ANOTHER CHANCE 4 HORSES INC

Rating: 2.49 stars   99 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth

Location: 166 Station Rd Bernville PA 19506 USA

Mission:
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 2 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

There was a time when I believe this organization had its heart in the right place. I do believe the broker program tainted the integrity and focus of the rescue. I personally adopted a horse that didn’t come directly from the broker. This was a horse that Christy had at her personal farm for some time. Shortly after arrival at my farm, the sweet mare was diagnosed with EPM. I knew Christy had experience dealing with EPM so I called and left a message to ask about her experience with the medication that she used as there are commonly 2 choices of treatment. She never returned my call. I figured, ok, she doesn’t want to give out medical advice. I get it.
Suddenly, my $900 mare became a $4000 mare after a year of vet bills and Marquis (EPM medication) and had to be euthanized. That’s when my disappointment set in.
The disappointment was not about the cost or the heartache of watching the mare decline. I didn’t hold the fact that the mare had EPM against the rescue. That’s a gamble I took when adopting. Nor did I complain to AC4H about the financial burden. Again, every horse owner needs to be prepared for catastrophic health issues. The financial burden was mine and mine only. I emailed the rescue a couple of times throughout the year that we had the horse to let them know of the mare’s condition. I figured they would still have concern about her after caring for her for some time. Then, a final sincere email was sent to let them know that the mare lost her battle and was put down. I never received a reply.
Think about it. If you owned a horse then sold it, wouldn’t you still care about its well being enough to at least reply when you receive updates? “I’m sorry for your loss” or “She was a sweet mare. Something? Anything?
That was the red flag. Once the money exchanged hands, their concern for the well being of the horse they had once cared for ended. Period. Were they just too busy turning over more broker horses to reply? Were they afraid I was going to blame them? I don’t know what their reasoning was for not replying but it felt as calloused as buying an old clunker from a buy here pay here.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Two people I know that adopted horses from Christy Sheidy AC4H they are currently being campaigned as show horses and are dong extremely well Both are TB's off the track. These were broker owned horses. If not given the chance to be seen on the broker pages they would have shipped to slaughter. Christy gives those horses a chance at life. The previous person stated they are being investigated by the FBI, this is just more false allegations and libel....Christy also educates the public about the horrors of horse slaughter and works continually with schools in her area to help educate the children about it. Our family and friends will always support and donate to AC4H

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

AC4H is a complete scam. A majority of the horses listed are at no risk for slaughter. Jesse Austin and Brian Moore are their "kill buyers". Jesse Austin does not even have a slaughter contract and has not sent to slaughter in years. Brian's listed horses are horses bought for resale. The horses he buys for slaughter have no "second chance". The Sheidys tack on $100+ on every horse they list. They also charge $55 for a $22 coggins along with a mandatory "donation". The are totally incompetent on basic horse knowledge such as determining height,age,breed, and sometimes even color! The kids are brats and constantly bicker and have very little respect for horses. Everything they do is to make money, they don't care about the horses at all! Also, NONE of the broker owned horses are located at their farm! They are at the brokers farms! Jesse Austin's in in Louisa,VA and Brian Moore's is close to Allentown,PA. The only time they are in direct care of any of the broker horses is when they are dropped off Sunday might by the brokers until they are picked up from the new owners. They receive MINIMAL bedding (like maybe one scoop per stall), a flake of hay, and a bucket of water. They claim they have sooo many expenses....the only expense they have for the broker owned program is renting the pickup barn for $100 a week. Also, they push horses that aren't even the type to be at risk of slaughter! Minis, ponies, greys, studs, anything under 600lbs, shippers don't ship! Instead of being scammed by them, contact the actual owner of the horse (most likely Jesse Austin or Brian Moore) and buy it from them for at least $100 less. Also, THEY ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE FBI! Don't believe me??? Contact Cedar Ridge Farm and ask! They are on Facebook!

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

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Have known this place for a few years. They save some horses but specialise in being horse dealers. Get a cut from the brokers for horses they sell. Are not up front with reporting problems with horses. Collect money from donors on horses no longer available. Substitute horses without approval. Take in donor paid for horses and then resell them. These people are not honest tho they'd like you to think they. They have scamming down to a science. Gotta admire them for that.

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

A little

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

"Rescued" two OTTBs from these people. Was told that they had papers. Only after paying and receiving them, was I told, no, we dont have their papers, sorry. Also, after paying for the horses, I was told that it would be required for them to go to their recommended hold over barn for QT for 14 days @ $30 per day. They already knew I had transport scheduled (not one of their recommended people) and were just trying to squeeze out more money. I recommend anyone that even THINKS about dealing with these scammers, do your research. Google AC4H and AC4H Scams and you will find out I am not alone. It is criminal that they are allowed to still be in operation.

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

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
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Rating: 1 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Ac4h is merely using emotional blackmail to sell horses online. She does not work with kill buyers as they will not work with her. She tacks on quite a tidy profit to her actual purchase price plus inflating the cost of health certificates and coggins papers. She is ignorant about horses as is very evident in the videos of her children riding without shoes and helmets. Any lameness is described as "gaited" by Sheidy. Visitors to the website would not know about the mare with her coffin bone rotated through her sole who was "described as foot sored," in the video as she was forced to walk with Sheidy waving a paper behind her. Many, many people have received very ill horses which had to be euthanized due to lack of vet care by Sheidy. Please go to an auction and choose your horse. Do not be fooled by Sheidy's emotional blackmail.

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

her efforts to intimidate anyone who is critical. She calls the police and makes false reports as well as reporting anyone who makes a negative comment to FB.

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

Shut it down and charge with fraud, violation of anti-cruelty laws, violation of Dept. of Ag. regulations and make it illegal for Sheidy to own or deal horses.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

She has used the internet to emotionally blackmail well-intentioned, but naive horse lovers.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

First off Ms. Schrock is not telling the truth as per usual. Christy's farm is in Pa. The Pocono's in Pa are not several hundred miles as Sally has mentioned in this article from AC4H in Bernville. Please take a moment and look up Sally Schrock or Sarah Schrock on Google she has scammed so many people it isn't funny any more. She is damaging all rescues. Dog and horse rescue. Sally is supported by many fake rescues. She is their mouthpiece and is used as a weapon against AC4H. Sally has even taken to harassing and stalking Christy's minor children. She is truly a sick individual. I have done my research on AC4H and their is NO proof of any wrong doing. This is just an attempt to assassinate Christy and the rescue by some people that really have some serious mental issues.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am heartbroken reading these nasty reports about the Sheidy family. They are not brokers... they work with brokers to provide at-risk horses with opportunities to find a home instead of heading to slaughter. Through this program, they have helped thousands of horses. Have they made money? It is impossible that they have made what others claim. The adoption fees they charge cover vet expenses and training. That money goes right back into the next horse. For broker horses, they must answer to the broker... what he is willing to sell the horse for. This family ran the rescue for many years OUT OF POCKET... not a money maker, I assure you. I have heard accusations that no horses are ever rehabbed... this is a complete lie. Over the years I have watched many horses flourish under their care. Granted, sometimes there are miscommunications about horses that seem available and aren't... the broker program is fast-moving and it is incredibly difficult to keep things organized online. I know this personally because I volunteer online to help answer questions... it is incredible how easily communication could be lost. If something goes wrong, it is entirely by accident. Another testament to the honesty of this family: I adopted my own horse from their broker program... I COULD NOT BE MORE PLEASED with the care my mare received. My horse kicked herself on the way to quarantine, and the Sheidys PERSONALLY took care of my horse for the next month, constantly emailing me updates and pictures. All of this before I even met my horse. I love this organization... I am proud at the way they have pioneered slaughter rescue - with great success - and I support them wholeheartedly. ***NOTE: I have witnessed many well-meaning people criticize the Sheidys... "You're riding that horse with THAT bridle?!?" or "That horse is too high-priced!" etc... The Sheidys work with what they have to get these horses more exposure... Much of their opposition comes from people who disapprove of a miniscule, minute, insignificant details in the big picture... It makes me sad to see people spread lies because they didn't like that the bridle was too tight or the horse looked stressed - there is ALWAYS a good intention behind everything you see, and the Sheidys will fiercely defend the horses they work so hard to save.** I would like to ask that if you have a bone to pick with the way things are done, please inquire POLITELY how you can help improve a situation you see that needs improving. Thank you so much, and to AC4H and the Sheidys: I am so grateful for all that you do!

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

Give them the funds they need to make operation smoother! For instance: helmets for broker program riders... more types of equipment for use in evalating broker horses... etc. Heck, it would be awesome if they had somebody in charge of pictures and videos... uploading them and organizing them each week is a terribly time-consuming and difficult task that they faithfully complete every week. I wouldn't dare change the organization - just make their job easier.

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

Life-changing

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

How did you find this group?

googling rescues.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I have become an active anti-slaughter advocate, even though I am young, and I am now even more determined to work in rescue in the future. It has greatly influenced my plans for college!

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Rating: 2 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I adopted a horse recently through ac4h. I did so because I was fortunate enough to speak to his breeder and really liked the look of the horse. It was an easy enough process and I have to say that personally, any horse that gets taken out of the auction/slaughter pipline is a victory for me. What I will say is that the horse was in good weight in his photos and videos. When he arrived in quarantine (a week later?) he was practically emaciated. Every rib showing, hind end sunken in, hips sticking out, and terrified to be caught. I am not sure what happened to him between the pics being taken and him leaving but he was almost not the same horse. (if he wasn't a paint i would have thought he may not have been the same one). I am also not sure this group is a 'non-profit' as I would think they are profiting form this.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I' m actually trying to find out if anyone knows of a pinto pony mare 14.3 hh who might have gone to AC4H sometime between August 2011 and now....she was unlawfully sold at auction and her owner/ breeder is looking for her.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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