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Horse Protection Association of Florida, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals

Mission: To provide equine rescue, rehabilitation, education and adoption services within the state of Florida.To provide assistance to law enforcement and animal agencies with cruelty investigations and the care and placement of horses.To promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training for horses.

Results: Countless numbers of horses helped in the over 27 years of serving Florida's horses. Please see the web site http://hpaf.org/horses/before-after/ and http://hpaf.org/horses/successes/ to see the results of Horse Protections work.

Target demographics: horses who are victims of neglect, starvation and abandonment

Direct beneficiaries per year: countless horses who were suffering and gave them a new lease on life.

Geographic areas served: North Central Florida

Programs: cruelty investigations, assistance to law enforcement, rehabilitation, natural horsemanship training for the horses and adoption to qualified homes.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The director of HPAF, Morgan Silver, is a professional in the capacity of working as an arm of the law in seizing abused and neglected horses and in the care of horses in critical condition as the result of starvation. Go to the HPAF web site and look at before and after pictures of rescued horses. You are going to see some 30 day miracles. Horses that were very close to death, are now happy, round, healthy and happy individuals. Morgan also is a whiz at connecting horses to prospective adopters. I am the proud foster parent/caretaker of two HPAF rescues and know first hand that HPAF is a a five star recovery unit for neglected and abused equines. Please support HPAF in any way possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Morgan Silver came to our rescue a few weeks ago when she transported a rescued donkey to our sanctuary. 6 months this poor starved and abused animal had been rescued, along with a pony, and taken to a temporary location. There would have been a 2nd donkey but it died days before the rescue. The pony was placed in a wonderful forever home, who would have taken "Dudley" as well but he wouldn't load in the trailer and was left behind. We wanted him here, at Useless Animal Farm Sanctuary Inc., but weren't able to transport. Morgan came to our rescue and now he is thriving and may soon be placed in a great home. Thank you Morgan and HPAF!! You are appreciated!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a veterinarian who works with and follows Morgan Silver in the HPAF. She is not only professional, but follows her heartfelt passion to protect and serve the disadvantaged horses. I would certainly want her on my side if I were in trouble physically or abused! Her experience and capability to share it is tremendous. Her ability to rise above emotion and be objective in difficult situations with those she protects is what separates her from many who cannot manage to be professional, proactive and overcome emotion in decision-making. I am both proud of her work and honored to be a part of her team.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Morgan Silver brings to the HPAF her dedication, persistence and extensive experience in the horse industry. As a holistic veterinarian, I partner with her expertise to help create health and well-being in these often very needy horses. I highly respect Morgan's care, training, and careful matching of horse to new owner in this often forgotten corner of the horse world.

Taylor Danielle B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the most wonderful experience adopting through HPAF. Morgan went above and beyond to make sure we were a good fit for each other. I would 10/10 reccomend.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for everything that HPAF has done for the horses in Florida. I have adopted one mare and three of my students have adopted other mares. I LOVE that HPAF has their horses developed by Lauren Barwick. Lauren and her interns set these horses up for immense success, which helps these horses be better partners.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Horse Protection Association of Florida and Morgan Silver are absolutely the best.
My husband and I became aware of them several years ago and have been fortunate enough to be foster / adoptive parents to two wonderful horses.
Both came to the Association starved and fearful. After rehabilitations they looked beautiful and became the trusting happy horses that they are today.
I can’t say enough positive things about them.
They’re the greatest
Gloria Oest
Ocala, Florida

Donor

Rating: 5

For more than two decades, heart, vision, perseverance, and hard work have defined HPAF’s positive impact on our horse community! Saving, rehabilitating, and finding new homes for hundreds of horses has shown the way proper treatment of our equine friends. What’s more, influencing administration of the legal and enforcement programs has had a successful outcome. Thank you the Horse Protection team!

Gordon S.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a veterinarian I have worked with many rescues and shelters and I can truly say that The Horse Protection Association of Florida is one of the best I have worked with. Their mission in taking in animals, most times in desperate need, and doing everything they can to not only rehabilitate these animals and look to find them forever homes, but they are very focused on also ensuring the animals have a good quality of life and care every step of the way. Morgan Silver has done an excellent job and I am grateful to be able to work with her, their organization, and of course these very special animals.
Gordon Smok, DVM

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two horses and a donkey from HPAF. They work miracles with animals who arrive in terrible shape and give them the second chances they deserve. The dedication of the staff is amazing. They always put the horses' well-being first and are selfless in their efforts to help animals in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched abandoned horses come to Horse Protection so malnourished that it is amazing they can even stand let alone walk. Through the care and love that Horse Protection lavishes on these horses they put on weight, their coats grow shiny and they start to trot and canter around. Once they are fit enough Horse Protection invests in training so the horse can be adopted into a forever home. Horses that find themselves at Horse Protection are given a second chance for a fulfilling life!

Donor

Rating: 5

As past president if The Florida Morgan Horse Association, I was very impressed that Horse Protection was instrumental in assisting in the safe placement of 16 Morgan Horses who were standing belly deep in their water saturated pastures, in Florida after heavy rain storms.
They also have a program whereby rescued horses go to a natural Horsemanship trainer to be restarted or started. The horses have a foundation and are placed with carefully screened, appropriate new owners.

phawk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where to begin. I guess Morgan, who has devoted her like entirely to these horses that have been neglected, beaten, abused or just not cared for. Her devotion along with numerous volunteers have allowed horses to be adopted out to wonderful homes or to live out their lives in a safe environment.

Julie and Sharon have also dedicated much of their time to assist Morgan in her quest to help these wonderful animals. Until you visit and volunteer there, you do not realize what happens.

We experienced hard work, loving horses, battered horses, long hours and such satisfaction it is hard to explain. The love that the horses need is gotten here at HPAF. How I miss them. Horses and Morgan, Sharon and Julie.

This organization deserves to tops. Go spend three hours there and your life will be forever changed. Believe me, we spent three months cleaning up after Katrina and this experience meant more to us than that. Your life will change.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HPAF is truly a life saver for horses. The care the horses receive there by Morgan, Sharon, Julie and the volunteers is nothing less than amazing. My husband and I volunteered for just one winter (wish we could have stayed), and were left with such fulfillment and love in our heart for these magnificent animals. HPAF works tirelessly to give these horses what they require to get healthy and hopefully be adopted out. Morgan Silver deserves a Gold Star for her dedication and commitment to these animals. Horses Lives Matter!

Wayne and Pam Hawkins
Ontario, Canada.

Bright G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have followed Horse Protection Association of Florida's Facebook page for a while. When we moved to the Ocala area, we inquired about the adoption process and got to visit their farm. We were matched with the perfect horse, who we have had now almost a year. HPAF took him in as a starving youngster, raised him and started him so that he is the fabulous horse that he is today. They put so much into rehabilitating the worst of the worst cases and invest their limited resources into getting the horses solid training so that they are adoptable and stay in their forever homes. They do the hard work that many people turn away from. All of the feed, medical care and training of these horses costs money, which is why we will happily support HPAF in their efforts. They also keep great records on each horse and they generously shared them with us when we adopted. We would love to adopt again from HPAF and we highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to support a worthy cause and help horses with a second chance at life.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting this organization since the early years when it was headquartered in Miami. I recently traveled to Micanopy in March to drop off an afghan to be used for a fund raiser and brought carrots, apples and treats for the horses housed on the property of HPAF. Morgan gave us a tour of the facility and introduced us to several of the horses she is currently in the process of rehabilitating. The stories of these previously neglected horses will break your heart. The important take-away from my trip was to see in person the dedication to the animals they serve and to learn about the current needs for the animals. Morgan showed us many of the before and after pictures of these horses. She also shared with us that not all of her rescues were successful. I am truly in awe of her and all of her volunteers. If you have the means to support her mission, please do so even if it feels like it is just a drop in the bucket. The horses will love you for it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Most rescue horses have seen the worst man has to offer by being abandoned, abused or nearly starved to death. HPAF, lead by an amazing woman named Morgan Silver, rescue & rehabilitate them then put them up for adoption. Her dedication and knowledge are amazing and I greatly admire her and what she has accomplished over the years. I am glad to count her as a friend.

What a delight to adopt one of these rescue horses…they are so grateful to have their own home & have someone to love & care for them and that they can love in return.

Over the years I’ve adopted 3 older horses from HPAF. They are harder to place, but since I was older myself and no longer up to riding—I figured we would be a perfect fit.

By the time I was going to adopt my second horse, I was a widow, with one 30-year old horse that was lonesome for a pasture mate. Interesting, but this time I was not able to make a decision on which horse to adopt, so I left it up to Morgan. I think Hot Shot was one of her favorites, and she thought he’d be a good fit for me. She was right!

He was impossible not to fall in love with. We became really close, and over the years we became even closer. He was not only a companion for my other horse, Vader, but a companion for me as well when Vader passed away.

Always the well-mannered gentleman, he never ate my flowers or rosebushes. Unlike Vader, who happily ate every flower & rosebush I planted. For the first time in 30 years, I actually had unmolested flowers. He did gently take a lollipop out of a child’s hand once, but that was the extent of his mischief. And in his defense, he truly believed that she was waiving it around for him.

He made everyone he met feel they were special to him. What a gift. Rather amazing quality I think. He was always happy to see me, or any of his friends…and everyone he met loved him. I thought it was a hoot that some of my friends stopped by just to see him. I was an after thought! I was just the person that opened the gate to let them in. But they had really come to see Hot Shot. Usually bearing gifts of carrots or apples for his enjoyment. This included “horse” people and “non-horse” people. Special guy, huh?

Below is his photo the day Morgan rescued him. How anyone could let a horse get in this shape is beyond me. Thank heavens Morgan rescued him! The last photo is the day she brought him to me all healthy, happy & back up to weight. An absolutely amazing transformation due to the dedication and knowledge of Morgan and the HPAF staff. Click on the photo to enlarge.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I thought I didn't need any more horses. When I moved to Micanopy Fl from New York I discovered that the Horse Protection Association of Florida was right around the cow pasture from me. Over the course of seven years I've adopted two mares (one of them a pony) from Morgan's organization. Did I need them? Of course not! Morgan Silver, the founder, director, chief mucker and savior of hundreds of abused homeless horses saw to it that I could adopt, do my part, make a small difference. I asked her. She didn't ask me! Morgan is a stellar horse woman who is dedicated to finding good homes for these horses or caring for those who are not fit for adoption or foster care. Again, did I need these two extra horses? When I think of their sweet natures; the happiness they bring to my family and friends along with that of my other six horses, it turns out I did need them. Thank you Morgan and staff for taking care of hundreds of homeless in need horses, ponies, burros, foals... Sincerely,
Maggie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A life-changing place. That’s what HPAF is both for the horses as well as us humans who are honored to get a chance to visit the place and volunteer there. I visited HPAF for the first time in 2001 and have since been volunteering there whenever possible, which unfortunately is much too rarely due to geographical distance (I live in Finland, northern Europe).

I have tremendous respect and admiration for Morgan and her work. She and her staff truly make a difference in the world by giving a new chance, a Life, to so many horses.
It is hard to put in words the feeling you get looking at the once starved, neglected and abused horses being now content and relaxed, grazing in the pasture, sleeping in the morning sun or playing with each other, full of energy. It just makes you happy. The happiness oozes through the horses. And it easily brings tears in your eyes if a horse that has been severely mishandled by humans now carefully and kindly approaches you to say hi. After all they’ve been through they still want to trust humans even if it might be almost impossible. Morgan and her staff work tirelessly also to help the horses regain that fragile trust.

It takes a lot of work and dedication to nurture and rehabilitate the rescued horses back to life. But it is such important job Morgan and her staff do! To me they have succeeded in life. Whenever I have a chance to pitch in the work of HPAF (by volunteering or donating money), it makes me feel good to participate in something good, something truly meaningful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience! Over the years we have adopted 5 horses from Morgan at HPAF. They have brought joy to our family and given me a good experience of caring for an adapted animal . I don't ride horses, I'm a very busy businessman. The time I spend with feeding, grooming and caring for the horses has given me a greater appreciation of nature and the importance of providing for the less fortunate. George Stewart

Donor

Rating: 5

Many years ago I "adopted" Buttercup and I've sponsored him ever since. He's had a great life at HPAF and I'm happy to have been able to help one of the many horses that Morgan and her crew have saved and cared for. One of these days I hope to visit the farm so I can say hello to Buttercup in person and congratulate Morgan and her staff on the incredible work they do day in and day out for these beautiful animals!
Thanks, Morgan, for the chance to be involved with HPAF's mission!
Diane Haddick

Jane N.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been aware of Morgan Silver's efforts to save abused horses dating back to the 1990's in Homestead, FL where I witnessed her go to extraordinary measures to bring debilitated horses back to health.

When my two horses, JC & Nikki, experienced lung damage due to smoke inhalation, and were no longer ride able, I reached out to her for a possible riding companion. Morgan spent time with me, showing me possible candidates; she did not have a suitable mount at that time and I found a wonderful little mare, Belle, to join my small band. Fast forward four years and I was again looking for a companion….this time for Belle.

This was a bad summer. After years of doctoring and medicating, we finally had to give up our fight. JC was put down in July...one month later, it was Nikki's turn. This left a lonely Belle. Grieving, but aware I had to get a companion for Belle, I reached out to Morgan. She showed compassion at my circumstances and offered suggestions to help Belle and I cope with the loss.

I expressed my needs for a companion and Morgan gave me several possible choices. Her staff spent time with me, introducing me to the horses she chose. They spent more time with me as I came back to experience one-on-one time with the mare I picked out. I eventually chose a sweet little appy. mare, Brandy. Morgan's intuition was right on…. their personalities meshed, and the girls have bonded. I couldn't be happier with the outcome.

HPAF has been a lifeline for so many horses over the years. I applaud and support Morgan and all the people who make this possible. There is a great need for this organization and is a cause I will continue to support.

Carol249

Donor

Rating: 5

Many years ago HPAF was operating out of a smaller, older farm near our home in the Redlands south of Miami, Florida. And even then the 110% commitment of Morgan Silver and her group of volunteers showed through in everything they did. They were totally committed to the welfare of the rescued starved, abused and neglected horses. Over time their organization has grown and relocated to the wonderful facility in Micanopy while continuing to provide a lifeline for countless horses. Please help this dedicated group.