If you would like to visit a place where hope shines bright and loving kindness is shared by humans, horses and all living creatures, come to Blue Star Equiculture. The young people, staff and volunteers of this organization are caring and considerate, and the horses provide healing to everyone that connects with them. Despite a devastating personal loss and difficult time last year, the Executive Director has united a dedicated and talented Board of Directors and continues to assure that the horses receive the very best care and attention, while also providing service and activities that support the community. I am proud to support Blue Star Equiculture and these magnificent horses, and all of the other wonderful volunteers who make this place so special and magical. After reading all the other 95 reviews here, I would like to note that there are only two negative ones - really it's the same review posted twice. Having witnessed the immediate aftermath of the tragedy that occurred last year and the incredible support and love expressed by hundreds of people, including especially many young volunteers and students in their teens and 20's, I find it hard to fathom why someone would be so petty and cruel to attack Pam after what happened. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. This person has his. I have mine. And over 90 other people appear to agree with me. I will say no more.
Review from Guidestar
This group of people truly care about the health and wellbeing of their animals. They are striving for a world where we can live in harmony with horses not just put them away and pretend it's someone else's problem.
Since Pamela is my niece, I have known her for many years, and she has had a heart full of love and concern for all animals since she was a very little girl .
Today if she always wore a favorite shawl/blanket, if need be she would take it off her back and put it on a cold horse In a minute !
I don't know another person who is as qualified as Pamela is to be responsible for the horses on her farm... She has committed her entire self and her talents to provide a safe space for the creatures she loves !
Blue Star is a shining place both in our world and in my village. I grew up in Palmer, live right down the street from the farm and have the unique opportunity to donate not only financially but by helping feed, clean stalls, care for the horses and pitch in with office work. Daily I see firsthand how not a penny is wasted in the effort to provide a home for 32 homeless and/or disabled working horses, and to find permanent homes for those able to move on. Blue Star founder Pamela Rickenbach is a force of nature with heart and smarts the size of the century-old dairy barn where you can find her working away each and every day to better the lives of horses who, without Blue Star, might have no other place to go. While too many directors of charities make only occasional visits to the actual work being done, or spend your hard-earned and well-intentioned donations on fancy dinners and a fleet of late-model sedans, Pam is living just steps away from the center of her work and world, takes no salary, owns no auto at all, puts every penny that arrives toward the care, feeding and wellbeing of the herd. And she does it with pure joy. Stop by and meet someone I consider a patron saint of these equines and for the message of what they have done for and continue to do for humans. Say hello to her equally dazzling helpers, including Zoe, Brian, Melissa, Mithra and Brandon. And, of course, get ready to fall in love with a barn full of horses and this powerful place of help and healing.
Review from Guidestar
I have been following Blue Star Equiculture and Pam Rickenback Moshimer since my first visit more than 3 years ago. I also am a herd member ... My one regret is that I don't live close enough to visit often and be an active part of this wonderful draft horse rescue. The draft horses are magnificent, well cared for and friendly, the volunteers i have talked with are knowledgeable of their work and benefit to the community ... Pam is one of the most caring, compassionate and dedicated women I have ever met, she has devoted her life to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of retired, injured and abused horses and to Mother Earth.
Review from Guidestar
having followed their work from Jon Katz reviews, I am grateful that they work so HARD to keep these horses alive and vital for the important work that it is. I help care for an old retired horse myself. It's the right thing to do.
I love all that Blue Star stands for! I have visited the facility, love it!!
Blue Star does more than restore our faith in the kindness of strangers (although that alone is enough!), they restore our hope for the future. To see the kids and teens who go there to put in their time doing REAL, HONEST, HARD WORK and derive JOY from it is very refreshing. Beyond that, Blue Star provides a place for everyone in the community to reconnect with nature in a way that is unique to the relationship between humans and horses. And to top it all off, BSE is a resource for farmers and landscapers to keep their land healthy and productive naturally. I just can't say enough about how important this place is!
Blue Star Equiculture is an amazing for both the horses and the people involved in their care. I moved to Western Mass in 2009 and it was one of the first places that I saw when driving around my new neighborhood - beautiful horses getting the care and respect that all beings need.
These folks are great! The saving and housing of these wonderful horses is a very big job. They are constantly working the farm, the animals as well as being involved in their local communities. This is a wonderful place to visit and to support. God Bless them for their work.
A place of healing for both equine and humans and spiritual peace. They do wonderful work.
Blue Star Equiculture is the most amazing and inspiring horse farm I have ever visited. I came here a few years ago with my mother to see the draft horses, and make a donation. The staff- a group of delightful people- let us into the field with a bag of carrots to feed the horses. A bit intimidating at first, as we had little experience dealing with horses. About 20, 17+hh draft horses surrounded us, along with a miniature horse named "Cupcake". It was the coolest thing I have ever experienced, they were very gentle with us and calmed us down almost instantly with their energy. As they napped in the warm sun, we took pictures of them. Later on, we took a walk around the farm and bought some veggies from the farm stand. The farm was beautiful, the horses were breath-taking and the people running the farm do a great job at keeping working horses on the streets. Love, love, love this place...too bad its so far away from home!
They dedicate there lives everyday to this amazing horses. They wake up early each day and wirk way into the night. The work they do is unselffishly dedicated to helping make their lives here on earth the best they can. I BELIEVE IN BLUE STAR AND ALL THEY DO..
I read about Blue Star on a blog. The work they do there for the retired carriage horses is filled with compassion for these horses who have served well. Not only does the farm aid animals, Pamela provides an outlet for young people who love the earth and its creatures. Simply beautiful.
Blue Star is a place of healing for both working horses and people. Our world is a better place thanks to the selfless work done there.
I have been following the growth and life of Blue Star online and through first hand reporting. It is an amazing new vision that works for the care of horses that are still with us and the nurturing and commitment of the next generation through their involvement with Blue Star to live in harmony with life: animal, human, nature. There is purpose, there is meaning, there is healing at Blue Star Equiculture and a strong commitment by all involved.
The work that Blue Star is doing is valuable, but it is their vision for the world and animals that I think is most worth supporting. They want to keep animals and people together with dignity and respect, with a place for all. That kind of compassionate work deserves funding to move forward with its' efforts in the world.
Blue Star is unique in it's mission to rehabilitate rehome and return working animals to the work they need to thrive. Many come to Blue Star from auction kill pens, lame worn out and emaciated. They find kindness and love in the form of good veterinary care and nutritional programs formulated for their specific needs. Time and gentle handling has restored many of these gentle giants to trusting partners and teammates that go on to horse powered small farms where they are valued for their contributions to local food sources. The world needs more Blue Star ideology.
Blue Star Equiculture is a phenomenal organization that offers safety, compassion, unconditional love, and hope to the horses they care for, and to the people who are involved in any way in this mission - from care providers to the many visitors that come from near and far. They daily make a powerful impact on the lives of horses and people. Blue Star Equiculture is providing THE blueprint for the way we should live with animals and each other in this world now and into the future.
Horses and people work
Together to heal each other
Let them lead the way...
I live near Blue Star Equiculture and over the years stop in at odd hours. At any time someone can be found cleaning stalls, grooming horses, working around the farm. These are all volunteers. I have seen new horses arrive, hungry, skinny, nervous and checking back they become well fed, in good condition, contented. The horses are grouped by ages and activity levels so older horses don't have to contend with playful younger ones. And through it all walks Pam R. the director of Blue Star. As she checks the horses, they approach her, touching her as she talks quietly to each one calling them by name. Her calmness and passion for the animals and her environment comes out every time she speaks. You leave feeling humble and better about all our futures. Every one should do themselves the favor of a visit to Blue Star and feel for themselves a place of kindness and peacefulness.
God Bless the people who work at Blue Star. The animals living there are lucky, indeed!
Blue Star is a place of healing for needy animals and for the people who work with them and are able to interact with them. If only our world had thousands of places like this! Please know that when you support this organization your money is being used wisely and to help improves lives in ways that are disappearing from our society otherwise.
Blue Star Equiculture is making a huge difference on a difficult mission. Horses are important creatures, and keeping them well when they have fallen on hard times is a great blessing to the animals and to society at large.
Blue Star Equiculture is a wonderful nonprofit whose mission is sorely needed in our world today. It represents respect and dignity for God's older creatures and provides an educational experience for all interested.
Blue Star Equiculture is by far the best retirement/rescue I have ever seen. They are not only helping heal horses spiritually and physically but children and adults as well. I can't say enough good things about the people there and the work they do in our community. It is a possitive place where everyone can feel welcome and needed. If you can, if you have the time or money, this is a place worth supporting in any way.
Blue Star Equiculture provides an important and inspiring way to rescue both work horses and the people whom they train to work with these fine animals.
Blue Star Equiculture represents a true center of caring, compassion, and love for retired draft horses. The power of love and compassion has a dramatic effect on the animals they rescue. Miracles happen every day at Blue Star as a result of hard work and dedication.
Blue Star has a super program, rehabilitating working draft horses. They aren't just rescuing horses in need, but bringing them back to working relationships and educating the public about their history in our culture. It's a beautiful passion.
I have visited this wonderful farm and sanctuary and found the horses to be very fortunate to live their lives here. The horses have room to roam or run, which is a joy to see. You can see contentment in their body language. The horses have good people taking good care of them, whether it is brushing or feeding. Or even just visiting. Most animals on this planet do not have a chance to live a decent life due to humans invading their habitats. Here at Blue Star they have the chance to live a good life denied to others. Animals need more places like Blue Star and the people who truly care for their existence.
Pamela Rickenbach has a great deal of experience with draft horses and Blue Star Equiculture is a culmination of her experience, passion and love for these gentle giants. The farm is dedicated to rescuing, rehabbing and finding homes for draft horses. It is truly a labor of love! She also has events so that the general population can visit and learn about these horses. There isn't another farm quite like hers and we must help keep it going, for the future of draft horses..
Review from JustGive
We need more place like this. This place uses wisdom and compassion.
This place is fantastic. The horses are so well taken care of and the people so nice. Blue Star is fantastic!
Blue Star is doing such excellent work to help horses. The bond between horses and animals is ancient and profound. Blue Star understands this and helps others make this important connection as well.
I worked most of my adult life with horse showing and training. I my firat encounter with Blue Star was at World peace and Pray Day in 2012. I fell in love withr these gentle giants and the people caring for them Pam is a fountain of knowledge about these noble and anchient breeds. I knew i must go to Palmer to see them intheir home place. I was not disappointed, the love and caring for the horses the dedication pf the volunteers was and is wonderful. Horses and humans are healed there. I love Blue Star
Love this place I help there for couple of year miss it so much
The mission at Blue Star Equiculture exceeds the goal of simply a horse "rescue." They are committed to finding jobs for their horses, in agriculture, for instance, teaching students at a local university to work with horses in farming, etc. They have horse "ambassadors" at local events, hire their horses out to weddings, funerals, parades, plowing land, maple sugaring, and so much more. The horses help support their own upkeep, though with 30 horses, of course they rely on outside donations to help with the feed and board expenses. The volunteers work tirelessly to give the horses a quality of life they deserve, which includes work that the horses enjoy. Most importantly these horses represent the great heritage of working horses that have contributed to civilization. Imagine civilization without the transportation that horses provided for centuries before cars, trains and the modern modes of transportation.
I think that Pam and all her workers do nothing but try to save animals lives and give these animals a purpose again to live and to live happily again.They also give people a purpose to live to love and to make a difference. This is a place that I would love to go
I have the honor of taking lessons on a former Blue Star Rescue Horse..whom I have grown to love and treat as my own....knowing she was from Blue Star...I went up to visit to see where she came from and I happily found a place where the horses and people respect and love one another....a somewhat sacred place ...a place that really opened new ways of thinking and new directions for me to go in.....Its a little piece of heaven on earth and should be supported financially and by the community......love that place!!!
The folks at Blue Star understand horses, and their need to feel useful. I come from a farm family, and my grandparents worked the land with horses. I saw the bond between human and animal in working the land together as a team. May they continue on the path of understanding.
Beautiful place with beautiful people doing the right things.
Blue Star Equiculture is a beautiful example of what can be done when spirit, generosity, humility and hard work come together for the purpose of giving these great four legged friends peace and hope for a very good life. Kudos to Pam and all the volunteers, students and donors who keep this place going with integrity and a true love for horses.
Blue Star is a draft horse rescue and retirement home for carriage horses. It is a wonderful organization which strives to educate people about the usefulness of draft horses in a farm setting. Not only does it provide homes to the current horses, but through its education program will help provide homes for many other horses as well.
Blue Star Equiculture provides safe home in a herd environment for the horses, and helps educate college students to draft horse and farming techniques. They have great leadership and use their money wisely.
Before Blue Star took residence on their farm, the land was up for sale - subdivided into separate building lots. Blue Star moved in, and the farm remains intact. My morning commute past the horses is much more rewarding than driving past more houses.
My two year old has grown up visiting the horses on the weekend.
Blue Star Equiculture provides critically needed care for animals who have spent their lives in service to humans and who deserve a humane retirement.
Blue Star Equiculture is a world treasure, a place where horses and humans share a bond like no other. Everyone is welcome to visit and discover the BSE vision. Both four and two legged herd members find healing, caring, support and love on the farm.
The Mission statement says it all...
"Blue Star Equiculture is a working horse rescue and sanctuary committed to helping horses, humans and Mother Earth. In concert with the community, we help working horses live out their days in comfort and dignity...and help humans connect with, care for and be better partners to horses and Mother Earth."
Blue Star Equiculture is by far the best draft horse rescue I have ever associated with. Pam understands that the horses are each individuals and their life and care is geared to that individuality. Blue Star has created a program that educates young and old alike about equine husbandry and the working animal. They have teamed with UMass to present a program that teaches young adults about horse power. Blue Star has an organic farm area that produces vegetables the natural way, no gasoline required. The work that Blue Star does is invaluable, the home they give retired and rescued drafts is impeccable and the people of Blue Star? Well they are priceless. There would be a huge void in the rescue world without Blue Star but more than that they help to bridge the gap between animal and machine and teach the former to anyone who is willing to learn.
One of the best horse rescues and sanctuaries in the northeast. If not the country.
I came to know Blue Star through a blog by Jon Katz. I am firmly convinced that these animals are receiving the highest quality of care. And they cannot continue on without help. Please consider this rescue group in your donations.
Two of my sons, now 26 and 22, participated in community service for Blue Star and they couldn't have had a better experience! They were welcomed, taught, given responsibility, and respected for their contributions.
As a former Director of a fellow non-profit I am am extremely grateful for the work that Blue Star does. Connecting the animals with the right new homes, or the best rehabilitation program and/or retirement plan is a huge undertaking, but something that they do so well. The good work that they do for their animals and humans is a wonderful opportunity for all involved, often there are stories of both human and horse recovering/growing together. Further more the advocacy work that they do promoting the humane treatment of content working animals is such an asset to those of us that rely on good working relationships with draft animal power to make a living. There are still people that have a sustainable working connection with the land and animal power, Blue Star helps us tell our story and promotes more people to responsibly go down this path to a better future.
As far as equine rescues, Blue Star is a treasure. Please support their efforts to help equines everywhere. Blue Star is a proven advocate for working horses. They bring horses and humans together.
I am extremely impressed with the mission of Blue Star. I have had the privilege of meeting some of the people and horses, and the people are very passionate about what they do.
Blue Star Equiculture is the ultimate continuation of care that the wonderful working horses receive by their caring human partners, even after the horses are no longer "working".
I interned here for a year. I helped teach classes, gave wagon rides, took care of horses, traveled to NYC, Long Island NY, NH, all over Mass with BSE, supported Working Horses, and became family.
BSE helped me find home after spending 3 tours in Afghanistan, and really helped shape what I want to do in life; Logging with Draft Horses. Pam and Paul showed me how to be a teamster and a better person. I was able to learn, and be an active part in all aspects of Draft Horse Husbandry.
A pace that think about daily, even though it's been months since I have there. Only reason I left was to pursue my education in Sustainable Agriculture at The Farm School so I can start my own farm, modeled after the practices of BSE.
cari g loving peaceful environment for the horses. Pam and her staff are a Godsend to the animals.
Long live Blue Star!! The organization does great work!
A wonderful group, who's aim is to keep horses as part of our lives and culture.
i have been donating for 2 years. pam and her amazing crew give 24/7 to these wonderful rescue horses who give back so much to us and the community. as a horse owner, i know how hard it is to care for even one small fijord, let alone a herd of drafts! thank you Pamela
I have been following the good deeds and generosity towards working horses and other animals that Blue Star undertakes every day. They spend so much of their time and compassion ensuring that these beloved animals get the care and attention they deserve. It's all about the horses !
I have been a donor since 2012 this group of people at Blue Star are some of the kindest, loving, compassionate people I know. The horses always come first. I have also adopted horses through them that have been a blessing. Wonderful organization and people
What a wonderful place to go!! This farm is a great addition to the community. The horses and the volunteers, and every single person you meet there are so
Kind and informative! These gentle giants are so spoiled here!! It's nothing to see multiple kisses and sweet talk to them, they are so wonderfully cared for!! It an honor to go here and spend time with humans and horses that create so much love and wisdom!!