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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: It is our mission and purpose to educate the public regardless of being a horse lover or a horse owner, to rescue American Saddlebreds and Arabian horses. It is our intention to increase overall awareness of the dangers facing these magnificent breeds of horses in the United States today. We are focused on the prevention of abuse, neglect and the protection of American Saddlbreds and Arabian horses from the threat of slaughter. GHF strives to increase public awareness of these issues through the development of educational materials and the use of social media outlets.

Results: Our goal is to save as many as we can every year. We try to attend several auctions throughout the year to rescue before they ship to slaughter. Averaging at least 30 horses a year being rehabbed and placed into great homes.

Target demographics: get these deserving horses a second chance

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 40 horses

Geographic areas served: saving American Saddlebreds and Arabians from shipping to slaughter and neglect all over the United States

Programs: education, knowledge of the care, and well being of horses

Community Stories

133 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Michael T.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visited Grune Heidi farm today. Thank you Erika for your hospitality. Appreciated the cleanliness of your facility and the horses were clearly loved and well cared for. Love Rico! Look forward to coming back soon.

1 Ashley T.7

Donor

Rating: 5

Thanks to Grune Heidi Farm and Erika, Houdini (aka “Paddington) my daughter has her dream horse, BFF, and best show horse! Erika does amazing work! Thank you!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue is doing amazing things for Standardbred and Arabian horses! They rescue, rehab and regime them into fabulous homes.

1 Allen11

Donor

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Farms does a miraculus job with thier rescues. That is why I contribute this Great organization.

1 Kim Sutherland C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Anymore so many rescues are questionable. But Grune Heidi goes above and beyond while setting the bar that many rescues should strive for. From top notch feeding programs to individualized retraining while keeping the best interest of the horse in mind. Grune Heidi is the ONLY rescue I suggest to folks who ask where to rescue from. 110% the real deal.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi is where miracles happen. Erika almost singlehandedly has created a utopia for what some have tried to throw away. She has done this with knowledge and elbow grease not to mention a huge heart. It may not be fancy, yet the results speak for themselves.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

By far one of the best horse rescues in this country. The effort & care is beyond the normal scope of many rescues.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an amazing place and people. My son and I volunteered there and loved it. Also, a friend adopted a horse from there. I had the opportunity to teach some lessons with her and her daughter on him, and he is exactly what she was told he would be and has become a part of their family. What an amazing service Grune Heidi provides for these special horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Always trust my contributions are going only for the horses

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group has huge hearts and does an amazing job of rescuing and rehabilitating Arabian and Saddlebred horses. The difference they make in these animals's lives both physically and emotionally is incredible. All horses that end up in their care undergo astounding transformations. They also work hard to make sure that these horses are adopted by people who will love and cherish them for the rest of their lives. Outstanding organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing rescue that truly cares for their horses. All donations go to the care and rehoming of the rescues. Great non-profit!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The excellent care and compassion that Grune Heidi gives to each and every horse is outstanding. Not only do tey take care of the horse’s present needs but they ensure that future needs will be met by finding the best homes!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

As a lifelong horse lover, I am a continuous supporter of Grune Heidi Farm. As a former horse owner, I know what it takes to keep a horse healthy and what the experience is like to rescue a horse. Time and again I have seen how this horse rescue performs their magic on the horses they rescue. It is amazing how much their TLC and training turns a neglected and sad horse into a gorgeous and happy horse! Love it when these horses find new forever homes!

1 Tammy O.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are very caring people that save the innocent horses from the kill pens. They deserve to be recognized for their hard work.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

They are a great rescue! They care for their horses completely and give them a second chance at a great life.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of living on the property for a brief period. I got to see first hand how very dedicated Erika is to the health and welfare of all the animals she cares for on a daily basis! She also works a fulltime job. The transformation of these rescued horses is absolutely amazing in both body, mind and soul! The life comes back into their eyes, the way they move in the field and ring, the way they respond to love. Not just the horse but the difference they make in peoples lives who are fortunate enough to have these beauties in their lives and care. I can not say enough!

1 Jeannette Thatcher K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To keep any horse from being slaughtered, and maybe have a new life is worth doing. We need more like them to save more.

1 Sabrina C.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an amazing rescue. They set the example for care and transparency.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Erica runs an amazing rescue!!! I got my lovely mare from here and as soon as I stepped in the property I could tell the horses were loved and well cared for. If you want your dream horse look no further.

1 Amy C.6

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful, ethical rescue. It’s an honor to support it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been acquainted with Grune Heidi Farm for about a year now. We need more places like this. Erika works tirelessly giving all she has and a lot she doesn't to save as many of these beautiful horses as she can. Each horse that is under her care is treated with the love and care of a beloved pet to make them the best they can be for their new home. Erika goes the extra mile to make sure they are placed with appropriate homes to give them the best life possible. These horses are not shipped in and out for adoption fees. These horses are brought in, loved, trained when needed, and given the best care so that they leave happier than when they arrived. This place is amazing!

1 Customgirl2005

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing transformations come from Grune Heidi Farms! Erika does an amazing job and continues to stand behind her rescues even after they find loving homes. One of the most honest and caring rescues I've ever come across.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Erica is the most dedicated hard working woman. She puts everything she has into rescuing, rehabbing and finding wonderful homes for all of her horses!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They educate, advocate, and communicate very effectively and unlike so many others - THEY SHOW THE REAL IMPACT THEY CREATE.

1 Tammy G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have seen the place first hand and witnessed the rehoming of MANY horses! This is not just a legit non-profit, but truly grassroots. There is no profit here except for the horses. They also do a TON to network people who need to rehome their horse and even get DNA testing to reconnect horses with their registration papers and heritage.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being very new to the horse rescue world, I had many guestions. The owner was so helpful and answered every one. I am looking forward to working with them in the near future.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best and most reputable rescues I have been a part of! This rescue is in it for the best interest of the horses and their rescue.

1 Carmen M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my boy from GHFR in January. We’ll he adopted me!! This rescue is amazing. The love they have for the horses just oozes out of every little nook and cranny. Highly recommend ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful facility! They do so much for the equestrian community and the lucky horses they rescue

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very informative and passionate about their rescue horses

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Not only do they do a fabulous job of rehabilitation, they have a policy where if something happens and the new family can’t keep the horse, they take them back. They are forever people!

1 jenlen

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted several horses from Erika (Grune Heidi Rescue). I followed several of them from the auctions thru quarantine to Grune Heidi to their forever home and it is AMAZING what they look like when she gets them and then when they get adopted....they look like different horses. She puts so much time and effort into these horses from getting donations and supplies to the care and love she puts into each one of them. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Erika for what she does for the very lucky horses that go to her rescue!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Grune Heidi when I saw a pair of Arabian mares on their facebook page. I have had Arabians all my life, and I believed I could give these two girls a good forever home, not to retire, but to get to breed and compete and be used and loved. I was impressed with the application process and the positive and honest interaction with the administrators. I could not believe the photos of when the horses were rescued and when I met them the first time. Grune Heidi works miracles with their skills of rehabbing. They made the transition easy and were looking out for both my interests, and the best interest of the horses. The rest of the story is even the best part of Grune Heidi... after only a few days, I realized one mare simply was not happy or fit in with my home. I felt so bad, but Grune Heidi did not shame me or walk away.... I was able to keep one mare and they graciously took the second horse back to find her the right home for her. I could not have imagined a more honorable, and sincere relationship that continues today. If you are looking for a cause, I highly recommend Grune Heidi Farm.

1 kmclyde1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When ever they need a horse hauled we have helped and my son enjoys mowing the place to keep it safe for all the rescues there. They make sure each horse has a chance to regain its identity from birth. They make sure all adoptions are welcome to return if anything ever happens and the homes are perfect matches as can be. Small town rescue that deserves all the help they can get.

1 Mary379

Donor

Rating: 5

Best horse recuse. You’ll never find anyone more caring and giving them Erika Gilbert. She gives her heart and soul to the cause to leave no horse behind.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I don’t know anyone more involved in this rescue then Erika Gilbert herself. Her saying in no Saddlebred left behind but she doesn’t limit her efforts to one breed.
The transformation when she rescues the horses is so wonderful then reunited then with heritage if possible, is awesome. No one, no organization more deserving of recognition.
I’ve worked with her for many years and she will do without In order to save one more life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We love GHFR! Erika is so caring and takes the time to share the horses stories and educate visitors. It's evident after a visit that this rescue is her passion. She works a regular job and runs the rescue as her "hobby". The horses are well acclimated, well taken care of and cared for until they are adopted. We feel so blessed to have this gem in Lakeland and that Erika allows us to visit and love on the horses. She is a great role-model, animal lover, and example of how hard work and compassion really does make a difference!

1 Donna C. L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopt an American Saddlebred from Erika Gilbert in 209.
I visited her facility for three days. I was so impressed by her operation, her dedication, her 16 hour days working and taking care of all the horses, and her devotion to her animals! She is truly an AMAZING person!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for Grune Heidi rescue. They gave me the opportunity to adopt a beautiful saddlebred mare. They are honest and reputable. They focus on always finding the best match possible, ensuring success for both the horse and the adopter. Such a privilege to work with them!

2 Kayla J D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Erika and her animals for most of my life - the knowledge and passion she passes along is next to none! Erika spares no expense for the care and feeding programs she dedicates for the kind souls who are lucky enough to land at her farm. Grunge Heidi rescue farm has been an important staple in her local community for decades - she even works with owner surrenders and the local sheriffs department as the trusted place for unwanted or neglected horses and pets. Young people naturally gravitate to the farm, as they immediately recognize the valuable education and unmatched quality time they receive from Erika and impart on their equine friends in return. I love this place, and look forward to my visits every time I return to Florida.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have 2 rescues fro Grune Heidi! Erika does a fantastic job of caring for these precious souls!! They get quality food, love and attention!! She does a great job evaluating their needs and where they would thrive!

2 Cindy C.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed Grune Heidi Farm achievements for a couple of years now. I have seen the sorrow in the horses eyes and emptiness in their stomach. But with this farm it opens so many souls to new beginnings. Look into the eyes of a loss soul that has suffered with no hope. But with proper care and compassion watch their eyes transform into a passionate hopeful and free forgiving spirit . Thank you for all you have done to give the possibilities of a second chance on life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This unique spot is a horsey haven of the perfect kind. Nothing like seeing these beautiful horses return to the glory that they once were. They are given the best care and are very carefully placed in their future home. What is amazing about this place is they always leave in PERFECT condition both body and mind!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We've know Erika Gilbert & her rescue for over 11 years. It was by knowing her that we got 2 horses, bred one & ended up with 3 horses during that time. She's an amazing, selfless person who only thinks of what's best for the horses in her care & those she seeks to save from slaughter.

Unfortunately, due to my recent health issues, I sought out Erika to handle my surrendering of our horses for her to find new families.

Erika was kind & sympathetic. Her first priority is what's best for the horses. Anyone lucky enough to adopt thru her rescue is getting a thoroughly sound animal.

I always recommend her whenever I see someone looking for a horse. The work she does is above & beyond.

2 Ute Couch K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my “Radar” from these wonderful people. I’ve been to their facility and met them in person. Every animal they rescue is loved beyond measure and healed by heart, health and trust. I’m so blessed to have gotten to know them and especially to have my Radar!!

1 Pam C.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Farms is a great nonprofit organization. They give beautiful horses a second chance to at life, which I honor them for doing such a wonderful job. I was lucky enough to adopt a beautiful and sweet Arabian horse that I love and cherish very much. I follow this organization daily and refer everyone I know. They are far more than a 5 star organization! Keep up the good work!

1 Karen P.6

Donor

Rating: 5

They do a great job rescuing and rehoming. If one of their adoptions doesn’t work out they will always take it back.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I highly recommend this rescue! I'm thankful for the care of the horses and careful vetting of who adopts them. I love my mare and appreciate the guidance and patience she took with me to find her.
This will be the first place I look when my older gelding goes over the rainbow bridge and I'm ready to search for another horse.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi farm is an amazing rescue .. they take such good care of the horses, a beautiful farm and caring individuals and knowledgeable when it comes to their horses.
I use to board there yrs back and now adopted a young horse and they have been keeping me in the loop and how things are going with my little nugget and I’m sure they will continue to do so up until the day he is on his way home.

I always recommend this rescue to anyone I come across looking for horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to several of Erika's rescue horses and to see them transform into healthy happy horses and find loving homes is truly inspirational. She does an amazing job and puts every ounce of her being into these magnificent creatures .

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Erika Gilbert is doing amazing things for horses facing needless slaughter. She is able to not only rescue these, often starved and neglected, horses but turns them into beautiful amazing beings full of gratitude and rekindled spirits. A+ for all her efforts!!

1 ACO385

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Been following Erika Gilbert and her rescue for a long time. I've been impressed with her honesty and knowledge regarding horses that she has saved from slaughter, rehabilitated and then found excellent homes for. She chooses the best home, not just the first offer and puts the HORSE first.

1 Judith H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ericka runs a honest rescue, the horses are well cared for and happy with their lives. Anyone who is looking for their equine partner, this is the place to adopt. Every horse is vetted and evaluated in their training, you will know what you are getting! If there is ever any reason you cannot keep the horse, Ericka will happily take tjem back. It is all about the HORSE at this rescue.

1 susanseebeck

Donor

Rating: 5

I've followed Grune Heidi for over 4 yrs. I've donated very willing because this place is the real deal. The sad animals they rescue to beautiful, thriving animals. I am always amazed at her ability to save these animals and help them get a good and forever home.

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Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing rescue. Heart and perserverance. They truly do whats needed for each animal they are able to help. Should be a 20 star

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I became aquainted with this amazing rescue and Erika Gilbert just recently, when i was lucky enough to adopt two beautiful Egyptian Arabian Mares that were rescued and nursed back to health by Erika and this compassionate rescue. Erika, I can not say enough wonderful things about her and the beautiful horses, Its perfectly clear that her heart and soul is all in.. when it comes to rescuing these majestic animals from such heart breaking circumstances. I am now the proud owner of Harmony and Cheetah, Their life was not a happy one, until Erika and her crew found these girls along with others, they are now happy, healthy, and will spend every single day, for the rest of their lives, in peace.. and never worrying about anything again. Thank You Erika for all you do...

Kristina and Melvin Muir

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Farm truly exceeded my expectations from a horse rescue. The team works hard to properly rehab, retrain, and rehome the horses that they rescue. Each horse receives the care they deserve and more.

What truly sets GHFR apart for other rescues for me is the amount of love and care that goes into placing horses. All potential adopters and completely vetted to ensure they will provide a good home for the horses, and Erika goes above and beyond in helping determine what horse would best fit your lifestyle, personality, and experience level.

I walked into GHFR expecting to fall in love with one horse and walked out head over heels in love with another. The horse I fell in love with was one that Erika suggested after speaking with me and getting to know me. She made a perfect match and goes above and beyond to make sure that the match is working out properly.

If I was ever in a situation where I needed to rehome my horses I would reach out to GHFR for assistance in a heartbeat. Everything they do is truly focused on the horses and ensuring they have amazing care. GHFR is one of the most respectable and reputable rescues I have ever worked with.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ericka gives all that she has physically and money wise to saving and caring for horses that have been thrown away, heading to and being held in killing pens a cross the country, every penny donated goes to the horses care and rescue only. Amazing lady

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi is an amazing rescue. Ericka goes above and beyond for every horse that comes into her rescue. She is also an advocate for those that need help rehoming their horses. She makes sure the adopter and horse match. I wholeheartedly recommend this rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer out at Grune Heidi horse rescue almost every weekend. Erika is a kind-hearted person that puts forth 150% effort in the horses that she rescues. I love seeing the horses when they come in, and some not in the greatest shape, and when they get adopted all looking like show horses. It is amazing at the transformation that happens at grune Heidi Farm. Definitely recommend adopting a horse from Erika, you will not be disappointed

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Donor

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Horse Rescue Is a compassionate, caring organization. I know most of the volunteers there as well as Erika. Some of their rescues have come from kill pens, and are so pathetic that you want to cry. Like magic Grune Heidi rescue has them healthy and happy. It is a joy to witness.
Keep up the great work that you do!

1 Melissa Bullington M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erika is amazing. We adopted our Grant from her. She found the best horse for our family and our lives wouldnt be the same without him. I volunteer here and i am always amazed at the transformations. She pours her heart and soul into every horse she saves. A Truly amazing person and rescue and some of the most beautiful horses you will find.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After meeting Erika and the folks at Grune Heidi, and seeing their passion and the amazing work they do with these beautiful horses, I knew exactly who i wanted to work with in finding our dream rescue horse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a lifelong horseperson I would not give my time or effort to a non profit i didn't believe in. I volunteer at Grune Heidi every weekend and wholeheartedly support this rescue.
The care that Erika puts into each and every horse that passes through is top notch. Every horse has an individual feed program, vet and farrier care is never skimped on and each horse is partnered with the perfect person.
All together, a five star rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering out at Grune Heidi Farm Rescue for about a year. This rescue is amazing. Without a doubt, the horses come first.
Every horse receives an individual specialized diet, the best veterinary care and the training needed to become a great Equine citizen and Erika finds them the best possible home.
I wholeheartedly support this rescue.

1 Kim Johnson W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the best rescues I've seen or been involved with. Erica takes incredible care of the horses she saves. The transformation in the time she has them is amazing, not just physically but they learn to trust again which is so important. I have fostered for Erica and would do so again anytime she needs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Farm is by far the best rescue. The Owner, Erika, passion for the horses is obvious the first time you meet her. When I visited the farm it was easily recognizable the horses are top priority and very well cared far. She always put the farm's well-being above her own without a second though.

1 Diane C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted "several" horses from Erika at Grune Heidi Farm rescue. The horses receive wonderful care and rehabilitation there! I also volunteer when life allows. Its a great rescue that deserves all the attention/donations we can muster!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

In December of 2016 I met Erika and toured the farm for the first time. Since then, I have adopted a beautiful registered American Saddlebred named Jersey Girl, and a handsome registered Arabian named Highway from Grune Heidi Farm. I have volunteered there, assisted with rescuing, provided fostering and learned more about the plight of our noble ASB's and Arabian horses then I ever wanted to know!! Currently I am preparing to adopt another horse from Erika. Her transparency of finances, level of care, desire to educate the public, and her unending commitment to the beautiful forgotten souls is inspiring. I always make sure to donate whenever I can. I HIGHLY recommend you check the place out, you won't be disappointed.

1 Bridget18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This recuse is absolutely the best ever! She puts her whole heart and soul into these wonderful beautiful creatures. If it wasn't for her I'd never have found my ponies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Grune Heidi Farm Rescue. I've been apart of this operation for 6 years now and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. She has taught me so much about Arabians and Saddlebreds. I'm very thankful to have the wonderful opportunity to board my horse here and to continue to learn new stuff everyday.

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1 Chris232

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome place with amazing horses! THIS is the happiest place on earth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome rescue doing amazing work. This is one of the happiest places on earth! The horses are cared for and realize they hit the horsey lottery by being rescued by Erika and Grune Heidi Farm.

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1 Cynthia Van H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erika is a wonderful person and in the 6 months that I have known her has saved so many sweet horses and gave them a new life with their adoptive family.
Wrangler came into our lives just a few months ago and cannot imagine life on our farm without him. He is the most loving and appreciative horse I have ever met. Wish I could adopt more horses from Erika. I highly recommend Grune Heidi Farm for your next horse.