We found LOHR about 5 yrs ago when my then 12 yr old daughter was interested in riding horses. Finding the rescue changed our lives in so many ways. Not only did my daughter improve her English riding skills with a rescued off the track thoroughbred, she learned life skills that have propelled her into a community leader in her senior yr of high school. She's competed in local horse shows, winning Grand Champion at the county fair as a 4H member. She's been the President of her 4H club for 2 yrs, participated in the Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership program and has a straight A average heading into college. But, it's not just about the riding. It's about the confidence she has gained representing LOHR at events, talking about the horses and the therapy programs, and doing internships in Equine-Assisted Therapy. It's about the education that the farm has given her about nutrition, and hands on experience in all aspects of horse care. It's about the kinship she now has with her horse that has helped her during difficult times in her life. Through bullying, grief, depression, and illness, working with the horses has kept her emotionally sound and the farm is a place of respite for the both of us. I've recently called in sick just to volunteer with the horses so I could work through some personal issues myself. I came home with more clarity and felt less stressed. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful volunteers, whom I call friends, to raise awareness and funding for the 53 residents at the sanctuary. It is truly a place where Humans Help Horses Heal Humans.
I came to Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue as a Board Member seeking to learn about animal sanctuaries and EAGALA therapy. I have since been impressed with the caliber of people on the Board, our volunteers, the Director and our trainers and how the community has embraced us. To me it says a lot that everyone cares a great deal about our mission and how we can grow as both individuals and as a team. The best part of it all is seeing happy and healthy horses!
I first found out about LOHR when I donated some horse blankets. I became interested in what they were doing and quickly learned about the quality of care and treatment of these horses.
To make this place even more special they use the horses as therapy animals using (what I learned) the EAGALA model.
I was so enthralled that I became part of the Board. The mission is amazing and the future looks even better.
Lucky Orphans 01/20/2016
Thank you for your support and review. We appreciate your energy as a board member!
I grew up with horses and rode professionally for years. Life happened and the horse world fell by the way-side. In 2015 I became aware of the LOHR facility close by my home- I passed it everyday on my way to work and was impressed by the ground maintenance. In December I stopped in and spoke with the Exec about the horses, the non-profit/mission, the horses and the vision. I began as a volunteer and as I was so impressed with the operation I joined the Board while still volunteering on weekends. The horses are well cared for and the fact that they are used for equine assisted therapy is a huge plus. "People helping horses to heal people" is the mantra and LOHR truly lives it. Horses (and other critters) are there for life being rehabilitated, supported and cared for, for the remainder of their days. The people that the horses help are not just those who come for therapy, but those who interact with them on any level. Truly a magical place!
I grew up with horses and was eager to share my passion with my own children. Seven years ago I enrolled my then 5-year old daughter in the Young Riders program I’d heard about at Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue. Since that time, my involvement with Lucky Orphans has evolved from volunteer and committee member to sponsor and Board member.
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping horses help people. They offer many different types of programming for people of all ages, and their EAGALA therapy partnerships continue to expand to more and more area organizations. Free monthly events encourage families to visit and enjoy the horses. It's a great place to visit, whether you are a rider or prefer to enjoy the horses from afar.
Being part of the mission of Lucky Orphans has allowed me to show my family the meaning of community and giving back, while allowing me to continue my relationship with horses themselves. It's a great place to be!
I first learned about Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue about 6 years ago when my daughter became interested in horses. She began riding in Deanna's "little riders" group each weekend, which led to lessons and schooling shows. We've enjoyed our time at Lucky Orphans so much that we followed them to a new barn even though it was much further away from our house. Since that time we've had awesome experiences with lessons, clinics, shows and trail rides. We believe in the mission and have sponsored a Lucky Orphans horse for the past 3 years. The philosophy and mission of LOHR is one of giving and caring, and I wholeheartedly recommend you check them out!
Lucky Orphans 01/20/2016
Thank you so much for your continued support and for volunteering your time as a board member!
My two daughters were introduced to Lucky Orphan Horse Rescue over 10 years ago and we haven't stopped loving this place. They learned so much about what it really takes to care for these animals. It taught them compassion, perseverance and hippology, just to name a few attributes.
The director, Deanna Mancuso has such an unparalleled commitment, I am always in awe.
She has introduced many new programs over the last few years and has worked tirelessly on advocating for horses who are neglected.
My daughter Sami rode Rogue, and liked to help train Donuts. She would compete at the Dutchess County Fair and liked Eventing.
We all volunteer when we can and will always cherish our time spent at LOHR.
I love this crew. I've known them for years. Their tireless work and genuine sense of compassion renews my faith in mankind.
Thank god for such a wonderful and caring charity! Deanna and her team at lucky Orphans Horse Rescue make such a positive and tangible difference in the lives of beautiful animals in need. It is easy to see that, thanks to Lucky Orphan's dedication and commitment, these horses have a second chance at life and the opportunity to enrich the lives of others through their involvement in a variety of public outreach and therapy programs. To the Lucky Orphans team, Thank You, and Keep up the Great Work!
This place is Heaven!!! I have never seen a group of more selfless people in my life! The horses are treated with kid gloves and they are giving back every day to anyone who needs a lift in life. The property is so peaceful and Deanna has put her heart and soul into helping not only horses but every adult or child that enters this sanctuary!! ! I also love the fact that when I give to a charity that I know where every penny goes!! Thanks so much Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue for doing all the right things for all!!!
I found LOHR when I was looking to get some horse experience two years ago. Being that it was close to my house, I went about three days a week to help out and loved it even though some of the people and horses were intimidating. I love to be around Deanna and the horses and she has become one of my biggest role models. Now that they moved to Dover I can't go as much but try to get every opportunity I can to go out and visit or help. Because of LOHR I know so much about horses and am trying to become a Therapeutic equestrian instructor of some sort. Thank you Deanna!
LOHR is a safe place for 53 previously unwanted and neglected horses. They live in a naturally enriched herd environment, are fed high quality forage and supplementation, have free access to shelter and water at all times, are NOT over worked in the lesson/therapy programs, are groomed and blanketed regularly, and are treated with utmost respect by Deanna and all volunteers. As an equine professional and animal welfare advocate, I whole heatedly support this sanctuary. Out of the 10,000 horses currently residing in Dutchess County, many do not receive adequate care by the standards of basic animal husbandry. It is the goal of LOHR to spread awareness and education so that we can ensure a better future for the animals who inspire such dedication in our hearts. Without LOHR, these horses would be homeless or worse. An average of 160,000 horses are sold to slaughter at auction annually. These 53 will never see that fate.
Lucky Orphans 01/20/2016
Thank you so much for your support!! We appreciate all you do for Lucky Orphans and the horses that live here!