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Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue Society Ltd

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue was formed to facilitate the rescue of Draft and Draft Cross horses from slaughter, abuse, and neglect.

Results: Thanks to the support of our generous donors, we are now the largest draft horse rescue in America and are providing best in class care to over 130+ horses at any given time.

Target demographics: Draft and Draft cross horses and mules

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300+ horses

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Gentle Giants rescues, rehabilitates, retrains, and rehomes draft and draft cross horses who were at risk of being sold to slaughter or had been abused or neglected. We also have a Technical Large Animal Rescue team who is trained to assist in large animal emergency rescue and response. Additionally, to reduce equine suffering and to improve the equine economy, Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue has launched Operation G.E.L.D. (gelding equals less death), the first gelding program of its kind in Maryland.

Community Stories

171 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alice T.1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful compassionate professional company.

3 Elizabeth G.7

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a fan of this rescue group for many years. They do wonderful work and have integrity in all their dealings that I've observed. I took my Clydes to a festival and raised money for their organization; also, I've sent in-kind donations. This is a very worthwhile group to support.

4 rutgerandshadow

Donor

Rating: 5

I respect their adherence to their mission statement and adoption protocols despite negative reviews. I respect their sponsorship program and their unwavering desire to stop kill pens and rescue those that have no voice.

They have a plan, they have a mission, they do a great job with both and doing this on a donation basis. When you follow a rescue and learn - it increases the voices for these discarded animals around the world.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a sportier for several years! The work you do is amazing!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Gentle Giants Drift Horse Rescue for several years now. I love how they save so many horses from certain death at slaughter house. How they take starved , neglected,not trusting humans horses, into beautiful, confident, trusting souls. Great job Gentle Giants.❤❤

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has inspired me to rescue drafts in particular when I have the funds. They do amazing work and I fall in love with each of their rescues just by watching their videos! They deserve more recognition.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I LOVE the work they do in saving and protecting and giving these PRECIOUS, BEAUTIFUL horses a wonderful life that they ALL DESERVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

So thankful for Gentle Giants... Praying their donations continue because the work they do with their horses and the care each one is given is truly remarkable... If you can help, this is a great nonprofit... They're changing the lives of so many horses.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered Gentle Giants through Facebook about a year ago and immediately fell in love with their mission. I had not owned a horse for many years, but always knew that I wanted another when the time was right. After seeing the level of care and compassion that this organization devotes to the horses they are able to rescue, I knew that I wanted to adopt. I contacted them by email to request a tour, explain exactly what I was hoping to find, and ask a lot of questions. The response I received was amazing. It was evident that they want to make the best decision for the horse as well as the adopter. I am proud to say that I brought Dollor to his new home in May, decided he needed a friend, and brought Billy home in September. My husband and I were impressed with how smoothly the adoption process worked, and are more than satisfied with the results. We highly recommend Gentle Giants! I would especially like to thank Christina, who has went above and beyond to make sure that our adoptions have been successful, and is still checking in with us and making sure everything is working out!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I've never lived on a farm and never had a horse of my own, though I always wanted one. As a child, I always begged for a horse. When my husband proposed to me, I made him promise to buy me a horse...well, that never happened, I got kids instead! Those wonderful kids are grown and gone. I eventually got rid of the husband and got 3 Great Danes ( house ponies). I still have my love for horses and admire these folks for the work they do by saving these beautiful creatures. I can't donate a lot, but every little bit helps! This rescue provides these beauties a better quality of life that they deserve. It can't be easy. If I lived closer, I would volunteer ! Thank you for the work you do.

5 Larry O.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I happened to discover them on Facebook. I grew up in a farming community in Indiana and my father and both sets of grandparents were farmers. My grandfather had draft horses for the threshers and were used heavily during WW2 as tractors were hard to come by or kept running during that time. I remember the last draft horse they had as a young child sitting on him like king of the mountain. they also had a mule which I liked riding better than my horse. We also was familiar with the local Amish communities and would go to their farms to buy products they made so I was always around their draft horses. Reading about this organization brought back memories and so I am now a monthly contributor to a great organization. Keep up the great work.

4 Kim H.14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always hope these folks are blessed with donations. I am on a very limited income but I wait forward to the after photos because I know they will be impressive. My paternal grandfather logged with these gentle giants and kept them long after he had retired. I remember him lifting me for my first riding experiences. He had eight Belgians. They eat a lot. Not cheap to keep. Blessings and prayers up for all you do.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The people of Gentle Giants do a great job with rescuing horses and mules which most of the times are in a pitiful condition and pain when they arrive: they have been neglected by humans for too much time. It is moving to see that the people from Gentle Giants are able and willing to nurse these animals back to good health so that they have the chance to enjoy their lives again, and eventually see that it can be nice to spend time with humans.

7 Nancy C.8

Donor

Rating: 5

My #1 favorite rescue! I love every single thing this rescue does! I love that they love the “big boys and girls”. I love that they provide an awesome, soft landing pad. I love that they are there to save these drafts from a possible horrible end. I love that they give them great names. I love that they educate the public about these huge horses. I love that they built a special paddock just for two horses who are blind and that they bought a blind foal (and her mother) to save the foal’s life. I could go on and on but I think you get what I mean! Thanks GG for EVERYTHING y’all do for all these beautiful animals!

4 Edyta B.

Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing rescue focusing on draft breeds. Love the updates they post on rescues and the commitment of the organization to help save as many horses heading to slaughter as they can. Their dedication to giving these animals a chance to live out their lives without pain and with as much salad as they can eat is heartwarming.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

My only direct contact with Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue Society Ltd. is through Facebook and donating. I live in s.w. Ontario, come from a horse loving, owning, riding family. My parents met at Fort Erie Race track many decades ago. Looking at the photos of stories from Gentle Giants on Facebook I recognize kindness when I see it. I am grateful to each and every human who shows loving care to these great gentle giants. My heart is full as I witness what love, medical care, good food, and kind intentions mean in the lives of each of these horses, mules... and I see that Goodness is alive and well in Mount Airy, Maryland. Thank you to all who care for these fine horses, and give them the love they need to revive, restore, and live out their lives in dignity as valued family and friends.

Previous Stories
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Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue Society Ltd rescues tired, abandoned, sad horses from slaughter. Tells each horse or mule that they are important, that they are loved. And backs up the sugar with medical exams, good food, and safe pastures to roam in. The dedication of the staff here is 110% I am so impressed with this organization, the work they do, the animals they give a new chance at a better life.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor of this rescue for some time. I have volunteered at other horse rescues and I can attest to their commitment and compassion for these neglected or abused or abandoned animals. Keep up the great work!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

As a horse lover looking for a local charity to support, I started following Gentle Giants several years ago when it was much smaller. I am thrilled to see GGDHR growing and expanding its capacity to rescue horses (plus occasional mules) and also to expand its reach to exhibitions, adoptions, and specialized assistance in horse-size emergency situations. I'm glad to support GGDHR and will continue to do so.
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4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve followed this rescue for over a year now. I first saw gentle giants at a Horse Expo in Harrisburg, I immediately was enchanted with this rescue and the horses they brought with them. The folks here do the hard work that others are unable of simply unwilling to do. God bless every single staff member or volunteer working with this rescue!

3 Noreen A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following this group for about a year now. I absolutely love how they save these animals that at one time played a huge part in this country's industrial and agricultural growth. I hope they continue to preserve these wonderful creatures by rescuing and rehabilitating them.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a top fan and grateful for your work with saving these majestic horses in need of rescue before owners sell them to kill buyers and slaughter. Thank you and I try to keep donating when ever I can.

3 Jocelyn L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue for a while now. I LOVE seeing all the rescues getting off the trailer taking their first steps toward healing and a peaceful life. The work that is done there is truly amazing. Keep it up, and thank you!

3 Zack N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love volunteering with this organization! The staff is kind and knowledgeable, and the horses are amazing!

3 Jacki R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue for quite a while now. I am amazed at the great work they do. I became a donor a little more than a year ago. Keep up the great work, GGDHR! Jacki Reese, Gainesville VA

2 Christine T.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Gentle Giants on Facebook and am always amazed by the work. They are such hard kind workers who what just the best for the horses they rescue. Their work is extremely impressive.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at Gentle Giants in May 2021. From day one I've been impressed by the care they take of the horses - each horse receives regular and prompt veterinary and hoof care, as well as individual feeding and care plans. Each horse has some type of interaction with volunteers and staff every day - including twice daily meals for horses who require a special diet or who need to gain weight, regular medical care, and socialization. At the core of Gentle Giants is the belief that each horse is an individual and should be cared as an individual. Volunteers are treated with respect and appreciation, and are provided with direct horse care opportunities from the first day of training. When you come to the farm it is obvious that Gentle Giants is well-run and meeting its mission of care.

3 Judith S.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Following Gentle Giants has been a wonderful experience. Watching what this Society does for these forgotten gentle horses, and those cheeky mules is heartwarming. The passion of the people working with these horses is lovely to see. I’ve purchased merchandise, and living in Australia, the staff went the extra mile to see everything went smoothly. I’ve also shared this site with friends who are loving the experience as well.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants Draft Horse rescue is tuly an amazing nonprofit organization. Giving these wonderful gentle giants a second chance at life, where many would be thrown away and slaughtered is a noble cause. Over the years I have seen starving, blind, abused or neglected animal taken in and cried at their photos thinking this one can't be saved! But through the dedication, hard work, and sheer unabiding love these volunteers have, the photos of thier recovery is a joy to behold. They cannot do it with out us, we as a Draft loving community need to continue to donate, and spread the word to other animal lovers, show people the videos of what these good folks do, ask them to donate, even if it is only a few dollars, it all adds up to one more big boy or girl being saved, or medications being available. GGDHR are all my heros!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is absolutely the best draft horse rescue ever! I have followed them for a long time and the work they do is nothing short of amazing! If I lived closer I would DEFINITELY volunteer to scoop poop or anything else they would ask of me!! The stories make me smile, cry, laugh and get excited at the progress these beautiful animals make!
They make a true difference in the lives of these wonderful animals.
Thank you to each and every single one of you for everything you do!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing nonprofit that does amazing work to save horses when they need help the most. The rescue they have done and the work they do every day is great. It’s always encouraging to see the work they do and how horses turn around.

3 Ellen R.4

Donor

Rating: 5

The people at Gentle Giant are all so amazing with the work they do with the horses. Keep up the great work. If I lived closer I would be at the farm every day helping out. Plus I would be able to see my baby more often. Give molly kisses for me. I miss my baby girl molly. Mommy loves you molly

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Glad this rescue takes the throw aways, as they see the treasures that they are, so many would not be alive if they had not stepped up to save them, they take the blind, forgotten, abused, and give them the care they should have gotten all along, even if it’s for a short time, they get to be happy and loved.

5 Terri B.7

Donor

Rating: 5

I came across this wonderful organization through a news feature segment, which led me to join their effort and help from afar. The "giants" hold a special place in my heart and I am so glad to have found Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue. The love is clearly evident in everything the staff and volunteers do in caring for these beauties. I am pleased to support their efforts.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love gentle giants . I have adopted two amazing horses from this rescue and can’t say enough about this program. I have an older draft , Petunia . I also adopted a beautiful young horse named Daisy. The adoption process is very thorough and I am happy to say I love that they help you find your forever horse . This rescue goes above and beyond to make sure the well-being of their horses is their first priority. Love love love this rescue and will forever recommend them to anyone that is looking to adopt. ❤️❤️❤️Lori Shoumlisky

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Outstanding rescue for larger draft horses and mules. They create miracles! I have been following them on social media and donating for years!!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been following Gentle Giants for several years now. They not only do excellent work, they really have mastered social media. They share their rescue stories without overwhelming your news feed with a lot of inane posts. I look forward to their "I MATTER MONDAY!" stories.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating for years. I so admire the work these fine people do to rescue the most beautiful (I think) animals in the world. I'm grateful to them everyday I watch their work through their Facebook posts. Thank you and thank you always.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This place is a joke!!!! I’ve talked to them before I drive from Florida with a vet and trainer, and because we live more re than 4 hours away.....I could not adapt. Sorry, if someone is willing to spend that kind of time and money.....you’re wrong in picking new horse owners. I have a houseful and paddocks full of rescues. Don’t cut people short of what’s possible!!!!!

3 Patricia E.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization. I was so blessed to find them and help me to rehome my horse this year. Their staff is amazing.

4 April Renee C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants is truly a wonderful organization and they are doing amazing things for the draft horse breeds. I'm currently fostering a young Percheron and I intend on adopting him. I wouldn't have such a wonderful boy if they hadn't saved him.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that does wonderful things for neglected, abused and thrown away horses. thank goodness for this organization

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of serving with Gentle Giants for a few years now, and they are an amazing group--so wonderful to work with, and they do incredible work helping horses and a number of other animals. It makes my heart just want to burst seeing the horses at time of adoption, and then before and after they receive the love and excellent care Gentle Giants provides!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for GG for several years now and see first hand the wonderful things they do for horses, especially the draft horses and saving them from shipping to slaughter. Once they bring the horses back to the farm I have witnessed the expert care and love they receive from both the staff and volunteers some never having felt a kind hand or love before.
They are then evaluated and and trained by the wonderful trainers at GG and then put up for adoption. They then find their forever homes. Some have found a place at the GG sanctuary where they have a forever home. The staff are very caring and helpful with the volunteers also.

5 BGS1

Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle Giant Draft Horse Rescue came to my notice due to my love of all equines from having them on the farm. they help save those working animals that due to no fault of their own, are abandoned, abused and dumped into a terrible nightmare of hunger, thirst, and pain at man kinds hands. Many will suffer too often several auction sales and truck rides, and end up in the final cramped truck ride to the slaughter stop. This group helps the animals get noticed and helps people and other rescue groups buy, transport and provide good vet care for those take in, even if it is the last act of kindness to help them over the rainbow bridge. That is a very tough decision to make, but at least the animal is finally pain free. Something the original owner or shipper should be mandated to have to provide vet care for. Until laws are changed across this country, equines everywhere will continue to be used, abused and dumped, BUT THIS GROUP DOES WONDERFUL WORK FOR THESE ANIMALS!? They needs to be more like them.

4 Anita Fountain M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love that they rescue these beautiful gentle Giants
I follow them on FB and the transformation of the rescues are so amazing
That kind of care comes with love and a kind hand.
Horse slaughter is one of the most upsetting things in this country and they have saved many beautiful lives from this horrible death.
Thank you for what you do for these beautiful horses .

3 Krista G.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is the absolute best! I've seen some of the saddest cases come to that farm and watched them leave looking like brand new horses! They show so much love to all the horses AND people its inspirational! My all time favorite about GGHR is seeing how emotionally happy they get when a horse is adopted. The tears of joy that spill down their faces as they watched the best friends they created find new homes is just beautiful!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue! I love participating in the 5k races and hearing the thunder of hooves run along with me. It is an experience like no other! I love volunteering at the farm. As a person with no horse experience, I have learned a lot and have grown as a person by being around these horses. There is horse and human healing that happens on this farm. I love the staff and all they do for the volunteers. It is a peaceful place.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue is wonderful. I read of rescues of these wonderful horses - all who have been abused, overworked, or neglected, and would otherwise be killed and exported for the gratification of people who have an appetite for horsemeat. The stories of the redemption of these gentle, loving giants are inspiring and bring joy to thousands of readers and supporters.

2 Barbara S.12

Donor

Rating: 5

I think Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue does a STELLAR job of saving horses and mules. I donate to them every month and my money could not be better spent. They provide updates on the animals and perform absolute miracles. I am proud to support them.

2 Kathy B.14

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve only had the opportunity to visit with GentleGiants at the Horse Expo in Pennsylvania over the past 3 years. I have followed there adoptions of mistreated horses and mules. I wish I was closer so that I could go visit. Although- I would likely come home with a new barn friend! Excellent rescue that places the animals above administrative fees!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Despite being a long way away they are just amazing, the updates and feed back is really great. They deserve the top rating they are dedicated to all of the horses they save, so we can enjoy their new second chance lives well done
Bridget betts

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted the my heart horse,Loki from Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue and cannot say enough great things about the organization and their staff and volunteers. GG has a great process for vetting new homes and owners for horses that have been pulled out of the slaughter pipeline or owner surrenders, to ensure that horses get great homes with love, care, and the ability to provide for their needs. When visiting GG to look for a perspective horse for me, I was paired with a staff member who happened to also be the head trainer by the adoption coordinator who was helping another family with finding their right match. By having this I was able to match with my horse after asking tons of questions and came back to do my follow up rides (part of their policy, again great) and PPE which was optional. GG disclosed all information to me about my horse, Loki, and any health conditions that he had prior to the PPE. All horses go through a retraining process to make sure that they are rideable and to help match the level rider that the horse needs in order to prosper. Horses that aren't rideable are shown as companion horses or live out their days at GG in retirement.Everyone you come in contact with has a smile on their face and are willing to help. It has been a little over a year and one of the best decisions I have made. I recently saw the adoption coordinator for reasons not related to Loki and she was overjoyed with how good Loki looked and that he has gotten a home that loves him. Everyone at Gentle Giants puts their heart and soul into each and every magnificent horse that comes onto their farm, especially the horses that have not seen love and had humans fail them to the point the only kind thing to do was help them over the rainbow bridge. Thank you Gentle Giants staff and volunteers for all the hard work, love, and dedication you show, without you there wouldn't be happy endings for the majority of these horses.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue has been an amazing experience. Starting from the very first day with excellent training and preparing me to work safely and understand what I needed to know to care for the beautiful souls that reside at the Rescue. I appreciate the commitment of the knowledgeable and supportive Staff of GGDHR who work tirelessly each and every day to keep everything operating efficiently and effectively. Because of this, I plan to continue to volunteer for many years to come, and secretly dream of one day becoming a Staff member and starting my next career after retiring from my current one.

2 Elizabeth Bryant O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took a tour of the facility and was amazed at all they do. It is a well run, well organized rescue operation. I was very impressed.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle giants go to auctions and buy mostly draft horses and save them from slaughter. They then care for them as treasured companions and train those they choose for adoption. I’ve volunteered for this rescue. They’ve grown it and the health and happiness of the horses are priority one. They have community outreach and involve young people in a drill team, participating in parades.. Although I don’t volunteer anymore I try to attend events and am proud to donate to a rescue that makes such a difference.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This society rescue their horses from going to slaughter and rehabilitate them with the best medical treatment and pure love.

1 Cherryl N.

Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue means the world to me because they rescue/rehab the, sometimes, forgotten equines. The love and commitment to their role is apparent in all the correspondence and social media shares I have seen and read. The staff and volunteers go above and beyond my expectations to ensure the horses and mules are lovingly cared for. I am a 'crazy horse lady' who won't let just anyone around my own horses but I wouldn't hesitate to let GGDHR care for them. That sums up how I feel about this organization.

2 Pam B.9

Donor

Rating: 5

Educating people about the horse markets is helping me learn. Providing world class care for horses in a humane facility. This organization is low key on fund raising. But they do NOT cut corners when it comes to treating horses well.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are excellent I volunteered there for a few months than I sadly had to move and I will tell you they are amazing they show their horses so much love and care and they always told me the story behind each horse when I asked and they loved to hear my questions they are just amazing

1 Kim Mclean - B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful draft horse rescue organization. They do what they can to help draft horses who may not have had a good life before. They are pampered and loved at this sanctuary.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am not a horse person. A complete novice. My sister suggested I volunteer here after seeing their web site (she is a horse person). So in late November of 2019 I was scheduled for my first visit as a volunteer. I was taken aback by the beauty and majesty of the horses. The grounds are extensive, well kept and beautiful. Then I saw the care and kindness the staff showed each horse. They knew all about each one; whose tooth hurts, who had vision problems, what horse needed to walk with his friend when moving around the farm, etc. The staff are so intelligent and knowledgeable about each horse and I am always amazed to the extent each has for attention to detail. At the end of an evening shift, a horse in a stall was to be moved into another for the evening and when I asked if there was a particular stall he should go to, I was told to put him in the one with a window so he can look out at night So simple, but so heartwarming to immediately think of the horse first.
I cannot express how extensive the medical care is. I have seen dental, foot, leg, massages, xrays, sutures, vision and that is just on my volunteer days. The diet of each horse is also monitored. The overall health and care of each horse is of the utmost importance. During each season, no matter what the weather, the horses health and comfort is always first. If I was a GG at auction or given up and found myself here, I would know I had gone to heaven.

1 Debbie120

Donor

Rating: 5

Been donating for many years now and have seen the tremendous efforts and successes in the rescues they’ve made. Gentle Giants deserves the top rating without a doubt. They’ve saved and rehabbed so many lives and go the extra mile to do what’s right.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I came across Gentle Giants DHR purely buy accident quite a long time ago on Facebook. Being a horse lover ALWAYS, and having a soft spot especially for drafts, this rescue's mission instantly had my heart and the most support I've been able to give. They care so much and so well for each and every sweet animal they rescue, and if need be, see to it that a dying animal does not suffer needlessly. They celebrate all successes, as in animals brought back from the brink to the best health possible, keeping those which aren't adoptable, and assuring they have a home for the rest of their days. They facilitate the adoption of those they can, assuring the adopter(s) is the best fit for the horses' needs. I love this group, I love their care for these beautiful almost-thrown-away creatures! God bless them always!

2 Colleen M.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

2 years ago we decided to take the leap a let my daughter buy her own horse. She was 16 and had been rid6since she was 3. She found gentle giants and scheduled a visit and off we went. We were to meet 3 horses, she never got past Ivy. Ivy cane home with us a month later and is her best friend. She works at the barn to care for her and to pay for her board, she us now in college for equine business management and wants to own an equine rescue just like GG. The work they do with these large beautiful animals is amazing!