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8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With all the rumors and untrue things going around about my second home right now, I'd like to take a minute to set the record STRAIGHT. Tara Farm Rescue in Coventry CT is a place I've spent almost all of my past time the last 9 years of my life. Bonnie Jeanne Gorden, the owner and manager, taught me how to ride when i was 8 years old, taught me everything about horses and how to care for them. This barn is one of the only ones in Connecticut that has a "work to ride" program, where you can muck stalls in return for FREE riding. This is an opportunity that is very hard to come by, and inexpensive way for kids to get all kinds of experience without having to pay a fortune. So that's what I did, for 9 years of my life, working my way up and earning people respect there as a rider. I worked my butt off, shoveled lots of poop volunteering there in my free time. and slowly, over the years, taking lessons and being taught by Bonnie Jeanne and the other volunteers there, my riding became the most important part of my life. Now, keep in mind, this is a RESCUE farm. We take in animals that no one else wants, that no one else can handel, and they become our responsibility. Our only income is through our lesson program, grants, and donations. So no, we may not have a huge indoor arena to ride in, or the prettiest barns, or most expensive tack. But we DO have a group of people with huge hearts, that do everything to put the animals first, and that's exactly what we do. I've gone to auctions with Bonnie Jeanne and bought horses there for dirt cheap that were destined for slaughter. Weve saved animals frozen to the ground left there to die. Weve had horses come in that are so unsocialized theyve never been touched by a human before. We then rehabilitate them, feed them, get them back into shape, get them the vetrinary care they need, and adopt them out. we have saved HUNDREDS of horses, dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, llamas, etc. Tara Farm brought me together with my own person horse Cherokee, who was destined for the slaughter auction if Bonnie Jeanne had not personally saved her. Ive seen the rescue turn cases around that were deemed "unsavable", into happy, healthy horses. I am the president of the 4H group held at our farm, and we are all proud to say that we are from Tara Farm Rescue. So please, I'm asking you NOT to believe the rumors going around about the farm from people who have never even stepped foot on the property, or who are set out to shut us down because of personal problems going on. Take it from me, a volunteer and rider of ten years, who knows every single detail about this place and all of the animals in it, and who knows that this rescue is an amazing operation that has saved thousands of animals lives-and you cant argue with that.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I currently work at Tara Farm Rescue, and I have to move, and I am sad to say goodbye. That place has become, my family. I have read some of the other reviews that people have written, and I would like to say, the animals are treated really good. Yes, they get scolded when they do somthing they are not suppose to do, but thats how the horses learn. And currently Tara Farm is trying to raise money to tear down one of the buildings and re-build it. I have a feeling that people who visit this farm, just glance at it, and think so horrible of this place. It is amazing. Yes, it is dirty there, but Farm isn't? I mean really? We clean the stalls everyday, and give equal attention to each animal. This is an amazing person to volunteer at. And obviously the people who had written bad reviews about this place, have some looking to do in the mirror at themselves. Bonnie Jean, I have known her for maybe 4 momths now, and yes, she does come off a little intimadating, but she really isn't at all. She is very nice and kind hearted. And don't say anything about her brother. That is a shame, that person, would throw that in this farms face, about what happened to him. That person doesn't know what really happened, so they should not say anything about what happened to him. Yes animals die, but Tara Farm Rescue does everything that they can do to prevent it. But sometimes you just can't help things like that from happening.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

After reading all of these posts i've figured out a few things. First off honestone is hypocritcal and unbeliveable he/she points out how one shouldn't be commenting about this issue on a personal level but comes and does the same attacking the people on the same level. It just shows how childish you are and immature. second if more then one person has had a problem with this farm then it's not a concidence and something very wrong is going on here. It's really easy to many posts using diffrent names but all done by the same people probably. When it comes down to it a i think a full investigation should be done on the claims here and if nothing is going on then the people who run this farm shouldn't have anything to hide or worry about. On a final note doing a 7 1/2 mile course wouldn't make a horses nose bleed and the horse would have to be in extremly great condition. My Best friend has had horse there whole life and competes in compations and has explained this to me. Think twice before putting up comments.

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bonniejeanesminion 02/03/2010

For someone who claims to have common sense you sure aren't using it. Doing a 7 1/2 mike course in a half hour is not good for the horse. It would make the horse very tired. Your friend whoever they are probably thought the course was done in the proper amount of time so they would have been right had that been the case, but it's not. As for doing an investigation into what goes on at Tara Farm why don't you come see for yourself? We trully have nothing to hide. It's an amazing place where people learn to ride well. Not only that we make a bunch of friends, and we work with all kinds of animals. If you come I might even let you ride Reilly. :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been at Tara farm for 14 years. I was a co-4-H leader and now I am a boarder. I have learned so much from BonnieJeanne and continue to learn. She has a big heart and takes very good care of her animals. I want to Thank her for everything she has done for me, and my daughter. We are very fortunate and blessed to be able to have a place like Tara Farms to go too, for our children and for the adults who love the animals and care for them. The farm is a place I can escape to, they are my family. BonnieJeanne has dedicated her life and love in taking care of these animals in need. I give her lot's of credit for what she is doing. It's a lot of work to do what she is doing. I Commend her on her work in Rescuing these animals. Thank You BonnieJeanne, Love from a friend.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a current boarder at Tara Farm. I have been there for 14 years and have never once witnessed bonniejeanne treating any of her animals badly. She rehabilitates animals that other people just give up on and adopts them out to loving homes. Not all homes are so loving tho, the women who hunterjumper is talking about only saw the horse as an object. She didn't take care of him properly. For example, she hired one of the VOLUNTEERS at the rescue to muck her stall. That volunteer got 17 wheelbarrows out of her horses stall. And she's trying to say Bonniejeanne treats her animals badly? The farm has come a long way since I've been there. She's doing something most people don't have the strength and will power to do. So for people to trash talk the farm when they have never been there or listening to this childish bitter woman, think twice. Put your feet in her shoes. She IS doing a WONDERFUL thing. Ignorant people just need to realize that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Tara Farm Rescue for the past 4 years. I have seen so many animals walk through our gates for the first time with a look of sadness and defeat in their eyes. But soon they transform into a complete different animal who understands that they have a second chance at life. That is what I love the most about the farm. It is a chance for animals to learn to be animals again and to realize that not all people are bad. Some people can be so heartless towards animals but not BonnieJeanne. BonnieJeanne has a way with all animals and they can feel it. She gives them the very best vet treatment and thinks only about the care of her animals. Yes i agree the barn may not be the most beautiful because it is a rescue and all the money goes right into the vet, farrier, dentistry bills, etc. and the animals are in the best health. It breaks my heart to hear people talk such crap about the farm when all BonnieJeanne does is devote her life to rescuing animals and rehabilitating them. I would also like to add, that as a college student, I may be one of these "children" mentioned in previous comments. I VOLUNTEER my time to these animals as do the other girls. I CHOOSE to muck stalls and exercise horses because I enjoy it and I chose to be a part of this organization, rather than any other riding stable, because I believe that Tara Farm Rescue is an amazing place that truly puts only the animals first.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Tara Farm Rescue is a wonderful place. The previous negative comments are based solely on the experiences of one individual and should be weighted on that fact alone. It is not an objective opinion. This rescue struggles constantly with the need of the many against the the little resources available. Bonniejeanne works with many well recognized professionals and does more for these animals than most would. If the facility had fancy painted barns and manucured gardens then you would know where your donations are going. Instead, show up on a Monday when three professionals are working (dentist, vet, farrier) on the rescue horses. If you look around the horses all have shelter, hay in front of them (or pasture) and are all in good weight. Definitely worth checking out.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Based in Coventry, Connecticut, Tara Farm Rescue is a non-profit animal sanctuary, dedicated to easing the suffering of animals. It was started by Bonnie Jeanne Gorden and initially engaged in providing home to unwanted horses. Today, Tara Farm Rescue is open for many unwanted, abused and neglected animals, including pigs, cows, rabbits, chickens, dogs, goats and cats. They also make it a point to place their animal members in loving and caring adoptive homes after rehabilitation. The rescue has over 140 animals at present time and needs your support urgently due to the state of the economy and other animals waiting for rescue. Please give generously and utilize the WISH LIST: ANIMAL FEED & SUPPLIES: Horse Feed (low protein, hi fat) such as Blue Seal Sport Nutrena Complete, Senior and Legacy [Thompson's Feed Store (860)429-9377 ] Hay & Straw Cows Sweet Feed Goats Sweet Feed Potbellied Pig Food Chicken feed Science Diet Feline Iams dry cat food Canned cat food Dog Food - canned (any brand) Horse wormer Vet wrap Wood shavings Phoenix and Munson GIFT CERTIFICATES: Dr. Bud Allen; Veterinarian for Acupuncture/Chiropractor (413) 268-8387 Bolton Veterinary Clinic (General Veterinary Services (860)646-6134 Salem Valley Vet (860) 859-1649 Mackey's (860) 423-6311 Thompson's Feed Store (860)429-9377 FARM SUPPLIES: Skid steer (Bobcat) Run-in sheds Snaps & Hooks Deck Screws [ 1 5/8", 2.5", 3" ] Galvanized tube gates [ 8' - 10' and 12' ] Pressure treated 4x4 plies @ 8 feet 1/2" ply wood sheets Galvanized roofing tin PVC pipes for water 1' diameter