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13 Hands Equine Rescue Inc

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

13 Hands is a wonderful place for horses in need, so that they can receive the care and quality of life they truly deserve. After graduating from college in May of 2018 I was looking for a way to give back to the community. I was riding horses at a barn down the street from the Rescue and heard from my instructor that volunteers were needed at 13 Hands. From the first time I visited, I fell in love with the mission and each individual horse, one by one. Seeing the transformation of these horses when they are given a second chance is a privilege. Volunteering at 13 Hands really makes you question who is saving who.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at 13 Hands Equine Rescue for over a year now and have enjoyed each and every minute caring for the most beautiful horses and mini ponies that have been rescued from the slaughter pipeline and auctions. It’s hard to believe and totally incomprehensible how these beautiful creatures have endured such inhumane abuse and mistreatment at the hands of humans before they arrived at 13 Hands. All of our horses and minis have amazing personalities and are all so loving and sweet. Providing the upmost care for all of our horses has always remained our top priority and mission at 13 Hands. Marylou Tortorello who is the founder of 13 Hands, is so dedicated and committed to ensuring all of the horses whom are rescued, are well taken care of and adopted into loving homes. All of the people who volunteer at 13 Hands are caring, committed, hard working, and work to ensure all of our horses’ needs are met. It is my hope that we will continue to receive more donations in the days to come, so that we can continue to provide our horses with the care they so lovingly deserve, as they wait to be adopted into a loving human family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for 13 Hands a year ago after seeing a news segment about what they do for these amazing animals (rescuing, rehabilitating, re-training, and "re-homing" them through adoption) as well as how some are used in therapy to assist veterans with PTSD and others with various life challenges. I literally signed up within minutes of hearing their story and have not looked back since. What's more, I find It hard to believe most horses were destined for kill pens once you see how vibrant and responsive they are after a little TLC. In addition to working directly with phenomenal horses, 13 Hands exposed me to the nicest, most caring bunch of people I've ever met. Everyone, without exception, cares deeply about the horses, the people they help, and the cause.

1 Kimberly P.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live in Bedford and had heard wonderful things about 13 Hands...but didn’t have any first hand experience with the organization until I had to find a new home for a pony that I love and adore. I really didn’t want to let Wyatt go; but Marylou and her staff of volunteers immediately put me at ease with their knowledge of and experience with all things Equine. Their facilities are unparalelled..beautiful paddocks for grazing and the most well-kept stalls/stables that I’ve ever seen. What really won me over though was everyone’s unwavering love and commitment to the horses and ponies that they rescue...giving them a safe and loving environment in which they not only heal but flourish. Mere words cannot begin to convey how impressed I am by the work they do at 13 Hands...so impressed that this former client is now a happy and proud volunteer!!! Please consider joining us in our mission to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving forever homes for these wonderful, deserving creatures...either by becoming a donor; or by joining our team of volunteers. We really do appreciate your support!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

13 Hands Equine Rescue is an incredible place. It’s about the horses, but also about the people who work there. The care and genuine interest in the horses is easy to see. The concern for their well-being brings us all together working towards the same goal: saving them from slaughter and giving them the life they deserve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These guys are out doing great things. Rescuing horses that are in the slaughter pipeline and either finding them great homes or re-training them for use in the Equine Therapy program for Veterans. They are a happy team and happy to please. You can't go wrong either getting a horse from them or volunteering with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We rescue horses that are on chopping block--for slaughter.
The owner and her team are wonderful people, with hearts of gold. And aim to save every horse we can.
The volunteers are fun, knowledgeable and caring. We help each other out, working in pairs.
We muck stalls, muck paddocks, water/feed/hay horses, groom and wash horses, spend time with horses, clean water troughs, spray them with fly spray so they aren't assaulted by flies during hot days and love the horses. We also do training on a regular basis to understand horses, learn how to handle them, what they might need or want in a particular moment, and we constantly assess their physical well being.
We need a steady stream of funding, but for now, we get by, on donations and some fundraisers. We just need more.

1 Camille Lucca B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at 13 Hands Equine Rescue this year. This rescue founded by Marylou Tortorello is a place where slaughter bound and neglected horses come to be rehabilitated and rehomed. The love and care that every horse receives goes above and beyond exceptional. Horses that might not be adoptable live their life out at the rescue and some become therapy horses for our equine therapy program. This certified program helps veterans and others with PTSD. I feel proud to be part of this amazing rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

13 Hands Rescue does exactly what their name says- works very hard to save neglected, abused horses cast off by owners who no longer have a use for them. I have found everyone associated with 13 Hands to be compassionate and dedicated, offering up their time, energy and money to help animals who need human intervention to live out their lives in dignity and peace. Seeing a beautiful horse rehabilitated and adopted out to a loving family it is one of the most rewarding experiences I have known.

1 Jacqueline Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

13 Hands Equine Rescue is quite an exceptional place. Located on a beautiful farm in Bedford Corners, NY, the surroundings are exceptional. More importantly they rescue slaughter bound horses, rehabilitate them, re-train them and re-home them. Some of the herd is evaluated for use in the Equine Assisted Therapy program which is particularly focused on veterans with PTSD, anxiety and other issues. The horses are restored back to the horse they were meant to be. Those that aren’t adoptable or used in therapy live out their lives in safety, security and the dignity they deserve.

They conduct community outreach and educational programs and use a mostly volunteer staff to accomplish all this! I have been a volunteer for over a year now and my life has been greatly enriched by these magnificent creatures. Thank you Marylou Tortorello for founding this wonderful rescue!




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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our visits to 13 Hands Equine Rescue demonstrated to our family how committed this nonprofit is to saving horses & ponies from kill pens. We have never a met more dedicated staff, all of who cater to the special needs of these wonderful, loving horses. If you are looking to adopt or foster a warm, affectionate horse, who needs a forever home, definitely take a ride to Bedford Hills, NY. We couldn’t have been more impressed. The facility is full of love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My story starts with chance. I called the farm after finding them on google maps as an equine rescue near me. I wanted to buy and then donate a few dozen bales of hay (after I used them for a party). Marylou answered my call and in addition to coming to pick up the hay, she inspired me with her story and that of the farm enough that I wanted to do more. I am now a volunteer and I can honestly say nothing makes me happier than to spend the day at the farm. The love, dedication and care they provide is exceptional. The miracles they work with horses that have otherwise given up is something that should not go unrecognized. This is an exceptional organization that truly is inspiring everyone around them.