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Habitat For Horses Inc

Rating: 4.99 stars   100 reviews 4,219

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Children & Youth, Disabilities, Human Services


PO Box 213 Hitchcock TX 77563 USA


Habitat for Horses is dedicated to changing the lives of horses and humans. Our goal is to create a world where horses are respected for their intrinsic value and for their ability to help us fulfill our emotional, behavioral and spiritual needs. Besides providing a home for rescued, abandoned and unwanted horses, HfH provides equine rescue services to law enforcement agencies, an active equine adoption program, an equine education center and equine-assisted services to youths and adults. Habitat for Horses works with state officials during times of disasters to rescue, house and return equines to owners.

Target demographics:

horses, donkeys and mules.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

around 400 equine

Geographic areas served:

Texas and other states


assisting law enforcement, equine education, seizures, rehabilitation, equine-assisted psychotherapy, emergency response to disasters, adoption.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Habitat 4 Horses has become an essential institution in the welfare of horses and burros/donkeys in this region. They are the ones that law enforcement calls for investigations/evaluations in complaint calls and they ALWAYS respond quickly to calls and provide assistance.
I have rescued about a dozen horses over the last 15 years, most of whom have been older skinny ones. My first encounter with H4H was when someone called Animal Control about my "starving" horses, who then asked H4H to investigate my horses. I was able to show that I had food and medicine for them and was working with a vet. After the Crash of 2008, I lost my business and I worked part time for a couple of years until I lost my job.
I asked H4H to take my (3) horses BEFORE they starved because I had no money. Instead, they contacted a hay bank and provided a round bale, a month of food and Bute for the horse with arthritis. I was employed again within two weeks and no longer needed their help, but I stayed in touch with them.
One time they asked me to investigate someone else in my area (200 miles from their facility) who needed help, which I was glad to do, and reported that they were also good horse owners who were just in a tight spot like I was.
The horses come and go, always better for having been with H4H, but it is the PEOPLE who work there that are some of the finest human beings I have ever worked with, that get the credit for this wonderful organization!

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I am a Volunteer. Client Served, Donor, General Member of the Public and Horse Owner and Rescuer.
In 2010, two weeks before Xmas, I lost my part time retail job and had no income at all. Usually I can fill in with odd jobs, but they had all seemed to have disappeared. My business of drawing building plans had completely collapsed after the Crash of 2008, and I was STILL struggling two years later!

It was a Tuesday and I knew had enough horse feed for my 3 geriatric equines until the next Monday. By Friday I was desperate, not sure what to do. I had been crying all night and wrote a brief email, while still crying, to H4H about my animals asking if they could take them BEFORE they become underweight and neglected because of my lack of income.

On Saturday, I received a phone call asking me for more information about the horses and my location. They sent an inspector to see my place on Sunday. On Monday they informed me that I was eligible for their hay bank program and how long did I think I would need assistance, was there anything else like, farrier or dental services needed...

I was in shock. I had been rescuing mostly older horses for over 10 years and shouldering the costs myself and never thought I would need help for my own horses (a 30 something and a 24 year old geldings and a 20 yr old pony mule). I told her I had never been unemployed more than two weeks, and it might take another two weeks to actually collect a check. That evening they had the local feed store deliver a month's worth of feed and a round bale to my house. The very next day I got a call from a new client to draw a house, and have been doing architecture again since then and continue to be able to take good care of my oldsters.

They are miracle workers in not only helping the horses but helping the people who love and care for the horses. That is why they have grown so much and are the go-to rescue in this region, which I have done when noticing neglected horses in this area. I have donated money when I could, donated tack as my horses are no longer ridden and even donated my time to make inspections of potential adopters or hay bank clients. They are what all rescues should be like. Solid, effective and compassionate. Thank you.

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This is an excellent organization to donate to help horses and burros. I have visited one of the properties where the livestock is kept. This is not a fly-by-night nonprofit, has been around helping animals for a long time. I know when I donate to this organization that the donation is going for what I had intended it for; helping horses. They do such an excellent job and really care about every animal in their possession. They do their very best to find forever homes for the ones that are adoptable. Those that are not adoptable have a forever home at one of the HFH facilities. This endeavor is not cheap, so any donation is a great help. If you donate to only one nonprofit, please make it Habitat for Horses.

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1 person found this review helpful

I believe they're one of the best ... frequently I come across articles and news reports regarding HfH's involvement in the care of horses. I truly believe they have knowledge of horses and passion for horses, which is essential when caring for animals -- it's a 24/7 proposition! I make monetary donations whenever I can -- horses are expensive. I hope and pray they continue their great work and that they grow -- and take in as many horses as possible. (So many are in need due to horses' loss of public lands -- which they used to call home -- that are being taken over by the BLM and cattle ranchers).

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7 people found this review helpful

My granddaughter had to do community service time at the Habitat for Horses in Hitchcock. I worked right along side her as she was underage to stay alone and I was not going to just sit there and watch for 8 hours. It was over 100 degrees and we learned so many things. "Mucking" got to be something we just picked up shovels and did. But I have never seen a more dedicated, hard-working staff. Their love for these animals is so real!!! And they shared not only their knowledge of how to work with horses, but they taught us the ups and downs, the good and the bad and the Babies! This is a most engaging and deeply respected experience I have encountered. This resource is worth a million. I pray that it is ranked a great nonprofit, for it truly is one!!

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4 people found this review helpful

Habitat for Horses is a truly godsend. In over ten years of involvement with this organization I can assure their role has been essential not only in helping abused equines thorough Texas and assisting law enforcement in bringing those responsible to justice and prosecute the cases (a task many small law enforcement departments don't have the resources to do so) but also to help many people with broken bodies or souls to recover as well as regular horse owners through their numerous rehabilitation and educational programs.

In addition, Habitat for Horses has been one of the organizations spearheading the efforts to bring to an end the inhumane and cruel practice of slaughter of American horses, both domestic and wild. I am certain that, without Habitat, Texas would still carry the stigma of being the home of the destructive foreign-owned horse slaughter industry. Therefore, Habitat not only helps those equines that pass through their gates but also virtually every horse living in the US.

But that's not all, Habitat as well provides support to horse owners, law enforcement and emergency response personell during emergencies such as hurricanes by providing shelter to stranded animals, feed to horse owners whose homes where devastated and support during rescue operations, in addition to invaluable training in preparation for such disasters.

Overall, Habitat for Horses is, in my opinion, one of -if not downright the best- equine rescue organization currently operating in the United States.

Daniel Cordero Fernández

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3 people found this review helpful

Habitat for Horses is the real deal when it comes to helping horses in need. They work to improve the lives of horses in so many ways - education to help prevent neglect, help with feed for those who've found themselves in a temporary bind, intervention when needed, organizing hundreds of volunteers to care for, train and rehabilitate horses, providing access to horses for adoption, standing up for horses in the wild, working to improve the care and handling of BLM horses, working to stop the illegal shipment of horses to slaughterhouses, and so much more. If not for Habitat for Horses I would not have had the joy of fostering horses and watching them heal both physically and mentally and I would not have have known two very special horses.

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3 people found this review helpful

I am very grateful that there is "HABITAT FOR HORSES"!
Unfortunately too many horses are abused and abandoned theses days with no
one to care about them.
Habitat for Horses has been there to help them recover and regain health.
They are doing a fantastic job caring for these animals and I am happy to support their efforts!

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2 people found this review helpful

I wish I could rescue every horse, donkey, burro or mule needing help. Since that is impossible, it gives me great satisfaction to help support the wonderful work done by non-profit organizations like Habitat for Horses as they continue their missions of mercy in the field of equine rescue.

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1 person found this review helpful

Habitat for Horses is making a difference in our world, one horse at a time. I'm glad to help them do this. Blessings.

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I love Habitat for Horses. The work they do to help these beautiful animals heal emotionally and physically is wonderful and allows these animals to get their forever homes. The work of caring for all these animals is long and hard and at times heartbreaking - yet they continue on, day and night, loving each and every one of their animals. Were it possible, I would adopt all of these beautiful animals.
Habitat for Horses is just that - a way to rescue, save, love and, when necessary, either adopt out the animals or provide a forever home for those with physical and emotional problems too severe to ever fully heal. I donate as much and as often as possible. And I am only too aware that there are, and continue to be, more animals than funds desperately needed to fight human cruelty and ignorance.
At its core, Habitat for Horses is more than an equine organization. It is a haven for warriors and angels alike dedicated to a mission fraught with heartache, heartbreak, and death. However, for every horse or donkey saved, so too is a human soul. To me, there is no greater calling...
There are no words sufficient enough to touch upon the selfless giving of Habitat for Horses. Suffering and sad, my only regret is the money required to save each animal, each human, indeed, our very world. Deplorable as this may be it is also an easy fix - it's only money. From penny to profit if we all give just a little bit we save the animals...we save ourselves. Habitat for Horses provides and protects this most sacred of gifts.

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