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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue, Inc. is a rescue, rehab, and re-home organization that was established in 2006. Our mission is to help equine in need, to educate the public about proper horse care, what to do if they come across a horse that is being abused or neglected, to provide assistance (when possible) to horse owners going through a short period of financial hardship, and to help humans through helping horses. We try to get youth involved – they are the horse owners of tomorrow. Awareness and education are key in helping our equine friends. Through helping horses, we hope to help people too. We give horses that have been neglected, abused, and/or abandoned a chance to begin their life, again--without pain and worry, but with dignity and respect. We welcome horses that are no longer needed, wanted or useful to their owners and we place them in good homes. We don’t feel there are “unwanted” horses--some are just “misplaced.” We try to help as many as we can find a good, forever-home before they end up in the slaughter pipeline where they would be at high risk of being sold to kill buyers and trucked across the borders where they are slaughtered for human consumption. We also network with other organizations and individuals to help horses. We offer sanctuary to a limited number of horses with special needs. We have taken in babies as young as two hours old, pregnant mares, and our oldest rescue was 43 yrs old! Age and breed to not matter. We often take horses that others would not take for various reasons such as requiring extensive and/or costly rehab – we feel they all deserve a chance. Quality of life is always a factor in determining the future of each horse. We are pro-life – we do not euthanize any equine to make room for another. We have an excellent care team that includes professionals in traditional and holistic medicines, dentistry, equine podiatrists, etc. However, we do euthanize when it is in the best interest of the horse – we don’t deny a peaceful and loving end to any equine that is suffering or has a poor or painful quality of life that can’t be rehabilitated. We have taken in horses with birth defects, broken bones, mutilations, cancer, blindness, COPD, Cushing’s disease, are extremely emaciated, and have other serious diseases. We also help other animals (dogs, cats, pigs, goats, etc.) in need on occasion. In 2012 Beauty’s Haven was awarded Verified status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). GFAS is the only globally recognized organization that provides standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries.

Target demographics: equine in need and through helping equine we try to help people too!

Geographic areas served: Florida and surrounding states

Programs: helping equine in need, educating the public about proper horse care and what to do if they come across a horse that is being abused or neglected, providing assistance (when possible) to horse owners going through a short period of financial hardship, and to help humans through helping horses. We try to get youth involved – they are the horse owners of tomorrow. Awareness and education are key in helping our equine friends. Through helping horses, we hope to help people – horses are very therapeutic.

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274 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Amaya R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, Inc is truly where miracles and second chances happen on a regular basis. I have been an avid supporter and follower of this rescue for years and have witnessed first hand the endless love and devotion Theresa, her family and volunteers give to every animal and person that come to their farm. I have watched amazing recovery and adoption stories and cried both happy and sad tears for the ones they save and the ones they so compassionately let go. The village of supporters that can be rallied when an animal is in need is a telling testimony of the respect the community has for Theresa and the mission statement of the Rescue. You will never find a more deserving rescue to give your donations or volunteer your time with. The need for ligitimate rescue groups, such as Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, is greater than ever but finding experienced angels to take on the tasks and operations are challenging. I will continue to stand in support of this rescue and do all I can to make sure the community knows of its importance to the forgotten and neglected animals who now call the rescue home.

Donor

Rating: 5

Theresa and Bob do an amazing job for animals on a shoe-string budget.
We have been supporters for over a decade and they deserve our FIVE STAR Rating for all their efforts. They walk the walk.
Simply the BEST.

Sincerely,
Doc and Dee Wheeler
Fairfield Glade, TN

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Donor

Rating: 5

Although I am not able to directly interact with this organization due to distance, I am continually amazed at the tireless work they do for the animals in their care. My heart rejoices with them in their successes and sheds tears with them when it is time to say goodbye to the precious animals they care for. I don't know how they do what they do with only the financial generosity of others, but I am honored to help them.

1 Debbie116

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve watched the extraordinary work this Rescue does over many years … they go above and beyond to help so many in need… just absolutely love Beauty’s Haven… Thank them for all the hard work they do each and every day!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty’s Haven is a lifesaver for so many horses and donkeys. I have been a donor for many years and I actually went to visit the farm to see with my own eyes the work that they do. The animals are so well cared for and they are very particular about who gets to adopt any of the horses. Many have special needs and cannot be adopted out and they have a home for life. They are funded through donations and there is such a need for a rescue like this in Florida.

1 Kathy121

Donor

Rating: 5

I first visited Beauty Haven in 2008 when visiting with a Fan of Barbaro friend in Ocala. From the first I was impressed with care and treatment the horses receive. Theresa Batchelor has a special love for the old ones and those who seem to have no hope of survival. It's a place where miracles really do happen like with Baby Ray, a foal who came in blind and undernourished. He was named after Ray Charles because he would sway his head back and forth because he couldn't see. With love, proper medical care and attention, he grew into a forget buckskin who became a part of a herd in one of the paddocks. Today he has his own family and is much loved. He is just one of the successes that happen regularly at Beauty's Haven . I live in the Panhandle and love to volunteer at the farm when I am able to travel down and visit. It is a place where the needs of all animals come first and promises are kept.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Beauty's Haven over 8 years ago when I first visited with a friend from Ocala who was a volunteer. I fell in love with huge draft named Gentleman and was blessed to be able to share time with him and all the other equines who have become part of the BHFER. I still travel down to visit when I can and help sponsor the work at the farm. It truly is a place where miracles happen and the needs of each animal at the rescue are always met. The love and respect they receive is immeasurable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Theresa rescued the black Percheron I had rescued. I mistakenly trusted a local carriage business and donated him. They lied to me for months. I finally traced him to Theresa's Rescue. She had found him at a kill buyers where the carriage people had dumped him. I am thankful to Theresa forever. ❤

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Theresa for many years, since she started BHFER and I would travel to the farm to volunteer or support fundraisers. In 2012 we adopted an aging Belgian Draft horse named Harley that had been mistreated by his owners not caring for his medical needs. Harley had very serious squamous cell growth in his left eye, the cluster of tumors were literally growing out of his eye. He was also very undernourished and had very bad diarrhea due to a poor diet. Theresa absolutely adored his big size and gentle disposition and quickly set about to fund raise for the necessary surgery to save his eye. He was treated at UF veterinary school of medicine and was just starting to settle in with Beauty’s herd when I decided that I needed this big gentle giant in my life. “Harvey” Harley has been an absolute joy to our life and the perfect trail horse for my husband as well as many other friends that have been fortunate to ride upon this beautiful boy. Theresa and her village of supporters helped to save this life 9 years ago and I am committed to making these the best years of this boys life. Theresa taught me to believe that I could provide for him and to do what was needed to keep him healthy and to this day he is a sweet, gentle boy who loves to interrupt my chores so that I can scratch his belly and rub his velvet soft nose. Thank you Theresa, Bob and the village of kind people that care about the Beauty’s Haven herd.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported Beauty's Haven for some years now. When I visited in person, it was clear how much Theresa cares for each living creature, and their welfare is paramount. It truly is a haven for horses and other animals who had been starved or abused. All their needs are met, including lots of attention from dedicated volunteers. Beauty's Haven is truly doing the Lord's work in rehabilitating horses and, when appropriate, finding good adoptive homes for them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They pick up abandoned and injured equids, dogs, calves, literally from the side of the road, trash dumps, and anywhere else they’re needed. You know where the donations are used. Those animals not able to be rehomed have a home at Beauty’s forever.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty’ Haven is the most wonderful rescue I’ve ever been privileged to follow or even know about. The love of all animals runs through the veins of Theresa Batchelor and every volunteer there. But horses are their passion. Horses who are hours away from certain death are literally loved, prayed over and nurtured back to life. I’ve watched happened multiple times and prayed for many of them. It takes a certain heart along with hard earned knowledge to be able to run a rescue well. Theresa would love to take them all but she also knows for the sake of the horses already there and the ones she will rescue, she must be able to balance her funds. I don’t know how she does it but NO horse ever goes without whatever is needed for good health. She often will even sleep in the barn with a sick horse. She is an angel to the horses. We desperately need more people like her and more rescues like Beauty’s Haven Equine Rescue.

1 Kathy149

Donor

Rating: 5

Gosh, I've been a supporter for many years and BHFER is at the top of the list. Every horse, donkey, mini, calf, dog, cat, etc. that is fortunate enough to land here is met with love and medical care from day 1... Even relying on donations, no expense is spared for the proper care. Theresa & Bob are exceptional people that put their needs second, animals first. It's been an honor to be associated with this incredible rescue and I look forward to supporting them for years to come, they are the BEST!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Theresa & Bob continue to do incredible rescue & rehabilitation... just look at Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue and follow their latest rescue, Hope, the dwarf calf! They give their all to every one they rescue. I’ve supported them for years and will continue to help. They are the best!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best, most salf-less and caring rescue i have ever supported! They rely on donations only and have a lot of supporters. I vote for them 100%!

1 Pamela G.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have chosen Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, Inc. as my Smile Amazon charity as caring for horses (and the other rescues at Beauty's) is expensive. I have followed them for at least 4+ years and am so impressed with the beautiful horses - and donkeys they have rescued and returned to healthy and happy lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

BHFER are living Saints! I have done fundraisers for this rescue, and have supported them with my own money throughout knowing them for over 20 years! They are the #1
Equine Rescue as far as I'm concerned, hands down
Rich Russom
rich@russom.com
224-234-9993

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been blessed with help from this most caring rescue.
My husband had been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer and we soon came to realize that we could no longer keep our beloved horses. We had three and had them from birth. They were our family members and we could not just sell them. I called Teresa at the rescue and tearfully explained our situation to her. She was full and really could not bring them in at the moment but she said they would be able to in a month or so and then she sent a wonderful volunteer to come meet our horses and see how they could help us all until the rescue had room for them. They vetted all of the horses and had their feet done send food and beautiful hay for them. Teresa took all my worries away and provided us with everything the horses needed. Finally the day came and the rescue had room for our horses and we were broken hearted but knew that they would be in the best hands ever. The rescue kept us up to date on everything with the horses and said we were always welcome to come and see them anytime. I knew it was a very big request on my part but I asked if they would please try to keep the the horses together. The three had never been away from each other and I was sad to think of them being separated. I was told that it’s very hard for any rescue to adopt out three horses to a new family but they would try. It had to be a small gift from God and tons of hard work and caring people at this most special rescue because they found the perfect family for our three horses. Lightning Satin and Spring are together with a wonderful family and I still get the most beautiful updates on how everyone is doing. I’m so very blessed to have been able to connect with Teresa and all the wonderful hard working people in this rescue. They not only saved my family of horses they saved my heart from breaking and really cared for my entire family. My husband is still getting treatments and doing okay and I know that his progress has been helped because he knew we were in great hands with Teresa and Beauty’s Haven. I’m so very grateful.
Tina Peters

1 Ellie M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven has amazing success with taking starved, neglected, and abused horses and helping them become the beautiful, confident, and happy horses they always should have been. Betsy Rose was a little mare that was turning the door knob on death's door when Beauty's Haven heard about her and went to get her. Too weak to stand on her own or to even switch her tail, she lived in a sling, with some time out of the sling so she could lie down to sleep, until she was finally able to take a few steps on her own. She put on weight and was a favorite of the farm for a long time. Just recently they took in a Thoroughbred mare and her young filly. There was no food in their pen; they were surviving on weeds and leaves. The baby had never had a good day in her life as the mare had little to no milk for her. It was amazing that the baby was still alive. Today they are both shiny and happy; the baby is able to run around and play as babies are supposed to do. These are just a few of the horses Beauty's Haven has saved. There were many more that they have rehabbed and found adoptive homes for them. They will also save any animal in need, kittens and puppies and grown cats and dogs have been taken in and given what they need to have a good quality of life. This rescue is one of the best in the country and should receive the highest awards for the excellent and consistent work they do to save the animals in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue is a stellar organization that takes in sick, wounded, mistreated and malnourished horses of all sizes, breeds, and conditions. They work tirelessly to rehabilitate and rehome the horses if they can, if they cannot be rehabilitated, they keep them in their sanctuary, or if they cannot be saved, they are given a peaceful, loving, and dignified passage. Betsy Rose is currently in their care; saved mere hours from a certain death, today she is slowly recovering and is again able to walk about on her own legs and graze as a contented horse should do. She certainly has one of the most loyal followings on social media. Everybody loves the little lady Betsy Rose and we look forward to her updates every day. If she's off her feed or appears to be feeling a bit under the weather, we all hold our collective breaths until we hear that she's ok again. Many horses owe their very existence to these selfless caretakers of God's most vulnerable creatures.

Pat M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Brauty Haven for several years. I started out with a friend (Pam Hall)
on a month to month basis whenever we could. Then we began going 2 days a week and ended up 3 days a week. Seeing all the good that the Batchelor do for the horses and other animals that come to the Rescue is mind blowing. Working within a donation budget is difficult at best but the people who know and love and understand the difficulties stand by Theresa & Bob and always seem to come through for them and the animals. Beauty Haven hasa wonderful loving and kind history and we want to see it cintinue and thrive for all those less fortunate horses,donkeies,dogs & cats too, to have a safe and lovely place to revive and live a happy & healthy rest of their lives. God bless Theresa & Bob

1 Eva_9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

09/04/2021Beauty's Haven is like Heaven on earth for horses. Theresa and Bob have dedicated their lives to helping rescue abused, neglected, abandoned horses. Theresa has her own health issues but she works tirelessly to help the horses everyday. If I have ever met an Angel here on earth it is her. The love and affection she shows the horses and other animals she has rescued is so heartwarming. As a former volunteer I will always support and pray for Beauty's Haven Equine rescue ❤

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always had a love of animals for as long as I can remember. My heart holds a special place for Horses and Beauty's haven is an amazing gift to horses in need. Each horse is treated tender loving care and kindness. Theresa and Bob and all the volunteers have devoted themselves to making life better for them by going the extra mile or extra hundred ! They do whatever it takes to make their lives better. I am so happy for my son and I to be able to volunteer for them and to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of horses. They are amazing....one visit and you will feel the love that lives there. God bless Beauty's Haven ...Theresa, Bob, the volunteers and all involved in this amazing effort to save lives! ♡♡♡

1 Kathy238

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no one more dedicated than Theresa and Bob. Plus they have amazing volunteers that provide so much. I loved going there and miss everyone so much since I moved out of state. The vets, farriers, acupuncturist, masseurs are all awesome.
The equines get the best care !!!

1 Kathy120

Donor

Rating: 5

I used to volunteer at Beauty's Haven and even assisted with fundraisers. They do a great job helping any animal that is brought to their attention that needs help. Not just horses, but donkeys and cows and dogs and cats. Theresa is a lifesaver.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the farm for several years before my health went downhill. I still support their work from a distance. Love Theresa and her crew immensely.

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horses1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty Haven Farm and Equine Rescue is a Place for 2nd chances not only for the animals but the People who take care of them. Once they go thru the gate they KNOW they are safe now and Theresa and Bob and the Volunteers that tirelessly work there make sure they never know hunger , fear or abuse and neglect again. No stone is left unturned once they enter the property They go above and beyond to ensure they get the best of care and love. I started out volunteering hands on for many years and learned so much about the rehabilitation of horses that are neglected so long . They amount of care needed once they get beyond a certain point of starvation is very time consuming and expensive to bring them back from the " brink of death" . This experience brought me to a new adventure of reporting abuse and neglect cases to the authorities and following up to be sure they "DO their Job" and get the animal the help it needs. Just because you call in an animal abuse situation, NEVER assume they are handling it. I Learned that at Beauty Haven we first hand would see an animal deteriorate from time of 1st call to time the were finally surrendered to the Rescue. I have seen many " so called rescues" that do a horrible Job and abuse the word " Rescue"" Beauty Haven is a Class A PLACE THEY WORK TIRELESSLY ROUND THE CLOCK MANY MANY TIMES to save an animal be it a horse, cow bird kitten goat, Theresa and Bob and the Village of supporters are amazing. They are dedicated for whatever it takes. many have been picked up in the back seat of the mini van and taken to the rescue.!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beautyhaven is really the place where abused horses and other animals get to begin life again no one is to bad to be saved beautyhaven does not give up until the horse says it's time to give up most horses that come through there know that they are in a safe place and the bad things that happened to them is behind them they get to know love and care even if it's only for a short time or for the rest of their life this is truly a great non-profit when you go through the gates of beautyhaven they just know they are safe.The volunteers make up the village Theresa and Bob need to make it all Happen and the supporters and Grants and Great animal Organizations that help them Care financially for their care is all what makes The Rescue work and save so many that have given up Hope and by saving the Animals It gives Humans Hope that One animal soul can save so many human souls

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beautys-haven-farm-and-equine-rescue 05/01/2016

Thank you very much for the review and for your support!

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kathrobertson

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been following Beauty’s Haven for over 7 years......the work that Theresa does with all of the rescues is simply breathtaking. I’m continually in awe of her compassion and heart filled commitment to creatures others have deemed disposable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Beauty's Haven for over 10 years now 2 days a week. When I come through gates to rescue I find such peace and whatever problems, worries etc I have are left at gate. I have many favorites but wanted to tell you about Bria. Bria was rescued late last year and was in terrible shape. Her body was a 1 on Henneke scale. Theresa right away had team assembled - vet, dentist, farrier etc - to look at her. She had been so malnourished and could hardly walk. I thought she would not make it but with the “team” Theresa assembled Bria put on much needed weight, her teeth were fixed and she had soft ride boots put on her feet so she could walk better. I have never bonded with a horse the way I was bonded to Bria. I was so encouraged watching how it was painful for her to walk but walk she did - until she couldn’t-even then Theresa made sure she didn’t suffer any more. I was heartbroken that she had to be put down but I knew she was going to better place and I pictured her running again in green fields. And I knew all horses that have passed at rescue would be there to welcome her home.
I have learned so much from Theresa over the years. I call her a horse listener because as many of us volunteers can attest to she has way with the horses and when we can’t catch horse she just goes out there and they come to her. Theresa and Bob have given up so much to run the rescue. They are truly dedicated to the horses and their care.
When their time on earth is over they will get to rainbow bridge and all the horses will be there to greet them and God will be with there too and say to them you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure to work with the owners, Bob and Theresa the past 6 months doing healing on their rescues. From the horses, donkeys, to the dogs and cats. It’s utterly amazing how dreadful the rescues that they have taken into their care and on their ranch, and how wonderful these animals seem to go from deaths door to healthy and happy animals. Both of them definitely have a gift from God as to knowing how to care for animals in need no matter what the conditions they seem to be in when they arrive. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity and trust they gave me to allow me to bring energy healing to their animals large and small. I would totally trust Bob and Theresa with any animal and in any condition.

cathycal

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven is truly a place of miracles! To witness horses come in nearly broken in body and spirit, and watch them transform over weeks and months into happy, healthy, even playful spirits is just incredible. Some of my favorites have been Zahara (who arrived practically a skeleton) who is now living with a wonderful family who adore and spoil her, and she is a totally different horse. Also sweet Peggy Sue, whose pelvis was broken at birth, but who has found a peaceful forever home with BH's sanctuary, and gets to meet so many friends, human and equine. I am forever grateful that I found this peaceful sanctuary where I can volunteer my time, energy and love, and feel like I actually received more than I gave each time I leave.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven is a true sanctuary for the spirit, soul, mind and body - and I'm not just talking about the horses and donkeys (and one little special calf)! Whenever I go there to volunteer I feel I have entered a special spiritual oasis where I can breathe deeply and relax in the knowing that finally I've walked into a space that believes that horses and donkeys and all creatures deserve to feel loved, cared for, and safe. It is such a wonderful blessing to be able to offer my time and energy to support this sanctuary. I love all of the beings there, but some particular favorites are Zahara (beautiful black thoroughbred who arrived nearly starving and now is thriving), Jojo & Jazzy the mischievous little mini-donkeys, Lucy the mini paint horse with the permanent trach in her throat who loves to run alongside the golf cart up and down the hills, Ruby the lovely gray with such delicate skin, and of course Beauty & her little friend Frodo. Truly a magical place!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of Florida’s best rescues. They take on some of the worst cases of neglected horses I have ever seen. They go above and beyond to give them a good quality of life as many become sanctuary horses for various reasons. ❤️❤️❤️

kshanna92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue approximately 5 years ago and while there are many stories about my own experiences at the rescue and the amazing success stories that Theresa Batchelor, one of the owners of Beauty’s Haven, has had with so many horses, this is the story of Shaker.
Shaker’s life before she arrived at Beauty’s Haven in 2010 was a horrible one. It was a large hoarding case in South Florida where many horses did not survive, but Shaker did survive – with a baby by her side and pregnant again. This was Shaker, lying helplessly on the ground, a few days before she was released to the rescue. Her foal, Kandi, was standing nearby, watching Shaker suffering through colic. If you look closely, you can see the remains of others that sadly did not survive scattered in the background.
Theresa didn’t know if Shaker would make it or not, but thankfully Shaker and Kandi made it out alive and came to Beauty’s Haven. Theresa immediately began the rehabilitative, often life-saving care with Shaker that all horses who find their way to Beauty’s Haven receive: Veterinarian care, farrier, equine dentist, a special diet to help her regain weight appropriately. And Shaker not only survived, but thrived, like so many have done under Theresa’s love and care.
In February of 2011 Shaker was adopted. In April of 2011 Shaker gave birth to her foal (named Phoenix). That same adopter also adopted Kandi in June of 2011. In 2014 the adopter began working with Shaker under saddle, but by 2017 Shaker’s life was once again about to change. The adopter was diagnosed with cancer and reached out to Theresa to find new homes for Shaker and Kandi (Phoenix had already found a new home). This adopter truly loved these horses, but she was losing her battle and passed away in March of 2017.
Theresa was able to find a new home for both of them and Shaker and Kandi remained with the new adopter until April of 2018 when, yet once again, they needed to be rehomed. Their new adopter was having serious health issues and could no longer care for them. A new adopter was found for Kandi, but Shaker still needed a home. At that time a friend and neighbor of mine, herself a very experienced horsewoman, had offered to foster a Beauty’s Haven horse and I suggested Shaker to her. This lady was not only offering her a foster home, but also a restart to her training since Shaker had not been ridden in the last several years. Theresa agreed that this was a great idea and would make Shaker more adoptable since this foster situation would only be temporary.
Unfortunately, when we arrived to pick up Shaker, we discovered she had injured her left eye the day before. We loaded her and immediately transported her to a veterinarian clinic to be evaluated. The injury was treated by her foster and me over the next month and, once again, Shaker healed.
Once Shaker healed from her eye injury, the foster began working with her. The foster uses natural horsemanship training methods and she began implementing those with Shaker. Over the next couple of months, I occasionally went over to the foster’s barn to observe her training methods. While I had owned horses and been actively riding the last 15 years, I had never had any formal riding or groundwork training myself and I was interested in seeing what I could learn from her. And, along the way, I learned so much about Shaker.
Theresa has a phrase she has used in her rescue efforts – “making all of their tomorrows everything their past should have been”. Shaker had a horrible past – neglected, starved, watching other horses dying around her as she lay pregnant on the ground. But she survived. And then, under circumstances none of us could have predicted, Shaker was moved from one home to another home to yet another home. And she took all of that in stride and survived. But being a survivor also made Shaker untrusting, headstrong, standoff-ish. But as I began watching the foster begin to work with her, I found myself asking her if I could also start to work with her some. Was I looking for a challenge? Absolutely not. I’m no horse trainer. Did I think I could “win” her over? I really wasn’t sure I could. I just saw something in those eyes of hers beyond all that bravado. And was I planning on adopting her? Not at all. I already had 3 horses. But then, in October of 2018, I told Theresa I had an adoption application for Shaker and handed it to her. Proposed adopter: me.
Shaker has been with me now for a year and a half. I call her “Shiloh”. The biblical meaning of the name is “peace” or “tranquility”, something I wanted her to have. While she can still be willful, unsure, she has slowly learned to trust me on the ground and in the saddle. I enlisted the help of an exceptional horse trainer and he has helped us both immensely. I am also fortunate to have an amazing friend that I ride with who patiently helps us work through issues as they come up. Shaker is becoming a wonderful trail horse and I ride her several times a week. I am lucky to live in an equestrian community where I can literally ride out my gate and onto 28 miles of trails throughout our community here. One of Shaker’s riding issues has been her reluctance to leave her barn and her horse family here, but she’s doing it and is realizing that I always bring her home. Yes, home, her forever home.
Shaker’s past? Yes, a tragic one. Her future? A bright one.


Donor

Rating: 5

They love and save all animals , often in spite of the heartache.

1 Pamela S Wood H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for several years at BHFER, but now with the Covid 19 I have had the opportunity to be there 3 days a week. The extraordinary work that both Theresa and Bob do does not go unnoticed. They both are a true inspiration to all that work there. The compassion given to every creature that comes to this Farm. I feel honored to be part of the healing process for so many horses, and now a new baby kitten. Theresa and Bob make an awesome team and i am proud to know them and work by their side. Theresa is truly blessed! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your team of volunteers and we are becoming family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the absolute honor of visiting Beauty's Haven 3 times and each time I am simply amazed at the outstanding job Bob and Theresa do 365 days a year to care for the horses in their care. If a horse is blessed to land at Beauty's Haven, everything humanly possible will be done to help restore emotional and physical health to that horse. Theresa takes some of the hardest cases and leaves no stone unturned to help each and every sweet soul who crosses her threshold. A 5 star rating is not enough! God Bless Theresa and Bob and all the Beauty's Haven Kids.........Jamie with The Fans of Barbaro

Linda209

Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven is a great horse rescue. Caring. Dedicated, hard working. That describes the owners/president and also the volunteers. 100% of your donation goes to the horses, minis and donkeys. You never have to worry about donating your hard earned money if you choose this rescue!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following this rescue since late 2012. It was just after the Sandy Hook shootings, and all of a sudden up popped a picture of the most starved horse I think could have ever stood on 4 feet. Theresa named him Solace, and he was truly a miracle. Theresa Batchelor and the volunteer staff nursed him back to health. It was amazing to watch. I volunteered at BHFER in March of 2013, because it is important that I know where my donated money is being used. Theresa proved to be an open book about the rescue. She explained how some decisions are made, where the money is spent, the different needs of the horses. I went back and volunteered again in March 2014. I am not able to visit right now, due to health issues, but I have no doubt that any money that I donate is well spent, and spent on the horses and donkeys. Also, because BHFER does not buy from kill pens, there is no "bail" to be paid to save an animal. They are signed over to the rescue. BHFER is also helpful with "seized" animals that have been abused or neglected and starved.
There are many respectable rescues out there. But I believe there is no one more dedicated than Theresa and Bob. The picture is Genesis, a draft horse that had just had his eye removed. He greeted me at the door!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing place ..... the love and care given to all the “velvet noses” cannot be beat ..... no animal is ever turned away when they need love they get it .... unconditionally ....

1 Sue_60

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do an amazing job of caring for the horses, cats, dogs and cows, whatever animal needs help they go above and beyond and do everything possible to make each animal loved and cared for no matter how long the animal is with them, hours or years they are all loved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed and donated to Beautys Haven for a few years now and I'm in awe of the tireless dedication that Theresa, her family and volunteers give to the starved, beaten, abused and neglected horses that they save or heartbreakingly have to help cross over Rainbows Bridge. I have cried many times reading the stories Theresa has written about the horses she has had to help cross that bridge and smiled at the antics of the ones she has saved. This organisation needs your help to continue the wonderful work that they do. No amount is too small. Thank you in advance for helping them. :)

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Paula Coonfield E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited the rescue and participated in various fund-raising events. The people are truly dedicated to the welfare of the animals in their care!

1 Patricia A. K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These are the best people who do everything possible for those in their care. I have been following for several years now and donate monthly to help.
Betsy Rose's journey was tremendous thanks to these caring souls.

1 Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent Equine rescue that truly cares for their animals

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visited Beauty's Haven in February. What a wonderful place for these horses and donkeys to be. They are one big happy family ❤️ All the animals receive the best care possible and lots of love. Too bad I don't live closer cause I would love to volunteer here.

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Thank you for the kind words and the review!

Donor

Rating: 5

They are the best of the best in Florida
Dedicated and Trustworthy

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The owners are an incredibly caring couple. I volunteered there for a few months and only stopped because I moved and life got hectic. They put all of their animals before themselves and make sure every single one has the best care. They are two of the sweetest, most genuine individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The love that they have for what they do is overwhelmingly obvious from the moment you step on their property.

1 Peter F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer there Saturdays and there is not enough time or paper to express my feelings to Beauty’s Haven and Theresa and Bob. Wonderful people doing wonderful work. They have devoted their lives to caring for neglected and abused animals. We have adopted 3 horses and 2 cats from them. So I have seen and experienced their work first hand.

1 Smiles23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with this charity for years, I have watched many people heal the broken horses and animals that come in here and also watched hearts break when the souls depart from their broken bodies.
I have also watched people be healed by the love shown them by the animals they work with. It is an amazing place and if I could I would give them enough money that they would never have to fundraiser again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I have never met Teresa or visited Beauty’s Haven. I have followed her for a number of years. I have purchased a few of their fundraising apparel. The horses and donkeys that have come into her care have known more love and care. Whether for a short period or years they have all known a kind and gentle life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rescues are a dime a dozen but working with theresa is an eye opener. She finds hope in everything she does.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Baby Girl was in such bad shape when she went to BHFER, with a bashed in face, bone fragments and infections. She was also severely emaciated. I read her story in the Gainesville Sun and started following her progress. I've researched other local rescues and I've never seen one that lends itself to the "whatever it takes" mission. To deal with an infection that was resistant to antibiotics the rescue engaged the services of a hyperbaric chamber. She healed so quickly. Today Baby Girl has a safe home and is a beautiful, healed and loved horse. The quality of life provided at this rescue is outstanding, the follow through, checking to make sure the horses adopted out are safe and healthy, is beyond reproach. The second chances provided are as unique as the individual horses themselves. BHFER doesn't raise the existing bar, they are the bar and with each horse, with each success story, they raise that bar. This is a clean well organized organization that I am happy to support in whatever fashion they need me.

Ola A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed this non-profit for several years and what they do for the animals if nothing but remarkable!! They bring hope when there is no hope - even to us humans!

1 TJ B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me secure a motivated adoption that most wouldn’t without hesitation. Always open arms when we go to visit, just the best type of people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is beyond charitable, in spirit, heart, and in providing care to all animals! Yes they are an equine rescue, but they currently rescue dogs, cats, bunnies, and yes, even a little calf! This calf is crippled, and was abandoned by her mother. This rescue truly came to the rescue, and found splints for this calfs two front legs, to help her ambulate. They deserve so much. They deserve all kinds of financial care. They are always in need.

1 love those rescues

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What is not to love! I have followed this rescue for several years. Unstinting dedication to the animals. Rescue work is so unrewarded by the general public. Wish I would do more about the funding! This rescue works every last penny and are ultra responsible. 24/7 and the animals are first. Amazing stories of rescue and loss. Please help them help the helpless!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following this rescue for some time. The treatment of the rescued animals, the constant attention and always putting them first. It is incredible, the endurance it takes to care for the rescued. Theresa Batchelor and her volunteers just keep it going. Tons of hard work, beyond imaginable really. It takes them all and they do so very much with so little and for so little! The animals first, always. None better here.

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Shelbie R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty’s Haven is an amazing organization. Theresa and her volunteers do what many cannot.

Robin108

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Theresa and her Beautiful staff are such a God send to all of these amazing children (animals) that she takes in when they r literally knocking at deaths door and she is a Angel that swoops in and rescues them. This place is God place it’s like Heaven here on earth. So Beautiful

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met this beautiful lady when they had the celebration of lthis place is AWESOME. I truly fell in luv with this place and Theresa is a re-markable lady in all that she does. This is truly Beauty's Haven. It just sad how she has to find them at deaths for I'm honored to know this lady and her fabolius work that she does. May God Bless this beautiful place it's truly been touched by the hand of God!!!! Keep up the wonderful work.


Robin Locke/ Facebook friend

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The love these folks have for horses and all animals actually is phenomenal. They saved a starved horse on the brink of death brought her back to life with love , food and excellent care. They probably gave her the best days of her life. Her recovery gave hope to many! This non profit is exemplary at all they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited with my friend Audrey, who is a volunteer, and had a wonderful experience! This is a great organization and I look forward to visiting again in the future!

1 Audrey V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here last year as a way to reconnect with horses. It’s a beautiful farm and they are doing amazing work here. I’ll never forget seeing baby Hope for the first time!

J Deanna N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is awesome they have showed so much love for these needy animals and will go to any length to help them

Cathy B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, INC., is a great rescue!!! They save all
Kinds of animals and provide therapy, rehabilitation, medical treatment, nutrition, and regular needed veterinary care to animals that have been severely neglected, abused and/or abandoned!! They are committed to saving fur babies lives!! The owners work hard 24/365 days a year. They are truly angels here on earth!! I donate to their rescue on a regular basis and have been to the rescue and seen with my own eyes the heart and soul they put into saving fur babies day in and day out!! This is an extremely worthy cause to support with volunteer hours and/or monetary donations!! ❤️❤️❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, Inc., is a Wonderful rescue!! The couple who run this rescue are so dedicated to saving all four legged creatures and especially horses!! They work night and day to do angel’s work here on earth!! Their dedication to serve animals in a loving way is Amazing!!! They will hook up a horse trailer and respond to an animal or animals in need, in the middle of the day or night!!! They work so many long hours with only the help of dedicated volunteers and minimal financial resources!! They are truly incredible and whole heartedly invested in saving the mistreated and neglected four legged souls!! They make a huge difference in the lives of so many needy animals, often their interventions are the literal difference between life and death for the animals they save!!! Thank you for all you do!! Sincerely, Cathy Bellina-Little

Podie

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've never before experienced such a caring nonprofit organization. The owners put every fiber of their being into making the world a better place for horses and other farm animals. They don't give up, no matter what. They have found me animals to adopt, and, after my husband passed away and I needed to move, they found homes for the animals I couldn't take. They'll take on sick and/or injured animals that others have thrown away. They do this with few volunteers. The animals they care for (until a home can be found) are in magnificent shape because of the quality feed and care that they receive. Even discarded kittens were given a loving home until adopters could be found. From what I can see, 100% of the money donated goes right back into the rescue. I can't possibly give them a higher endorsement. THEY ARE THE BEST!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For several years, my donkey, Thunder, and two goat brothers, Billy and Kid, lived together happily on my five acres in Alachua, Florida. Thunder would sometimes play a little rough with the boys, but together, they could stand up to him. When Billy died four years ago, I noticed Thunder was again playing too roughly with Kid, and I worried he'd be hurt. I went to Beauty's Haven to find a pony or horse that would play with Thunder and be kind to Kid. Theresa took my dilemma very seriously, and now I have Rascal, a pony that protects Kid and gives Thunder the rough play he likes. I've never seen animals as well cared for as they are at Beauty's Haven, and Rascal has a wonderful personality because of that - and Theresa's love!

1 Sandra105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having visited and volunteered at Beauty’s Haven many times it is an amazing place.
The love and care given to all the animals is never ending it is just a wonderful place to be a part of ..... no one could care about the animals more than Theresa and Bob and I am proud to be a volunteer there and be a part of the BHFER family .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Beauty’s Haven for the past 4 years and the care given to these animals is truly amazing.
No-one could work harder than Theresa and Bob, the love and dedication they give on a daily basis makes me proud to call them friends and work with them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My mother had been a supporter of the rescue for a while when I started following also. In 2013 I came to the Celebration of Life. I had a blast helping where ever I could. I even got a daily job feeding one of the mini horses, Lucy. It was a great four days that I wish I could do again. Who knows I might make it yet. Everyone was super nice and fun to be with. Theresa and Bob along with all the other volunteers work tirelessly to do the best they can for a rescue that is always full to the brim and have people calling all the time to take more in. Not only horses but burrows, donkeys, calves, dogs,cat, whatever needs care. Their hearts are so big there is no way to measure just how big. To the moon and back, you guys are the best!! (I am choosing my role as donor as I live too far away to be considered a volunteer.)

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been to this rescue and know how hard Theresa and everyone work. There have been many horses that would have died had it not been for Theresa. She is a rare person, an angel for so many horses, donkeys and burros who have no where else to go. They find new homes or some live out their lives right there. Many happy faces greet visitors to the rescue. I sponsor several horses and do what else I can to help. If I lived closer I would be there all the time and can't wait till I can go back again. She has the best volunteers and her family are the best!! If you can send a donation they can always use the money. If you can volunteer some time they always use the help. If you can sponsor a horses it will make you feel so good knowing you are changing the life of a horse!!

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judy17335

Donor

Rating: 5

Working tirelessly for years to help animals in need! I contribute monthly to this worthy cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The moto of Beauty's Haven is " I Believe " and I 100% believe in the wonderful caring folks who run this rescue for abused and neglected horses. Miracles happen here on a daily basis. I became a follower of Theresa and her husband, Bob's , efforts by being a member of the Alex Brown followers of the race horse Barbaro. I have been an active supporter of Beauty's Haven for several years and have seen them pull so many horses from the verge of death back to health and happy lives. The work tirelessly for the animals and post wonderful up dates on FaceBool and the Alex Brown site so that we feel part of the story,even though my home is in San Antonio, Tx. Their whole hearts and souls go into making these miracles work. their efforts are tireless. I can not say one negative comment about this rescue. I Believe in them totally! Judy Hedgecock

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Suzanne H.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is truly amazing
They rescue and help heal many needy animals from kittens to calves to horses. Please acknowledge their contributions.

Sandra I.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Many yrs back , there was a sweet foal born with wry mouth, cleft palate or mouth in humans.
She would have died, but Theresa took her in and named her AAleyah Belle,,,,,,,,,,,,she is flourishing then and now, healthy and happy. Before her, there was Nick, a severely malnourished and mistreated Arabian,,,,,,,,,,,,so thin he could barely stand,,,,,,,,,,,,a sling was used, to hold him up at times , and he slowly progressed, till we thought he would survive. All love came to him from all states and beyond with prayers,,,,,,,even healing beads for around his neck,,,,,,,,,but sadly, he lost the battle,as we grieved,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so much ws done for him to live fr Beauty's Haven,as we all cheered him on. These stories are typical of this great rescue, always, and we have great respect for Theresa and her gang and volunteers

1 Victoria28

Donor

Rating: 5

It takes grit, love and leadership to take a care based non-profit to the highest level of success for the animals and for the people's hearts who volunteer and donate to the organization. Beauty's Haven has that in it founders and so much more. Why try with severely abused animals in the first place? Beauty's Haven has taught us that our very humanity is established when we care for those that are helpless and in doing that we discover our community heart and soul. I follow daily, respect those who have become friends through Beauty's Haven and I donate when I can. I am thankful for all they have done for me and for the all of the animals fortunate enough to have found themselves in their caring hands.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The people who own and operate this rescue are earth bound Angels! They work magic for horses and donkeys with no hope and give them a healthy happy life. Money spent goes to the animals and their care. The care and love given is amazing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For years I have seen the extraordinary care that Beauty’s Haven has given all of their rescues. They go above and beyond. Minis that have been hit by lightening, horses in slings brought back to live out their lives. They adopt out all they can to a good home and have taken back a few when circumstances change. They constantly strive to raise money for their much needed expenses. A wonderfully run organization. Love them

1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue has been a part of my family's life for over 10 years. I have never known anyone that has such a deep respect and love for animals as Theresa Bachelor. They all find a kindred spirit in her and know that she can make their life better. God gave Theresa a special power that speaks to all animals in need, I truly believe this. I have witnessed the love she gives to all those helped and saved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After the passing of 2006 Derby winner, Barbaro, I became involved in the movement to stop horse slaughter and was looking for a place to volunteer for horses in need. A fellow FOB (fans of Barbaro) recommend BHFER as a place I might enjoy.Well, I am forever grateful for her advice. I have been volunteering at Beauty's Haven since 2007 and have witnessed miracles you would not believe.
Sure, you say, miracles smiracles.....well visit Theresa's Web site and see for yourself.
The special touch she has for animals in need, cases of need that no one else will help, will make you a beliver.
Beauty's Haven is a very special place of love and caring. I am proud to be a volunteer



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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following this rescue since about 2012, I live on the opposite side of the United States from Beauty’s Haven but have followed and donated along the journey Teresa has taken in resucueing everything from abused, abandoned horses, donkeys, kitties and a baby calf. She truly is our angel and voice for animals here on earth. I never have known anyone who puts more heart and soul and passion into anything more than she does. She puts everything on the back burner when it comes to taking in and care of these neglected and often times abused animals. She wears her heart on her sleeve and you truly can tell in everything she does. I only wish I lived closer to be able to actually help do the hands on work along side of her. I think everyone could learn a few things from Beauty’s Haven Farm. Thank you Teresa and all that help there for doing the fantastic job you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and donator for Beauty's Haven for at least 4 years. Theresa does amazing work and it seems like the animals really appreciate her love and attention. I wish I could do more for them. My grandpa would be proud of the work she does.