My oldest daughter Kyleigh had an interest in horses. I wanted to encourage her to follow that passion but we couldn't afford formal lessons. I contacted Spring Creek Horse Rescue to see if she could volunteer, Diane was excited to have her. Kyleigh has now been with the rescue for over a year and has learned more than I ever imagined she would. The horses at the rescue are extremely well cared for and I know Kyleigh is learning valuable lessons about horsemanship.
After retiring as a teacher nine years ago, I began to volunteer at Spring Creek Horse Rescue. Many horses that arrive at the Rescue are in poor health from neglect or abuse. I have seen time and time again how these sad, but courageous animals gain their health and trust slowly through unbelievable efforts, special diets, daily exercise and loving hands. These horses have served people as competitive show horses, ranch horses, training and lesson horses and brood mares. They receive the care they deserve with honor and love. A very tender day for the staff at the Rescue is when a horse is adopted to a new, caring owner. Then Spring Creek has done it's job, a job well done. Becca
Spring Creek Horse Rescue is an amazing place. I have volunteered now for six years, and I have seen ill, injured, old, young, abused and neglected horses enter Spring Creek Horse Rescue, wondering the fate of these soulful creatures. Through the patient, knowledgeable care of Diane, the director, I have seen these sorrowful horses regain their will to live, their unbelievable ability to forgive and trust humans again. In six years, I have seen at least 40 horses adopted to people who love them; a family who adores cute Moxey, a middle age woman who loves her beautiful Vegas, who had serious injuries; a veteran with PTS who adopted T-Rex, big and black, now companions on the trail and in the barn. There are many happy ending stories like this, all because Spring Creek Horse Rescue is there for horses and people.
Finding Spring Creek Horse Rescue was a answer to prayer and a long search. I have a horse crazy 8 year old girl who more then anything wanted to ride and be around horses. We've been looking for a place to take lessons but surpriseingly there was not any place that we could go unless you had your own horse which for us is not an option until a friend found a flyer for Spring Creek. It's exactly what I've been liking for for my daughter, they don't just put her in a horse and let her ride, she goes to the pin to get her horse, she helps groom and saddle before she rides, she's taught all ways to ride as each horse is different just like each rider. Not only do they give lessons but it's a working rescue with horses who can be adopted (the goal of all rescues that come to the farm) and some who are lifers. Diane has a heart for these animals and it shows.
Being a volunteer at Spring Creek Horse Rescue has been an awesome experience. The horses are incredibly well cared for and loved and Diane is about as hard a worker as I know! I am so impressed with this organization.
I'm a volunteer at Spring Creek Horse Rescue. I can't say enough wonderful things
about this non-profit. The horses are very well cared for, the ranch is kept clean
and comfortable for the horses and most important of all Diane McCracken has
dedicated her life to care for these special animals. She works day and night to
give them a good life. Her knowledge and obvious love for each and every horse
is truly amazing. It is a very special place and I feel proud and fortunate to be a
part of it.
I've been volunteering with the Spring Creek Horse Rescue for four years. While my main job is to update their website (http://www.springcreekhorserescue.org/), I have also helped them during their recent move to a permanent location. It is clear that Diane is passionate about the horses and does everything she can to ensure they are healthy and safe. She knows all the horses well and works hard to ensure they end up with the right owners. I highly recommend volunteering for and/or donating to the rescue.
I am currently training one of the rescues and from my experience with Diane, I can confidently say she knows what she's doing and does it well! The horses that come in that are emaciated and have been neglected look like new animals after a short time with Diane rehabilitating them. There is such a high need for what she is doing in La Plata County, let's keep it going!!!
My daughter has been volunteering at Spring Creek Horse Rescue since we moved to the area in June. She found a wonderful group of people who have dedicated themselves to caring for horses who might, without Spring Creek Horse Rescue, not have a home where they can be cared for unti lthey are adopted. My daughter has had the opportunity to learn about caring for horses with a variety of problems from physical ailments to fear of humans. As the animals are cared for, she has been able to watch them learn to trust people and heal.
Spring Creek Horse Rescue provides many horses with the care they previously have not had. It is a place where the animals are put first. Without Spring Creek Horse Rescue many of the horses that go on to be adopted may not have otherwise survived. Now many thrive with the dedicated care that Spring Creek Horse Rescue provides.
Spring Creek Horse Rescue has provided care for countless animals since 1976, almost 40 years. All horses are treated as individuals with specific care and feeding for each. Her wealth of knowledge has brought seemingly incurable animals back from the brink. Diane provides everything she can for the horses, going without many things for herself. She does not take a salary although she is allowed one, believing instead that the horses come first. I have seen amazing changes in many of the horses firsthand, and I learn something every time I am there. I have volunteered for over a year and in that time have seen many instances of horses learning to trust for the first time. Diane truly loves every horse there and wants the best for all of them.
Spring Creek Horse Rescue cares deeply for each animal that becomes a resident, whether it is long term or short term. Each horse is treated as an individual, with special attention to their needs. Their feed is adjusted to their age, health issues and neglect caused by previous owners. At Spring Creek, they are loved simply because they exist, even though they may not have been treated well enough in the past to return that love. Every pen is cleaned every day, which to me shows acknowledgement of the horse's dignity. I personally have seen horses go from virtual walking skeletons to healthy good looking animals. The past is evident in their eyes and their actions, and the slow gain of trust between Spring Creek and the individual horses is a wonderful thing to see. It happens because they know they are being cared for.
I learned about Spring Creek Horse Rescue when I first moved to the Durango, Colorado area in 2009. I was having a problem with some 30 horses running free around the ranch I live on with no apparent owners. So I called Spring Creek Horse Rescue straight from the phone book. They were in the next town so what could be better? I chatted a bit with the owner/operator of SPHR and after learning what a "Brand Inspector" was, not the kind of "Brands" I was used to living in New York City, the extremely knowledgable and helpful woman I had been speaking with; Diane McCracken offered to come out to the ranch to help me with my problem. As it turned out it was neighbors with horses who found a hole in our fence and evidently liked what we were growing on our ranch a little better than at their place.
I learned so much working with Diane about the problems of horses being dumped on peoples ranches when their rightful owners couldn't afford vet bills or to feed them any longer. The issues of The BLM wild mustangs; how people will buy groups of horses at local auctions only to turn around and ship them, pregnant mares and little colts included to be slaughtered in Mexico or Canada or in illegal slaughterhouses here in the United States.
We need more organizations like Spring Creek Horse Rescue with people like Diane running them. These animals are such natural healers themselves, that Horse Therapy is now being recognized by the medical community. Doctors, psychologists have been getting great results from prescribing for their patients therapy time with horses. Spring Creek needs to continue to do the good work they do 24/7 year after year. Helping horses to help people.
Thank you for the opportunity to let me write this review.
Sharon A. Brady