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October 9, 2011
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October 9, 2011
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I used to go with my mom to help her clean the horse's stall that she adopted from Tara Farm because she has fibromyalgia and sometimes cannot do so on her own (also another reason she rides horses is because it it therapeutic) . The stalls were poorly built and several times my mom's horse was cut from slipping in the mud (that always seemed to be there regardless of the weather) on the ramps and she had to treat him for thrush because of the moist conditions. She had moved him once to another boarding facility and after my mom had given Bonnie Jeanne notice she left my mom's horse out in an open area, at night, un-blanketed while it poured freezing rain, there was even snow on the ground at the time. Once we got to the new boarding facility our horses were first placed in stalls with concrete floors, which she was told was not going to be permanent and that they would be moved shortly but about a month or so went by and they continued to be left in the stalls with concrete floors and on more than one occasion we noticed that they had been skimping on their food (which we provided for them) and had given some of our hay to other horses being boarded and weren't being let out to exercise with all the other horses daily so we decided to go back to Tara Farm since it was the only other place at the time that my mom knew of that was affordable. One winter my mom was on Craigslist and found a woman looking to give away a horse in NY so we contacted the lady about the horse and drove out to look at him and she told us that the woman who had boarded him there had just abandoned him and that she did not have the extra money to continue taking care of him and her own horses. We ended up adopting him. When we went to ask Bonnie Jeanne if we could also board this horse (that was going to be my horse) along with my mom's horse she yelled at me "how dare you not adopt a horse" without even knowing the details about how we came to own this horse, I assume what she was so angry about was that I had not adopted a horse from her. I have also seen Bonnie Jeanne slap and punch her horses in their face when they misbehave. My mom is the one who had her horse stolen back when she decided to leave Tara Farm a second time. She won the court case against Bonnie Jeanne for Bonnie Jeanne breaching her own contract. My mother did not abuse her horse and if that was true why did Bonnie Jeanne allow her to keep her horse the entire time we were boarding him there? She did not say one word to my mom about mistreating her horse until she tried to leave again. You would think if she really was doing something wrong that she would not sit by and allow it for months and that the horse would have been taken from my mother before hand. Most of you who are talking about my mother on here have no first hand experience with my mom or her situation and it is all hearsay and none of your business to say anything about. My mom loved that horse and was very emotionally distraught after losing him, my younger sister was even jealous of this horse at one time because my mom treated him so good and spent so much time on/with him. There is definitely room for improvement to be made in the way this place is run and the general attitude of workers towards the public.

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

I used to visit with my mom.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get rid of the mud; use some of the donated money to fill the paddocks with sand or something that absorbs water better. Change your attitudes towards visitors and outsiders looking to help or adopt. Stop hitting/slapping the horses, it doesn't help them learn to trust people when you slap them in their faces, I know if I was mistreated constantly by people that I wouldn't want to cooperate with them either. I'm sure there are more constructive ways to deal with bad behavior.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

How did you learn about this organization?

My mom

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 21, 2010

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November 21, 2010

I have to say that I came to this site trying to find truthful information on this farm. I mean after all this is a review site. They are meant to be used to try to spread an honest inside word on organizations. All I can say is that I don't know what to believe and that I have really wasted my time. Can we please stop fighting and lying! All we should care about is the horses and spreading the truth about the organization. If you are lying about the farm, weather you are saying it is great or awful, I feel sorry that you are such a lame person to be wasting your time by doing that. I have a friend who works there and she says it is great yet she is not afraid to admit that "yes, it does have it's faults just like any organization" I was thinking about volunteering for lessons but now I am not so sure. I mean if this is how you all you act ,by fighting, why would i want to be in that type of environment? Oh, also Don't you think you should spend a day at the farm volunteering instead of judging it at all. I am sorry for being so harsh but we all want to help the animals so why don't we start doing it.

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

A friends opinion

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

tell the truth

September 21, 2010

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September 21, 2010

Thank you so much! My daughter loved the pony ride and she had such an amazing time! I really appreciate it she won't stop talking about it! When I stopped by I loved how things were run the girls and their horses look really happy.

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 28, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
March 28, 2010

I think the drama here is rediculous, this is a place to write reviews. Everyone should be able to voice their opinions without having to be bullied by the farm's workers and volunteers...if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all, this isn't a site to verbally abuse people. I have visited this farm a few times and did not really agree with the way the animals were dealt with. I do not believe in hitting animals, but a number of times excessive smacking and yelling at the horses was encouraged. I don't think this is a proper way of dealing with horses who have come from abusive situations...or in general, but especially in this case. Also I witnessed use of spurs-which I believe is something the contract says NOT to use:http://www.tarafarmrescue.org/ (under Adoption Contract) I am not going to go as far as to say that the horses here are being abused or neglected-the horses DID in fact appear to be healthy. I just did not agree with the handling of abused, neglected, and abandoned horses.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Most were clickish and exclusive

Ways to make it better...

If they were friendlier to everyone, not just potential donators or adoptors

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The general attitude of the staff

One thing I'd also say is that...

I think its a great idea to provide a place for abandoned, abused, and neglected animals, but I do not agree with being a hypocrite.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 21, 2010

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January 21, 2010

The owner was rude and the place was a mess with children doing all the work. I pray the state will go in and take all animals and lock her and her freeloading family up. Both neg reviews below are a regular accurance at this farm. I try my best to spread the word to not have anything to do with this so called rescue.I pray people will stop giving her animals!

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

Nothing good

Ways to make it better...

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

too much to mention

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

nothing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

freeloaders and children

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

cheat more people and spend not 1 dime on the farm or animals.

Ways to make it better...

Close her down and have state take animals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

owner

One thing I'd also say is that...

how do they get away with it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1998

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