Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue is an extraordinary organization that rescues, cares for and heals abused and neglected horses, ponies and donks. My introduction to BHFER started when I saw a story on Facebook and instantly fell in love with a small mare named Betsy Rose who was on death's door from starvation with little to no chance of survival. Well, miracles do happen and with the help of Theresa Batchelor and her husband, Bob, and a small team of volunteers, little Betsy Rose was given a second chance at life - a life now filled with happiness and loads of love, something she had probably never felt in her entire life before being rescued. Betsy Rose is just one of the many miracles that happen at BHFER. This rescue demonstrates the true meaning of compassion - their kindness and selfless devotion to all these precious equines is truly an inspiration. I am very grateful to have been able to visit the rescue a couple times now and each time, I come away with a renewed sense of awe and belief in miracles.
I have been following BHFER for a few years on FB and this past Saturday I figured I would see what it's all about! I was very impressed by the care, grooming, tidines, love and over all care of the horses, mini, ponies and donkeys etc. All the volunteers were friendly, gracious and full of information on each cherished equine. Many of the equines stories touched me and pulled on my heart strings. I was amazed by the extent they go to - to help the equines with various issues and problems. It takes a very special group to accomplish all this rescue has. Thank you to all that are the voice for those that can't speak and the loving hands and hearts that touch each individual rescue that comes in!
Attached a photo of Ruby and Hank.
I visited Beauty's Haven Rescue in early 2007, and was so impressed with Theresa and her facilities. I was in Florida for the winter that year, and haven't been back, but I follow the rescue on Facebook and donate what I can. The level of care provided to the horses is exceptional, and the cleanliness of the facilities and focus on health and rehabilitation for all of the animals there is amazing. Theresa is a tireless advocate for all animals, and steps up to help out over and over again. She and her team are impressive beyond belief, and she deserves to be acknowledged for the wonderful work she does. The world is a better place for so many because of her.
Beauty's Haven is a wonderful rescue...They're little Betsy Rose is a true miracle, and her story is so inspiring. I am so happy that the little quarter horse that was found shot recently was taken in and has received outstanding medical care from the wonderful veterinarians that Theresa works with...I know the little filly will heal with all the love and outstanding care she is receiving from Beauty's Haven. They are totally awesome in their dedication to helping animals.
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.
When I see the care provided to horses which are ill and neglected, it makes my heart sing. They take the those which are considered 'the least' and return them to a fully functioning life. Often a horse will need only a second chance or to be brought back from the edge. This wonderful rescue and its volunteers devote time and resources to those rejected by the community at large. It is time consuming and hands on. God Bless Them!
My name is Deanna Golden and I have been following Beauty's Haven Equine Rescue and Farm every since I was diagnosed with cancer. From being diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer and a yr of treatments, many biopsies and a few surgeries.... this was the ONLY PLACE I WANTED TO GO TO WHEN I WAS HEALTHIER AND STRONGER!! Finally after almost 5 yrs. of waiting, my dream came true! I first time really getting to go anywhere and it wasn't to a beach or the mountains.. It was here in Morriston Florida that I got to meet Theresa and Bob Batchelor and the never ending love and care goes on 24/7. I think the few volunteers that I got to meet down there that day are lucky.. Lucky in the sense that they are able to go and help with horses and mini donkeys that have been severely abused, neglected, abandoned or were seized. There were around 30-32 animals there when my sister Karen and my niece Jaden when we visited a few weeks ago. Being able to relearn how to wash a horse (lol) , watch the optometry vet work on Cookies eye and take pictures for Theresa was such a learning experience. Scooping manure from paddocks and spreading it! YES, I would do that everyday if it meant that I could stop and visit and talk with these amazing animals that NOW KNOW what its like to be loved and cared for! Getting to meet all the animals that I have watched for the past yrs. and will probably live out their days there because of there health issues. Betsy Rose, Cookie, Penny, Mishka, Carey Lou, Sawyer, Ruby, JoJo and Jazzy, Lil E, Waylon, Zahara(i am glad you have your forever home now), Fancy, Classy, Starbuck, Oasis, Tinsel, Emma, Lil Lucy, Magic, Peaches, Sophie and Rosita and Beauty. I LOVED getting to meet all of you and the others! I know that I can't wait to see y'all again to give love and kisses to! My sister, niece and I have learned so much from just the short time we were there. Thank you Theresa and Bob for your kindness and having us there!
with Love and Prayers for you and your continued never ending work!
Deanna Golden - Jamestown, Kentucky
Karen Hylton - Lexington, S.C.
Jaden Hylton - Lexington, S. C.
Emma is the newest rescue to BHFER, she was shot while grazing! Thanks to Theresa, Bob, Volunteers and all the Doctors, Emma is on the road to recovery. She has a second chance because she found her way to Beauty's Haven, where every effort is always made to save those less fortunate and they are treated with love and dignity.
The compassion at BHFER is so evident as you read the stories of those residing there & those that have healed and found their forever homes.
My CaryLou, mini that I sponsor, continues to flourish under the incredible care of everyone at BHFER.
Theresa & Bob are beyond amazing..... They care for 30+ horses, minis & donkeys. Many are rehabilitated and looking for their forever homes after overcoming incredible odds. Others , for various medical conditions, are at their forever home, they will live out their lives at BHFER with all the love & medical care they need.
BHFER receives no government aid, they rely on donations and grants.
Years ago, I signed up to give them monthly donations, as many others have, however, it's never enough as there are always unexpected expenses.
Here's a pic of the little guy, CaryLou, aka "Tank" that my contributions help.......
Thank you for the kind words and for your support! CaryLou is quite entertaining. lol His trachea still collapses now and then but I think it's better.
I live in Massachusetts so I've never been to the Rescue. I am part of Theresa's internet village. Theresa herself is a miracle story being an incomplete quadriplegic. She has personal experience facing her future lying in a bed unable to move. She understands that there IS hope and determination and the ability to overcome the impossible. Theresa has used that same personal experience with the animals she has saved. She can look in their eyes and see their soul, do they have the spirit to fight or are they beyond that? For those still able and wanting to fight, this rescue is there to aid them in any and every manner needed. For those that tell her they are not able to fight anymore, Theresa, who may have only known this animal for a couple of hours, remains with and loving the horse while the vet comes out.... She holds their heads as they cross over the Rainbow Bridge to join the BHFER herd that have already crossed. There are so many stories that have such horrific beginnings, but after Theresa and her village work their magic, that animal has a sparkle in their eyes and hold their heads so proud and happy!! It is truly worthy of reading some of the miracles stories and becoming part of the BHFER village.
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.
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.
I have been a supporter of Beauty's Haven for 7 years. I live in thenF Panhandle and travel down as offer as possible to volunteer because this rescue truly puts the well being of the horses first. Theresa promises those in her care that they will never be hungry or mistreated again, and she is able to convey this promise to them. The motto where life begins again is truly practiced at BHFER, and miracles do happen. From the beautiful Arabian Magic who would not allow humans near him but now allows Theresa to even braid his mane yk Betsey Rose the Welsh pony so starved that she could not srnd on her own for three months
BHFER is truly a wonderful place.
I have been donating to Beauty’s Haven for about 4 years now. Teresa and her volunteers do such wonderful work. You can see and feel the love they have for these animals. Some of the horses they have rescued have been literally on death’s door. Teresa has spent countless hours nursing and caring for them. She does not give up! She has a special bond with them and seems to know if they have the will and strength to go on or if it’s time to send them across the rainbow bridge. 100% of the donations go to the rescue. There is no administration fees taken out. Teresa and her volunteers do this because they love animals, especially farm animals.
BHFER is a godsend for so many horses in need. The rescue is run by Theresa and her husband Bob. Theresa is retired from a "regular" job but now works 24/7 doing what she loves...saving horses and donkeys. BHFER has had many cases where the animal would have died within hours had they not taken them in. Most times they really did not have the room or funds but somehow Theresa found both. This is probably the most selfless Equine rescue I have seen. If you can only give to one charity please make it BHFER!
A rescue like I've never seen before. The animals are so cared for above and beyond. It's amazing to see the hard work and dedication that goes into this rescue.
I started following Beauty's Haven a couple of years ago. This is a rescue far above the others. The care and love that is given all of the animals is so heartwarming. They take in many animals and have brought many back from the brink of death. There are so many rescues out there. but this is truly an honest, caring and loving team, who gives more than 100% to any animal in their care. I would recommend all who can, to support them.
Thank you so very much for the review and the nice comments!
I am truly in awe of the tireless work that is done at this rescue. I have been watching then for over a year now and believe that Theresa and her family and the volunteers go way above what I expected from a rescue. They help so many animals, horses, dogs, cats, birds, donkeys, and whatever comes by them in need. They truly meet and raise the standards for any rescue. God bless them all!
What a wonderful organization- some of the stories are so heartwarming. Love Jo Jo and his little videos.
Like so many others who are fans of this wonderful rescue, I became acquainted with BHFER through the miraculous rescue of one particular equine in dire need, Betsy Rose. Watching the Intensive care provided throughout that little mare's recovery was truly amazing. It also highlighted the skill and dedication of Theresa, Bob, and all the volunteers that make this rescue and sanctuary so special.
I love that it doesn't matter the breed, the age, or the potential for re-homing, BHFER steps up and does the very best for every case that comes their way.
I hope to someday visit the rescue but for now have to be content with following them online and donating when I can.
Thank you so very much for the kind words and for your support. :-)
I'm very careful when I select non-profits to support; I do my homework. I always look for those organizations who have a very modest % of my donation spent on administrative costs. I have no qualms with Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue. They go out of their way to make sure that no animal is turned away or euthanized just because it has problems that will take $$$.
Theresa Batchelder and her crew of volunteers, Vets and Farriers are just awesome! I highly recommend them to horse lovers and animal lovers everywhere.
Thank you so much for the kind words, recommendation, and the review!
I became aware of Beauty's Haven Farm & Equine Rescue a few years ago when the story of Betsy Rose grabbed my attention and my heart strings. I diligently followed each Facebook post with every step of this precious little mare's treatment and her unbelievable progress. From what was undoubtedly a hopeless situation due to severe neglect, I watched as Theresa and her team of amazing volunteers and skilled medical professionals worked tirelessly around the clock to restore Betsy Rose back to life, health and happiness with their compassion, dedication and love. This was the most miraculous endeavor I had ever witnessed. Theresa saw something in Betsy Rose's eyes that made her "believe" the little mare wasn't ready to give up and she was right. This was just one of the many many cases where Theresa, Bob and the Beauty's Haven village have stepped in and cared for horses, ponies, donkeys (and a calf) who found themselves in hopeless situations. I am in complete awe and gratitude to Theresa, Bob and all the volunteers who take on some of the most severe neglect and abuse cases and do not ever give up on them. Theresa always finds a way to provide the best medical, dental, nutrition and hoof care possible.
I had the great privilege of visiting Beauty's Haven a couple months ago and to meet Theresa, Bob, some of the volunteers and of course all the incredible 4 legged residents of the farm, including dear little Betsy Rose, herself. The farm is exactly what the name implies - a "Haven" for these lucky residents, actually more like "Heaven". Every animal there is clearly well loved and taken care of in the best way possible and the farm itself is beautifully maintained and very lovely. Everyone there works extremely hard dedicating themselves to the welfare of these precious creatures. I just wish I lived closer, I would be there all the time volunteering and I really look forward to having another chance to visit again. This is undeniably the best rescue organization ever and I proudly support them with donations whenever I can. I am so grateful for Theresa, Bob and all the volunteers - God Bless you all, you truly are angels on earth!!
Thank you so much for the kind words and the review! I'm so glad you got to come visit and hope you get to come again someday! I'm glad you got to meet Jingle before he was adopted too! We truly appreciate you and your support!
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
Thank you very much for the review and for your support!
Beauty Haven is Home to so many horses that were the worst of the worst where no one even thought they could possibly live thru what has been done to them. I have to admit there were quite i few that I said to myself My Goodness how do these Poor HOrses endure the pain of what was done to them. But Theresa and the Volunteers Never Give Up . THis truly is not only a Safe Haven for the abused but HEAVEN . though i dont get to be hands on volunteer any more due to work and TIme shortage . Its so true that it takes a Village to raise just one. and Her crew of Volunteers are dedicated Hard working,! Its tiring endless dedication with little time for relaxation for theresa and the crew. Please if you see your neighbors animals being abused, and starve DONT WAIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO CALL. !!! pick up the phone call the authorities and keep on calling them if you have to. !!
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
I traveled to Beauty's Haven to check out the operation for myself because I can't afford to donate money to an organization that isn't what it claims. I quickly learned that Theresa cares deeply for all the animals. And she has assembled a top quality team of experts to care for them. The volunteers love helping at the farm. I was so impressed that I went back the next year too. If you are able to donate, please don't hesitate to include Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue. Your money will go directly to the care of the horses.
Beauty's Haven is exactly what the name implies. A haven for horses that are neglected, starved, abused or simply unwanted. In order to feel comfortable donating, I traveled there and volunteered for 3 days in March 2013. I was amazed by the caring and professional atmosphere. Theresa and Bob and the volunteers care about the horses. I think it was the best 3 days of my year! It is not a "rescue" that just fattens up a thin horse, calls it "rescued" and then sells it to whoever has money. These horses receive the best care and if possible, are adopted, not sold. They require a contract stating the horse will come back if the adopter can no longer care for it. I went back for 3 days in March 2014 because I enjoyed it so much. The donations are spent on the horses, and you can designate where you want your money to be used if you want to! This is a 1st class operation. Theresa does daily updates with pictures on Facebook so there is daily contact with the public. Don't ever be afraid to donate to this rescue.