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Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement And Rescue Center

Rating: 4.81 stars   26 reviews 1,048

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25859 Hwy 49 Chase City VA 23924 USA

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Reviews for Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement And Rescue Center

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I started volunteering at Blue Horse when Rabiah first started the rescue in Chesapeake, I have seen it grow from a few horses there to her selling everything and relocating to Chase City for the horses. She could get more land for them there. Rabiah and her volunteers made this move and turned this property from a place where we were told no birds were ever around to a place filled with birds that sing the sun up and down. For Rabiah this is a labor of love, and labor she does. Blue Horse is run solely by volunteers, and when there are none Rabiah is there she has no vacation days or sick days. It's funded by donations, by kind hearted people with a love for animals supporting the great work she does, without those donations Blue Horse will cease to spread the help and love for the animals as well as the people that have been touched. Please don't let that happen.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been with Blue Horse from the Day Rabiah had the idea to start the Rescue. She has Dedicated her life to the horses and other animals at Blue Horse. As a retired Vet. Tech I can say with out a doubt that the animals there receive the best of care. Rabiah is very diligent in filing all of the required paperwork, I remember the day she received her 501C3, not many people know the work that goes into getting that. That is on top of the work that goes into running the rescue. For Rabiah it is truly a labor of love, no matter what the weather she is out with the horses feeding and making sure that each has clean water and the stalls are clean. If the volunteers don't show up she does their work and always has a hug or kiss for the horses. She also takes the time to show a family around or to take a child's hand to help them brush a horse. I have the utmost respect for her and what she is doing. The world needs more people like her. It would be a much better place.

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

Improving the lives of the horses that have to live there. In the community the kids that have come to learn so much not only about the horses but about themselves but about life in general and the ones that are troubled turn around to become productive.

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

Continue to carry out the same as Rabiah, I see nothing that needs to be changed

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

Watching it grow and watching young people grow to be young adults while still helping out and seeing how it has helped to form their lives. The horses come needing help but they give back too, This is part of the message of Blue Horse.

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

Great people that I consider close friends and hope to continue that relationship with.

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

Do everything that Rabiah has ever dreamed of.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of any way that my experience could be any better. I love Blue Horse, Rabiah and the horses and am dedicated to them and what they represent.

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

The same thing that everyone is faced with in this day and time. The economy. Trying to make ends meet. Rabiah is doing everything she can and doing a fine job.

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

Rabiah has dedicated her life to this rescue. She would do with out before one of the horses went without a thing. It breaks my heart to ever hear any one speak badly of her or the rescue please know what you're saying before you do. This is a good rescue

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I just met Rabiah and learned about Blue Horse a few months ago through a mutual friend.

I had been away from the community for nearly 30 years and then cloistered with in home care for my ill father so I had no idea that we had anything of this type around. Nor could I fathom the scope of care and work that is so needed yet so often neglected that is being done not only here but throughout the state and even the country.

Rabiah is totally dedicated and committed to the care, safety and rehabilitation of not only the specific animals that are fortunate enough to come to Blue Horse but also using her knowledge and connections to place other animals with people and organizations in other areas. In addition to that she also works closely with different community organizations to help them place and or care for animals that come into their control.

A short visit to "show you some horses and let you look around" was proof of some of the words spoken by others here. This facility not only helps the various animals that it touches but also numerous people that come in contact with it and them. Because of that and the limited choices of roles available to describe my relationship I say here that I went from Volunteer to Client Served.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

A family friend invited us to visit Blue Horse 4 years ago because it was the half-way point between her home and ours and she thought my niece might enjoy seeing the horses. I went into it with the attitude of "I don't want to wake up early on a day off but since Hailey will enjoy it I'll make the sacrifice". Little did I know how incredible the experience would be and how important Blue Horse would become to my niece and myself.

I've always been a little afraid of horses, but Rabiah walked me all over the rescue that first day and took the time to tell me each animal's story. I have been in love with Blue Horse and the animals (and people!) there ever since. I'm no longer afraid of horses in the least because Blue Horse has shown me what spiritual, beautiful souls they are. When our family left, my father's only comment was, "These people are truly doing God's work." Blue Horse is an incredibly special place. The only way to truly understand the magic of Blue Horse is to visit yourself. Rabiah and her volunteers have provided hundreds of abused, unwanted animals with a final home filled with the love and compassion they deserve, and you can truly feel the peace and gratitude emanating from those animals the minute you set foot on the property.

I live 2.5 hours away from Blue Horse and not being able to get there easily is a weekly ache in my heart. I've never known more selfless, compassionate people than those that I have met at Blue Horse, and I miss both the people and the animals on a daily basis. I have had the pleasure of staying at Blue Horse for several weekends over the last few years, and it is mind-boggling how much work goes into running Blue Horse each day. I have no idea how Rabiah manages to do it 365 days a year. It is not unusual for her to be the only person there, taking care of 40 or so horses, the pigs, the cats, the dogs, and any other animal who shows up and needs help. Only true love and complete commitment to the well-being of these animals would cause a person to work so tirelessly from 4:00a.m. until 6:30p.m.+ every single day of the year, no matter the weather, illness, external stress, holidays, etc. Blue Horse is an incredibly special place and I will be forever thankful that I found Rabiah and those precious animals. I wish I could see them every day.

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

My only wish for Blue Horse is that Rabiah had more 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?

2015

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I was in the area visiting a friend and volunteered with her at Blue Horse. Rabiah and her volunteers put a lot of effort into providing a loving, caring environment for abandoned and abused horses and other animals. Rabiah is all about making Blue Horse there final home and making them as comfortable as possible.

I actually met Rabiah before this when my friend had told me about a dog in my area that had escaped from a person trying to bring it back to Rabiah, after the humans who adopted it left it behind when they moved. She and another volunteer/contributor drove to South Carolina, after several of us had spotted the dog, but could not get him to come to us. Long story short, the dog is now back living with her at Blue Horse and is healthy and happy.

Take a trip to Blue Horse and let Rabiah show you around or go to the website and make a donation, purchase one of her photographs or something from the Tack Shop. All proceeds go to taking care of the critters.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

A most wonderful and loving organization! Just look into the eyes of the rescued animals and you feel the oneness of nature, the compassion of trust, and the importance of respect.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I am Joseph E. Epps, Second Vice President and Director of MacCullu m More Museum. I first met Rabiah Seminole the Director of Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement and Rescue Center in 2005. I was the President of the Chase City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She had opened a Tack and Gift Shop to benefit the Rescue Center. I was there to greet her and others attending the Grand Opening. We bonded instantly and I have been a supporter of Blue Horse since then.
Currently as the Director of MacCallum More Museum, we have a rotating exhibit of regional, national and local artist. We are the only Museum to feature the works of living artist in South Side VA.
Not only does Rabiah run an outstanding rescue center, she is also an outstanding artist/photographer or horses, dogs, and flowers. She opened the museum's artist season for the past two years. Her exhibit was called, Hooves, Paws and Petals with the proceeds benefiting the Rescue Center and MacCallum More Museum. Her sales were number one due to the huge number of supporters of the Rescue Center.There were patrons from Richmond, Virginia Beach, Washington, DC and local communities.
I have been to the Rescue Center on many occasions as I am a huge animal lover and am impressed with the work being done there. One of my first pets as a young boy of 12 was a retired race horse. Blue Horse Mukwa is a major asset to the Chase City and Mecklenburg County Area.
Rabiah also had an article written in Scotland about the Rescue Center which featured many of her photographs of the horses from the Center. This publication brought recognition to Chase City which was wonderful for the community.

 
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7 people found this review helpful

We have known Rabiah and Blue Horse Mukwa for over twelve years. Throughout that time, Rabiah has worked tirelessly to provide homes for animals discarded by others, or for whom no other safe haven was available. Blue Horse has been Verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and this is a well-deserved credential. Here, animals receive meticulous care from conscientious volunteers. They are safely housed and handled, receive needed veterinary care and live the remainder of their lives at the Sanctuary. Rabiah is not only the rescuer of the horses in her care, she is also quick to offer assistance to neighboring rescues, serving as an additional resource to others who are trying to help save them. She is a credit to this community and we are happy to give this credit where it is due.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Blue Horse Mukwa is about 3 hours from me, but well worth the two trips I have made to visit. I was so impressed with the cleanliness and how the various animals are cared for. There is so much love for these animals and they have really benefited from this TLC. Some were sick or starving when they were rescued and it is so beautiful to see the difference after they have been there even a short time. Blue Horse Mukwa is a first class retirement and rescue center.

 
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Thank you so much for your kind words and your support!

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5 people found this review helpful

Blue Horse has been a part of our community for more than a decade and has become a vital asset for citizens and local officials as well. Our county, with limited resources, turns to Bluehorse for assistance and expertise with abused and abandoned horses and other animals as well. They have formed a partnership which works will for the benefit of horses and other large animals that the county otherwise could not deal with.
The rescue routinely hosts clinics and open houses, allowing kids and people who have little exerience with horses meet and get to know these magnificent animals.
Rabiah, the owner and operator of Blue Horse, is completely and totally dedicated to helping the animals and each and every animal at the rescue is treated with dignity and respect. Most importantly, the animals are loved.
Blue Horse is a textbook example of what every animal rescue should be.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Blue Horse Mukwa is an amazing animal rescue. Here we have a woman who has dedicated her life to saving animals of all sizes and doing so much good in her community. I first met Rabiah through my daughter who took horse riding lessons and then became a volunteer at Blue Horse. Whenever she came home she would gush about how amazing it is to work with someone so passionate about animals and about how at home she felt when she was there. Blue Horse is the main place that sealed it in her brain that she would be involved in animal rescue for the rest of her life. I have seen the healing that happens there and believe if there is any rescue that be recognized, then it be Blue Horse Mukwa.

Joan Wagstaff

 
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