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Iron Gait Percherons Inc. - Draft Horse Rescue

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Mission: Iron Gait Percherons, Inc. (IGP) of Waleska, Georgia, is a nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for Non - Profit purposes. Specifically, IGP rescues Percheron and other Draft breed horses from abuse, neglect, abandonment, slaughter, or victims of the current economy, refurbishes all of their medical, nutritional, and emotional needs, retrains them for new careers, thorough a screening process works to find them safe, loving forever home. IGP also seeks to increase beneficial human and equine relationships through animal/human interaction and education. Although IGP’s primary mission is focused on the Percheron draft horse breed, we never turn away any other horse in need of emergency care or our help, we also help equines from all over the country. IGP provided these horses/ponies with the veterinary needs, feed, and surgery care they needed. As well as providing them with the love, compassion, attention, and human interaction some of them have never known.

Results: April 18th 2011 to Present Date - 177 horses helped by IGP 130 Horses adopted into loving new homes We currently have 32 Sanctuary Horses due to Medical, Emotional Issues or Special Circumstances.

Target demographics: save Draft Horses from Slaughter, Neglect & Abuse

Direct beneficiaries per year: 153 horses - 64 Horses placed into good homes

Geographic areas served: the USA

Programs: Although our primary mission is focused on saving the Percheron Breed from Slaughter , Neglect & Abuse across the USA, we would NEVER turn away any other draft horse in need of our help. As well as help light horses in extreme emergency. Iron Gait not only helps horses, but, people as well, Horses are great therapy! We educate the Community /Individuals on the breed . A few of our volunteers have problems, be it physical or emotional. Working with the rescues horses helps them overcome their problems/issues. As founder of Iron Gait , I am happy to see the transformation of both alike. It is beautiful to see 2 souls join together out of respect for eachother. ~*~ Deni Polydor As with most non-profit horse rescues, though, the number of wonderful animals we are able to rescue depends so much on our budget. With your support, in the form of a Donation or Sponsorship, means we can continue to grow and expand our provisions and clean housing that we provide for these horses.

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48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9 Kym B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Iron Gait Percherons Draft Horse Rescue is the best rescue and equine advocate facility I have ever been to and adopted from. Denise and her volunteers are tireless advocates for horses in need. Although Percherons are her primary focus, Denise assists any horse, large or small, but she doesn't limit herself. She has rescued dogs, cats, donkeys, ponies, peacocks, goats, and people. Her facility relies on donations and the hard work of volunteers and she gives back every cent with every creature she saves. Those creatures that don't find new homes are sanctuaries and live out their lives on the acres of her beautiful safe haven. I have watched this organization respond to countless calls for help, both in Georgia and in distant states. They drive hours to the best vet facilities for the horses that need the best and most progressive treatments. Denise and her volunteers wake early to work and stay up nights with the sick, injured, and pregnant. They are committed to educating the public. They hold auctions and benefits, attend parades and fairs, and make their facility open to any and all interested parties. Denise's adoption process is selective to ensure that each horse she places for adoption finds their perfect home. She and her volunteers know the personalities and needs of each of their horses and she draws on this and her experience to match adoptable horses to ideal adoptees. It is thanks to this process that I have two of the best horses I have ever owned. Denise has personally always made herself available to me for any question I have. She offers advice and help when I need it. She has gone above and beyond for me and my horses, providing me with any information about them and digging deeper to help me complete their histories. This is a rescue exceedingly worthy of praise, recommendation, and donations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Iron gait Percherons Rescue most amazing place and heaven for horses. God bless Denise , her husband doing miracles just to see video how horses looks like when they got to Iron Gait and what they become, it doesn't look like the same horses, they look so beautiful and happy.

Rebecca158

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iron gate percherons is a amazing place! Denise and her husband do so much for these horses. They will do anything and everything for these beatuiful creatures. I have had the pleasure of helping on the farm and spending time with these gentle creatures, it's such a amazing opportunity, and fun time.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Wonderful rescue with dedicated, hard working volunteers. Tireless, compassionate and caring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iron Gait Percheron Rescue is an amazing rescue that far exceeds the standards of other area rescues. No expense is spared to rehabilitate horses in need. Denise Polydor is very knowledgeable and has an amazing caring and giving heart. Denise and her staff work tirelessly to rehabilitate the horses and place them in loving homes. One of my favorite things about IGP is that no IGP horse is ever forgotten. Once adopted they are still monitored to insure they continue to be well cared for and loved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Irion Gait. While there I have learned so much from Denuse about horses that I did not know. The horses that are there are her life and she works very hard to provide for there benifit. Denise and Eric put all the horses and other animals needs ahead Of their own needs. They truly are one of a kind and I can't wait to get back out there and volunteer again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've enjoyed visiting Iron Gait for several years. It's always great to see the horses receive the love they deserve and Denise goes above and beyond for the horses in her care.

Beverly V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been enjoying my visits to Iron Gait for several years, the horses and other animals benefit from Denise and Eric's wonderful care and knowledge. They go above and beyond for all of the species on their farm. This is the kind of place that makes you proud to be associated with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Iron Gait Rescue, they are the tops in their field and I appreciate all the hard work and money it takes to do things the right way. This Rescue is the real deal.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful people providing selfless acts of heartfelt kindness for these animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Iron Gait for 2 years. All the horses receive the best vet and farrier care. I have witnessed emaciated horses on arrival and in a couple of months look like a completely difference horse.
Denise does everything for these horses to make sure they can live out their lives n a happy loving environment.
I volunteer 2-3 days a week. It's very rewarding and I love getting to know the personalities of the horses.

Mary Ellen

1 Ellen77

Donor

Rating: 5

Iron Gait Percherons, Inc. - Draft Horse Rescue is an outstanding facility serving the needs of not only Percheron draft horses, but all draft horse breeds, as well as other horses in need. Denise is passionate about her animals and her facility, and works tirelessly to ensure the comfort and safety of the horses. IGP is dedicated to securing permanent, qualified homes to adoptable horses, or providing sanctuary to those than cannot be re-homed. We cannot adequately express our admiration for this nonprofit and the integrity of all of the people involved. ~ Bob & Ellen Ferguson

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have two of their horses and could not have found a better rescue. They are truly the rescue of the gentle giants. The only horse rescue that we support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Good group of folks who are working hard to improve the quality of life of the horses in their care.

1 Robbie G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted a rescue from PA at the same time Iron Gate did, and she transported mine down with hers. The facility is wonderful, the horses are obviously happy, and I love seeing the things Iron Gate does with helping the kids around the horses. IGP also has quarterly open houses so people can come and see all the work.

1 Theresa66

Client Served

Rating: 5

Couldn't ask for a better place to be a horse! We have a member of our "family " from Iron Gait and He is my daughters best friend, but we know if anything ever happens he has a home back there. That is what sets them above to us, no matter what they are always there for the ones they save.

1 Connie76

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely best rescue ever!!! Caring and concern for the horses they help!!! Volunteers are awesome and truly care about the animals they are helping!!!!

1 Brittany47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly the best horse rescue I have ever volunteered for. They take the best care of all the animals living at the sanctuary. Great, hard working people! Thank you for what you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am pleased to continue to see that the quality of care the horses at Iron Gait receive is nothing other than top notch. Although I am only able to visit periodically, I can see that each horse has its needs individually met and whether it is veterinarian care, farrier care, training or dietary needs the care is specific to each horse and the volunteers especially consider the horse's preferences. In a perfect world, every horse would have the opportunity to be cared for with such exceptional caring as the volunteers so readily give to each horse.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am always amazed each time I visit the farm and the horses at Iron Gait Percherons. These folks are the real deal. They work incredibly hard, improvements are always being made, and the progress that these horses make in a short amount of time is incredible. This is tough work and this organization deserves your support. The volunteers are friendly, helpful, and informative. It is clear that the horses are the highest priority at Iron Gait Percherons. I will continue to support this worthy cause and highly encourage others to do so as well.

2 Kara15

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is my belief that animal rescue is one of the most difficult jobs there is. The people at Iron Gait Percherons Rescue recognize that humans and animals behave much in the same way and everything they do is either an act of love or a cry for love. The Iron Gait Percherons Rescue team has the ability to put all of the necessary elements into play to achieve successful rescues for the community. I can only wish that all animal rescues were as successful as Iron Gait Percherons Rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iron Gait Percherons Rescue is approaching their fourth year anniversary and though I have only followed them for two years I am thankful that they are available to help horse owners in our community. Their job is difficult and time consuming but the care of the horses is always the first priority. The definition of rescue is to save (someone or something) from danger or harm. Iron Gait goes beyond that as they provide a safe and healthy environment for the horses to enjoy.

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1 Felicia M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend of mine brought me up to iron gate and as soon as I saw all the beautiful horses and how wellthe were treated I fell in love with iron gate and hope to go back soon.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that does great things for horses. Denise works very hard to make sure these horses get the care they deserve.