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HORSE PROTECTION SOCIETY OF NORTH CAROLINA
September 11, 2013

I'm just finishing my 8th year as a volunteer and board member at the Horse Protection Society of NC. When I first began at HPS, we housed our herd of 29 horses in a dilapidated 100-year-old barn and numerous out buildings along the property. Through sound business practices, HPS now has transformed into a beautiful facility comprised of new barns that house up to 50 horses, vinyl fencing, a covered hay feeder that allows horses to enjoy hay out of inclement weather and an indoor riding arena in which to safely place horses back under saddle after their recovery and rehabilitation period is competed. All this has been accomplished while remaining debt free and without compromise to the feeding and care of the horses.





Ways to make it better...

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

Funds to have a farm hand to help with daily chores at the sanctuary.

More feedback

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Board Member

HORSE PROTECTION SOCIETY OF NORTH CAROLINA
March 31, 2011

In response to slanderous allegations made by marenmind on Oct 5, 2010 that the horses at HPS do not receive proper care, that the people who run are "terrible, hateful, people" and do not appreciate donors and volunteers.

HPS cares for approximately 45 horses each month. These horses are fed twice a day and every horse is check from checked and treated for any medical problem from the tiniest scratch to the most serious disease. This care is documented daily by the volunteers and with 30-40 people helping to care for these horses on a monthly basis. All horses receive yearly dental care, are up to date on vaccinations, receive hoof care every 6-7 week, unless foundered and then receive hoof care every 3-4 weeks and annual digital radiographs,and are wormed every 6-7 weeks. Additionally, we request volunteers to each take a horse and give it personal attention each week.

Most horses need about a year to completely recover from starvation and begin to ride again. All horses are treated by a chiropractor before being saddled and are brought back slowly and carefully. This may mean that the horse is only walked without a rider the first day, then sat on the second time, then ridden at a walk for about 5 minutes the third time. Strict attention is paid to ensure that the horse is not over exerted and injured as it returns to a saddle career.

Barns are cleaned a minimum of 4 times a week. I clean them at least once a week myself and have been doing so for the past 7 years.

Volunteers are our most important asset. Most come to the sanctuary with absolutely no horse experience but are welcomed to come share the experience of rehabilitating these magnificent creatures. The only stipulations are that volunteers/members pitch in and carry their share of the load, follow policy, and treat others at the sanctuary with respect.

I convey my personal appreciation to volunteers for almost every task they perform on a daily basis. As does our Executive Director, who also buys a Christmas gift for every volunteer/feeder from her own pocket. Every donor receives a personally written thank you note for every single donation they make.

For many years, Joan Benson did much of the physical labor, at the sanctuary herself despite already being in her 60's. In 2005, a change was made to allow her to properly fulfill her role as a true Executive Director and since then the sanctuary has flourished with the addition of a covered hay feeder, improved fencing, 2 large barns and 4 smaller ones totalling 50 stalls. We are happy to say that this was accomplished without the sanctuary incurring any debt. We are now on our way to adding a covered riding arena and would like to obtain special medical equipment such as a sling.

I understand that this organization is not for everyone. We cannot let you or your children ride the horses because there is too great a liability issue. The work is difficult and we are often short-handed so we need everyone to pitch in. There are many rules but they are to keep the volunteers safe, the euipment operating, and the horses healthy.

Sometimes people cannot understand those few simple facts and they leave in anger. I do not understand why people such as marenmind then try to harm the horses and the organization they once professed to love.

I'm proud to represent this organization and will not hide behind a fictitious name as marenmind has done.

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

Horses come to the sanctuary starved and injured. Most are rehabilitated and placed in quality homes. I've always been impressed by the high standard of its care and its commitment to finding the best homes for the horses.

Ways to make it better...

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

be able to hire a few part-time employees to help care for the horses during the weekday mornings because it is so hard to find people with availability during this time.

More feedback

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Board Member & For the past seven years, I have fed the horses, helped the farriers and vets, cleaned barns, mowed fields, worked fundraisers, mainted websites, served on the directors and officers boards.