I moved to Georgia not knowing how my life would be changed in such a profound way! Being an empty nester in a new state, I set out to volunteer. That's where Save the Horses comes in. After attending their orientation I started to volunteer three days a week. The owner, Cheryl Flanagan, and the people who volunteer there took me in and embraced me as a friend right away. After seeing all the good that Cheryl does through this organization I immersed myself in volunteering not only with chores but spending hours with these beautiful souls...meditating, grooming, and just sharing space, helping them become comfortable with people again. My experience over the past nine months has impacted me so greatly that I have taken natural horsemanship classes and can no longer separate myself from horse rescue life. Although I was sad to move out of Georgia I am happy to say that I have adopted one of the rescues and I'm thrilled to welcome Tucker into our family! My heart is so full and I am so grateful for everything this organization does! Just scroll through pictures to see what he looked like when he came in...this organization performs miracles and saves lives every day!
2015 began a new journey for me, when I retired following a company merger. I wanted to spend part of my retirement volunteering, so was looking for an organization where I could serve. I found Savethehorses.org on the Internet, and was impressed by their website, so signed up for their next volunteer orientation. I arrived early that morning, so wandered through the barn to see some of the 25 horses housed there. They were beautiful. Just as I got to the end of the stalls, there was a horse that literally took my breath away. She was so skinny, her ribs and hip bones stuck out. She had that look that was unmistakably one of giving up, with glazed over, so sad, eyes. Her name was Ruby Red. I started volunteering the following week and rarely miss a Wednesday at the farm. I became immediately hooked, serving these horses who came from all kinds of difficult backgrounds, injuries, neglect, with no reason to trust any human. Each week, I would gravitate toward Ruby, checking on her. Starvation and malnutrition create all kinds of physical problems with a horse, and Ruby was no exception. Patches of skin were missing, she had a pronounced limp, among many other issues. Over the next year and a half, I watched Ruby gain weight, gain confidence, and now she is a beautiful mare, who just about prances as I lead her out to her pasture. Ruby is a great example of what this organization does for horses who have gone through very tough times.
I've been volunteering at Save the Horses for 2 years now. It first started as a way to occupying my free time with helping animals, but this place is so much more than just volunteering. This place is surrounded by love and good people that are now friends. It's a place that your forget all your problems and just fulfil your soul with happiness. I love STH.
Save The Horses is honestly a Safe Haven for both animal and humans. I've been volunteering at STH for 4 years now and I don't have a single negative comment to say about this place. I've loved horses my whole life and I learned so much about them that I am now helping new people who want to learn!! The whole community is so friendly that they became family to me. All the horses and animals that have came to STH have the most heart breaking stories, but it is incredibly amazing watching them grow to be healthy and trustful again. I'm so happy and blessed to be part of this wonderful community for the past 4 years. Thank you Cheryl and everyone for all that you do for the horses!!!
I have been involved with this rescue for 2 years after I offered to transport horses for them. The people at Save the Horses are superb! They are extremely caring people and I am proud to be a part of them whenever transportation is needed.
I have also helped rescue a few horses here which had the support of this organization. Without them, I would not have been able to do so. My horse club members have learned much through helping with the rescue horses kept here and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to rehab.
I have visited and donated through the years...great caring people. they are working hard to help the horses...
My husband and I have been volunteering 2 days a week for a year and a half. .We moved her from Ohio and wanted to volunteer and help out less fortunate people or animals..We went to the orientation and we were hooked! This place is AWESOME..The horses think they have died and went to heaven and all the other animals ( sheep, pigs,goats, turkeys and chickens ) finally have a home that they are fed and loved. .Most days it is hard work...but my husband and I feel blessed to spend time at this wonderful Rescue. I must also say the people that volunteer here are" My Kind Of People" hard workers, big hearts, and lots of love to give. ..
How to explain about a place that saves lives and can steal your heart. Save The Horses literally saves lives, animal and human. As a volunteer, adopter and foster for 5 years, this rescue truly rescues. It has helped me to relearn a lot of my horse knowledge and to know that I am doing my part in helping to save lives. We have seen so many positive outcomes for animals and humans. It is therapy to volunteer at Save The Horses.
I have been a volunteer for 4 years, an adopter for over 1 year and a foster for a couple of months...this is true rescue...it truly is about saving lives and providing loving care.
My best friend took me to Save the horses over a year ago and at first I believed since I "did a public service" one time was enough. I suffered a great deal of anxiety at that time, and I was a bit nervous about working with horses since I had zero experience. So I started off just volunteering once a week and it slowly graduated to four to sometimes five days a week haha. I developed such bonds with all the animals and I made friends with all the amazing volunteers before I had to move. Save the Horses helped me gain a confidence about myself I never knew I had and it gave me a purpose. I miss everything there is about this amazing rescue, thank you for everything.
I can not say enough great things about save the horses. I am never happier than when I am at the barn. Save the horses provides people and animals a happy place to be. I have learned so much since I started volunteering here. I have met the best people in my life here as well as the best horses. These animals have no reason to trust any humans ever again but with Cheryl's loving touch ( and the other volunteers) these horses learn to love and trust again. It's a beautiful thing to watch and I'm grateful to be part of it. My day is not complete if I do not go to the barn. Yes it is work but all the great people make it fun! Truely an amazing barn that has saved many people and animals❤️️ My best friend at save the horses is a goat named Roo. She was very sick when we got her but is doing well now. It has warmed my heart to be able to work and love this little girl. Tommy is just one of the many horses at save the horses. He has a story that would make you cry. He is very loving and sweet. He is still learning things and has become a lot braver now that he is being ridden and worked with more. These animals are loving and sweet.