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Blue Star Equiculture

Rating: 4.96 stars   95 reviews 1,542

Address:

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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http://www.equiculture.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

If you would like to visit a place where hope shines bright and loving kindness is shared by humans, horses and all living creatures, come to Blue Star Equiculture. The young people, staff and volunteers of this organization are caring and considerate, and the horses provide healing to everyone that connects with them. Despite a devastating personal loss and difficult time last year, the Executive Director has united a dedicated and talented Board of Directors and continues to assure that the horses receive the very best care and attention, while also providing service and activities that support the community. I am proud to support Blue Star Equiculture and these magnificent horses, and all of the other wonderful volunteers who make this place so special and magical. After reading all the other 95 reviews here, I would like to note that there are only two negative ones - really it's the same review posted twice. Having witnessed the immediate aftermath of the tragedy that occurred last year and the incredible support and love expressed by hundreds of people, including especially many young volunteers and students in their teens and 20's, I find it hard to fathom why someone would be so petty and cruel to attack Pam after what happened. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. This person has his. I have mine. And over 90 other people appear to agree with me. I will say no more.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This group of people truly care about the health and wellbeing of their animals. They are striving for a world where we can live in harmony with horses not just put them away and pretend it's someone else's problem.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Since Pamela is my niece, I have known her for many years, and she has had a heart full of love and concern for all animals since she was a very little girl .
Today if she always wore a favorite shawl/blanket, if need be she would take it off her back and put it on a cold horse In a minute !
I don't know another person who is as qualified as Pamela is to be responsible for the horses on her farm... She has committed her entire self and her talents to provide a safe space for the creatures she loves !

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Blue Star is a shining place both in our world and in my village. I grew up in Palmer, live right down the street from the farm and have the unique opportunity to donate not only financially but by helping feed, clean stalls, care for the horses and pitch in with office work. Daily I see firsthand how not a penny is wasted in the effort to provide a home for 32 homeless and/or disabled working horses, and to find permanent homes for those able to move on. Blue Star founder Pamela Rickenbach is a force of nature with heart and smarts the size of the century-old dairy barn where you can find her working away each and every day to better the lives of horses who, without Blue Star, might have no other place to go. While too many directors of charities make only occasional visits to the actual work being done, or spend your hard-earned and well-intentioned donations on fancy dinners and a fleet of late-model sedans, Pam is living just steps away from the center of her work and world, takes no salary, owns no auto at all, puts every penny that arrives toward the care, feeding and wellbeing of the herd. And she does it with pure joy. Stop by and meet someone I consider a patron saint of these equines and for the message of what they have done for and continue to do for humans. Say hello to her equally dazzling helpers, including Zoe, Brian, Melissa, Mithra and Brandon. And, of course, get ready to fall in love with a barn full of horses and this powerful place of help and healing.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been following Blue Star Equiculture and Pam Rickenback Moshimer since my first visit more than 3 years ago. I also am a herd member ... My one regret is that I don't live close enough to visit often and be an active part of this wonderful draft horse rescue. The draft horses are magnificent, well cared for and friendly, the volunteers i have talked with are knowledgeable of their work and benefit to the community ... Pam is one of the most caring, compassionate and dedicated women I have ever met, she has devoted her life to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of retired, injured and abused horses and to Mother Earth.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

having followed their work from Jon Katz reviews, I am grateful that they work so HARD to keep these horses alive and vital for the important work that it is. I help care for an old retired horse myself. It's the right thing to do.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I love all that Blue Star stands for! I have visited the facility, love it!!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Blue Star does more than restore our faith in the kindness of strangers (although that alone is enough!), they restore our hope for the future. To see the kids and teens who go there to put in their time doing REAL, HONEST, HARD WORK and derive JOY from it is very refreshing. Beyond that, Blue Star provides a place for everyone in the community to reconnect with nature in a way that is unique to the relationship between humans and horses. And to top it all off, BSE is a resource for farmers and landscapers to keep their land healthy and productive naturally. I just can't say enough about how important this place is!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Blue Star Equiculture is an amazing for both the horses and the people involved in their care. I moved to Western Mass in 2009 and it was one of the first places that I saw when driving around my new neighborhood - beautiful horses getting the care and respect that all beings need.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

These folks are great! The saving and housing of these wonderful horses is a very big job. They are constantly working the farm, the animals as well as being involved in their local communities. This is a wonderful place to visit and to support. God Bless them for their work.

 
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