Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

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Location: 12211 123rd Avenue SE Rainier WA 98576 USA

Mission: We are a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding equines whose hooves have fallen into a state of disrepair for any reason. We work diligently to return them to a condition where they can move painfree.
Results: Our large goals are the purchase of a long loafing shed to provide pasture shelter for all the horses at one time. There are 40 acres adjacent to our 10 acres that we would love to purchase one day to create an equine sanctuary and enable us to help more horses and teach morse students about caring for their fundamental needs.
Geographic areas served: Western Washington
Programs: Hoof trimming clinics to teach owners about natural hoofcare and maintaining their horses hooves as well as riding clinics, natural horsemanship and kids camps.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I discovered an extremely foundered mini mare laying in misery in a field all alone. Dora had foundered many years prior to my seeing this little beauty. I called Pat and told her what I knew at the time of Dora. Pat went the next day and rescued Dora. Pat put Dora in a minivan and drove her back to REHRC. That same day Pat worked on Dora's little hooves and made "custom" booties for her little feet. Today Dora is running with the rest of the herd. Content and mostly pain free. THANK YOU PAT!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pat and Rich have dedicated so much of their lives and time to rehabbing many horses. They've done wonders for the horses and children. Their education days are filled with fun, but more importantly, they are teaching the children about life, though the horses. What a gift. The kids wont forget that, nor will the horses. If I were able, I too, would buy the 40 acres and donate it to the Hoof Rehab. Time to buy a few Lotto tickets I guess!!

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

A lot

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?

2012

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What can you say about someone like Pat Wagner? You can't change the world, but you can make it a better place, one horse at a time, and that is exactly what Pat is all about. Nobody works longer or harder to make unwanted hay burners happier and healthier.

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2012

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At the Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center, Inc. Pat has a passion for saving the lives of challenged animals. As an equine hoof rehabilitation practitioner, she works tirelessly to repair the lives of equines (horses donkeys and mules of all sizes) with hoof ailments that would have, in many cases, sent them to an early grave.

Even though Pat has arthritis in her spine she works on the hooves of many horses, nearly every day. Her husband Rich, a veteran, feeds the horses, cares for the property and has stacked thousands of hay bales even though he’s an amputee.

Pat’s income is earned trimming horses to go barefoot for her many customers of her business, Heel First Landings, Inc.

However, Rich has been unemployed since January of 2011, and still that hasn’t kept them from continuing take in equines in dire situations, which number up to 20 now, along with caring for their own 5 horses. Donations help, as well as the proceeds from the DVD they published which teaches owners to trim the hooves of their own equines.

Some equines arrive with behavioral issues, starved or so scared of humans that hoof care has been impossible for them. Kindness and training, no matter how long it takes, becomes part of their hoof repair program. Many wonderful horses have been saved from death, or worse yet, a horrible trip to the slaughter plants in Canada or Mexico.

Pat believes they will find a way to continue helping them, no matter what the situation or how hard they have to work. They do all this on only 10 acres. If you ask Pat or Rich why they put so much effort into such an expensive endeavor, both will tell you that the gratifying feeling of watching a horse that previously could not walk, take off running across the field, mane and tail flying, is worth every back ache, every dollar and every long day. For the past 10 years, both Pat and Rich have devoted most their time and income to saving the lives of these amazing animals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Due to the downturn in the economy in 2007, we ended up losing our farm in 2010. At the time we had a horse, Geena, that we rescued, and were working, with Pat's help, to rehab her feet. We had to move to a house, with no room or facilities for a horse. Pat took Geena in, and is looking after her, until we can get back on our feet financially, and get another litle farm, and bring her home. Pat's an angel.

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

If I would the lottery, I'd buy Pat and Rich the 40 acres surrounding their place and give the room to rescue many, many more horses.

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A horse is a horse of course, of cours, unless of course the horse has hoof problems and needs a place to go and an angel to care for 'em. That place is the Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center and that angel is Pat Wagner (assisted by husband and fellow angel Rich). We rescued several older horses, with hoof issues and decided to have them go "barefoot." Pat came highly recommended as a barefoot trimmer, and that's how we met, became clients, and friends. We learned very quickly that yes, she trims hooves for a living, but that she cares for horses, as a calling. She often the only thing standing between a good horse, with bad feet, and...well...you know. I recommend her personally, and her services professionally, and her Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center with out reservation. I'd take a bullet for her. Frank King

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We got into financial trouble, lost our farm, and had to re-home a horse. A good horse with bad feet. Pat didn't blink. She offered immediately to take in the horse, and continue working on her feet. We saw the horse yesterday, and she is doing very well.

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

I would find a way to fulfill Pat's dream of having the 40 acres that surrounds her farm. If I could, I'd buy it, fence it, put a gate connecting to Pat's place, and give her horses unlimited use of it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with Pat!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and helpful. Very giving of their time.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...buy the pasture and the hay fields to see that no good horse, with bad feet...or any workable condition, ever went north to the slaughterhouse in Canada.

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't have been better...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Raising money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Again, I'd take a bullet for Pat.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at REHRC and have been overwhelmed by the beautiful horses that Pat has rescued from being put to death because of hoof problems and then treated and healed them. Most of the time she not only heals their feet but also emotional troubles. Pat has over 20 horses that she cares for and deserves acknowledgment and help.

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?

2012

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6 people found this review helpful

I got to know Pat wagners amazing skill with horses and her ability to salvage their hooves when everyone else had given up as a client of her trimming service and as a volunteer at Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center. Rainier Hoof Recover Center is a well kept, well run, beautiful facility with a herd of well cared for, very contented, relaxed horses. If you could meet the lovely horses that Pat is working to save, the sweet affectionate personalities and the trust they show in Pat; you understand what a terrific job she is doing and an excellent non profit cause she has. This horses would not have survived if not for Pat Wagner. Pat's work can be dangerous, but she is gifted and passionate and this is her calling. Please become a supporter of Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching horses that were dismissed as hopeless recover with Pat's skill and dilligence

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

buy more land hire more help to rescue more horses. I would donate more time and money.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching the amazing recovery of these beautiful animals and enjoying the happy atmosphere of Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, knowledgeable, hard working

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Rescue more horses

Ways to make it better...

My experiences were wonderful; couldn't have been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

This great charity takes in lame horses and rehab the horse's feet. Most lame horses are sold for meat or put down. Ms. Wagner is able to trim bare feet and correct the damage done by steel shoes. The practioner/owner also goes out to differest farms, homes and ranches and does special hoof rehab work. Ms. Wagner also teaches the horse owners to trim their own horse's feet. This new field of horse trimming is influencing the horse owner population. Ms. Wagner is one of the first leaders in the field. Modern day horses have feet like their wild counterparts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ms. Wagner has worked on several of my horses. Each horse has benefitted from her experience. None of my horses wear steel shoes. Their feet can expand, breathe and go for countless miles on all types of terrain.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Is my ability to trim and help horses. To see a totally lame horse that in several weeks time is out running across fields in wild abandon.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceedingly great people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help thousands of horses and people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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