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August 10, 2012

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August 10, 2012

I have been a volunteer since Feb., 2012. I have found this organization to be very caring and dedicated to the whole horse: body, mind and, yes, soul or spirit, however one wishes to define such an entity. PHH's heart is in the right place. I do think that The Board needs to be a Working Board and increased in number and filled with equine and financial people who are independently minded. I recommend this because it appears that there needs to be more planning, budgeting, fund raising and web site updating (advertising). All of that takes more resources, especially people, and a larger, working board could be of greater help to Gretchen. This woman has been doing this for 10 years and her depth of experience, combined with the backing of a Working Board, would raise this organization to the next level. All Creatures Great and Small

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

The renewed health of the horses, the adoption of the horses to good homes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Do as I said in my review: an expanded Working Board of independent equine and professional financial people who could better plan, budget, fund raise and advertise. They would help Gretchen take PHH to the next level. She needs to give up some control in order to accept some help to grow PHH and not be in budgetary crisis all the time.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Hire a new Office Manager who knows something about horses and who is willing to work. For example, one that doesn't train new volunteers on grooming on the sickest of rain rot horses. One that doesn't tell (not ask, tell) her volunteers to do heavy, hard work when there is much to be done before an event and then does as little as possible herself. We volunteers resent it.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Loved learning new skills from the trainer and reaquainting myself with horses. Loved meeting new people and making friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy and fulfilled but frustrated tsometimes with the Office Manager.

December 9, 2011
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December 9, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered and worked with People Helping Horses for almost 3 years now, and have enjoyed every minute of it. The horses are amazing, as well as the staff, and especially the other volunteers. They have helped so many horses, and continue to help more and more each and every day. From volunteering I have learned so much about horses, and its also taught me about responsibilty. Overall PHH has changed my life for the better. And will continue to be in my life.

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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?

2011

October 27, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

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September 24, 2011

I have volunteered at this organizations for sometime now. Recently i feel like this organization becoming less of Rescue and more of a hotel for the executive director's personal horses. A couple wee... more

October 27, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I volunteered and i also donated to People Helping Horses and recently i recieving an email pleading for me to donate to support the 39 horses that PHH has in their responsiblty. She said that they may not make through the winter in the cold. I couldn't remember there bieng 39 horses at PHH so i went to there website. Under residents tab there is only 25 horses. So where have they extra 14 horses come from that is causing PHH to be in such a finical bind.

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

no

Ways to make it better...

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

i would get to the bottom of this magically appearing 14 horses to donate to.

September 24, 2011
10 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered at this organizations for sometime now. Recently i feel like this organization becoming less of Rescue and more of a hotel for the executive director's personal horses. A couple weeks ago I witness Gretchen Salstrom, the executive director, bring in her 13 horses up from California to board her horses at the PHH facility. Two of these horses had some werid infection that cause abnomial festering absesses that ooze out puss and blood. I'm just concerned that our volunteers hours and funds are not being used properly. She has constantly had volunteers groom her horses, clean their paddocks and santize everything that her horses have touch, I don't feel the 6 rescues that are at the facility or the 14 rescues on pasture are getting as much attention as Gretchen's 18 horses. I feel like it is my civic duty to let the society what i've witness. And that I will be revolking my monthly donations and will not continue volunteering due to the fact I don't feel my efforts are actually helping the rescue horses

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

I have not experience any good results in this organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would refocus the organization to the rescue horses and not on the executive director horses.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

focus on the rescue horses not Gretchen's horses.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It taught me that not everyone in this society is sincere and not to trust everyone.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It gave me great discomfort

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 2, 2011
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October 2, 2011
9 people found this review helpful

I was a volunteer at PHH since march and i love all the horses there and their personalities. I always go on saturdays for the whole entire day. The people there are awesome there. I didn't always like how most of the people worked so hard and i have witnessed that some of the horses needed fly masks and they were never put on unless one of the volunteers did it or told someone else about the problem. No one should use their rescue facility as their own barn for their horses!! i will miss all the horses there but it was for the best of me to move to another barn to learn more about horses and actually get to work with them more hands on than just volunteering and never knowing if i get to do other things.
September 27, 2011
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September 27, 2011
9 people found this review helpful

This organization does not meet my standards and I’m concerned that it may not meet your standards as well. Every volunteer meeting the Executive Director informs us that they are XX amount of money in the hole and yet she has 18 of her personal horses, 10 of which she personal bred, at the barn. She has more personal horses in barn then rescue horses. Currently she only has 6 rescues in the barn for training and 14 horses out on pasture. Some of those horse have been there for over 3 years, the amount time I’ve been there. I have been informed that the horses on pasture are waiting to come for training, when they can afford to put them in training they will.. I’m not comfortable having 18 of the Executive Director’s in the barn and having staff and volunteers clean up and take care of them, when they have 14 other rescues waiting to be worked with. I thought the goal of the rescue was to adopt the current horses so they can stop the 2 year freeze they have been on. I do not feel like this rescue is sincere about their mission or their funding.

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

In the beginning this organization was great but it is really going down hill in the amount truth they speak and the success stories are less and less.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would change the Board of Directors because some one needs to take responsibilty.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 27, 2011
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September 27, 2011
17 people found this review helpful

I gave his organization one star for the following reasons.

The Board of Directors are personal friends of the Executive Director, and for the most part just puppets.

Misuse of funds is rampant. One problem is that there is no dissociation of funds. The Executive Director not
only drives the company truck for personal use (it is her only mode of transportation) but has PHH pay for all of the gas as well. The Executive Director also uses PHH money to buy groceries for herself and to pay for vet/farrier/training for her personal horses.

The Executive Director is also guilty of putting down one of her broodmares because she did not raise a good foal and the horse was not good under saddle. Currently, she is trying to sell a broodmare that is sterile.

The Executive Director is a great marketer and tells you exactly what you need to hear to pull out your checkbook. It took me a very long time to figure out what was going on and it makes me sick to know it was happening right under my nose.

I suppose the most disturbing thing of all is how the Executive Director morally justifies breeding nearly half a dozen horses a year from her own broodmares when she has founded an organization whose very existence is predicated on an overpopulation of horses without homes.

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

working with the horses and helping with events.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a new Executive Director and get a real Board of Directors.

August 28, 2011
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August 28, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Horses are suffering terribly, starving, going untreated with injuries, and so many other situations. Some of the horses at PHH were left to fend for themselves with no food or water. PHH was called and took them in. Suffering from rain rot, starvation, teeth problems, hoof problems.... each horse is treated and being rehabilitated so they can go to their forever homes. This facility PEOPLE HELPING HORSE has the most caring volunteers and staff I've ever met. I am proud to be one of those volunteers, though it is like joyful therapy for me. The horses always listen. Please visit our site www.peoplehelpinghorses.com and see for yourself the wonderful work they do. Pay a visit to meet my friend Jojo, one of the horses there. Please help our cause!! I, Jojo and the other horses thank you.

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

Beau, one of the horses I first met at PHH found his forever home. It was a bitter sweet time as I was so attached to him, but pure joy he found his new home.

Ways to make it better...

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

ask for more donations to PHH so they could continue and possibly expand their wonderful work.

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I actually can't think of anything, they are all so wonderful and helpful with anything I do.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I am learning more about horses, their needs, how to promote fund raisers and work them.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Most imortantly it helps me feel good, be more positive and more thankful for each day. It gives me something to look forward to, something I love doing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 9, 2011

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August 9, 2011

PHH is an incredible volunteer experience for me and I love what they do. These horses are incredibly lucky to have a place to stay like People Helping Horses. To me, I have no idea why anyone would want to abandon a horse, but in that case, if it does happen, PHH is a great place!

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

seeing the horses be put up for adoption.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them gain more volunteers for the many jobs that need to be done.

August 8, 2011

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August 8, 2011

We have been receiving e-mails, pictures and mail from this charity for a long time. We regularly send donations to them as we can,,to help because be believe they really are caring and loving to the horses they rescue and are always looking for other horses to rescue from cruelty and inhumane conditions. The pictures they send show that the horses in their care are beautiful and well taken care of and show that they really care. We would love to go by and see their place, if ever we are out that way.

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

Not personally, just through their correspondence.

Ways to make it better...

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

The only changes would be for people to send more donations, so they could double or triple their rescues.

August 4, 2011

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August 4, 2011

People Helping Horses is an INCREDIBLE organization. The shoe-string staff work their butts off, and take on the many challenges nonprofits face with resillience and a great additude. If you've ever been the barn, you know why: watching these horses - each with its own personality and story - transformed from nearly-dead to fully-alive is an incredibly inspiring thing to witness. They are always appreciative of a helping-hand, and they never miss an opportunity to turn a volunteer into an expert. As a volunteer, I feel incredibly fortunate to feel very truly like a part of the People Helping Horses family. These guys do a great job with the horses, but seem to need help with their operations. If you have nonprofit or business management experience, please consider lending it to this very worthwhile organization!

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

watching the horses transfored from nearly-dead to fully-alive, and witnessed the shared joy of a horse and a human finding each other and living happily ever after.

Ways to make it better...

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

More proactively solicit business operations support, and also redecorate the lounge and office :)

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