When my son needed service hours for high school I volunteered along with him cleaning stalls, filling water buckets bathing and brushing. We enjoyed our time together caring for the horses and ponies. All of the animals there are so well cared for and loved. Debbie and her husband truly care about the horses and their well-being. Friends horse rescue is the real deal! Awesome place for kids to learn to care for farm animals and get their service hours and make friends!
Whether it be as a child or an adult, we’ve all dreamed of loving and caring for a horse! At FRIENDS, not only are you able to fulfill that dream but you’re given an opportunity to help horses, donkeys, pigs, and goats that are in need. The ranch is full of friendly people and fun times! Education is key when it comes to caring for a horse which is why the ranch offers several informative and enjoyable classes to teach equine basics. FRIENDS even hosts a Magical Mini program to get the little ones involved in horses and the responsibilities that come with them. FRIENDS is everything and more a rescue/nonprofit should be and I’m beyond proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization.
I volunteer Tuesday and Thursday and by far it's been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Everyone that comes has such a love for these horses and it shows by how caring and dedicated they are. All of the volunteers range in age from 13 to 80 we all find something to do to enrich the lives of all the horses, ponies, goats, etc. I ask that you come to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And see all the hard work that goes into this rescue and if you find it in your heart to help whether it be your time or donations.
Thank you, Trudie
Review from Guidestar
I got my first horse when I joined FRIENDS and it was a lifelong dream that finally came true. I was in my mid 30’s at that time. I spent every day at the ranch with Thunder and he lived to be almost 30. I cherish my memories and it’s been fun watching and helping this very worthy organization grow over the past 32 years. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who care for the horses.
Review from Guidestar
They are all about caring for and saving horses! The volunteers are so dedicated and there are no paid employees. This is not a fly by night organization having been formed in 1987.
Wanna have some fun? Come out and meet the horses!!!
An amazing organization A wonderful rescue with wonderful people
Thanks so much for taking the time to do a review for us.
Review from Guidestar
I had a horse at friends ranch for 8 years. I loved my Toby until he passed at 32 years old. It’s a great organization and has stayed in the family since the 70’s. Debbie Beye Barwick and her husband Bobby are amazing individuals who would give up their lives for these horses. True compassion for these wonderful horses and other animals at friends ranch. They deserve to be recognized and awarded for their everlasting love And dedication to all the horses they have saved over the years.
Thank you so much for this kind review.
Review from Guidestar
I have been volunteering there for over a 3,years. There is no other place I rather be. I love working with and around the horses. I found my piece of mind there. There is no way you explain the way they make me feel. If you love animals come around and see if you get the same ❤
Thanks for the AWESOME review!
Review from Guidestar
FRIENDS is great ! I always loved horses and chose the ranch to carry out my dream to learn about and be close to horses. The ranch helps provide for horses that have been diagnosed with EIA or have been neglected or abused! I’m a sponsor, but people can volunteer too. I highly recommend it! Susan Schiff
I joined FRIENDS a year ago and it has fulfilled my dreams and beyond. I have loved horses all my life . Now that my children are on their own, I have more time to pursue my dreams. By sponsoring my horse, I've learned how to take care of him, I get to ride him, and enjoy the activities at the ranch. Dream come true.
This place is awesome for so many different animals. Lots of equines, big and small, as well as goats, pigs, and a cat. All of the animals are treated extremely well, cared for medically, and fed twice daily. Beautiful big pasture available for the horses to run around in. It's a fantastic place to volunteer and learn about the horses. It's amazing how many beautiful animals are out there. Come out for a visit. You'll be made to feel right at home.
Friends ranch is the best most loving place for horses that have come to the end of there journey! And get to live again! All of there needs are met, vet,farrier and all they care they could ever need.
I've been associated with these fine folks for decades. They are eager to share their knowledge about how to care for horses. One can learn a lot out at the ranch. Everyone is friendly, especially the goats! It is a fun and relaxing to be, for the horses and the people. The program is fabulous! It's like you own your own horse, but you are not in by yourself; there are years and years and years of experience and knowledge at your fingertips. Everyone who wants a horse in South Florida should adopt one of these rescued horses. You are saving a life! You will get to ride them, groom them, feed them, and you can be out there plenty to spend time your horse. Everything thing these people do is about the horses. Great job FRIENDS!
This is a Sanctuary of Majestic animals Horses, Donkeys and Pigs...where you can do volunteer hours, finding yourself in the natural environment with this truly animals friends, where you can learn that most simple things in life can fill your heart of happiness.....from cleaning a stall to approaching your favorite horse, for gromming and learning about them.
While you arrive ...Racoons will say Hi...and then they will hide...very funny ♡.
If you are animal lover this is your place to learn, to share and to do something that help them...but if you want to learn about animals and what to experience what blessing is have an animal friend...this is the place too..about learning respect for others, loyalty, humility , kind and friendship with animals♡
This is a unique and lovely rescue Horses place, where the goal is the protection and care of this Majestic animals.
The volunteer program alow to many people learn about what is involved on the care of horses, starting by the simple rule of provide them a clean stall, clean water..etc, them the aproach to each of them, respecting their space, and create a friendship between humans and horses.
This place, for me have the MOST SMART AND BEAUTIFUL HORSES of my life, the Minis have a lot fun attitude and very playful . The Big Horses as well are unique and very smart.
Here I have my two loved horses, because volunteering.....I meet them, and I sponsor them. My ones are not riadable. ...BUT I HAVE SUCH FUN TIME learning with them and playing as well. Just the fact of see your horse calling you....or showing you attitude...because him miss u....don't have price. Is a JOY ♡.
We have 3 Donkeys and Pigs. The pigs show so much intelligence their have a big memory, and they have the ability of recognized each of us who feed them. By this, they will have different behaviour with each feeder..in order to be with the feeder rhythm.
I TOTALLY recomend this Organization.
My daughter has spent many years here learning not only about horses but more importantly how to join groups for the greater good, work together as a team to accomplish goals, help care for animals, learn empathy for others and on and on... The lessons learned here are not just about the animal rescue but about helping to build character in oneself and in others.
I highly recommend this organization for all age groups and walks of life. It is a wonderful experience.
Fantastic organization that provides a safe haven for EIA positive horses that would otherwise be unnecessarily euthanized. I’ve greatly enjoyed my trips to FRIENDS and always look forward to my next visit!!!
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue is an excellent charity that provided valuable research into the health and well being of horses. Our group is looking forward to February 24 for our volunteer day where we get to take a tour of the facility and do a little dirty work! Keep up the great work guys!
Amazing nonprofit! I've had nothing but great experiences with this program. Let's save those horses!!
They're a fantastic institution, working for the betterment of these beautiful animals.
They are a super involved bunch of people and really care about the horses' needs.
I have been a volunteer/sponsor at FRIENDS for almost 6 years. It is a wonderful place to connect with the horses, nature and the community. FRIENDS offers the horses a sanctuary for the rest of their lives. Top notch vet care is provided as needed by our kind and caring vet.
Our horses come from many different backgrounds. No horse truly in need of a home is denied.
This is our 31st year in operation. FRIENDS has endured because it is the real deal for the animals. They always come first in when any decision is made at the ranch.
High school students have the opportunity to get community service hours by helping out at the ranch with various chores.
I am blessed to have found this place. The horses are so wonderful.
It has been my good fortune to be connected with this wonderful organization for almost 5 years. It is an all volunteer non profit. There is not 1 paid employee. We are ALL volunteers.
That means that every dollar raised goes for the care and well being of our horses. not many
organizations can truthfully say that! The horses are magnificent. We have volunteers of all ages and backgrounds that come to help cleanup for and take care of the horses and the
ranch. It is a beautiful, peaceful place where our rescued horses(goats, pigs and donkeys)
get to live out the rest of their lives loved and well cared for.