I first went to PHH about a couple of months ago since I wanted to be around horses and learn how to deal with them. I love the place and love their care for horses. Laurie was amazing and told us a lot about things that they do at the stable, gave a very informational tour, and looked like a huge care taker of horses. I have been there a couple of times by now, and love the attitude of people who work there and how much they give to the horses. Love their rescue program, therapeutic riding, etc.
A+ place. The care of the horses is amazing, not to mention how clean the place is and how NICE the people are. My daughter and I had a blast and would still be there if we didn't have a horse of our own to pamper =)
Lots of volunteers are needed for the annual "Celebrate the Horse" event. This is a fundraiser for PHH. I was an announcer last year for several of the clinicians who provided presentations. Not only did I enjoy the whole event, but I LEARNED A TON about behavior problems, nutrition, equine dentistry and much, much more. I saw some horse breeds up close that I had only read about in books and magazines. The amazing passion and dedication of the instructors was truly inspirational. I'll be volunteering again October 2 & 3, 2010. Check out the website: http://celebratethehorse.org/ and plan on volunteering for this weekend event. You'll be glad that you did.
There are lots of animals, a few dogs and cats and a lot of horses. Sometimes you can see other animals like deer, rodents, moles and once I saw a rabbit. There are also lots of birds: swallows, killdeer, chickadees, house finches, ducks, geese, and raptors like hawks and eagles. I help plant trees to restore a small seasonal creek and protect water from horse poop runoff. It's a ways to drive to, but it's good to know people outside your neighborhood. Down on the farm or whatever. It's a lot of hard work, (well sometimes easy) but when you go home at the end of the day you feel like you've made the world a better place.
PHH give horses the help to heal from whatever trauma has happened to them. You give them patience, love and the opportunity for them to 'adopt a family' that will take them into their hearts. What you do for horses is incredible. I am so proud to be a supporter.
People Helping Horses gives an opportunity to people like me to make a humane difference in the world. PHH is a facility where skilled trainers, vets and therapists work with rescue horses giving them the care and time they need to heal. But that’s not all. City kids, middle aged horse dreamers and cowboy wanna-bes help out too. I spend most of my volunteer time working on barn repairs and pasture restoration but hanging out with the residents is a vital part of my work too. I have seen how the volunteers stretch the resources of the rescue- a human physical therapist learned equine massage from the visiting vet and I learned native plant restoration to manage manure runoff and protect our groundwater. We stuff envelopes, clean paddocks and stalls, groom and walk the critters. There were many neglected horses and ponies needing services before the economic hard times hit. Now it’s worse. I admire the undaunted effort I have witnessed the PHH staff put into meeting the challenge. It takes planning, often long term planning when horses come in not only skeletally thin but in foal. It takes skill, patience, trial and error and detective work when an animal’s abandonment, mistreatment, or injury must be puzzled out. PHH is dedicated to giving all of the horse residents the best possible chance at health, happiness and a forever home. They provide needed hands on training and access to horsemanship clinics for volunteers, adopters and the community.
I committed to volunteering at People Helping Horses once a month in July, 2008. By October I was up at least weekly. The staff at People Helping Horses care about each individual horse: they know their story, their likes and dislikes, and work very hard to find the right human partner for their forever home. The staff also care about the volunteers. They saw that I loved grooming and helping the horses that were a little more difficult to handle, so they then facilitated for me to attend clinics and receive extra training in teaching the horses ground manners. People Helping Horses is a place where one's heart is opened to the possibility/ reality of recovery from terrible situations as they put every effort forth to support that process. Each horse, no matter how old, is given the support it needs, including nutritional, body work, and expert training, to achieve his/her highest potential.
I have been volunteering with People Helping Horses for the past 5 years. My experiences there have changed my life: my passion for horses and rescuing those in need has increased and I have had the good fortune of adopting the most wonderful and deserving rescue horse from this organization. He was given a second chance when others had given up on him and has given back to me in love and joy in more ways than I can describe. I have learned from everyone here and grown as a rider, horse owner and volunteer. The facilities are well kept and the horses and their well-being are the first and foremost priority at PHH.
I belong to a equine 4-H group and we wanted to do a community service and decided that we would pick People Helping Horses to volunteer at. Our group of about 15 girls between the ages of 9-16 went to PHH on a Saturday morning and spent 4 hours cleaning stalls, buckets and paddocks. While we were there we learned all about what PHH does to help the horses it takes in. We were all so excited about helping them that we are planning on doing it again real soon. This is a fantastic organization that has the welfare of the horses as their number one priority.
I started volunteering at people helping horses in february of 2009. Seeing horse's brought into the barn due to neglect was depressing and at first I wasn't sure if I could handle the thought that human beings were capable of such abuse and neglect. I soon saw the strength and commitment that PHH founder Gretchen Salstrom had within her. Along with volunteers and staff the horses are given vet care and the day to day care they need to survive the horrific circumstances that they came from. I soon realized that all these beautiful animals were given a second chance at life. I soon began to feel hope. And that has carried me through my volunteering experience. My daughter and i were lucky enough to meet harvest and felt immediately attached to her. To make a long story short we adopted her and she is doing well. we moved her to a barn closer to where we live and have not been volunteering lately. Our time has been spent helping her adjust and continuing her training. I will be getting involved in the upcoming events PHH sponsors. I especially enjoy celebrate the horse and am looking forward to that event.