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2 Connie55

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a Mini that came through AC4H by way of a local rescue. My Haflinger I got directly from AC4H. They were very helpful getting me set up with vetting and a barn that would quarantine for me. Of course $$$ was all was my responsibility. I am ass-u-ming some people might not realize in order to save $ and in some cases these beautiful horses lives. There is some risk involved. It is my understanding AC4H pulls horses from auction, transport, feed, in some cases ride to show and try to get as much information on stills and video to the public.That is a LOT of work and not cheap! They really can't be making much money with all they do! When I picked up my girl in 2011 they were busy caring for and working with multiple truckloads of horses. Everywhere! I am sure mistakes do happen but I have found them to be caring, hardworking and would trust them again with another horse anytime if I were looking.
It is the public aka client's responsibility to make the decision if they want the horse or not. Horses do get very stressed in auction and are susceptible to all the germs around. Many even get sick in transport after the fact. That is not the responsibility of AC4H. I think they do a wonderful job!!!
I have had both of my girls for over three years. I have done many miles of trails on the Haflinger. Am just now starting to train Mini for cart and looking forward to a lot of fun learning to drive together.
I personally sick of people giving them a bad rap.

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

ANOTHER CHANCE 4 HORSES INC has been shut down permanently for NOT being a "Great Nonprofit." They ran a scam rescue for years and stole money from people over and over, and it took years of complaints from concerned and outraged victims before authorities would take action. Now they have shut this scam operation down and Christy Sheidy will pay for her many crimes.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I "adopted" a pony from her after all her fees and sale price he ended up being almost $1000. And he was said to be a gelding, And it cost me over $300 to have him gelded again. I contacted her regarding finding he had testicles and she never got back to me. However, communication was good while she was adding on more fees. But then I asked help to take care of gelding him, as that was an unplanned expense. I expected he might be older than noted or need dental care, as he did. But "adopted" a "gelding" who was scheduled to go to killers by a certain date- as said in the list. But did not expect a stallion.

6 Sally S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

AC4h was just stripped of its 501c3 nonprofit status by the IRS in May, yet is still representing itself as such. This is FRAUD! Do not, I repeat, DO NOT support this organization in any way, shape or form. As has been said so many times before, always do your due diligence before ever donating one cent of your money to a charity, to be sure it is legitimate. Too many people have let their emotions run away with them with regard to this shady organization, only to be "taken for a ride" with hundreds or even thousands of dollars pocketed by these crooks.

If you are a victim, please email FBI Special Agent Charlene Trux at charlene.trux@ic.fbi.gov or call her at (610) 433-6488.

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11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

To call this organization a "rescue" is a huge, and I mean, humongous stretch! They reported $300k in revenue for 2009, yet NOBODY, according to a very credible source, in the Sheidy household works a regular job at all. She has consistently claimed for years that AC4h does not own the broker horses, but where is this revenue coming from, then?

None of the money taken in benefits the horses in any way, shape or form. She claimed $27,000 in vet expenses and $56k in hay and supplements, yet virtually NONE of the horses going through the broker program get even the most basic vet care and many of them, when they leave the broker lot, are in worse shape than when they arrived.

As a result, they are shipped out sick, injured, emaciated and lame across state lines, which is a big NO-NO. Quite a few of these poor animals have had to be humanely destroyed upon arrival at their new homes.

They claim they have adopted out approximately 1,000 horses last year-- a claim that doesn't hold water in this miserable economy and many reputable and legitimate rescues are struggling to place their animals and keep them fed and healthy.

I agree with the other reviewers that the majority of these horses have been shipped to slaughter as Christy and her cohorts have failed abysmally time after time to account for the whereabouts of all the missing horses or to provide updates on them. This occurring after they took in thousands of dollars in donations and glibly assured donors the horses were no longer in peril.

Christy does not like for people to ask serious and pointed questions and she has avoided them time after time, or given very vague answers which never address the questions directly. If people persist, she deletes their posts and blocks them--all major red flags that this "rescue" is one to avoid completely. I would never support this organization and hope that she will be shut down permanently in the near future.

The photo I am providing with this review is of Faith, a grulla mare that was severely, and I mean, horribly foundered and in such excruciating pain that she did not want to walk, yet Christy's daughter forced the poor animal to move--on hard pavement at that.

Christy was told by the veterinarian that she needed to be put down, but she refused to do so--she wanted the money for this horse because of her unusual coloring-- and so a hauler had no choice but to transport her several hundred miles in her condition to the Poconos, where she was humanely euthanized. This poor animal did not receive ANY vet care at all--NONE-- while in Christy's hands, which is typical of this woman. All she cares about is the money the horse will bring her.

Review from Guidestar

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Cease and desist order issued August 2013 by PA Dept of State.
AC4H still does not appear in the PA charities online database.

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/http;//www.portal.state.pa.us;80/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_145376_1364757_0_0_18/08262013%20Another%20Chance%204%20Horses%20C&D.pdf

4 Sarah163

Client Served

Rating: 1

Adopted a very ill donkey and told to hold a garage sale to raise the necessary $14,000 vet care after 5 gutteral pouch surgeries and told he was healthy by the agency. Documentation from several vets can be provided. I still have my boy but he lived at the vet clinic for almost 3 months after we first adopted him.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Christy Sheidy is the biggest scam artist around. She has a video with a dead horse in it. she doesn't even care. she is a fraud and bad person. she tried to extort money out of us and it didn't work. she is no rescue. she is a horse dealer that hides behind her 501 status. I feel bad for all the people that give money and all the horses that come in contact with her.

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

No way can you judge a horse completely in the few minutes of a video. You take your chances buying a horse in this manner. These horses are kept in a communal setting, and are very likely to arrive ill, or become ill. Its part of the deal. Those of us who know horses know how to handle that, and suffer no undue expenses. Those who don't may hire vets who want to create a big deal and make a lot of money from those who don't. Find a good knowledgeable experienced person to help you thru...will save you a lot.

As far as my rescues, which are now numbering about eight - I have been more than pleased. My current riding horse is an AC4H rescue and he is hands down a better character than my husband's horse, which we bought from a reputable breeder, for five times the money! He came in sick, very frightened, and needed time and care. He is repaying us more than we could have hoped. The rest of our rescues were rehabbed and re-homed and I get pictures and letters regularly from their happy owners.

Good luck and its wonderful if you can help these horses.

7

Client Served

Rating: 1

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1

Client Served

Rating: 3

I'm torn as to this group.I got 2 from there.First one had Strangles and second one was beat the hell up from the Lot or the Transport.I did however receive my Horses.I do understand that when being in the Brokers Lot, AC4H themselves can't do anything for the Horses, they aren't theirs, but the Brokers.I have had great help with the Volunteer I worked with(who btw has a real job and is just THAT, a Volunteer)to help me get my Horses.IF Horses were drugged, I don't think Christy did that.They come through the Auction like that and usually takes a month to get out of their Systems.
I know others that have adopted and received their Horses.Not sure where all this missing Horse stuff comes from.They are however skinny and or sick most of the time.
Way I feel is, any horse you get from anywhere can be drugged or be sick.
However, I have seen Horses on the Site that shouldn't be ridden or are sick and should be Isolated from other Horses and ARE being ridden and not isolated, on top of it, they use the same Tack on everyone.
Point is, these are Kill Broker owned and he will ship them.I don't want to line his pockets, but I also don't want to see Horses that are young and perfectly fine, go through the Slaughter Horror.
so, yes I am torn.I guess everyone needs to make up their own mind as to what is best for them.AC4H isnt the only Organization that works with a Kill Broker.There are SEVERAL.

3 brenda creighton

Donor

Rating: 4

Because of the generostiy of the people who support the bail out program of broker owned horses, a young friend and i picked up three bailed but unwanted horses. I paid for the coggins and shipping to pick up barn. Yes, they needed to be in Quarantine, and yes one was a very thin yearling. So? Horses in a herd shuffle that are not in routine care get sick and loose weight. Ever heard of shipping fever?
Currently we are very happy with our broker owned buy outs, having fun training them and getting the people shy pony used to use. The 'old mare' only nine, is going to be a sweetie for riding and driving.

I do not understand comments about high prices. Currently they have listed horses for $650 and under that are being ridden up and down a lane outside in the cold weather. From my point of view, and i have been teaching riding for 20 years, the riders know how to ride and the horses are fairly easy. I also know that pleasure horse owners tend to overfeed and under use their animals and end up with too much horse in a very short time. So some of the criticisms can be from what happens after the horse gets to its new home. And other things can be the result of having been in the auction loop.
I am glad to take horses out of the auction loop, being trailer from sale to sale until the broker gets his price and the horse just has to tolerate lousy conditions until homed.
Nonprofits actually can have paid staff, so the idea that the Sheidy family might be making a living off of doing a good deed does not bother me.
People can go to high-faluting training barns and spend $5,000. on an OTTB that is strong and green and still have lameness and illness issues or have a colic and have to put the horse down. Those issues have nothing to do with AC4H, it is called 'horses.'

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Wouldn't it be terrible if a reporter. with a hidden camera posed as a potential buyer to expose this organization for what it really is.

14

Donor

Rating: 1

I was involved with TWO horses through AC4H. One was a chestnut TB mare and the other was an older Warmblood gelding. The mare was thin and ill. I sponsored her and provided money for her upkeep. I also offered to adopt her if no one else would and sent in all my paperwork. I never heard more about the horse and she "disappeared" from their pages. I have a bad feeling she was euthanized. The warmblood was to be purchased by myself and another woman. While we were halfway through the paperwork (and after paying for the horse) we found out it had already been sent to Maple Hill farm (a resale barn). I tried to get my money back but my credit card said they did not cover fraud. They said I had not done due diligence on the rescue and it was an obvious case of fraud. I sent my documents to a police investigator in PA who is collecting evidence for this fake rescue which is basically a horse broker business. Do not do business with AC4H.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have dealt with AC4H on multiple occasions for multiple years. Had purchased or "bailed" several horses from "The Broker's Lot" that the not-for-profit represents and was very happy with my experience.

The thing bout auction horses is that you never know what you will get. Trained, untrained, healthy, ill. As far as representation, these horses were represented to the best of the company's ability. Without multiple professional trainers, veterinarians and behaviorists, the non profit is doing all they can to represent the horses appropriately with little or no history on a particular horse.

Many horses do not have papers. Horses may have been registered at one point or another, but over the years, these may have been lost due to multiple ownerships and changing of hands.

The bottom line is (When you attempt to purchase an auction horse):

1. Horses are not guaranteed to be healthy
2. Horses may have behavioral issues that cannot be evaluated during their time at the "Broker's Lot"
3. Horses may have long term or short term health issues resulting in high veterinary costs or death
4. Horses may or may not have papers. If they have papers, they may not be accurate
5. Layover and health certificates may run over $100.00 that is expected - count for inflation
6. Transportation can vary in price, and the not-for-profit tries to find the best possible haulers for the job at a decent price.


From my experience, Christy Sheidy has been very accommodating, reasonable, and if a horse was shipped to the wrong location, she would arrange to get it shipped back and fund the shipment with out-of-pocket money.
Horses always arrived hydrated, and well fed, despite the fact that a few had been in poor shape. These horses are also regularly medicated, if they need to be, especially on a long drive to their destination.

I am disappointed to see so many negative reviews. It appears that there are multiple disgruntled persons who perhaps have misrepresented their intentions. The other half seem to have issues with the not-for-profit's yearly income, representation etc.

In all honestly, caring for horses is very expensive and at the end of the year, there is not much left from the numbers you see on a tax return. For many, a few thousand dollars is plenty of money, without realizing that this money has been already spoken for (bills).

Most of these negative reviews come from people who are not accustomed to caring for a rescue animal, do not have the ability to physically operate with thousands of dollars, and such money, never passes through their hands.

Caring for a rescued horse means that YOU WILL spend thousands of dollars on improving its life, keeping him alive or curing a chronic ailment which requires both time, work and, sadly MONEY.

It is also my belief that the economy had made many people "head shy", that want the best "bang" for their buck, and are missing the point. The point is such that this is what the economy is like at the moment, and that we all need to adjust, and stop having more requirements, stop becoming more bitter and blame it on the other person or a corporation.

The economy is making many people very unhappy with life, and even spending a few dollars more means that their dissatisfaction will be made more intense.

So why not think about the LIFE you are paying for ? Even if it meant that it lasted for only a few short months, and you have paid several thousand dollars to save it - is it really about the money ? Or did people lose their VISION and are concentrating on MONEY because that is what is happening in our world today ?

For me it was a life-changing experience. This is how I discovered the world of unwanted horses.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

These so called rescues support 'brokers' more than they want to save the horses. The brokers behind these horses are in it for the money. If you go to the auctions yourself, you will see many of these horses sell for under $100. The brokers buy these horses and put ridiculous prices on them. I personally have saved many horses from kill pens and re-homed them for only $50 over my expensives. And that was only to buy the next one. I would NEVER put these high prices on them! NOR, would I support such a 'broker' and help put money in their pockets. I would be ashamed to list myself as a rescue group and at the same time support these so called 'brokers!' Many brokers are the resuers friends and/or family and they all have their hands in the money bowl. They feed on the emoitions of people who truly wnat to save these horses. People that want to save horses from slaughter need to go to the auctions themselves and purchase them directly. They will be A LOT cheaper, and no one is making a huge profit!

4 Sandra W.

Client Served

Rating: 4

We purchased a horse through AC4H broker program. Communication was prompt and friendly, layover and transport were easy to arrange. Tommy arrived safely and in remarkably good condition for a New Holland horse. Coggins was delivered with horse (we didn't pay for an HC since shipper didn't require and we were buying him regardless.) Price was roughly on par with Camelot, higher than EOTL and lower than Sundew. Thank you for helping us save Tommy's life!

6

Donor

Rating: 5

In October 2012 I donated through the "ChipIn" to help save a mare headed for slaughter. Her bail was only $275 and she appeared to be a former school horse who was very well trained. She was thin and needed some general maintenance, but appeared to be sound otherwise. She was offered a home by Lilly Pond Foal Rescue who cared for her until she was adopted permanently by an individual. When she first arrived at Lilly Pond she became ill and required two days on IV's at the vet. After that ordeal she recovered quickly and was soon adopted to a permanent home. Throughout the process I was in touch with Lilly Pond Foal Rescue and with the individual young lady who ultimately adopted her. Being involved in a small way by donating to the mare's rescue and vet care was a wonderful experience and I thank AC4H and Lilly Pond Foal Rescue for their efforts on behalf of the horses. I will continue to support their courageous work.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AC4H has been around for over 10 years and has never had any complaints against them. There's this loon Sally Schrock who is an admitted animal abuser and neglecter who had all of her animal taken away from her because her home was condemned. She was denied adopting a horse and since then she and her insane friends continue a hurtful campaign against this rescue. Use your common sense first and just google Sally Pip Schrock and read all about her. It's a sick obsession this crazy loon has. It hurts all horses.

12

Client Served

Rating: 1

OMG Avoid these people AT ALL COSTS and DO NOT give your money to them! It lines THEIR/Christy's pockets and thats about all. its NOT a rescue tho she may talk a good game and have a few poster horses to promote herself with, its just another word for MAKE-A_BUCK off bleeding hearts. They work with a BROKER and MANY of these AT RISK in need horses are in fact NOT at risk-meat buyers do exsist but they only will pay SO MUCH per head/per pound and will not pay the 500-600 as much as 2000 etc that she asks for her horses so they are in no threat off becomeing pony steak. You just need to do a little internet research to find that out. At first out of the goodness of my heart I put a "down payment" on a few "needy horses" that I wanted to ultimately own. Well those funds went to HELP the horses and they ended up somewhere else so those fund were magically GONE tho I was thinking it was a downpayment on some broker program horses. I was mad but the anger passed. A year later, I "purchased/adopted" 4 horses from them and paid to have them trailered quite a long distance to me. I was ASSURED by Christy that the one was ABSOLUTELY beginner safe and the rest were gentle etc. (all by text as it seems she cannot speak on the phone) They sent me pics of them in quareentine but somehow after 3 weeks there none had put on ANY weight-hmmm. What I saw where these horses standing next to horses with snotty noses (severe enough to be possibly strangles) and were given just a handful of hay cubes on the manure soaked stalls at their "farm" or "holding area" which is someone in the middle of no where and not on their farm-or they call it THE OTHER FARM where the horses arent even seen daily???. When they arrived, The one had a blown knee and had to be put down within 72 hours. The other one was a neurotic and severe weaver with a HUGE swollen hock. She was also aged, very thin and nuts (this was suppossed to be the beginner safe one hand picked by Christy. HAHA. Totally NOT ridable by anyone!) After the farrier and vet looked at this one I contacted Christy wanting to rehome it locally-basically wanting to put it out to pasture to die in peace as nothing more could be done for it. She said I HAD TO SEND IT BACK TO HER. I said no way Im putting a half dead horse on a trailer to go for a 900 mile trailer ride are you NUTS?? We had to put that one down. Her emails become threatening and harrassing (to the point I was in tears and contacted an atty. She couldnt give me a straight answer as to why you would abuse a horse by putting it on a trailer to send it 900 miles after it had just sadly been trailered 900 miles and was DYING!) Her yahoo group harrassed me. I had to change my email. The 3rd one was lovable on the ground but he was a severe cribber (not disclosed to me) and also unridable by anyone without velcro on their butts, he also was not drivable as advertised and had white line disease (also arrived with shoes DANGLING off him). I kept him for almost 3 years as a pasture pet, he coliced once a month without fail and I FINALLY found a home for him that didnt mind his regular colics and cribbing behavior (even with a collar on). The 4th one was SEVERELY foundered, not disclosed to me. When the farrier went to work on her he was horrified. She was put out to pasture where she remains on my farm as a lawn ordament. I basically called in our family attorney over the one horse when she wanted me to trailer it back tho it was dying and he laughed and said he would be MORE than happy to take her on, that I legally owned these horses and that was that. I have almost haldd a century of horse exp. yet I was duped. This horses werent TRUE rescues in any sense of the wrod as a TRUE rescue actually rehabs and knows the horses it offers for adoption. I lost $1000's not in just buying them and trailering them and vet and farrier and feed expense but in having them put down almost as soon as they arrived!!! I do hope people will see the light about this gal and do their homework. If you want a horse from an auction, go there youself, do NOT trust this Christy person! Shes just a horse trader hiding behind "being a rescue". Rescues dont work with a broker to sell neglected/sick and dangerous horses to the public! (Brian Moore I believe is the name of the broker but Im not 100% and have heard she works with several for that under the table cash in pocket profit) The sad part is is that MANY of the horses offered wil either a) get someone hurt and are NOT what they say they are or b) have so much wrong with them that they NEED to be put down on site. This is a SCAM not a rescue. Youve been warned. REAL RESCUES will go to the auction themselves if they want to look for a horse that needs TLC and then they will take it and totally REHAB it before offering it out. Most "rescue" horses now days come from private owners on hard time. Christy tho continues to try to get grants to help fund her horse buying needs, but in the process she not only hurts people she HURTs the horses! Not to long ago I saw 2 locally that came from AC4H offered for sale..same thing, they were not what she led the person to believe they were, they were younger horses and not in ill health but they were plum dangerous, and the lady was giving them away for free. That speaks volumes. Just because her daughter can ride a horse up and down the aisle of barn while she coos in the background to make a 2 second video doesnt mean the horse was safe. In my case a BEGGED for a video wanting to see the one horse I wanted ride...and she could not provide it HMMMMM that should have been a red flag for me but I was too big hearted trusting and stupid. I hope others will learn from my exp. pardon my typos. Ive read thru enough of these comments to see the truth and I have to wonder why someone isnt shutting her down. The 5 star comments are coming from family and friends only afraid to loose their pocket cash. SOMEONE NEEDS TO SERIOUSLY INVESTIGATE THIS NFP AND PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS. If she wants to be a horse trader....fine, thats her business, but AC4H needs to be PUT OUT OF BUSINESS AS A RESCUE because they are NOT a RESCUE!I do have to ad I was contcted by a TB org. wanting a referrnece on Christy as she had applied for a grant with them. I told them my story. I had pics and video and vet and farrier report with dates to back me up...they declined her grant on what others had told them and I was the person to just slam the door shut for them and BOY did that make me feel GOOD. They found that she was NOT acting in favor of the horses!!!! YAY And the only way I can post this and feel good, is that Ive moved since this experince. JUST AVOID this whole clan and let the law step in...karma will find her.

14

Client Served

Rating: 1

This is the first time i delt with AC4H, i never heard good things about them, but i beleived it was just rumors until now.. They were slow for contact, and i had to deal with multiple people; each of them told me a something a little different. I picked the horse i wanted, got approved, and agreed on a day to pick her up. After driving all the way to the location i was greeted by a man i had no prior contact with. We went into a barn where the horses were standing in filth, then he brought me the wrong horse! I showed him a picture of the mare i had gotten, and he said she was not there. After texting Christy, Phil, and talking to the man who was at the location(who even tho he said he didnt know much about what these people did, he knew enough of their names), they had no good answer as to what could have happened to her. So after i waisted my entire day driving, over $150 in fuel, wear and tear on my truck and trailer all they had to say was, "i dont know where she could have went, sorry". I feel so bad for all these sponsors that give their money to these people, trying to do good by these horses. How many of them actually end up in a homes??? I doubt these people can even know for sure, and i doubt theyd get their money back. I messaged concerned to see if they have found what happened to the mare, and i have had NO contact from them!! Seriously, rediculous.

12

Donor

Rating: 2

There was a time when I believe this organization had its heart in the right place. I do believe the broker program tainted the integrity and focus of the rescue. I personally adopted a horse that didn’t come directly from the broker. This was a horse that Christy had at her personal farm for some time. Shortly after arrival at my farm, the sweet mare was diagnosed with EPM. I knew Christy had experience dealing with EPM so I called and left a message to ask about her experience with the medication that she used as there are commonly 2 choices of treatment. She never returned my call. I figured, ok, she doesn’t want to give out medical advice. I get it.
Suddenly, my $900 mare became a $4000 mare after a year of vet bills and Marquis (EPM medication) and had to be euthanized. That’s when my disappointment set in.
The disappointment was not about the cost or the heartache of watching the mare decline. I didn’t hold the fact that the mare had EPM against the rescue. That’s a gamble I took when adopting. Nor did I complain to AC4H about the financial burden. Again, every horse owner needs to be prepared for catastrophic health issues. The financial burden was mine and mine only. I emailed the rescue a couple of times throughout the year that we had the horse to let them know of the mare’s condition. I figured they would still have concern about her after caring for her for some time. Then, a final sincere email was sent to let them know that the mare lost her battle and was put down. I never received a reply.
Think about it. If you owned a horse then sold it, wouldn’t you still care about its well being enough to at least reply when you receive updates? “I’m sorry for your loss” or “She was a sweet mare. Something? Anything?
That was the red flag. Once the money exchanged hands, their concern for the well being of the horse they had once cared for ended. Period. Were they just too busy turning over more broker horses to reply? Were they afraid I was going to blame them? I don’t know what their reasoning was for not replying but it felt as calloused as buying an old clunker from a buy here pay here.

6 Pamela22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Two people I know that adopted horses from Christy Sheidy AC4H they are currently being campaigned as show horses and are dong extremely well Both are TB's off the track. These were broker owned horses. If not given the chance to be seen on the broker pages they would have shipped to slaughter. Christy gives those horses a chance at life. The previous person stated they are being investigated by the FBI, this is just more false allegations and libel....Christy also educates the public about the horrors of horse slaughter and works continually with schools in her area to help educate the children about it. Our family and friends will always support and donate to AC4H

12

Client Served

Rating: 1

AC4H is a complete scam. A majority of the horses listed are at no risk for slaughter. Jesse Austin and Brian Moore are their "kill buyers". Jesse Austin does not even have a slaughter contract and has not sent to slaughter in years. Brian's listed horses are horses bought for resale. The horses he buys for slaughter have no "second chance". The Sheidys tack on $100+ on every horse they list. They also charge $55 for a $22 coggins along with a mandatory "donation". The are totally incompetent on basic horse knowledge such as determining height,age,breed, and sometimes even color! The kids are brats and constantly bicker and have very little respect for horses. Everything they do is to make money, they don't care about the horses at all! Also, NONE of the broker owned horses are located at their farm! They are at the brokers farms! Jesse Austin's in in Louisa,VA and Brian Moore's is close to Allentown,PA. The only time they are in direct care of any of the broker horses is when they are dropped off Sunday might by the brokers until they are picked up from the new owners. They receive MINIMAL bedding (like maybe one scoop per stall), a flake of hay, and a bucket of water. They claim they have sooo many expenses....the only expense they have for the broker owned program is renting the pickup barn for $100 a week. Also, they push horses that aren't even the type to be at risk of slaughter! Minis, ponies, greys, studs, anything under 600lbs, shippers don't ship! Instead of being scammed by them, contact the actual owner of the horse (most likely Jesse Austin or Brian Moore) and buy it from them for at least $100 less. Also, THEY ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE FBI! Don't believe me??? Contact Cedar Ridge Farm and ask! They are on Facebook!

10

Client Served

Rating: 1

Have known this place for a few years. They save some horses but specialise in being horse dealers. Get a cut from the brokers for horses they sell. Are not up front with reporting problems with horses. Collect money from donors on horses no longer available. Substitute horses without approval. Take in donor paid for horses and then resell them. These people are not honest tho they'd like you to think they. They have scamming down to a science. Gotta admire them for that.

14 David93

Client Served

Rating: 1

"Rescued" two OTTBs from these people. Was told that they had papers. Only after paying and receiving them, was I told, no, we dont have their papers, sorry. Also, after paying for the horses, I was told that it would be required for them to go to their recommended hold over barn for QT for 14 days @ $30 per day. They already knew I had transport scheduled (not one of their recommended people) and were just trying to squeeze out more money. I recommend anyone that even THINKS about dealing with these scammers, do your research. Google AC4H and AC4H Scams and you will find out I am not alone. It is criminal that they are allowed to still be in operation.

Review from Guidestar

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Ac4h is merely using emotional blackmail to sell horses online. She does not work with kill buyers as they will not work with her. She tacks on quite a tidy profit to her actual purchase price plus inflating the cost of health certificates and coggins papers. She is ignorant about horses as is very evident in the videos of her children riding without shoes and helmets. Any lameness is described as "gaited" by Sheidy. Visitors to the website would not know about the mare with her coffin bone rotated through her sole who was "described as foot sored," in the video as she was forced to walk with Sheidy waving a paper behind her. Many, many people have received very ill horses which had to be euthanized due to lack of vet care by Sheidy. Please go to an auction and choose your horse. Do not be fooled by Sheidy's emotional blackmail.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

First off Ms. Schrock is not telling the truth as per usual. Christy's farm is in Pa. The Pocono's in Pa are not several hundred miles as Sally has mentioned in this article from AC4H in Bernville. Please take a moment and look up Sally Schrock or Sarah Schrock on Google she has scammed so many people it isn't funny any more. She is damaging all rescues. Dog and horse rescue. Sally is supported by many fake rescues. She is their mouthpiece and is used as a weapon against AC4H. Sally has even taken to harassing and stalking Christy's minor children. She is truly a sick individual. I have done my research on AC4H and their is NO proof of any wrong doing. This is just an attempt to assassinate Christy and the rescue by some people that really have some serious mental issues.

4 Sarah70

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am heartbroken reading these nasty reports about the Sheidy family. They are not brokers... they work with brokers to provide at-risk horses with opportunities to find a home instead of heading to slaughter. Through this program, they have helped thousands of horses. Have they made money? It is impossible that they have made what others claim. The adoption fees they charge cover vet expenses and training. That money goes right back into the next horse. For broker horses, they must answer to the broker... what he is willing to sell the horse for. This family ran the rescue for many years OUT OF POCKET... not a money maker, I assure you. I have heard accusations that no horses are ever rehabbed... this is a complete lie. Over the years I have watched many horses flourish under their care. Granted, sometimes there are miscommunications about horses that seem available and aren't... the broker program is fast-moving and it is incredibly difficult to keep things organized online. I know this personally because I volunteer online to help answer questions... it is incredible how easily communication could be lost. If something goes wrong, it is entirely by accident. Another testament to the honesty of this family: I adopted my own horse from their broker program... I COULD NOT BE MORE PLEASED with the care my mare received. My horse kicked herself on the way to quarantine, and the Sheidys PERSONALLY took care of my horse for the next month, constantly emailing me updates and pictures. All of this before I even met my horse. I love this organization... I am proud at the way they have pioneered slaughter rescue - with great success - and I support them wholeheartedly. ***NOTE: I have witnessed many well-meaning people criticize the Sheidys... "You're riding that horse with THAT bridle?!?" or "That horse is too high-priced!" etc... The Sheidys work with what they have to get these horses more exposure... Much of their opposition comes from people who disapprove of a miniscule, minute, insignificant details in the big picture... It makes me sad to see people spread lies because they didn't like that the bridle was too tight or the horse looked stressed - there is ALWAYS a good intention behind everything you see, and the Sheidys will fiercely defend the horses they work so hard to save.** I would like to ask that if you have a bone to pick with the way things are done, please inquire POLITELY how you can help improve a situation you see that needs improving. Thank you so much, and to AC4H and the Sheidys: I am so grateful for all that you do!

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

I adopted a horse recently through ac4h. I did so because I was fortunate enough to speak to his breeder and really liked the look of the horse. It was an easy enough process and I have to say that personally, any horse that gets taken out of the auction/slaughter pipline is a victory for me. What I will say is that the horse was in good weight in his photos and videos. When he arrived in quarantine (a week later?) he was practically emaciated. Every rib showing, hind end sunken in, hips sticking out, and terrified to be caught. I am not sure what happened to him between the pics being taken and him leaving but he was almost not the same horse. (if he wasn't a paint i would have thought he may not have been the same one). I am also not sure this group is a 'non-profit' as I would think they are profiting form this.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I' m actually trying to find out if anyone knows of a pinto pony mare 14.3 hh who might have gone to AC4H sometime between August 2011 and now....she was unlawfully sold at auction and her owner/ breeder is looking for her.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

All the people writing the negative reviews are just doing it for the drama and are not being truthful. They band together and get all their friends to write fake reviews. If this rescue was not legitimate they would be shut down. They ARE a 501C3 rescue with perfect status with the IRS and local authorities. They run a regular rescue that ANYONE can go visit and also try to help horses that are owned by dealers and kill brokers get into nice homes instead of back to auction or to slaughter. They have helped over 1,000 horses last year and the year before. Without their intervention and assistance most of those horses would have been sent to Canada or Mexico for slaughter. What the haters leave out is that these rescue people only are able to evaluate these horses for ten minutes take pictures and video and then list them on the website. They are not vet checked and when you get a horse that is from the auction or broker you are getting a RESCUE HORSE that may need medical care and special attention because of the abuse they endured. If these people posting couldn't handle doing real rescue then SHAME ON THEM.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

its so sad to see this ac4h take advantage of these sick horses..canada will not take sick lame horses...so they cant ship them to slaughter instead they tell people they are going to be shipped to slaughter and make money off these horses to people who actually care about the horses..my question is when someone pays a bail for a horse to go to a rescue and then the horse has been some how sold by the broker...so they have to take some of the money n put it towards another horse thats more money soo more funrasing is needed..hmmm that doesnt seem right....and why are they sending horses to people who buy them carrying strangles and rhino...? isn't there a law about this? be prepared to pay a big medical bill when u buy a horse from them..if all these people want to say horses why not just go to the auction and out bid christy and brian moore and the other kill brokers brian moore wont pay more then $275 for a horse..so instead of u paying 800 to ac4h u can get the horse for 300 maybe 500 at the auction...before u go get a horse from ac4h go vist a auction and u do the math cut out the middle man completey

12

Client Served

Rating: 1

Ac4h is nothing more than a scam run by a family who somehow managed to obtain a 501c3 status. I guess filling out papers and paying a filing fee are all that are required. Their board of directors consist of family members and family friends. They claim they pay $5,000 a month on their 990 form for an old bank barn that only has a couple stalls in it and with a few acres of pasture in rural Pa. Not likely! Sounds like money laundering to me. They claim horses are being saved from slaughter when in reality the horses they sell, for the most part, are ones the meat buyers will not risk having the load rejected at the border to haul there. Old, sick and lame is not the horses that get hauled to slauhgter. Young, fat and healthy is what the meat brokers are hauling and those are purchased with the money they make off gouging the public with horror stories and what basically amounts to equine blackmail. "If you don't send all the money by 9pm saturday night, they will all ship!" They lie at every turn about where the horses are even located. Horses are listed on craigslist for sale by the horse dealers in other states and ac4h tells people they are "broker horses destined for slaughter" when in fact they are owned by a horse dealer who doesn't even have a slaughter contract. .....another family friend of hers. She refuses to send out registration papers to horses she sells and advertises as registered. They fundraise for horses that are supposedly given to "approved homes" only to see those very same horses being sold for thousands of dollars on dreamhorse.com a few months later by her teenage daughters. These people are crooks of the worst kind. Sure Bernard Goldberg did an HBO special on horse slaughter and he interviewed her. I'm sure he wishes he had not done that at least not with such a controversial so called rescue person. When people try to express any of these concerns to her, Ms Sheidy will change tactics and resort to bullying and name calling. She and several of her friends seem to spend most days hanging out in a Yahoo group called Equine Rescue Scams where they are very nasty about anyone who they feel has "crossed" them. They make fun of other rescue groups and individuals. Extremely unprofessional for someone who is supposed to be a professional rescue person. Maybe the Sheidy clan should go out and find other jobs since they obviously are ill equipped to run a horse rescue. I think something that requires an orange jumpsuit would be more appropriate for the lot of them. I only selected one star for this review because no stars was not an option.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I adopted a mustang from AC4H in July of this year. He was scheduled to be shipped to cananda on July 4th. I have since gotten another 7 horses myself from them and know of another 20 or so that have been adopted by friends and aquaintances. Most of the horses are thinner than the original videos as the broker puts out hay that is mostly consumed by the more aggressive horses. That is an easily rectifiable situation. I know of a couple of the horses that have come down with strangles or shipping fever, not unusual in the very crowded conditions that they are housed in on the feedlots and auction houses. Again, another easliy rectifiable solution. The horse that was purchased by Nora was very ill and is under treatment for EPM. That is unfortunate but when I was talking with her, I did try to steer her towards another horse that was more suited for what she said she was looking for, but she made the choice to purchase the horse she ended up with even though she had some questions about her soundness prior to purchase. These horses are on a meat broker lot and have likely been hauled to numerous auctions prior to AC4H coming on the scene. They are given very little history on the horses and have a few minutes to evaluate them and video them for the public to view. The horses would have no audience and would most all be shipped to slaughter if they didn't take the time to network for them. There are many people who spend an inordinate amount of time spreading many lies and rumors about this organization, some of them do the exact thing that they accuse AC4H of, fundraising for broker horses. I do not understand why they feel it is ok for them to raise money to buy horses from meat brokers yet AC4H is "in bed" with brokers. Most of these people are somehow associate with a woman names Sally from Olathe, Kansas who has had all of her animals taken away by the local animal control and her home has been deemed "unfit for human habitation". This woman is most likely and animal hoarder, and as we all know that is a mental illness. I hope she gets some help for her illness. The other people who have latched onto her rantings are, in my opinion, seriously in need of getting a life! Instead of condemming someone else for what they are doing to help horses.... get out and do some good yourself, instead of hiding behind a keyboard, and ficticious names.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with ac4h. The horse was exactly as shown on the video and photos. He was mild-mannered, very well-fed and sweet. He just truly needed "Another Chance" People that bash animal rescue have to understand that they are up against a ticking clock. And yes, horses do get shipped to Canada all the time to meet a horrendously terrifying death. Watch the videos. I am happy to report that all ended well, they work their butts off over there, and somehow the connection between the kill buyer and the rescue works to the horses' advantage. Sounds weird but horses ARE getting another chance via the program. They do advocate quarantine, as would anyone with auction experience. Get over the politics of it all, and give one horse another chance.

17

Client Served

Rating: 1

I chose to ignore the bad things being said and bought a horse from AC4H for $700. That was for the bail only. I was charged another $110. + for vetting and other fees. I was told to make arrangements for my shipper to pick her up the following Monday. I received a call on Sunday that she could not be picked up because she had become ill and was at the vet and call back the following Sunday to see if she could be picked up then. When I called I was told that her bill was $1,200. and had to be paid before I could get her. I told them there was no way I was paying that kind of money without an invoice from the vet showing what all the charges were. I was then called an f"en b**ch and didn't care about the horse and I better pay it or else. I tried to get her ( Christy) to calm down and understand that I intended to pay the bill but not until I saw an invoice. One was never produced,I was banned from their groups,and I was harassed none stop for a good month after. I had to close my email and open a new one as the filthy emails I was getting from several helpers was unbelievable.I don't know whatever happened to her but pray she didn't end up on the missing list as I have seen many others have.If you question them you are called a drama llama or are pro-slaughter. I am totally AGAINST horse slaughter and will avoid drama at all costs. But I will NOT allow others to lie to people or use them. I advise anyone who is thinking of supporting them to due their searches thoroughly. Will I know it sucks watching horses each week that could be heading to slaughter,the money you would be paying them could go towards 2-3 either already at auction or off CL.