about the animals. You can see by the care they take that they want the best for their animals. It's obvious all of them are there for the better - people and horses.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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3 people found this review helpful

Blue Star is, by far, one of the best horse-related charities that I know of. The horses come first – always have, always will. Straightforward, transparent, thoughtful, ethical, and impactful – in short, everything you want a charity to be. I never worry that my donation is going to anything other than the care of the horses.

I love that they support working horses, I love that they use horses to farm and maintain the property, I love that they are willing to go “above and beyond” for the horses in their care. I love the work they do with young people and college students, the community, and the world at large.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

win the lottery so they would never have to worry about money!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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