In my time as a volunteer with LEARN, I have been truly amazed at the physical transformation Elizabeth Steed is able to bring about in the horses that she takes into her facility. I have personally witnessed several of the most severe starvation cases as they first came to LEARN...it is difficult to adequately describe the condition these horses are in...they shouldn't be alive. They've suffered immeasurable abuse and shameful neglect at the hands of their owners. The painstaking, educated, deliberate "all-in" approach that Elizabeth takes in her effort to restore them to good health is nothing short of amazing.
L.E.A.R.N. Horse Rescue provides a vital service to the Charleston, SC community. At last count, there were over 160,000 unwanted horses in the United States....currently, the number of registered Equine Rescue organizations, like L.E.A.R.N., only have the capacity to care for 33,000 horses annually. Since 2009, L.E.A.R.N. has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed over 75 horses who otherwise would have gone to slaughter, horse auction, or simply perished alone from starvation or neglect. Elizabeth Steed works tirelessly, with no monetary compensation whatsoever, for the benefit of the horses that come into L.E.A.R.N.'s care. She is a fierce advocate for establishing minimum standards of care for large animals in the state of SC, of which there are currently none, and for educating her community about the day to day responsibilities that come with horse ownership. L.E.A.R.N. is an all-volunteer organization. We do our best, but often fail, when it comes to being as attentive to our supporters inquiries as we are to the horses we are caring for. Days on the farm are long and phone calls unfortunately sometimes go unanswered. We are so very thankful for all of the support we receive from the Charleston community!! Thank you so much for helping us to continue to help horses in need!
I wanted to speak out on Learn's behalf because the organization helps not only the animals but people also. I've known about LEARN and Elizabeth since the 33 horses were put in LEARN's hand in 2009. If there was no one else to help Elizabeth feed, she did it into the night. She personally takes each and every horse and makes them her own- even if for a little while. She is overjoyed for the ones that get new homes and cries for the ones who don't make it.
LEARN as a group has helped me tremendously. While I was out feeding or grooming the horses, I felt joy and peace but no stress. I often think of those times and smile.
Mrs. Elizabeth was at the hospital when i was born so ive known her my whole life. She taught me how to ride when i was around 7 or 8. Ive been hooked ever since. I LOVE working with the horses, especially Chase, a 20 year old thouroughbred. she also taught me how to ride bareback and about coggins and colic and everything like that. Ive had LOTS of expiriences with the horses, both good and bad. A good expirience was when I finally got to ride Chase. A bad expirience was when my friends and I forgot the close the feed room door....But everything turned out ok. I would not know what to do if LEARN wasnt here anymore. Its my favorite place to be.
I have known Elizabeth Steed for most of my life. I can remember growing up and spending time at her house while I helped take care of the horses. She always had a new horse at her house that she was rehabilitating. When she was asked to help rehabilitate 33 horses in 2009 she started L.E.A.R.N, not only to take care of horses in need, but also to educate people about horse care. She has made a big impact in the horse community by rehabilitating many horses and finding them new homes with the promise that if something happens and the horse cannot be kept it must return to L.E.A.R.N so that no harm can come to that horse again. I have also seen her reach out to the youth, in order to educate them about horses and their care.