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Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue Inc.

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Mission: We stand as West Virginia’s largest, most effective equine advocacy organization. We also impact Kentucky and Ohio. We were founded in West Virginia at a time when no other organization existed to come to the aid of the horses, and we realize how important it is to expand the reach of rescue through out Appalachia. We know it is vital to assist counties' animal control and law enforcement officers, teach the public and become leaders in the equine industry if we are to change in equine welfare. Heart of Phoenix is a POWERFUL advocate for All Horses in Appalachia. Poverty in our region means the need for education and assistance is tremendous, and we work to meet those needs. The conditions we encounter in West Virginia are often shocking, yet with your help, we are changing everything for the better! Our team cares deeply about horses, awareness and education. We care about showing what rescued horses are capable of while we work on the roots of "equine neglect" where a future finds fewer horses in need. This region has more long-term, extreme neglect than is found anywhere else in the nation. Abuse, deprivation from water, food and basic care frequently go on at unspeakable levels where horses are left to suffer for years, for decades. While there are many issues facing horses and advocates working at various issues; our focus here is to rescue those most forgotten: To make sure that they receive the rehab and training they need to become awesome equine partners for adopters: To lead the state in equine education: To make more Good horsemen and women, so fewer horses end up in need and more horses have suitable homes. The horses of this region have a valuable voice thanks to your support of HOP. We hope you continue to listen to the stories of our horses and allow us to continue to change the lives of many more. You can help change everything for horses in Appalachia when you partner with HOP! We know in order to see radical change, our organization must stay progressive and creative by expanding our programs, extending more education and empowering communities, law enforcement and horse owners. While we have saved hundreds of lives, there is much work still to do. We are ready to do it! We hope to impact thousands more in the coming years! Because our high quality rehab and standard of care requires a solid financial budget and many hours of volunteer time, we are committed to sound financial management. We will not take in more horses than our funding allows. We intend to serve equines in Appalachia for many years to come.

Results: Founder is a recipient of the ASPCA Equine Welfare Award Hundreds of Horses placed into homes. TAA Approved Hundreds of thousands of readers have found education through our blogs. Creator the nationally well known event, the Appalachian Trainer Face Off Focus of a Horse.TV Series Statewide Animal / Equine Legal Training initiated Holding 140 + horses at any given time

Target demographics: Horses get safe, rehabilitated and adopted

Direct beneficiaries per year: many very neglected horses recover and retain

Geographic areas served: the Tri-state Area of WV, Ky and Ohio

Programs: adoption of horses once they have been rehabbed and evaluated

Community Stories

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have Spinal Stenosis and my body has been failing me with lots of falls and unable to walk or do things I used to. I had 2 horses Smoke an AQHA stallion & Miss Daisy a Tennessee Walker mare. I had Smoke for almost 11 years and Daisy for 8 since they both were young he 8 months old & Miss Daisy 11 months old. I had some of my other horses that people lied to me and took them straight to kill buyers and I sure didn't want that happening to them. Heart Of Phoenix was the perfect solution. They came and picked up my 2 beloved horses and even sent me pictures after they were safely there. I have never had a doubt or moment of worry because I know they're as much loved and well cared for there as I had cared for them here when I was physically able. HOP was an answer to many prayers. They are a great organization and I have already been recommending them to people who are looking to buy a horse. I pray maybe that I can recover enough in the future to possibly adopt an older (18-25) horse to fill this empty spot in my heart. It is empty but I don't ache with grief as I did over the ones who went to kill buyers because I know Heart Of Phoenix is a wonderful organization and it was the best thing for my 2 babies

Christinne Marie A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As always seems to happen, one thing led to another and another and another. My family's relationship with Heart of Phoenix has taken up several roles, all with wonderful results.

It started with my mom always loving redheaded Arabian mares. She saw one posted on HOP's website and decided to become a sponsor. Fast forward a few years, and plain land is now a better set up horse farm. Coincidentally, HOP posted about said redhead, Moana, asking for a foster. Well in for a penny, in for a pound. So Mom started the process of becoming an adopter. HOP led us pretty seamlessly through the process and even trailered Moana to the Kentucky state line as I couldn't leave Kentucky due to Covid restrictions.

Of course, it didn't stop there. This past winter, HOP posted a plea for fosters. They needed to bring back a herd of Arabians they had adopted out but the adopter could no longer take care of them. Although, we weren't really 100% ideally setup rehabbing older, underweight horses, we knew we could make it work for awhile. Suzanna was the best in working with us through the process and answering the million questions we had being newbie fosters. Everybody has their way of doing things and we wanted to make sure we followed what they wanted. We realized we needed a few more changes to the farm to really be able to do it right. But , we would absolutely foster for them again.

Need I mention, it didn't stop there? While we were fostering the mares, HOP posted that they were looking for larger, feral horses for their Appalachian Trainer Face Off. My sister has been involved with Spanish bred horse groups for awhile. Well, timing is everything. She shared a post with me where an Iberian horse rescue had fallen into some difficulties. They needed help ASAP. with ......several, large, feral mares in Texas. She asked me to contact HOP to see if they could help in any way.
HOP stepped and got those mares to safe places. Several came home to HOP and were indeed in the ATFO. As a matter of fact, one of them won it. Of course, my sister and I had to be there to see them compete and volunteered to help with the show as well. It was so much fun to cheer on our "Texas GIrls" and see them go from hopeless to happy horses with a bright future.

We definitely look forward to continuing our relationship with HOP. Can't wait to see where it leads us next!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed Heart of Phoenix for about three years now. Their mission is remedy through education. They consistently share functional knowledge about horses, helping create better lives for equines everywhere.

When I felt ready, I put in an application to adopt and six hours later I became an emergency foster for an owner surrender. A senior mare that needed a soft landing found safety and love. She taught me so much, and I am so grateful to HOP for giving me that opportunity. Becoming a partner in rescue with Heart of Phoenix has given me new purpose, and a grateful heart. Their mission of saving abandoned mine horses, and other horses in need, is truly changing the landscape in Appalachia, and the mindsets of people nationwide. It just doesn’t get any better than creating real hope for horses in need. I’m a believer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my mare from Heart of Phoenix in 2019. They do right by the horses, they do the hard work, the sad work, the rewarding work… they stand by their horses. Without Heart of Phoenix, so many horses in Appalachia would face uncertain futures.

Rileigh A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 13 year old daughter fell in love with horses when she was 6. At that time I knew nothing about horses or how to get her involved. Her dad told me about a friend that had started a rescue called Heart of Phoenix, and said they take volunteers.

They allowed me to bring my daughter to volunteer and to learn what it truly takes to properly care for a horse. Eventually we adopted Gabby’s first HOP horse and our lives were forever changed for the better!

The horse world has been such a positive impact for both of us and wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance and support we continue to receive from HOP! This amazing organization isn’t just saving horses lives, they are also giving children like mine a chance to be a part of something that truly matters. We love HOP!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so proud to have a horse from Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, I have had Phoebe for two years now. When I first heard about the concept of letting trainers take these horse's for 100 days , show there progress along the way. Allow you to come meet the horses at any time through the training. I thought wow this is fantastic. How many times when you gone to buy a horse, have you thought why are they selling this horse? I have had friends who have purchased horses that have been extremely hurt, because the person selling horse wasn't honest about the issues the horse had. 100 days of training is by no means the magic bullet. She is a willing partner and I know if I have a question which sometimes in the beginning I did, I knew I could ask the person who started her or the rescue. What a great start for a feral horse or a horse that just needed help. I am proud to say to people when I ride her on the trails of Ohio, and people see her brand for the Heart of Phoenix and they say "Wow look at her brand, how beautiful your horse is !" I say yes she came from the Heart of Phoenix look it up on Facebook ! You can read her story and if you want a horse with a great start, invest your time and learn what they do. They are all about the horse. She will be my last horse. I would recommend this Rescue to anyone looking to adopt amazing horses. The people who run the rescue are easy to work with and answer all your questions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have worked with heart of Pheonix and my daughter has participated in the Appalachian trainer face off with 3 horses. It has been so awesome to watch the horses grow and learn and go from being unloved and unwanted to loved and wanted. It has blessed our lives being a part of the organization and they do so much for the horses of Appalachia! They are such a blessing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue that does what no one else can. They rescue and rehab debilitated and frequently unhandled horses. They give this horses a chance of a successful and happy life. The work is emotionally, physically, and financially draining. The work they do with the abandoned mine horses is a team effort like nothing I’ve ever seen. Horse rescue isn’t easy.

Teresa94

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my Kate from HOP when they were just getting started. They saved her from a slaughter auction. She is beautiful and gentle and I love her dearly. She has been rideable from day one. I have watched HOP go from a small organization to an amazing organization that does so much for the horse of Appalachia and to educate people. I can’t thank Tinia and crew enough for all they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my second horse from Heart of Phoenix over three years ago. I watched their work for a year before deciding to adopt from them. Kate has been a wonderful horse and she would have been slaughtered if not for the efforts of HOP. They do so much for the horses of Appalachia!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 ponies from heart of Phoenix. The rescue had been more than helpful when I had issues with the first pony. They were willing to take her back at any time. We worked together to achieve the best outcome for her. The second pony I adopted through the AFTO and he has been a joy to work with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix Is one of most professional rescues I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Their main goal is to find the best home for each horse. I started following their ATFO training program and was amazed with the dedication of the trainers and the rescue to work together to be able to identify health concerns and get these horses ready for adoption. I will continue to support this rescue in the future as they maintain such high standards for their horses and their staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Looking for a great place to find your next companion? HoP is it! This non profit helps rescue and rehabilitate horses from across Appalachia. I've learned so much about horses and their care from volunteering at the Mulligan Farm barn and events.

Great people doing great (and hard) work!

Jennifer Michelle H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so amazed with this rescue. I learned of HOP last year and followed the process through the 2020 ATFO. Although I wasn’t ready to adopt in 2020, I knew I would this year. Again, I followed this year and ended up adopting my dream horse. I’ve never seen another rescue so determined to do whatever is necessary to ensure the adopted horses have EVERY opportunity to find a forever home and a great fit. The determination of this organization to make every effort to improve the life of every single rescue is truly incredible. Our family adopted two this year . I also appreciate all that the trainer, Colby, did before the adoption, during, and after to ensure Juniper and I will have a great future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix does what is best for the horse, even if it is a decision that no one wants to make. They also go above and beyond to ensure the best care of their rescues. They transported a horse from Kentucky to WV (7 hours) to get placed with a trainer to get ready for adoption.

Teri L H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Heart of Phoenix after I lost my best riding horse ever after 23 years. I was initially looking for a companion for my older mare that was lonely after losing her buddy. I looked at their website and saw so many horses to choose from that I decided to apply to adopt. Once approved I set out to find a horse that would be a good fit for me. The more horses I looked at, the more wonderful people I met! For the first time since I’d moved to WV I felt like I’d found a community of horse lovers to be a part of! It wasn’t long before I adopted my lovely Miss Rita! She and HOP have taken me on a brand new journey of volunteerism. I’ve participated on the adoption team for several years now and currently I have a foster horse at my barn too.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix horse rescue is an amazing group that is tirelessly serving and saving the less fortunate horses of Appalachia. Volunteers are out at all hours of the day and night with law enforcement to pull horses out of deplorable conditions. They transport, feed, house and provide skilled rehabilitation and top vet care to these horses. Every horse is then evaluated to determine what type of rider they might be best suited for. Often they are even able to provide extensive training to the horse through their partnerships with professional trainers! I support the organization for all these reasons but I adopted a horse from them because I couldn’t have found a better partner from anybody at any price! Miss Margarita’s mom was pregnant with her when she was seized. There was a stallion on the property that was already dead and this starving pregnant mare was standing tied to a trampoline without food or water. Shortly into her rehab it became evident that she was pregnant. HOP saw to it that she received all the care and nourishment she could get to have a healthy baby. Rita (as she became known) was born premature but otherwise perfect. Unfortunately something happened when she was just weeks old that broke this tiny filly’s leg. These incredible people raised the money to take her to Rood and Riddle where top orthopedic surgeons were able to successfully repair her leg!! After she was fully healed she was given great nutrition, care and socialization and allowed to just be a horse and grow up. I adopted her this summer and I am positively over the moon for her! She is hands down the sweetest, smartest horse I’ve ever been privileged to work with. She is my perfect partner and I plan to have her in my life for all of hers. But here’s the amazing thing, if it wasn’t a perfect fit, or if something happened to me that prevented me from keeping her, they take her back. They are committed to her for life. They will make sure that she never faces the starvation and neglect that her parents faced. I have the joy of her company, the pleasure of riding her and the security of knowing that she will always be provided for.

Cindy H.14

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I started fostering a rescued horse about 5 years ago for Heart of Phoenix. I had moved to a farm and my horse was lonely. The third or fourth horse that I fostered ended up staying here. He was so withdrawn when he got here, and after months of bonding with me I couldn’t send him back. My original horse had to be put down a couple of months later, so it was lucky that I did adopt another. I have lost count of the number that have come through here in the years since. All have left their impression on my life, and a few I wished I could keep forever.

But I know my limits. This group seems to expand their limits every day. Whether it’s fostering, rounding up a group of ferals, teaching a new skill, or training/retraining a horse, everyone has a small piece to offer a horse in need. I do so little, but together we all do much.

Rebecca95

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed HOP and donated to their great cause for many years. I love watching the success stories of all the horses and other animals that are given a second chance by all the hard work of the staff at HOP.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The work they do is wonderful. So many lives saved.

Nina E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow Tinia Creamer and Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, and, I have (and do) recommend this organization to those who are seeking to make a difference with their philanthropic dollars. Tinia has a gift of dedication to her purpose of equine rescue, she has risen from difficulty to attain success in driving a successful charitable effort forward, she knows horses, and she is a gifted writer - which is an invaluable tool in getting Heart of Phoenix's story out there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix truly cares about educating humans about equines. Whenever I have a question and message them about my horse, they get right back to me and give me the best suggestions. They are very knowledgeable and eager to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had stumbled across Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue via a trainer I was following online who competed in the first Appalachian Trainer Face Off. I enjoyed HOP's educational materials, seeing the before and after photos and videos of the horses they had rescued, and watching the progress of the ensuing ATFO competitions. In the winter of 2019, they posted that a gaited pony mare needed a foster situation that would require a completely dry turn out space for at least 6 weeks. This is something that I could offer, but I lived 8 hours away. I messaged and let them know if they got into a pinch, I could probably foster her if they couldn't find something closer and then try to help her find an adoptive home. Within a few weeks, she was at my barn. It didn't take long to realize she was there to stay.

Thanks to the volunteers who rescued her from some horrid conditions (her field mate had to be euthanized due to a catastrophic injury that had healed), got her back on track to wellness and healing, helped her make the trip halfway to my farm, and supported her recovery even through her foster situation, Roo has found a home for life and a new occupation. She has joined my Equine Assisted Learning team and has become a participant favorite for her calm, quiet, and cooperative nature, but also for her ability to make sure her partner remembers to keep themselves regulated as they take on new challenges together.

I am incredibly grateful to HOP for all the work that they do, but particularly for their foster program, which in this case allowed them to help Roo, another horse that could take her spot while she was fostered, and now that she has been adopted, the at-risk youth in my program get to see how Roo has overcome her trauma to find a happy and meaningful life. None of that would have happened without HOP and their mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am one of the caretakers for HOP. I found this rescue last year and fell in love with their mission and story. Heart of Phoenix has given me so many things in life, a home, a family, and a reason to wake up every morning. The ladies who keep this show running have the most generous and caring souls. I hope to be with the rescue for many many many years to come. We have so many more horses to save. I always say HOP saves humans too not just horses.

Amy K.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have watched this Rescue online for years and helped out now and again as I could. I began volunteering regularly in March 2020 helping with record keeping. This organization has a heart and a brain that works so well. Their compassion for the horses of Appalachia and also the people of Appalachia is unparalleled.

Not only am I a volunteer and follower, I've also adopted one of the horses they rescued and I couldn't be more pleased with the adoption process or my sweet horse.

Teresa C.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started following Heart of Phoenix three years ago. They do the utmost BEST for the horses! Even when tough decisions are made it is for the horse.
The ATFO that is put on by Heart of Phoenix is awesome! I believe in this rescue so much I adopted one of the horses for my grandson through the ATFO event!
I highly recommend this program!

Sarah S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to support Heart of Phoenix. They always go far beyond the call of duty and often beyond what seems even possible when a horse needs them. Their success with the skeletal horses they have saved is next to none as is their success with horses whose mental equilibrium has been damaged and I find those stories truly inspirational. I am also impressed by their ability to make the hard choices when they are best for the horse. I admire their philosophy because it is often easier to do what's best for us which may well prolong the horse's suffering; HOP looks that situation straight in the face and puts the horse first and foremost. I shed many tears reading those posts but I support their humaneness. This group still makes me wish I lived in their area so that I could do more for them than be a monthly contributor!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity rescues and rehabilitates horses in the West Virginia and Kentucky areas. It is inspirational in its care for, and ability to successfully rehabilitate horses that come to it starving, neglected and often abused. They campaign for better education of law enforcement and owners and they are generous with their aid to owners who have fallen on hard times but who are doing their very best for the welfare of their animals. They take the most difficult cases and either achieve miracles for the horses or they do the hardest thing and end horses' suffering while loving them until the moment that the pain is over. They don't keep horses alive for their own sakes, they do what is best for the horse, even if that is the hardest, saddest thing to do. They are also willing to take risks when they think there could be the glimmer of a happy ending as with Margarita a gorgeous foal who broke her leg. It was looking bad, but because they have cultivated such good relationships with amazing vets, there was a chance that Margarita could heal so they raised money, gave her a shot and now she is a beautiful, spirited yearling. This year they have set up a wonderful competition called The Appalachian Trainer Face Off. Eight of their horses were given to participating trainers who signed on to train their horse for 100 days and then to compete with them at the end of that time. The plan was that all 8 horses would be available to be bid on b y approved potential adopters. One horse has proved very fearful so rather than rushing him to be competition ready, the trainer is working patiently to see how far she can take him. All trainers are volunteers and the work they have done with the 8 horses is nothing short of inspirational. I find it impossible to root for one team because I am so in awe of each horse's journey. They have adopted this competition format as a way to promote the horses they have, to get them the best training and to educate people about the value in adopting rescued horses rather than shopping for them. Tinia Creamer is the founder of HOP and I can't believe how much she does to make this rescue flourish on top of running a farm. She has a wonderful crew of volunteers who also make such a difference to these horses: always ready at short notice to go where they are wanted to help another horse in need. This is a shining example of what an excellent rescue organisation is!

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MaryJimmy W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following and supporting Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue for several years now. They are always on the go. From charity fundraisers, to giving advice and help, to rescuing. They are always doing Something to help not only horses but often other animals as well. These people are beyond Amazing and enough good words cannot be said about them. They truly deserve any recognition that they can get.

Marnie R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization doing incredible work with the rescues

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They aren’t interested in saving horses, they only want to accept horses that can be resold to make them a profit. I called them about taking my horse that I can’t take care of anymore and their line of questioning about the horse was solely for the purpose of appraisal and saleability. When they realized that my horses weren’t the type they could “clean up” and sale to someone they told me they’d try to get back to me about picking them up. That was about a year ago. No word at all from them.
They are a bunch of kooky horse peddlers. Beware.

Tina Fisher L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix is definitely a class act. Their knowledge and dedication of the rescue industry is absolutely essential to Appalachia. Their volunteers put their heart and soul into this great organization and have always came together for the love of the horses.

Julie Evans Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tinia and Heart of Phoenix do an AMAZING job! I have seen many horses go from skin and bones and on deaths door to looking fantastic and competing in shows. I don't think enough can be said about what a fantastic non profit this is.

2 Terri B.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I called them about a horse in need. After sending pictures they came right out and was able to convince the owners to give up the horse. It is now healthy and happy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have followed HOP for a decade, really before it was officially Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue. This genuine group of selfless, hard-working, organized and effective volunteers do amazing things with very little resources. No matter how hard it is, they always make the right decisions for the horses. The rehabs I’ve watched over and over again are nothing short of miraculous to the point they teach equine professionals all around them due to the sheer volume of their experience. The horses are well cared for and excellent adoption options. They teach, rescue, train, and bless the equine community far beyond Appalachia (their main area). These people stand behind their contracts promising the horses will always have a safe place to land. You can trust that your donations are well spent when you support HOP!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix does great work for the horse community. I've volunteered there numerous times and the horses are always in fantastic condition. Truly some of the most compassionate people I've ever met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome, solid work for rescue horses. Top notch care and they also strive for education! Very thorough adoption process and I love the horses have a safety net and always go back to HOP if a adoption fails

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and I followed a few horses for the 2019 ATFO. So many beautiful horses! I filled out the adoption application. Brittainy, a Heart of Phoenix volunteer, was so helpful through the process. We were approved to bid on our favorites! Talk about excited!!

After an all day marching band event we drove through the night arriving at the ATFO at 4:30 on Saturday morning pulling a borrowed trailer. We closed our eyes but didn’t sleep much. When the sun came up the fair ground started to come to life with horses and horse people. Soon there were horses and people everywhere as more folks showed up to watch the horses and trainers demonstrate all they had learned together over the past 100 days.

Horse and trainer pairs could be seen wandering around all day amongst the crowds of people. I was hard pressed to find a pair that acted even a little bit like they had only been training for 100 days. During the entire day I did not see a single horse with bad behavior. Given that these horses were in a high stress situation with only 100 days of training to say I was impressed is an understatement. Certainly there were horses that were higher energy than others and even some who had nervous tendencies but their trainers handled them with nothing less than professional calm guiding the horse back to a state of calm peace.

Since I am not made of money it won’t come as a big surprise to say that I made this trip on a shoestring budget keeping as much as possible so that we could go home with two perfect horses. My son fell head over heels for a big grey horse named Whistler. We stalked him and his trainer Erin throughout the day watching how she handled him and how he reacted. We talked to Erin at length about Whistler. He was beautiful but not for the faint of heart. My son’s love didn’t waiver. I only had eyes for a little bay named Pepsi. She was only four years old and hadn’t had a full 100 days with a trainer because sometimes life takes a turn that can’t be followed. It didn’t matter to me though. I loved her already!

When it came time for the bidding Whistler was one of the first few horses out. His price went higher than my budget for going home with two horses. I shook my head when the bid came back to me. The auctioneer kept going and with watery eyes my son looked at me and said, “Please, mom, I really want him.” I raised my card and spent my whole budget on Whistler. It was worth it. My son’s face lit up and he followed Whistler and Erin to the barn to claim his #RightHorse!

I wouldn’t be going home with my beloved Pepsi but it was ok. My heart was full just watching my son. Some time later Pepsi was in the ring. No one was bidding! I didn’t have the money to meet the minimum bid amount. I have to be honest, I felt a little bit ill.

When all of the bidding was over the paperwork had to be done. Checkbook in hand we went to the office to sign and pay for Whistler. Brittainy was there and asked me about Pepsi. I’m sure there was sadness in my face when I told her getting Whistler had drained my budget and I thought perhaps another horse at another time would come up for me. She sent me to talk to Tinia “because sometimes she can work things out”. Tinia didn’t have to but she did it anyway. She let me post date a check for Pepsi for my next payday. I would be able to go home with both horses!

We slept in our hammocks that night getting up with the sun On Sunday morning to load and head back to New Jersey. Pepsi wasn’t having any of it though refusing to get on that trailer. Without hesitation Brittainy and Pepsi’s trainer came out and gently coaxed her onto the trailer. It was a magical process!

From the time we arrived until the time we left we encountered friendly people everywhere with smiles and greetings and lots of conversation and anticipation about the horses. Our dogs had traveled with us and even they were greeted with friendly enthusiasm.

In my 54 years I have never been to a horse event where not a single horse was mistreated or forced to do something it wasn’t ready to do. Not a single person was rude or uncaring. I walked away knowing that this group of people had a collective knowledge and ability greater than anything I had ever witnessed. I will be a lifetime supporter of Heart of Phoenix, and I will forever be grateful to Tinia and her volunteers for my perfect horse.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix does an amazing job of matching horses and potential adopters! Their partnerships with trainers are also impressive. It is wonderful to be able to provide a horse in need with a good home, knowing that the horse has a solid foundation from a reputable trainer and that the rescue “has my back” as an adopter should I run into any trouble. My last two horses have been rescues (including from the Trainers Face Off). It’s been a much better process than purchasing. So positive, in fact, that I now give back to HOP as a volunteer!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix helped me in one of the darkest, most desperate times in my life. I owned 2 beautiful horses that I had to re-homed because my farm was selling and they were endangered by a neighbor. Tinia could not take them because they weren’t neglected or abused. She helped me in so many other ways. At the time (about 7 yrs ago) you could not give a horse away in WV and the auction was no option ever. She gave me so much support through that journey and she shared my horses all over the Internet that led to a perfect home for them. A woman saw the HOP post of them in Texas, contacted HOP w a trainer/breeder in WV. Garry Gwisdalla finished their training and immediately found them the perfect home. My horses were my ❤️ and I don’t know what would have happened to them if not for HOP. I am thrilled how they have expanded and done so much for horses in Appalachia.

1 Jessica Rosler P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix helps horses in need. They do amazing work and they are a much needed organization in the Appalachia area.

1 Ariene Shortell S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started following Heart of Phoenix years before adopting one and now two horses from them. They have been (and still are) an excellent source of information. I was able to provide better care for a senior horse that came to my house for retirement because of the information I learned by reading information posted by them.
Several years later when I was ready to hit the trails again, it just made sense to have Heart of Phoenix help me find the #RIGHTHORSE for me. Our adoption experience was great and came with a guarantee for me AND the horse (Tonks). It was very helpful to know that I would have all of the backup and helpful information I needed to be the best owner possible AND Tonks had a backup plan that would keep her safe too. I remain in touch with HOP. They are such a valuable resource. If you ever have questions or need help finding a good trainer for your horse or yourself...they can help you find that too! I really can’t say enough good things about this rescue!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted twice from HOP and promote rescue immensely!! What a great group of trainers , the rescue is always there to help with any questions even after the adoption.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best rescues I’ve been associated with. Their ability to rescue and rehabilitate the most vulnerable horses is just short of a miracle. They give these horses a second chance at life and a happily ever after. They provide continuing education and support to so many, with a network of horseman that is incredible!

Lauren A.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue has helped me in so many ways. They assisted me when my own horse was injured and required euthanasia, as I was too panicked and distraught to think at the time. After this incident, I decided to foster one of their horses in her place. We loved our foster horse so much that we decided to adopt her. When our farrier had trouble trimming her feet, an officer of Heart of Phoenix personally came to help us resolve the issue. They stand by every one of their animals regardless of the situation, and also offer a great deal of education to keep all horses safe and well cared for.

Ed P.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

My wife and I are experienced horse people! I am the owner of Destiny stables which is no longer serving the publc. We are near the Huntington Mall and served horse people for many years.! My wife applied for adoption of a gelding and we have waited weeks for an inspection of our facilities . NO VISITATION! She has been riding for over 20 years and when she inquired about the 19 year old TW gelding, she was told that he was too hot for her to adopt. Really? She has trained and rides a gaited Standard bred mare (with my help of course). SHE RIDES BAREBACK MOST OF THE TIME on the trail and in saddle when training for gait. She was hurt that she was not good enough to adopt a 19 year old gelding because of her riding ability. How would they know???? I also feel offended for my facility which has put many area youth into horses and for dragging their feet on a potential adoption.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For quite some time I searched for a trail horse. I am 65 & have MS so I really needed a dependable ride. I spotted Serena through her foster, Vania Carr. I knew Vania through a mutual friend and knew of her integrity. I discussed adopting Serena with Vania & Tina Creamer. I submitted my application and they thoroughly investigated my references. This proved to me the Heart of Phoenix definitely has the best interest of their rescues as a primary goal. Serena has opened up my trail riding world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with Heart of Phoenix as a foster/trainer for just about a year now. But I've been following them through FaceBook since 2012. I've worked with 3 of their wonderful horses so far, 2 of which have been already adopted out into wonderful homes! I hope to work with another one soon.
HOP far surpasses any expectations i've ever had or seen through a rescue. They are legit and the most helpful, caring, dedicated people in this area when it comes to equine welfare & equine networking. ALL equine rescues/advocates around the US should really take a look at what they are doing and use some of their principles as a cornerstone to their own organization.
For me personally, fostering and helping HOP horses has been such a blessing and has filled a void i've been looking for quite some time now.
The thing I love the most about HOP is that they are dedicated to following & keeping track of the horse it's entire life. If an adopters circumstances change (for whatever reason), HOP will gladly take the horse back and then re-adopt out. This, this is just amazing. Thank you HOP!

1 Amy Jo H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Appreciate the education! I love being able to share information with friends and family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Anytime I have contacted this rescue they have done thier best to give as much help as possible. In a time where money is tight and people are running into problems they never thought to see Heart of Pheonix is truly above and beyond. They dont just dip their feet into one sode of the pool! If you take a scroll through all of the horses and there stories you will so much variation. Kill pen buys, neglect/abuse/abandonment cases, situations where owners begged for help, off the track horses, feral mine horses, mustangs! This is a rescue that does the right thing(sometimes the kindest thing you can do is put one to rest), even when you know it has to hit them hard. And if we want to look beyond "just" the horses, I mean WOW. HOP has worked so very hard to pull people togeather on this. Trainers, volunteers , and the general public are reminded that if we were to work togeather we can go far. That regardless of petty disagreements we all want the same thing. Horses that are in danger to be safe, horses at the end of a career to have somewhere to go. Horse owners to have the know how to care for their critters to the best of their ability, to know when to let go, when and where to as for help.

In times of darkness Heart of Pheonix has blindingly shown again an again. The ability to do whats right, the ability to be kind, the ability to be there as much as possible. Sometimes all anyone can offer is an ear, a kind word, and the knowledge your not alone.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have fostered one or two horses for this charity for almost 2 years. Fostering involves feed and housing a horse until it either gets adopted or goes to be trained. Besides caretaking, we are well suited to really talk up the horses in our care. My girls and a host of horseless friends usually are able to ride one horse while I ride one. That gets the fosters used to other riders and gets them out.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my first horse 2 years ago. I wanted a horse all my life, once my kids were grown and on their own I looked at adopting. The heart of Phoenix is a wonderful resecue. I was impressed with the application and reference process. Two years ago I fell in love with Drogo from just his picture, at first I was told he wouldn't be a good match for me because if my limited experience and he had another adopter. I was disappointed, but grateful they were protective of the horse. That adoption fell through, Drogo had more training and I received the best email ever. The trainer thought Drogo and I would be a match now. I couldn't wait to meet him and bring him home. He has brought me so much joy. We work on tricks together, we take walks together and sometimes we will take a ride together. He is a very loving horse, he's smart and willing to learn.
He is also patient as I learn. I am very thankful for the Heart of Phoenix and what they did for Drogo. And for what they do for many horses.

Bethany Jo M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix has done some amazing work when it comes to rescuing and rehoming the neglected and abused horses of Appalachia. I have been fortunate enough to be involved with this rescue group for a short time now, and have already seen so many amazing transformations in horses lives through the help of Heart of Phoenix. This group of people really work well together in order to keep the organization running so well for the animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I wish as a previous horse owner from 1967-1976 that I had a rescue story to share. Instead I watch across the internet of the heartbreaking but also glorious redemptive work HOP does. I worked in a nonprofit foundation for 26 years and understand the role donors and volunteers make in the success of that organization. HOP is truly one of those brilliant and engaged organization. My hat is off to them for going above and beyond almost each and every day. A++++

gmpardo

Client Served

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix does a fantastic job rescuing horses and advocating for their humane treatment. This is a top notch organization making a real difference for equines of all breeds (including a few off-track thoroughbreds) in the Appalachian region.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I met Tinia in Louisville KY with one of her associates at an ASPCA event a couple years ago.

I can tell you that few folk work harder at helping, protecting, and changing laws and regulations to the benefit of equine in the state of West Virginia.

I have a lot of respect for this young lady and her group.

Jeff (D-S Rescue)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix is a great nonprofit organization they do such amazing work for the abused and neglected horses in this area hands down the best .

howens221

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my horse from Heart of Phoenix back in February 2018, at 8 months old we drove to Kentucky to meet him and bring him home! The application process was easy and the same day we submitted our application we were contacted by Suzanne at Heart of Phoenix, and she was wonderful! She updated us with pictures and videos and was always available and still is to ask any questions or give any advise we may seek. She still keeps in touch and has watched from afar Lawless go from shaggy colt to stunning yearling. We love everything this rescue is about and the work they do not only for the horses but educating horse owners is amazing! I would adopt another horse from Heart of Phoenix at any time and would encourage anyone looking for a new horse to try and find your match through them. We love our boy Lawless(Boston) and are so thankful to Heart of Phoenix to allow us to be his forever home!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Cannot possibly say enough about how GREAT this rescue is!! All aspects of my adoption process were amazing ... the people who volunteer and run this rescue are so knowledgeable and professional and generous and will do so much to ensure these horse get amazing forever homes. They are so upfront and honest and so so helpful. There are sooo many great advantages to adopting a horse ... I couldn’t be more pleased with my horse and my experience with Heart Of Phoenix!!!!!

Haley V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a child I always had horses and I loved them with all my heart. Heart of Phoenix has given me a unique opportunity in my adult life to be around horses in a time when I own none. I just wanted to be around and take care of horses. I didnt expect to see the things that I saw but Im glad that I did. The abuse and neglect people put these animals through was shocking to me and it made my heart full to slowly see horses put on weight and regrow hair and gain trust. I believe the mission of HOP is one that needed filled and they filled it. I have seen many horses come and go and all for the better no matter the outcome because HOP gave them somewhere where people finally cared.

Janyse

Donor

Rating: 5

The lengths these folks go to in order to save a horse, bring abusers to justice, educate the sheriff and police departments handling the cases, is all beyond measure. They have brought horses back from the brink of death and provided a safe loving end of life transition for those who were too far gone.
This organization is the best the USA has to offer, bar none!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix saves the lives of so many beautiful souls, souls that would have been lost at the hands of humans and or circumstance. I happily donate monthly, even though I live form paycheck to paycheck, because of their amazing work. If I lived closer, I would foster, volunteer and transport if required. They truly doing God's work............they are angels on earth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Heart of Phoenix for a few years now. What a wonderful group of people who wish only to find responsible, loving homes for horses where they are free from abuse, hunger and fear. Homes where they receive the love and care they deserve.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The best group of people helping the ones who cant help themselves!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix took three emaciated horses, a Mare, her yearling filly, and her severely malnourished foal from our County in a Sheriff's seizure case several years ago. After rehabilitation they were all adopted to wonderful homes never to be starved again.
We will be forever greatful to them for this.

The MANY others they have saved from the most cruel, bleak, circumstances speaks volumes of these dedicated, caring people that truly are making a difference for horses without hope, to wonderful , talented, useful equine companions.

We are dedicated donors to this great organization.

The great expense they will go to to save these abused, hopeless horses, plus and excellent veterinary care they receive from the best Equine Veterinarians in the country is "over the top"!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a follower of Heart of Phoenix for some time now. I've chosen to follow and donate to them because I believe on what they stand for. They believe a horse deserves to live free of pain and suffering, that quality of life is what is best.
Heart of Phoenix also educates the public on several topics, some controversial, but always in away where the individual can walk away with knowledge and the ability to make their own judgement.
The staff and volunteers gives so unselfishlessly to help horses who have been neglected, abused, abandoned and forgotten. Giving each one a hole for a chance of a better life.
Once my own beloved horse passed I decided to donate monthly in his memory because I believe that deep,y in what Heart of Phoenix stands for.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue is an amazing organization. The work they do is incredible. Seeing the transformations they achieve with horses who are literally teetering on the brink of death, restores my faith in humanity. The volunteers many times risk their own safety, going into sketchy situations in Appalachia. They don't do it for the praise or the accalaids, they do from their hearts. The love they have for these horses blesses me. Their network of volunteers will step up at a moment's notice when an animal in need is brought to their attention. These are good people, doing spectacular work. A deserving organization who do what they do for all the right reasons.

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Donor

Rating: 5

An excellently run rescue that always puts the horses's welfare first.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a trainer for hop for the last 2 years. We have many rescues closer to me, but I chose to only work with hop because they are very transparent about the work they do.

1 Sarah330

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does a wonderful job! They help horses and people both, as well as raise awareness. I can say that some of the education they provide has truly improved the lives of my horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has made a huge impact on the lives of horses and people in WV. It is truly impressive to see the horses that they have brought back from the brink of death. Not only do they rescue horses from extreme neglect and abuse, but they have helped so much in providing education. They provide a network that helps owners with things, like finding a farrier for example, that should be simple but sometimes isn't. If I know someone that is new to the horse world, following this group is my first suggestion. I have learned a lot from them myself and it has improved the lives of my horses. I could go on about Heart of Phoenix at length, I really respect these people and what they do.