Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement And Rescue Center

Rating: 4.81 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 25859 Hwy 49 Chase City VA 23924 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person 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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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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 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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3 people found this review helpful

I met Rabiah Seminole at an art show she was giving to benefit her horses. I asked her if I could come to her Rescue and we set up an appointment. I was so happy to see such a wonderful place for horses, dogs, cats and other animals. When I arrived, a little "dumpster puppy" had been brought in. She was in horrible shape and close to death, Rabiah nurtured this tiny helpless creature back to health with love, vet care and good food. She is now a very energetic and happy puppy. This is the story of every animal that finds a home at the Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement and Rescue Center. Rabiah works tirelessly to make sure every animal receives good nourishment and love. The volunteers (all ages) that come here are also very devoted to help with whatever they can do. I am amazed at all the young people who just put their hearts and souls into their work. They learn so much from Rabiah. This is an Amazing place run by an Awesome woman.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

II have been around this rescue for over ten years as a volunteer.I came to Blue Horse to learn about horses ,my dream was to someday own my own horse . At Blue Horse I learned horses from the hoof up . I now have two of my own. Blue Horse is a wonderful place. !! The animals are all well cared for and happy. The people that come here are amazed when they hear the horses ' stories and see them well and happy. Also at Blue Horse there are dogs, cats pigs, a duck , a pet chicken, and anything else that needs help. Blue Horse is not just a rescue and retirement center is is a haven of love and peace.

 
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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

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

 
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3 people found this review helpful

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

 
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I began volunteering at Blue Horse when I was 13 years old. I am now 25 and have learned so many valuable life lessons from Rabiah and the herd of incredible horses at Blue Horse. The rescue is truly a healing place, not just for horses but for people as well! Each horse at Blue Horse is treated with dignity and respect and receives wonderful, loving care; no matter what their background or history. There is something incredibly healing about horses and their healing presence can be felt at Blue Horse the second you step onto the property!

 
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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.

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.

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

nothing

 
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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.

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.

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?

2010-6-01

 
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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....

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.

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.

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?

2010-3-01

 
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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.

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.

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

not change a thing Rabiah does.

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?

2008-7-01

 
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