I cannot believe that anyone could put a bad review about this organization. Shame on you! These people put their heart and souls into these horses. I adopted a horse from them and he is a joy. So much personality and what a fabulous ride! And, I still stay in contact with them. Anyone who is interested in this organization and their program should go check it out for yourself, you will NOT be let down, I promise.
I adopted Lucky, a gorgeous thoroughbred found abandoned at a trail head with injury above her right eye (this turned out to be self-inflicted, not a gunshot as initially thought.) She has been through a lot, with two failed adoptions before me as well - but she now will never have to worry as she will be my life companion. After three months of natural horsemanship work, daily trail riding (her favorite!), bodywork to heal physical and emotional issues, lots of attention and love - she has made huge strides! We still have more to do, but she is so willing and has a huge heart. I will never be able to thank PHH enough for brining this beautiful spirit into my life. She has taught me so much about having patience and being brave, that healing does come - but it has its own time. Somtimes others don't understand, and I'm just glad I listened to my own heart on this one - and that together we have somehow always found the right way. I know now we can conquer anything, and she is truly the bravest trail horse I could ever hope for, and hopefully one day will come to enjoy dressage, too. My greatest wish is for others to find their special horse at PHH, to find healing for them and see how different they can become given the right tools and opportunity - thereby opening another spot for a new horse to come and begin their own journey at PHH to a new life. I knew the first time I came across PHH that this was a different organization. They are very limited in resources, yet very noble and sincere in their cause and efforts. Others will need to see beyond the limited training, the emotional issues still apparent, and just take the leap and make the necessary investment of time and resources to finish the job PHH has started.
PHH is amazing! They care about the horses and were the horses go. They will bend over backwards to place the right horse with the right people in the right home. We have one wonderful old mare that they placed with us. Every word that has been spoken has been honest and up front. I have had dealings with other horse rescues... PHH is the real thing! Check it out for yourself and please help their mission to save wonderful horses and to educate! Jan
I first became aware of the wonderful work that PHH does for horses after hearing about the organization on RFD-TV's Ken McNabb Show. He said that he had adopted some horses from PHH, so I looked into the organization and saw how dedicated and caring the volunteers are to helping the horses find good forever homes. PHH truly cares about these animals. I hope that anyone looking for a horse will consider adoping one from PHH.
Two years ago I was looking for my very first horse ever (I am now 50). I happened upon People Helping Horses while searching for horse rescues on the internet as I had already decided that I wanted to give a horse that needed help a forever home. When I contacted People Helping Horses I was extremely impressed with their dedication to finding the best match for both me and for the horses in their care. I had to visit their facility and meet the horse/s that I was interested in and spend time with them to assure that we were both an emotional and a training level match. Over this matching period I also had the privilege of watching the volunteers at PHP work with some of the recent rescues of that time and seeing how far they came in both their physical and mental well being! I have had my gelding, Balder, for two years this coming September and I couldn't be happier with him. He is everything they told me he was and due to their policies, he was in their care long enough for them to get to know him well enough that there have been no unpleasant surprises. He is my partner and mt friend, and sometimes he is my psychologist :-). The staff at People Helping Horses have kept in touch, commenting when I post photos or stories about Balder and my ever evolving relationship and the things he has learned and taught me. I follow PHP on facebook and through their webpages and still donate to help out whenever I have a few extra dollars to spare. If I am ever in a position to adopt another horse, this is the first place I will look. I expect it will also be the last!
People helping horses is an amazing organization. My wife had established a refuge for abused and abandoned horses. We had cared for over 50 horses She lost her life in an accident. People helping horses came to the rescue and found homes for all of the horses. Without organizations such as this there would be no hope for the horses as I had no expertise or time to give propper care. Gretchen Solstrom and her organization helped to arrange proper vet care, transportation and feeding untijl homes could be found
My wife is on disability and can't afford the cost of a horse. She has MS and a horse provides hippotherapy to improve her balance and strength (http://tiny.cc/m7e6t). We found a sponsor who pays People Helping Horses (PHH) for the entire cost of horse care. PHH in turn pays the horse boarding facility on San Juan Island, WA for boarding, shoing and vet care for "Sugar". The donor receives a tax deduction from PHH for the total amount paid. My wife has greatly improved her balance and strength and now thorougly enjoys arena riding and trail rides on local Dept of Natural Resources property. This activity is a great contribution to her health and well-being. PHH has been extremely helpful in choosing the right horse for my wife and in delivering her to the island. They are very supportive and cooperative in working out any issues that arise that need their input. We highly recommend PHH as a worthy and dependable recipient of funds from people or organizations who care about abused horses. As far as we know, they are the only nonprofit in the Puget Sound area that cares for abused and mistreated horses.
I met Raven a beautiful black quarterhorse mare that had just been rescued and taken to people helping horses. My horse was alone and needed a companion. From the moment I met Raven she was in my heart. Gretchen interviewed me and came to my house to make sure my facilities were appropriate and to interview Jilly my quarterhorse mare. Well needless to say Raven became Jilly's new stable mate and she was the best. We estimated her age at the time to be 23. She was approximately 150 lbs under weight and a little timid but a very sweet girl. Raven lived with us for 2 1/2 years before she passed away. The neighbor girl rode her weekly and I always took her with Jilly and I on our trail rides. Without Gretchen and People Helping Horses we would never have gotten the opportunity to have such a wonderful old lady in our lives. The stables at Black Raven (where People Helping Horses operates out of) are very nice, the volunteers are so caring and Gretchen herself has dedicated her life to helping all types of horses. They are the best. Andrea Kirby Gallacci
PHH is one of those organizations you just wish you could clone as they do such a stellar job in all they seek and decide to do. I have been working with Gretchen and she and her organization were instrumental in helping me rescue 13 horses that were being starved and neglected in the middle of Texas. The lengths they all went through to make sure all were getting exactly what they needed was tremendous. It was a very difficult situation but one that turned out good. Had it not been for Gretchen and her team, I doubt the ending would of been a happy one. More horse rescue organizations should use PHH as a perfect example of what can happen with the correct effort, thought, good and common sense, and ofcoarse love and caring which is why anyone does this type of work in the first place. Thank you PHH from the bottom of my heart and those of all the horses you have saved!!
A herd of rescue horses were at a facility that did not provide the proper care. They were malnourished and many of them had died.People Helping Horses arranged their rescue and provided the horses with food, vet care, and transportation to a wonderful environment with people that love and care for them. Without the efforts of this amazing organization, these horses would have suffered a terrible fate. The compassion and drive of this organization is incredible and hope to see them grow.