In the spring of 2012, I was fortunate to come across Mt Hope Rescue while searching for a safe horse for my riding student. And that is how Rio came into our lives.
This wonderful Mexican quarterhorse that Donna mentioned had been through it all and the pictures I saw of him from the day they rescued him were heartbreaking. When I met him, he'd already gained 300 pounds under Mt Hope's wonderful care and just continued to flourish with the good food,worming and overall attention he received there. By the time we picked him up he looked and felt even better.
I had been involved with a rescue before and been to several; all my horses are rescues. I have to say that Mt. Hope is the most organized, meticulously run rescue I have been to. Their trainer is extremely knowledgeable and the Potters are very, very particular about where and with whom they will place a horse. A forever home is of the utmost importance to them so I had no doubt that we were told honestly every issue Rio might face.
I would, and do , recommend them highly to anyone considering rescuing a horse or donating to a rescue.
Thank you Mt Hope Rescue!
I started volunteering with Mount Hope Horse Rescue in the winter of 2011. My fondest story to date is about a horse named Rio. Not long after I met Pat Potter she took me under her wing and trusted my "horse sense" enough to go with her on a rescue mission at a local residnece that needed help with saving a horse they had. While the family's intentions were good when the adopted Rio they soon found out he had to many issued and they could no longer afford to keep him. They reached out to Pat to see if she would consider taking him. When Pat and I met Rio for the first time it was love at first sight. Very under weight and terrible rain rot he obviously was in need of help, we chatted with the family and they demonstraged the willingness of Rio to please his "people" so Pat and I agreed he needed to come to MHHR. We had a Cinco De Mayo fund raiser a few month later in his Honor and not long after that Rio found his new forever home where he is thriving!!! . His recovery was remarkable and that is to be attributed to his will and to MHHR for all the love and care given to him. Rio was my first "Rescue" and will always, always have a very special place in my heart!!! Thank you Pat for placing enough faith in me and trusting me to help with his rescue!! To date I am still with MHHR in the role of Fundraising Chairperson and we have had serveral different fund raising events so stay tuned for more to come. We need your support to keep "Saving One Horse At A Time." Donna
When I started volunteering at Mt Hope Horse Rescue (MHHR), I had very little experience with horses. I began my time with them in March '09. I spent my Sat mornings mucking stalls, filling water buckets, putting hay in stalls, turning out horses and general barn upkeep. Each time I came in, I learned more about these amazing creatures. I have seen horses come in who were put in the slaughter pen for no other reason than their owners weren't able to afford them any longer. And I've seen horses who were abused and mistreated, starved and beaten find a second chance by the rehabilitation offered at MHHR and found forever homes with loving families. So because of that today, I volunteer my time as administrative assistant, organize the volunteer orientations, help with fundraisers, work on bookkeeping, and pretty much wear whatever hat needs worn that day. This is an amazing charity that needs all the support it can get!