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Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds (HART)

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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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ashley J.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Greg G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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?

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Barbara G.2

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

Maynette S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful group of individuals who really care about the well-being of thoroughbreds!

Donor

Rating: 5

I support HART because I am concerned about the fate of retired race horses and also local abused or neglected horses. HART's programs also benefit people in our community and I like the circular concept of people helping horses and horses helping people. I am familiar with HART's operation and I can see my support in action. I also donate to HART because my money stays in my community and the money goes directly to the charity which is primarily run by volunteers.

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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!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Hidden Acres has a wonderful team that takes the time to assess the medical needs and abilities of each rescue and help to place horses in homes that are the ideal fit for horse and rider.

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.

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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.

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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.