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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Equestrian Inc. Horse Rescue is dedicated to providing a rehabilitative sanctuary for abandoned, abused, unwanted, or slaughter-bound horses. We strive to bring people who love horses together with the horses we love.

Results: During 2015 we took in 9 horses from race tracks and adopted out 6 horses to loving families.

Target demographics: the unwanted horse population

Direct beneficiaries per year: 85 students and 47 community service people

Geographic areas served: Tampa, Florida

Programs: Rescuing, rehabilitating, rehoming horses. We also reach out to the community by offering Bright Future hours to high school students and we work with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department's community service program.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted an OTTB from Equestrian, Inc. and he had lived there for quite a while. I found him and fell instantly in love with him. The rescue volunteers are very dedicated and the board members I dealt with are very loving and passionate about making sure that all the horses go to good homes. I think they went above and beyond with some issues my horse had after leaving the rescue, and I am surprised at how much they actually care about their placements long after they are gone down the road to their new homes. The facility was always neat and safe, the feed room filled with neatly stacked bags of feed and hay, and the horses were all healthy and happy.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Equestrian Inc for a little over two years. In those two years I have had the opportunity to learn so much about these wonderful animals and be a part of some incredible stories surrounding them. Equestrian Inc has always been a wonderful place and I hope it continues to be for a long time.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization holds a very special place in my heart. Many animals have had a second chance and a great life thanks to Equestrian Inc!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Equestrian Inc for 4 years. I have seen many horses come in and many leave for new homes. Each horse has a different story but the story at Equestrian Inc remains the same. We are dedicated volunteers, all of us, who want the homes and lives that the horses deserve to become true. In addition to horses, we have had donkeys, cats, dogs and goats that receive the love that are needed towards rescues. I think many of the volunteers look at as a rehabilitation for ourselves and I have also met many people, needing to serve community service, who have had their lives changed by Equestrian Inc.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Equestrian for over 2 years. Our horses are well cared for with regular visits from our Vet, farrier, and dentist. They have a beautiful pasture to graze and a spring-fed pond to swim. Our horses and cats are the most loved animals on this planet. We spoil them with lots of love and kisses and I hope I can continue for years to come. Blessed is the person that has earned the love of a horse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equestrian is close to my home and I volunteered. A great and compassionate organization of individuals who work tirelessly to help these beautiful animals who have been abused or abandoned. As a person who has rescued 2 dogs, I can tell you it is considerably different when the rescue is significantly bigger than you are. The folks at Equestrian take it in stride and I would hate to think of what would happen to these magnificent animals if they were not there.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Equestrian Inc. is not only a rescue for horses, it is one that rescues people and gives them a place to go to be able to love and care for horses who need it. I have been lucky to be able to get to know the horses and their vast personalities as well as get to know many of the dedicated people to the organization. The horses at this organization are thriving and if you see them it is clear that they are all happy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to the Tampa area for school. In choosing to move I chose to go alone. I knew with this move one of the most important things for me was to find a place to give back. My love of animals and horses found me at the front gate of Equestrian Inc.. From the moment I was introduced to every horse and told each one's story I wanted to be a part of this amazing organization. Being a volunteer at a rescue such as this is hard work but extremely rewarding. I am able to put work in knowing that every stall cleaned and water bucket filled is for a good purpose. It is allowing a horse in need a clean place to live and play. The hands on care that this organization allows and encourages with the horses is remarkable. Being able to touch and give love to these amazing animals is what its all about. I am grateful to all the wonderful people at Equestrian Inc. who allow me to come and help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer regularly at Equestrian Inc. It is an amazing rescue that cares for horses and cats alike. I highly recommend it for donors and volunteers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My mother started rescuing horses way before we became a nonprofit organization. It is because of her creation that these horses have a safe haven where they can graze, swim and eat until their heart is content. Our horses get the best care and are a joy to be around. Everyone who passes through our gate feels a sense of serenity and peacefulness as they interact with the horses. Again, it is all because of my mother that we are here what we are today.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equestrian Inc is a wonderful rescue that really puts the horses best interests at heart. The horses there speak for themselves and are all very happy, fat, and happy. The team of EI is phenomenal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Equestrian Inc for almost 3 years. I've found the people very welcoming and thankful to the volunteers who come to help out. I've learned so much about horses, helping animals and people from my experiences there. The horses are well taken care of and are really nice. I'd recommend this organization to anyone who wants to help animals and be out in nature.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The horses of Equestrian Inc. are always the number one priority of the rescue. They receive excellent diets along with any necessary supplements. They have regular visits from the farrier and dentist and have access to an excellent vet. Each horse is made to feel very special by the loving care that they are given every day. They have several acres of pasture in which to graze and just be horses. All in all they are very happy horses with very dedicated volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank goodness for Equestrian Inc!!!! I've had the pleasure of spending time at this wonderful place. I've always been impressed with the endless dedication, hard work & unconditional love that these Horses are given. These amazing animals deserve the 2nd chance that is given to them by these amazing people!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The horses at Equestrian Inc Tampa Fl are alive and well because of the sincere and heartfelt work of the founder and board. The horses are loved, fed, stabled, and given medical care all because of the tireless dedication of Glenda, DeeAnn,Carol, Jack and a multitude of others that fund raise and actually do alllll of the daily feeding, mucking and whatever else needs done for the horses care. Happy horses!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equestrian Inc Horse Rescue is the most valuable environment for animals I have ever witnessed. The people that run it are genuine, kind and hard working, and the horses are so well cared for and loved. Any medical issue is handled immediately, and the horses absolutely love everyone that works there. Glenda, DeeAnn, Carol and Jack are the hardest working people I know, and its all for the love of the horses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work and dedication to the rescue and rehoming of these horses is amazing. Every horse here has a story and deserved better than to be in a rescue situation. When I retired from the workforce I knew I would find something out there for me. What I found was a passion for me and a blessing to work with others to help these wonderful vreatures.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with Equestrian Inc. for over 6 years. This is truly a safe haven for rescued horses and ponies. Each horse is given emotional, medical and rehabilitation care individually as needed. These animals wake up each morning to a loving hand with hay and grain. They have a lot of pasture time to roam, graze and play with their pasture buddies. There is also a spring fed lake for hot summer swims ( such a heartwarming sight). Regardless of the surmountable expenses the founder and her daughter, board members and volunteers work daily feeding, cleaning stalls, making sure there is fresh water, bathing and making sure all are happy and healthy. Equestrian Inc. is an asset to the Tampa Bay area and they have made a big difference not only in the animals lives; but to all of us who have had the opportunity to experience seeing and caring for an unwanted horse become unafraid of life, learn to play and love the carrot treats and lots of hugs. Thank you EI.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equestrian Inc. is an asset to Tampa, FL. This non-profit horse rescue organization has a dedicated founder, trainers and volunteers that work very hard to make sure every rescue receives the proper care, training, medical needs, and rehabilition needs to give these beautiful animals a happy life without fear or mistrust. They start their day knowing they are going to be fed and let out to pasture to play with their friends. They have been given a routine, a purpose and a place where they receive lots of attention. At the end of the day, they welcome their roomy stalls and dinner.
Recently a new horse came in from up North that did not want to race, and his fate was not favorable. As a volunteer, to be able to see this horse brought in from a long journey and start enjoying his new life is such a wonderful feeling.
EI reaches out to as many horses as they can. This is a sanctuary in the middle of Tampa.
Come out and hug a horse - it will make you smile!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Equestrian Inc for a little over a year and it is an amazing rescue, truly dedicated to the health and welfare of the horses they take in. The owner of the rescue dedicates her life to these horses and it is evident when you see the transformation of injured and abused horses into loving, healthy and happy animals. After i spent a day volunteering I quickly made the decision to give as much time and resources as I could to this cause. if you have a passion for horses I would highly recommend going out to the barn and learning more about Equestrian Inc.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful. I have been associated with them for almost 2 years. Horses get really good care. The overall energy is relaxed and fun. It's obvious the horses enjoy themselves there and they are well loved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

So in response to Missyn's comment, with all due respect, what did you do as a volunteer, did you venture to make the initiative to fund raise or other aspects to benefit the organization? I have volunteered at other horse rescues in Florida and they are not the vast green acres of Kentucky. Equestrian Inc is respectably recognized for what they have successfully done for 29 years. Some volunteers have no idea what it takes, tireless hours, and serious dedication to run a non profit. It's not just showing up, playing with and riding horses. Do horses die at horse sanctuaries beyond every effort to rehab them, absolutely. It's life. Equestrian Inc is successful, welcoming and very loving toward their well cared for horses.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am not a hands on volunteer @ Equestrian Inc., as I am afraid of horses, however I have been going to the facility for approximately 4 years with my husband who is a volunteer. I have never been around anyone who is more dedicated to horses welfare as the people who run this equine rescue. The horses are cared for with nothing more than hard work, sweat and LOVE. You will never see any horse at this facility go without proper medical attention, food or anything else that is required in their daily needs. As with any animal or human as well, all the horse want is to be loved and cared for and that is exactly what they get. I do volunteer my time helping organize and put on the annual golf tournament to raise much need money for the care and upkeep of this most needed horse rescue facility.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After 4 years of continuous volunteering at this facility, I continue to see full cooperation and friendship with all board members as well as with volunteers. Horse always seem to be content and happy and with steady service from our veterinarians and blacksmiths and most of all they are HAPPY HAPPY HORSES. The organization is constantly seeking donations and any and all assistance from the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i went to Equestrian horse rescue not knowing what to expect because when you here rescue not always sure what kind of condition the animals are in but i was very pleased to find out that all the horses here are in beautiful condition. very well cared for they get to have the run of the land palying in the spring and in the woods running through pastures plus the people are friendly very helpful i learned alot on my 1st visit and i have been back twice to help during the weekend. the rescue is doing a great job saving america's race horses and some owner surrenders.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equestrian Inc. is a great place we visited the rescue and did orientation witch the rescue strongly advises new comers to do. it was very helpful to learn what to do and not to do for someone that does not know much about horses. we will visit again and help muck stalls and help out with the horses the people are nice. the horses are in wonderful condition. the are spoiled just like a rescue should be. very pleased with how the rescue works they are doing a awesome job with the horses they are able to save each year.