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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 2017 we adopted out 6 horses and 1 pony to loving families.

Target demographics: the unwanted horse population

Direct beneficiaries per year: 23 students and 41 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

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 1

The positive reviews of this facility have all been solicited. I know because I was begged to write a glowing review on many occasions. But I cannot. Where do I start? Equestrian Inc. is absolutely abusive to donors and volunteers alike. Abusive to select animals in their care as well. Hundreds of volunteers have come in looking to genuinely help the animals but run as fast as they can. No decent Veterinarian or Farrier will service this facility and it’s the animals that suffer. The original Founder (now deceased) and her crooked daughter have lived off the donations for years. It’s shocking how they got away with this and continue. They should be investigated by the IRS and lose their 501 (c) (3) status. However, no individuals contribute anymore, but the facility continues to acquire funds from TAA and so forth. The animals need to be rescued and placed with a legitimate rescue and the Board of Directors held accountable for their behavior.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I recently started volunteering at Equestrian Inc. and am thankful for the continued opportunity to do so. Each visit, I am impressed by the dedicated, kind people that run the sanctuary farm. Each visit, I observed how the horses are loved so much and are well taken care of. Each visit, I am welcomed and appreciated. I hope and wish that Equine Inc. continues to grow in abundance, so that the mission and goals for the horses are always met.

MJ W.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I adopted a 10 year old retired racehorse from Equestrian Inc. My horse spent most of his life at the racetrack and he is a little difficult to handle sometimes if you are not experienced with horses. I tried to board him at another facility but it did not work out and Equestrian Inc. welcomed him back (injured at the time) and now I board him there. There are other horses that came back for various reasons. Caring for retired TBs can be a challenge and not all facilities understand them and know how to make them happy and minimize the injuries. Equestrian Inc. makes whatever adjustments are needed to care for the special needs of each horse.
Any horse lovers out there that want more experience this is a great place to learn.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is truly a horse paradise. The owners and volunteers work really hard to keep all the horses happy and comfortable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Equestrian Inc about 5 years ago. I was part of an organization called the Tampa Connection and my team did a project for them to help with their marketing and public relations. I really enjoyed my time there and believed in what they did.

A little over a year ago, my son needed to choose non-profits to work with for both his 8th grade project and his confirmation. I mentioned to him about my experience with Equestrian, Inc and he chose to work as a volunteer there for both projects. He also thoroughly loved his experience.

Now that both of his projects are complete, I am happy to say that he, my wife and I still volunteer there almost every Friday and we look forward to doing so for a long time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equestrian Inc. is an amazing organization that provides love and care to horses in need. The volunteers are always so welcoming and are really committed to taking care of the animals.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Equestrian Inc. almost 4 years ago. Having been around several animal rescue organizations I can attest to the depth of care for the horses (and other animals that come across our barn) and treating the volunteers well. The organization is run in a manner that puts the horses' health first. It has enriched my life being part of this organization not only rescuing horses but helping people and teaching kids horsemanship that they truly enjoy.

Karen M.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was glad to have the opportunity to volunteer at Equestrian Inc. The people there were very welcoming and just happy to be around horses. I thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of this cute little farm tucked away in the middle of the city. Nothing better than spending quality time with horses in need of some love!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equestrian inc. is a wonderful place. Everyone is so dedicated about the health and well-being of the horses. It makes me truly happy, that there is a place like this where rescued horses can live a happy life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer now for about 3 months I feel I truly understand how much each and every person really cares for the horses that live there you can tell that they are loved respected and most of all in a safe place I look forward to taking care of them each and every weekend -Zoë

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely best time my family and I have had in years! So informative, exciting, and just plain out amazing. The horses have the life for sure... if I could retire with this option give me a stall.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equestrian Inc changed my life like it does for the horses.Every single person that works there is loving and passionate about caring for the horses no matter the needs.I have seen a horses personality change for the better from the kindness they receive there.

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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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Edward J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I been volunteering since 2016 at Equestrian Inc, growing up with horses. I learned that each horse has special needs and traits at Equestrian Inc they are well tuned to the needs of these horses. It gives me joy to volunteer were they put the animals first. Please help donate it very expense keeping all these horses!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Equestrian, Inc. is a wonderful horse rescue. I have been a visitor there many times and it is obvious how much they love the horses in their care. I also enjoy following Equestrian Inc. on Facebook to see pictures of the horses and learn about their interactions, personalities and antics!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never been to a horse farm before so it was quite an experience. Such beautiful animals. Very friendly volunteers and to see how much they care about the place is beyond amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a rider for over 24 years and I have helped manage a few barns off and on for the last 10 years before I move to the Tampa area. I absolutely love volunteering at Equestrian Inc. This stable is very organized, the horses are happy and well cared for. All the volunteers I have encounter are willing to go above and beyond to help with all needed tasks. I look forward to my weekly volunteer afternoon. I wish all barns could be as organized and drama free.

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.