I can’t say enough about HART. The rewarding experience of caring for these Thoroughbreds goes beyond feeding, mucking stalls or maintenance of the ranch, it’s seeing a horse thrive in an environment that they feel safe, cared for and loved. It’s that transformation that gives you hope and joy when you are around them, no matter what you are doing. It’s therapeutic to be one with the horses, watch them thrive again and know you had a hand in helping them. The friendships that develop with like minded individuals is an added bonus. Volunteer work is wonderful no matter where or how you do it, but for me HART has the biggest spot in my heart!
I have been a volunteer for this organization for 4 years now. I left to get my Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator certificate for a little while. I became involved with a rescued horse at the age of 2 1/2 yrs old. She came to this rescue due to a slab Fracture to her front knee while practicing for racing. The vets had determined that she would only be a pasture horse with no riding capabilities. After working with her for nearly 4 yrs now she has fought for her life, colicking to the point where the vet gave her a slim chance of getting through it, to understanding that the human touch was a good thing and she could trust us humans again. She has worked beside me for children of Autism, in the EAL program and now training new riders and also can do trail rides. Without this organization she would never had succeeded. She is just one story of success that this organization has processed. Her name is Jessie, track name Dontlookdown. Please follow her and all the other horses that we find forever homes
I have volunteered at Hart since last November. I have witnessed the Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) come off the track and no nothing but run. They have missed out on the love that includes not only water and food, but hands on grooming and a real relationship with humans. I've also been lucky enough to help train and see results how quickly these horses not only learn a new career but how they excel with just a little bit of LOVE. The transformation from a shy unsure horse to a disciplined Jumper, Dressage or Trail rider is unbelievable to witness. I am so proud to be part of this wonderful Organization that started from a dream and now every day we rescue, rehabilitate these magnificant horses to find their forever homes.
You could say I started at HART from the bottom up. My son and I mucked stalls twice a week through the summer of 2014. I had to stop for an injury but missed the horses. I came back to smell that smell and asked if there was some light work I could do. They needed somebody to take pictures of the rescues for adoption ads. I was hooked. I loved photography. Two cameras later and 4 1/2 years at HART, I not only still do their photography but am actively volunteering with fundraising and marketing on all levels. Two and a half years ago, I started my own equine photography business and am the official photographer for horse shows. I really love what I do but I have never forgotten that HART gave me an opportunity to grow and learn. I am committed to getting the best portraits for our fur babies because they deserve to be noticed and admired. My goal is that each horse gets their forever dream home because somebody first saw them through a beautiful picture.
My grandaughter is going to camp. We fell in love with this place and the horses. The bad thing is, she would like to just stay and not go home
I started coming to HART as a way to stay involved in volunteerism, which has always been an important part of my life. After my boys graduated & left for law school & college respectively, I attended a very well run volunteer orientation and knew without a doubt, I would find a welcoming space here. The board members, managers, staff & corps of capable volunteers amaze me with the tender loving care they show these very deserving equines every day. The rescued thoroughbreds come in skinny, fearful, occasionally aggressive and so very needy. Through hard work and loving dedication, they all are rehabilitated with the express goal of being adopted into a loving, forever home. I can recommend HART as a wonderful place to volunteer, and feel sure there's a place for all who want the best experience with these magnificent creatures.
I share a back yard with the horses at HART. I have truly witnessed powerful healing over the years I have been involved with HART both horse and human. I have watched fearful adults transition to competent and loving horse handlers. I have witnessed young children test their own strength and courage, learning powerful life lessons while sharing time with their horses. I have watched young girls fall in love for the first time as they experience the very special bond one can have with a horse.
I fell off a horse and swore I would never ride again. I volunteered happily but never actually interacting with the horses. I now lease a horse that I have connected with in a way I never thought possible and just recently adopted an older GENTLEman that has become a very important member of our family. We are involved with our horses and it is truly a family activity. If you asked me what my life would look like years ago, I would have never thought it would Include horses. I consider myself truly blessed to be neighbors with HART and to have the time and opportunity to love on two wonderful beings from HART. I have volunteered at HART since 2013. They are my neighbors, my best friends, my Heart Community/Family. HART heals Hearts four and two legged varieties.
I was originally introduced to HART by a friend. I used to volunteer at a stable many years ago when I was a teenager, and I loved the interaction with the horses. Being such a long time ago I knew that most everything I had learned was long forgotten, but that wasn't a problem because HART volunteers go through an orientation and thorough training. The organization is extremely well run, and you can see everyone's love and dedication to the horses in everything they do. They always show their appreciation for the volunteers, and even as a newcomer I felt like part of a family.
My daughter absolutely loves horses and so we hooked up with HART's volunteer opportunities to teach her how to give of her time and enjoy the time with the horses at the same time. Volunteering time does not have to feel like getting a tooth pulled, and HART is proof of that! The horses are amazing to be around, and the people working the grounds are even better! It is so incredible to see such a great organization affecting a need in animals, but also a need in people to have a way to give of their time and love!
Ive been wirh HART coming on two years this May. I originally found HART through Facebook on a fluke, and actually thought it was fake, but I went anyways and I'm happy as hell to say it is not. Starting my journey at HART has brought me out of my shell, and given me a reason to get up on Sunday mornings. I used to go more but life has gotten ahead 0f me. Now I help in the adoptions posting and talking with potential adopters to help out in other ways. I have to say if it weren't for HART i wouldn't be returning to school either. I want to get my degree in Animal Sciences with a focus on Equine at the University of Florida, and it's all started because of them. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for becoming a place I can be at peace.
I've only been with HART for about 2 months and it is the best place I have found that works to bring the community in to their fold. I felt appreciated the first day I went to orientation. I volunteer on the weekends but I will say they provide an outlet for my love of horses. Everyone there is so nice even those who board their horses on the premises are so appreciative of everything the volunteers do. I hope to be with this organization for as long as possible.
My daughter and myself have been involved with HART for almost 5 years. Love being part of a fantastic group of people.
Through HART we found a wonderful OTTB mare. Looking forward to a lifetime of enjoyment with her
You just never know where life is going to take you! I have found a second home at HART! Not only am I surrounded by fabulous people but these people share my love of horses! I have been a volunteer at HART for several months now and I have witnessed the true foundation of the human spirit! This organization has a true desire to help horses in need. I have seen the rehabilitation happening first hand! From the second chance surgery for one of the horses to simple love and consistent care of a starving pony. This is where I belong and is a great place for any horse lover to spend their time!
I'm so impressed with the incredible work done by HART on behalf of Thoroughbreds. I work with South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue, and when we were over capacity a few years ago, they immediately stepped up to take three malnourished OTTBs that SFSPCA saved from cruel/abusive situations. In HART's care they flourished, one even competed in the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover Contest. Each were rehabilitated and expertly retrained for second careers, and rehomed with compassionate adopters, for which I'll be forever grateful. They are very supportive of other organizations, and SFSPCA is proud to be part of HART's village. Also impressive is their volunteer program and the many events they hold to educate the community and to fundraise. Hat's off to a phenomenal organization that makes a world of difference in the lives of horses, and the humans who love them!
HART is run by a small, dedicated group of individuals who work to re-train and re-home thoroughbreds who have finished their racing career. This allows these horses the opportunity to be placed in a caring environment as they transition out of the racing industry into their next career.
This group of dedicated volunteers is doing a great job rescuing thoroughbreds. The horses are well cared for and are doing well. A wonderful organization!
We adopted an OTTB for our granddaughter, the staff at HART took the time to ensure that Jadyn and Halo were a good fit before the adoption and have followed up to make sure that all is going well. Very impressed!
What awesome/positive things can I not say about HART? The lifesaving work they do year round to care for at-risk horses definitely does not go unnoticed. I wish I could do more to give them the recognition they deserve as they work tirelessly, day in and day out, to accomplish what they love to do. Not only does HART rescue, rehabilitate and rehome beautiful horses, the simple joy that is given back to the community is endless.
HART's equine therapy program enabled my daughter to smile once again and as a parent who had seen their child shine through their struggles, it was priceless!! How can I not be forever grateful to HART?
Hidden acres is a wonderful rescue, where the wellbeing of the horses is always top priority. I have adopted three horses from Hart, each adoption experience was wonderful. Suzi always takes the time to ensure the placement of each horse is a perfect match, for not only the horse but also the new owner. I can not say enough wonderful things about this organization. Thank you Hidden Acres for introducing and trusting me with my three wonderful horses.
I found my lovely gelding, Comrade, through Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds! Suzanne Norris and her team were so great in helping me make sure it was the perfect match for BOTH Comrade and myself! They do an incredible job of giving horses a great foundation and setting them up for success in their next careers. I can't say enough great things about HART and the work they do for our beloved Thoroughbreds!
Hidden Acres provides a safe haven for rescued Thoroughbreds. They are a wonderful non profit and always make visitors welcome. Keep up the great work!!
Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds (HART) is a volunteer-driven organization whose primary focus is the rescue of Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) and retraining of these majestic animals for placement in forever homes. The passion of the HART Executive Director, staff, and volunteers is absolutely contagious. The work done by this organization and the drive and passion that they have for their work is what drew me to the organization in the first place. It is wonderful to be affiliated with an organization that is doing so much to help these beautiful creatures have a new life beyond the racetrack.