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November 26, 2012

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March 4, 2010

I have volunteered at Blue Horse for over 4 years now. What a wonderful facility. I wanted to learn about horses for I have always loved them . Rabiah Seminole the owner and director of Blue horse was... more

November 26, 2012

Ever since I was a small child I wanted a horse but I knew I didn't know enough about caring for a horse to own one. Then Blue Horse Mukwa moved to Chase City, Va. My husband is a reporter and did a story on the rescue and said you need to meet this woman Rabiah. I quickly went out and met her and all the animals and she let me brush a horse on my first day. I was so excited !!! That was seven years ago and I have been out there most of the time . Rabiah was willing to teach me about horses, horseback riding, feeding, and training. Now thanks to her I have two amazing horses. So many dreams have been fullfilled at Blue Horse 4 legged and two legged. We help children there also and I have seen amazing results, One boy was going to kill himself and now he is happy, I have seen grades go from F's to A's. Bad attitudes change to good ones. People doing community service go from uncaring to showing love and compassion. I have seen animals that were starved and dehydrated go from skin and bones to beautiful and healthy. Everyone is welcomed there !!! The animals are well taken care of and loved. Blue Horse truly is a magical place. And I feel they should be # 1 on your list. Thanks again, Cheryl Weston

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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

March 4, 2010

I have volunteered at Blue Horse for over 4 years now. What a wonderful facility. I wanted to learn about horses for I have always loved them . Rabiah Seminole the owner and director of Blue horse was willing to teach me and to help anyone who needs help with their animals. Blue Horse is not your normal rescue. The Center is clean and pretty, the horses are all well cared for, Stalls are cleaned daily,fresh water for the animals daily more often if needed, vet care, fresh hay and grain twice a day , and every penny that goes to Blue Horse goes to the animals. Rabiah may do without sometimes but the animals never do. I will talk with anyone about the pride I have being associated with the facility and the knowledge I have learned from Rabiah is priceless. This Rescue is above r
March 1, 2012

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March 1, 2012

I have been familiar with Blue Horse Mukwa for 10 years now. My band has performed annual benefit concerts for her cause. Rabiah Seminole and her volunteers puth their hearts and souls into the preservation and rehabilitation of the equines she accepts to take in. I have seen some horrid cases of equine abuse come to Blue Horse that have been rehabilitated and go on to live healthy and happy lives. Over the last couple of years I have become more involved as a volunteer and recently my wife and I have come to serve on Blue Horse's Board of Directors. With today's economy, costs of taking care of the equines has risen while donations have expectly fallen. It is a very challenging environment for all nonprofit to raise funds. Please check out Blue Horse Mukwa at bluehorsemukwa.org.

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

Blue Horse also works with disadvantaged children and adults. I have seen the difference that Blue Horse makes in the lives of others.

Ways to make it better...

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

seek to get more volunteers. I also look for ways to improve the operations of the farm in order to make everyday tasks more efficient and less time consuming.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I met the founder, Rabiah Seminole, in 2002 attending a benefit concert for Blue Horse.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To improve its facilities through construction of more shelters and adding watering systems.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To have a facility where more community outreach related to the care and appreciation of Equines is possible. To also raise awareness at the sometimes senseless abuse of equines and provide a haven for equines that are doomed for slaughter.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I have been involved with Blue Horse Mukwa Retirement and Rescue Center since it was first established in 2003 in Chesapeake, VA. Rabiah as always provided exceptional care to every horse, dog, or other animal that came to the rescue and retirement center. I visited Chase City when she first moved the rescue center there to provide more land for the Horses. I again visited 2 1/2 years later (now living in California) and was greatly impressed by the improvements made. New barns, fencing, water facets near each field for easy trough filling, another new barn in the process of being built, etc. It was amazing how wonderful everything looked. Rabiah is an amazing person who has always put the welfare of the animals before herself. Her love of the horses she cares for shows in the work that she does and anyone who says different either does not know her or has a issue with the work she does in general. To know her is to love her. Thank you for everything you do and the care you give to the horses, especially Ongie.

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

seen rabiah take in severely underweight horses and bring then back to health again. I have seen the effects of Rabiah working with groups of children and troubled teens and saw how working with the once abused and neglected horses helped bring then out and gain confidence.

Ways to make it better...

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

nothing

June 15, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 15, 2010

Blue Horse is a wonderful equine rescue that takes in abused, neglected and unwanted equines of all shapes and sizes. All of the horses are very well cared for and it is amazing to me to see the changes that even a month can bring to each of the horses that arrives at Blue Horse. Rabiah has taught me a different way to be around horses and how to treat them with the kindness and respect they deserve.

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

Watching each horse come from such a horrible situation and transform into a happy, healthy equine and in turn helping the people around them learn about themselves.

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

Getting to spend time with such special, healing horses as well as visiting with Rabiah.

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

dedicated to caring for the horses at the facility and giving them a better life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 14, 2010

I was very disappointed to discover that this organization has not fulfilled the requirements imposed upon it by the Office of the State Veterinarian in Virginia. In this state, all releasing agencies (rescues, shelters) are required to submit annual reports disclosing how many, and what kind of animals came through their facility, and the disposition of the animals in the facility. This rescue has never filed those reports, and when an inquiry was made as to why, the volunteers and founder were uncooperative and defensive. Unfortunately, no member of the public is able to determine what the rescue is doing with donor gifts, as no one is able to determine how many animals are in the facility, and how many died, were adopted, or transferred to another facility. It is supposed to be an equine rescue, though the founder states she also has dogs. Canine rescue is not part of their mission statement. To my knowledge the rescue still has not complied with Virginia law. Some of the documentation required by the State Corporation Commission was also delinquent, though I have not checked to see if that has been rectified. I will not donate to this nonprofit, nor would I recommend this nonprofit to other donors. The nonprofit and its supporters appear to believe their good intent is all that is required to be a

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

I have seen nor heard of any results.

Ways to make it better...

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

Conduct an audit and reorganize.

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

Nothing.

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

Defensive.

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

Hire a bookkeeper and marketing manager.

Ways to make it better...

The nonprofit had been more professional.

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

The nonprofit is in an area of the state that could benefit from a well run equine rescue. If the people involved became more professional and businesslike they could really do some good.

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

I wish them the best of luck in their endeavors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 5, 2010

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March 5, 2010

Upon becoming acquainted with Blue Horse Mukwa we were so moved by the need it serves and by the love and care provided by the owner and volunteers for the animals mental and physical well being. This we wanted to be a part of. The animals come from tragic backgrounds, but with the excellent care at Blue Horse, they are able to live out a more pleasant life. The community is served by Blue Horse which provides an opportunity for youthful volunteers to learn the value of hard work and the moral and ethical treatment of animals under the watchful tutelage of the owner, Rabiah. All lives benefit from being touched by Blue Horse. Much hard has gone into, and continues to go into improving Blue Horse from its beginning. The achievement is remarkable.

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

how it has improved the lives of youth and adults while it improves the lives of abused animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

be hard pressed to do a small fraction of what Rabiah has been able to do.

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

getting the know the people involved, Rabiah, her mother Jerry, some of the supporters, and the animals.

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

all of the same dedication, seemingly.

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

do much more with more help.

Ways to make it better...

we would have been able to give more.

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

finding enough people of the same persuasion to help take some of the load from those who are carrying it now.

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

if only all people cared as much as Rabiah about their footprint on the planet, this effort would not be necessary.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

I have had experience with this center first hand. My daughter volunteers there every saturday and alot in the summer. She has been so touched by Rabiah and all of the animals there. I cant think of a more angelic person than Rabiah, she goes above and beyond for every animal and every person she comes in contact with. There have been some awful cases of abuse and neglect that she has had to face but as always she endures and all the animals are the greater for her being there voice. Each and every aniaml there is cared for with the best of care. She has taught my daughter how to be a great human being and it starts with the next generation to teach kindness and awareness. Hats off to Rabiah. I also have found through my experience with her and her orginazation one of the most dearest and strongest friend,and one of the strongest women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. May her guidence teach us all....

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

how my daughter who was troubled by a bad situation has now learned more about herself as well as the world, how every animal counts and thank goodness for people like Rabiah.

Ways to make it better...

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

Carry on the legacy she has created and hope I was up for the job.

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

Is being able to see the outcome and watch these animals grow and trust people again and to see that they do ahve a voice and watch my daughter take with her what she has learned here.

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

Great people there, everyone for the same purpose, to help, to learn and to educate others.

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

Do so much more for so many more animals.

Ways to make it better...

More could be done with more donations.

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

Donations, she does so well for every animal and more could be done for others, with more donations.

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

You will not find a more caring and loyal person than Rabiah nor will you find a more caring facility for any animal.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

My first experience volunteering with a rescue organization was with Blue Horse. I discovered so much about them and I can't imagine anyone more devoted or loving of all animals in need, than Rabiah Seminole. She gives the greatest care for them all, without hesitation, even when there are no donations coming in. Calls came in every day I was there with horrible stories of abuse and Rabiah did all she could for each and every one. She would always find a way to get them out of their present situation and some cases were so difficult to imagine, let alone see, as I did, that it was her tireless compassion and intensive care that saved so many. I learned a lot about cruelty but also that there is still hope and people like Rabiah who will never stop fighting for animal protection and showing these victims that there is a better way of life.

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

the miracle of a horse, so far on the verge of starvation that she was barely able to move, gain weight and thrive at Blue Horse.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing Rabiah does.

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

enjoying the company of people who feel such compassion for animals and being around these beautiful souls (human and animal alike).

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

devoted to helping the animals live a better life.

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

do even more!

Ways to make it better...

other humans didn't think so little of animals.

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

fighting to overcome the abuses of these poor animals.

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

I am grateful for the experience and the chance of a lifetime to work with and know there are people like Rabiah, so dedicated to the animals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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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

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