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Epona Horse Rescue Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals

Mission: Care of rescued horses

Target demographics: horses and owners in trouble and using the rescue horses to teach young people about caring and trust.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 75 horses that were seized by law enforcement or reliquished by owners. We also pulled horses off a slaughter lot and rehomed them.

Geographic areas served: Nebraska and surrounding states

Programs: Calvins Corral for the orpan foal, Bridges of Hope (giving temporary aid to horse owners in a medical crisis. We are soon to open Teresa's Gate a program to partner people suffering from mental disabilities with a horse partner to aid in their recovery.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

Don't let positive ratings from just a few deceive you. While some of the workers there are well-meaning, check thoroughly any information you receive from the manager. She sometimes lies.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Epona at least once a week sometimes more. They are really great the horses are all well taken care of. They take in a lot of horses that nobody would take in and do all they can even if that means taking them into the house. Recently we had a wild mare die and leave behind a foal Lynn tried numerous things including a surrogate but it didn't work but she put the foal in with our minis and she took right to them like they were a family. I put a pic of them on here. It's wonderful I can't afford horses but love them and I'm able to help the horses and fulfill my love of horses so thank you Epona.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Epona is a home away from home for me while I'm attending college! It never ceases to brighten my day to volunteer out there. The transformation that you see in the horses that come into the rescue is remarkable from the first day when they are emaciated or terrified of people to healthy, loving horses. Epona truly is a haven for both horses and people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coming to Lincoln from a rural area to attend college was exciting, but I missed being able to be outside or in the barn, but most importantly, I missed horses. Epona has become my favorite pastime as I'm able to work with horses that deserve a second chance at a good life. Lin and Larry are magnificent people who have the biggest hearts when it comes to helping these horses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so so so grateful to Lin and Epona Horse Rescue. I volunteered as a college student and this rescue helped to open my eyes to all of the wonderful horses in the world that just needed a little help tI get back on their feet. I watched Lin rehab horses with a variety of behavioral problems time and time again. She showed me that all they need is a little love, patience, and understanding to live up to their full potential. I watched horses come in completely terrified of humans and leave a few weeks later to their forever homes calm and happy to finally be loved. I've seen horses come in looking like walking skeletons and Epona horse rescue nursed them back to health. The world can be an ugly place but places like Epona Horse Rescue provide a light and comfort for some of the suffering animals out there. Thank you thank you thank you Epona for all that you do.

2 Jodi30

Board Member

Rating: 5

Epona has made a huge, positive impact in our lives!

4 Julie204

Donor

Rating: 5

I chose this non-profit organization to donate to after reading and seeing all they do for horses here in Nebraska. To give so much of your life to the betterment of these animals with very little support stands out as a miracle. My wish is that everyone could take just 5 minutes to see all they do and I know they would feel the same way I do and want to help Epona in anyway they can.
Thank you Epona from all the horses you have saved.

Julie C.
Lincoln Nebraska

4 Tessa S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Epona Horse Rescue is the best I have volunteered out there and it is truly amazing, there hearts are so big and they do all they can for the horses no matter what, they are always willing to jump in and lend a hand. I am glad to call myself a volunteer of Epona Horse Rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is remarkable to watch the transformation of these rescued horses. Plus it is so rewarding to see the wonderful adoption stories. The love they give to these horses is remarkable not to mention the lengths they go to for the special vet care and surgeries that are done. You ROCK EPONA!!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had an opportunity to visit this rescue and was totally impressed with all they do for horses! I was captivated by the horses I met and the caring staff and volunteers. I enjoy reading about their new rescues and the adoption successes. I hope to volunteer there someday after retirement.

4 Mary Jo D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Epona is so loving, so smart, and so forward looking. They squeeze the most opportunity for their rescues out of every communication and every dollar. They are a great regional asset, and great educators to boot. Thank God for Epona Horse Rescue. I wish we had them in every region of the USA.

4 Tess K.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a top rated, class act! Epona keeps you up-to-date with all new rescues and adoptions. You become a part of the "family" in loving, giving, and caring about these animals. Thank You
Epona Horse Rescue!!

4 Brenda70

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Epona is very close to us, we've been there, we've seen the entire facility, and even helped with evening feeding. This is a top notch facility, the animals are first and foremost and very well cared for. We follow the happenings there, including what happens when the vet or farrier has visited. The Owner (Lin Beaune) is so compassionate when it concerns any animal it is heartwarming. To see her is amazing. Epona started out as a dream and became a reality, a way of life. They are highly recommended in our area, and often take in animals from long distances, just to keep them safe. Epona has such a positive impact on anyone that has been involved in any way, because you can see the love. They can tell you the story of most every animal in their charge, how they came to live at Epona, and their personalities. Every horse on the property becomes a loved personality from the moment it is deemed they will become part of Epona, often before. I highly recommend Epona to anyone and everyone, looking for a sanctuary, or looking to adopt a rescue. The horses that are there know what being loved really means

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Epona for about two years. I've adopted one horse from them and plan to adopt another, and hopefully keep volunteering for years to come. I've seen so many horses come in starving and abused, and leave fat and happy. Lin does a great job of making sure each horse has their unique needs met, and working with both adopters and the people giving up their horses to make sure that the animals are cared for.

I've heard lots of rumor and gossip about the organization, but I guarantee that nobody who believes them has spent more than a day there. In my two years volunteering, I have never seen any horses neglected, have never seen any horses abused, have never seen any reason to stop supporting them - and trust me, I'm picky as hell, and if I suspected abuse, neglect, or irresponsibility I would leave. Things don't always run smoothly, because they have limited help (virtually all their help is from volunteers) and limited space, but they always do their absolute best.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always had a love for horses, but attending school in Lincoln made it difficult to spend time with them. Volunteering at Epona has given me experience working with horses and people and allows me to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Lin and Larry truly care about each one of the horses and volunteers and are impacting many lives through Epona. The horses' lives as well as the humans that work with them or adopt them are changed for the better. I am proud to be a part of such an inspiring organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been very involved with Epona Horse Rescue over the last couple years, and it has been nothing but a positive, wonderful experience. The staff of Epona Horse Rescue is both positive and encouraging. Everyone there presents a warm attitude and the safety of the horses and volunteers is of the utmost importance. The rescue has come a long way in the 10 years it has had its arms open to those who cannot speak. I look forward to the bright future the rescue has, and I can't wait for all of the exciting things that are happening in the near future!

1 Paige Y.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched countless horses find forever homes through Epona Horse Rescue.

2 Steph A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently adopting a filly and also fostering a filly from Epona Horse Rescue in Crete NE. They do an awesome job for unwanted, abused and neglected horses. They facility is very clean and the horses are well feed and taken care of. They work tirelessly to find homes for these horses. They work in conjunction with Lusco Farms in Iowa, a donkey rescue, that also does amazing work. It would not be possible without the amazing donations they receive and have just finished a beautiful barn to house mothers and their new foals, injured and other horses needing special attention. Please check with them first if you are in the market for a horse (or 2) that need a loving home!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the rescue as a volunteer, originally. After a rough week of learning that my beloved 26 year old OTTB needed to be retired, I spent the day with Lin, the director, and fellow volunteers meeting new horses. And after only a week, I became a client of Lin's. She agreed to help me retire my horse, and I fostered a lovely 13 year old Oldenburg mare named Kasbah. Lin was upfront, honest, and direct with dealing with the process of the horse swap and exchange. Red, along with every other horse out there, is fat, healthy, and well looked after. Kasbah came home and I knew exactly what I was dealing with - Lin's accurate portrayal of the horse made it very easy to start working with her.

A lot of what is online about Lin and the Epona Horse Rescue is all false. Lin does NOT run a breeding facility, Lin does NOT deal with slaughter houses, Lin does NOT hoard horses. She has a fantastic turn-over rate with horses staying in their forever homes. As a volunteer, friend, and adopter from the Epona Horse Rescue, I would absolutely recommend it to anyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Epona Horse Rescue is an amzing oorganization. Lin and Larry work hard for the benefit of each and every horse. I volunteer here 2 times a week and am happy to come. The horses are loving and you can see they love and trust the enviroment they are in.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Epona Horse Rescue in Crete , Nebraska goes above and beyond the expectations I had. Lin and Larry are professional and competent . They welcomed questions regarding the organzation and answered them all . Epona is a work in progress with a new barn and first aid facilities being built. A training program being developed and always the best interst of each horse a parmount concern. I wasvery impressed by the care and cleanliness of the facility. Epona should be one of the top rated rescues in the country in my book. The depth of caring and dedication is wonderful. I have my lifetime best friend thanks to Epona.