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Circle A Home For Horses Inc

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13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known Alicia Maher for six years and I have personally witnessed the amazing work that Circle A does. They take in horses that are destined for slaughter and rehab them both physically and mentally. I own one of those horses and he is such a joy to have in my life. Without Circle A he would have been slaughtered; a perfectly healthy six-year old thoroughbred would have been brutally killed. It's unthinkable. Horses are amazing creatures that deserve a chance to know what a kind, loving hand is. I am so grateful for all the hard work and love that Circle A puts into each and every horse they save.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of visiting Circle A in July 2020, in the middle of a heatwave. Alicia Mahar met with me for several hours, walking around the entire farm visiting different paddocks and groupings of horses. Alicia discussed each horse, obviously knowledgeable about their Individual story, shared why they were with that particular herd and what their long term goals were for each horse.
We went through each barn, run-in and paddock, nothing was off limits. What struck me over and over was the love, care and devotion for each and every individual on the farm.
I met volunteers all busy with their tasks, but pausing to give a pat or say, “What a good boy” or , “How you doing today sweet girl”. They didn’t make a big deal out of it, but again speaking volumes.
Each and every barn was clean, sweet smelling and properly fitted out for the residents.
This is one rescue that can be very proud of its accomplishments. They are doing it well.
I’m excited to be part of this first rate rescue going forward.

1 Gay R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been visiting Circle A for over four years now. It is truly heartwarming to see how some of the abused and/or neglected rescues can go from being terrified of humans to being sweet and playful and acting like horses again. It’s because of all of the love and care they get from the volunteers that makes this possible.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Each of my three horses came from Circle A, over the course of several years. Each one is perfectly suited to our family. It’s an excellent nonprofit, with the goal of saving horses and helping individuals.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Circle A in October of 2019 and have been there ever since! I have never met someone as dedicated to the horses as the people at this farm. I started working there in March of 2019 and it’s the best job I’ve ever had. It’s so rewarding to be helping the horses and see there progression as well as veering surrounded by so much positivity. I would recommend visiting this farm to everyone, even if they don’t have horse experience. It is the best!

2 Marti J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Circle A heals horses and hearts! I've been volunteering out there for about 5 1/2 years and it has been a wonderful experience. When the at-risk kids come out for the first time, often they have an attitude of anger and not trusting anybody because they've been let down so many times. It doesn't take them long to realize the rescued horses feel the same way. You can see trust building between the horses and the children very quickly and it changes both of them forever.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Circle A does a fantastic job rehabbing and rehoming horses. Their dedication to the horses is the best display of humanity I’ve seen in a long time.

1 Kate F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Circle A Home for Horses has become our second family this year! We started volunteering with the rescue in early 2020 and have even adopted an off-the-track Thoroughbred for our family to love on in addition to continuing to help out as volunteers! It gives our children a place to learn responsibility, respect, hard work, and dedication to serving others. The work this organization does is incredible! From rehabbing abused and neglected horses to helping underprivileged children and our nation's veterans, their work is priceless! So happy to be a part of this organization!

3 Lee A K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Five years ago my neurologist in Michigan said I needed to move closer to more family. I had severe depression from losing a very important person in my life to leukemia after 5 month battle. It happened that the garage apartment was for rent.
Two days after I got here this mare arrived. She was skin and bones, she became my Therapy Horse. Watching and helping her every day saved me, and gave me a reason to want to be more involved with the rescue.
What Georgia Peach did for me, I saw her and other rescues do the same for the children that take part in the children’s programs.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here in February 2020. The staff is really knowledgeable and helpful. The horse all have different stories most. Each horse gets rehabbed with love.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Circle A as a volunteer in March of 2020 and immediately fell in love with the amazing energy of the horses and people. COVID had put my entire family’s life on hold, I was losing connection with my community and my family was struggling with this new way of life.
When I came to Circle A I found a new purpose and It seemed that the world of COVID disappeared whenever I was there. My family noticed a difference in my attitude and started to volunteer with me. This was the first time my family had come together to volunteer without being forced. I spend almost everyday sharing my experiences with everyone I know hoping that they will come experience the unique therapeutic benefit Circle A has to offer

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Circle A Home For Horses has been a lifeline for me for the past 3 years. Although they are an hour drive from my home, I have to go at least once/week for my Equine Love Therapy as I call it. I was in an emotional and physical dilemma when I first visited this Rescue on a field trip for at-risk youth where I mentored, suffering in silence because I had decided to stop Rx meds that I had been on for 25 years due to a spinal injury. This was my first experience being up close and personal with horses but have loved them all my life. Who knew that a horse named Devon's Legend would change my life forever and I consider myself blessed to be a part of this awesome and loving Non-profit -- my Circle A Family! I see first hand the sincere love and care that Alicia Mahar and the other volunteers give the rescued equines and this is such an inspiration to me. Not only is there a love for equines here, there is also love for humanity, as shown by the At-Risk-Youth Programs and Camps/Activities that many organizations in this area utilize with amazing results and success. Although my physical capabilities are limited due my my spinal injury (a result of a collision with a drunk driver), I am lovingly known as "Legends' Mom" and have become a walking, talking, rolling testimony for Circle A Home For Horses! Why? Because for 3 years I have been FREE of all the hard drugs doctors had me on for 25 years for my injury; none of them were able to accomplish what Devon's Legend has done for me just by by doing what is natural for horses...giving me healing and unconditional love. We were both rescued by Alicia Mahar and Circle A Home For Horses. I was in so much pain and emotional distress while stepping down off opioids 3 years ago, that I prayed to God for help because I could not do this alone. That first visit to Circle A, I knew He heard me and sent me not one, but 2 Angels -- Alicia Marhar and Devon's Legend. To this day, just being there with the horses and my Circle A Family has my pain level so tolerable until I'm almost completely pain free when I'm there. I know the rescued horses feel the same sense of relief and love -- we know we matter and are safe at Circle A Home For Horses.

2 Aprilpartida

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hardest working most dedicated people I knowing doing whatever it takes with limited resources to make the lives of horses better and diligently working to find these horses teir forever homes!