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Hope Equine Rescue, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Hope Equine Rescue, Inc. is devoted to the care and placement of unwanted, abused and neglected horses. Our goal is to provide for the horses when no one else can or will. We are putting hope back into the lives of horses one at a time.

Results: We have successfully rehabbed and rehomed over 100 horses. We have helped the overpopulation by providing low cost to free gelding clinics to horse owners.

Target demographics: unwanted and neglected horses.

Direct beneficiaries per year: geld 57 horses, place 24 horses in new homes, provide low cost services to over 100 horse owners.

Geographic areas served: Florida

Programs: Rescue, Rehab Rehome Low cost vet clinics Free Gelding Clinics Free Educational Seminars for horse owners.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I have rescued from multiple rescues from cats to horses. So when it was time to add to our family I wanted to check rescues first.

Hope Equine Rescue is an amazing rescue to adopt from. They truly care about their animals and making sure they find good homes. They stand behind what they say. When I went through the adoption process they called all of my references, talked with my vet and farrier and did a home visit. They required multiple visits with the animal before adopting out. They go to lengths to make the adoption a success for both sides.

However, they understand life takes unexpected turns. They stand behind what they say. If life circumstances change and you can no longer care for your rescue they will take them back no questions asked or if it is a short term issue they will support you to make sure you stay together.

How this Rescue stood out from the other rescues I worked with is how much care they give after adoptions. They are a continuous resource to their adopters. They are there for questions and always give tips to help. They have a group where adopters can come together and support each other from stories about their rescues or questions we may have.

They are also very transparent in everything they do. No matter where you live they make you feel like a part of their group. They continually provide live updates on their horses and their day to day lives. Their updates are things I look forward to every week.

Finally they are always there for their community. They work hand in hand with their local sheriff department to help out when their are equines in need of help.

I'm so thankful I found this rescue and they have had such a huge impact in my life. If you are looking for a rescue I highly recommend them. I also recommend following their Facebook page they make you feel like you are apart of their family.

Thank you Hope Equine Rescue for not only changing the lives of your horses and donkeys but my life too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has had a passion with horses since she was three years old. She volunteers at the rescue, I have seen the passion Hope Equine has for all the animals they take in. The love and care all the volunteers give to rehabilitate these animals that have been in most cases abused, is amazing. If anyone is in the market for a horse or donkey I strongly recommend this rescue. They know the do's and don'ts of every animal they take in.

Marianne L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know the people working for this organization are so so dedicated to these rescues. It's nice to see the caring!

Kara30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope is a safe place for neglected and abused horses to rehab. It's also fosters growth and education in young people though the volunteer program. Learning about ones self and community while caring for horses.

Jan_82

Client Served

Rating: 4

In 2015 adopted Missy,a beautiful mini mule from HER. Little did i know where I was going to to pick her up!
It amazes me that in this day & age that there is such a need for helping starved, neglected & abused horses!
Dani is such a needed part of this community!

1 Terri81

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I just learned of Hope Equine Rescue, Inc. a few months ago. I have been accepted as a volunteer but have not been able to do so as of yet. I follow them on facebook because I love all the pictures, updates and live feeds. What they do is a pure act of love and kindness. Nothing more and nothing less!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter started volunteering there when she was 16. It was her get way to be with the horses. She is now 19 and is still giving her time because she loves the horse's and the owners. I think they may have rescued her

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hope Equine Rescue has done so much for the community. They have an awesome volunteer program, but what's more is what they do for the horses and their people. The motto is putting hope back in the lives of horses, but they do so much more. Hope Equine Rescue supports the horses and their adopters for life. Hope Equine Rescue has put on several educational seminars, gelding and vaccine clinics and has come to the aid of private individuals that have come into hard times that just need a helping hand. The Volunteer program teaches people of all ages how to care for horses and what it takes physically and emotionally to bring a horse from being broken to being a wonderful addition to someone's life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at hope equine rescue. I have learned so many things from feeding, stall cleaning, and training of the horses so they can find there forever homes that will love them. We help out the community with gelding clinics. The first picture of VIDALIA is when she came in. The second picture is of her wining 3rd place in mares halter class not to bad for her first show.

1 Erin120

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization provides far more than just a soft place to land for the animals. They are very involved in community education and outreach efforts. They go above and beyond for the welfare of the animals under their care. Hope Equine is very much a family you become apart of and our community would be lost without them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Equine Rescue has the most amazing volunteer program I have personally ever experienced. The learning experiences are outstanding; between veterinary experiences to horsemanship skills, you learn it all. I am proud to consider myself one of the family members - because that is what the volunteers are treated as. Family.

1 Courtney73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've only been volunteering for a short time but I've already learned some things and met a lot of good people. They're just trying to help out as much as they can and it's really inspiring, I love helping out their cause.

1 Jacquelyn3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From low cost vet assistance, free gelding clinics, free educational seminars, feed assistance, and equine training program, the work at Hope Equine Rescue's Barn is nonstop. My favorite aspect about HER is the community support. I've seen the efforts first hand. When you adopt a horse from HER, they’re protected for life. Several horses come back to the rescue, due to an adopter's financial situation (divorce, job loss). It prevents the once abused equine from having to suffer from neglect a second time, keeps the horses out of kill pens, and adopter’s have peace of mind, when having to surrender. No questions asked, the rescue picks them up. Once a horse is adopted, HER checks-in, offers training assistance and has a Facebook page for adopters to contact for questions. The rescue tries to place horses in foster homes when the barn is at capacity. Volunteers drive several hours, to bring an equine in need to an adopter’s home for fostering if the barn is at capacity. The support offered to foster families is the same quality of care. HER handles the medical expenses, and fosters handle the feed and other necessities. The youth volunteer program is amazing! It provides extracurricular activity for students in the community, and has become a sanctuary for many. Being involved with equine is expensive and the youth get hands-on experience, and even learn showmanship. When you see the volunteers and the horses participate in shows, you heart melts. The thought of being a “rescue” horse, doesn’t cross your mind. They take such pride in the horses. The level of confidence is evident in both the horses and volunteers. You see the bond between the horses and the volunteers of all ages. Equine rescue is not easy; HER goes above and beyond to make sure the comfort level of the horses, the safety of the volunteers, and continuing education for adopters is a top priority. Volunteers, adopters, and the community receive up-to-date information on events, health advisories, and what to do in Florida’s seasonal weather. HER serves the community of Central Florida, but is based out of Polk County. The poverty level is above state’s average (one of the highest for U.S. suburban areas). Polk County is a rural area, and the rescue takes all precautions in helping owners become educated, and gives assistance to prevent the neglect of horses in the area.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Valentine from Hope Equine. Dani, Wayne and their volunteers put their heart and soul into caring for the horses that they rescue. It is evident when visiting their facility that they truly love the animals. The facility is always clean and the animals are well taken care of.

1 KaSandra H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has been volunteering at Hope since July 2015 and in these few short months she has learned so much. From general horse care to showmanship and many things in between. Since being involved with Hope we have adopted our own horse who was severely under weight and ate up with muck itch. The owners of Hope have been very supportive and have helped us with everything we've ever asked. Without them and all the many things that my daughter and I have learned from them I don't think we would've been able to save our sweet horse. They are absolutely a true blessing to these poorly neglected horses and always look out for what is best for them.

Gerri L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This Rescue has been a long time consistant force in the Rescue World.
Impeccable Ethics, Fantastic Follow Thru, staying up on Continued Education & having fun. The volunteers are a warm friendly well trained group who all come together with a unified goal in mind. Saving, Re Training & giving these horses a second chance at a Productive life

Sharon122

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to buy this old horse trailer and had to go out in the middle of nowhere! When I got there they asked me if I wanted to take this horse too because the other horses were picking on him. I took this little, malnourished, tri colored Hackney named RJ. Come to find out he was a "cribber" and had already had over 3 homes in his apx 2 years of life. I already rescued a beautiful Florida Cracker Broodmare named, "KIT" and I really wanted to put them together but poor KIT had already been through enough breeding babies for people who would just take them away so I didn't want to get her "preggers" again. Well, HOPE EQUINE TO THE RESCUE! They were just fantastic first of all for accepting "RJ" and for the very unique way they "gelded" him. The veterinarian, well, I just can't say enough about him. He was very friendly, funny and caring. His technique left my RJ with hardly a drop of blood loss, no infection whatsoever and RJ was up and walking no problem...the next day. I read their rescue stories every day and am touched to tears at the work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love love how they save innocent animals in the time is need

Michelle109

Donor

Rating: 5

Love Love Love the things this charity is not only doing for our animals, but our community as a whole!

Joni P.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I heard about a particularly horrific case of horse abuse this October 2012, the mare was in a lot of trouble, I started to follow her progress after her rescue. She was taken in by Hope Equine Rescue (1200 Dixie Dr, Auburndale, Florida 33823) and I gladly donated funds toward her recovery. She could not have been taken to a better farm. She found herself starting to get her 5 year old life back. There were 2-3 times when they thought her injuries would take her to the Rainbow Bridge. She fought. Hope Equine fought. Their wonderful Vet fought. You can't buy this kind of compassion and dedication. This group organizes free gelding clinics, low cost equine vaccinations, equine health seminars ,demonstrations and community outreach activities not to mention the constant care all of their current herd of rescued horses. They deserve all of the recognition and support there is out there.