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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.

Community Stories

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.