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Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds (HART)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of hidden acres rescue for thoroughbreds inc is to refocus off-the-track thoroughbred horses by giving them the skills, confidence, and nurturing they need to transition into their new homes and to finding a suitable match between horse and owner.

Programs: To promote awareness of the plight of off the track thoroughbred horses, prepare the horses for a new career and save them from suffering an uncertain fate.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lyss L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son volunteerd at HART for quite a while and he absolutely loved it! Everyone out there is wonderful and he learned so much! The transformations the horses go through from when HART rescues them to adoption is amazing! Every horse doesn't always show up knowing what love is, but they sure do shortly after arriving.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The kindest and most caring people you'll ever meet, who go above and beyond everyday for the horses that they care for.

2 Cheryl175

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter began riding horses at HART in 2008, and we have been there ever since! Throughout all this time, HART has never wavered in its commitment to rescue and re-home off the track thoroughbreds. I am in awe of this organization and its many accomplishments! I'm proud to be part of this wonderful organization.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds is a sanctuary for humans and thoroughbreds alike, we rehabilitate what is physically weak and through the power of love, gain strength to rise over any obstacles life has challenged us with. The lovable connection between horse and human is stronger than ever at HART. To save a horse means that we save a spirit, a spirit that channels from horse to human that invigorates us in a positive, energetic circle of life. There's no better feeling in the world to see how resilient our rescues are to improvement. This progress is driven by four important letters of the alphabet.... L-O-V-E. I do not consider myself to be a volunteer. I consider myself to be a family member who gives care to the horses who I want to be healthy and strong for a new loving home.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is so much I could say about this wonderful organization. You truly feel the heart of what every single person involved wants; how much they want to help not only the horses, but the people as well. I wasn't looking for much. After having given up on riding and deciding that I was no longer going to pursue the sport, I was discouraged to say the least. Two years later, I decided to give it another shot (I missed it too much)! I came across HART's website and dialed the number. When I went for a visit, I expected to just take a few lessons a month and that would be it. What I received was far more valuable. I was only with HART for a year, but learned so much in such a short amount of time. If there is any one thing I have taken away from my time there, it is that every single person can have a second chance. HART did that for me. The volunteers did that for me. The students did that for me. The horses did that for me. Not only so, I have learned that it is not just about me. As HART'S Founder and President, Suzanna Norris, once told me, "I am simply one part of a big process." We have the opportunity to create real change in this world. I believe that HART is doing that and more, one horse and person at a time. I am beyond privileged and honored to have been in the presence of some of the most genuine people one could ever meet. Truly, HART has propelled me forward to chase my dreams, save horses, and make a real difference in peopl'so lives.

2 Wendy153

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for over a year and have had the privilege of working alongside wonderful people with the biggest hearts helping to rehome these beautiful creatures. Hidden Acres made this possible for the 4 horses pictured as well as others and continues to care for many more on a daily basis that haven't found homes. The horses are given the best possible care and lots of love. Many need special care and everyone rallies to make sure this happens under the guidance of the owner and staff. Hidden Acres is truly a special place for man and beast.

2 Mikki S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I went to HART to take lessons and was asked to help by riding some of the rescues. One thing led to another and suddenly I had a horse of my own to fulfill a life long dream and a family of friends. Seeing this happen to many others and being a part of the team that rescues not just horses but people as well has been a huge blessing.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I initially started volunteering with HART for Horses over the summer in hopes to give my kids a new learning experience and an opportunity to give back to the community. Since school has started back I am there every chance I get. Volunteering at HART has been very rewarding seeing the horses flourish and the people that surround them.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for approximately 1 year with Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds (HART). This organization is totally dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of neglected and former race horses and does a great job with helping these wonderful animals. But equally important is the important role this organization plays in the lives of the volunteers, students and community. So much positive energy coming from loving, supportive, hard working people. We all believe it is a huge gift to have the opportunity to belong to Team HART!

1 Sue_143

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HART has given me and so many people an opportunity we never had before -- a chance to help with the care of these beautiful horses, to get to know them, and to love them as if they are our own. The wonderful people at HART have been willing to help me learn and to be my best self. On top of that, we are helping these majestic animals to have a second chance at life, to heal, to grow and to find the forever home they deserve. We of Team HART are honored to feel the joy and peace of mind that comes to us in this magical place of horses and humans.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at HART in the summer of 2014 and instantly fell in love, not only because I had a passion for horses but I also enjoyed every moment I was there with the other volunteers. I made some great friends and had some good laughs! HART soon became a part of my family. Never had one bad experience while I was a part of the team :)

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best decisions I have ever made was to start volunteering at HART. This team of amazing volunteers are like my other family. Team HART and our horses have changed my life and I will always be thankful for each and every one of them.