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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We strive to promote the humane treatment of horses and to strengthen the bond between horses and people through the education of people, especially children. Our goal is to properly unite children and horses in a safe environment, using accepted methods to preserve the best equine care through informative and educational guidance, education and administration adhering to the understanding of the need for the preservation of rural equine communities.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Dawn131

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Lucky Orphans Thank you so much for your continued support! We appreciate all your efforts for the horses!!

2 Philip24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this crew. I've known them for years. Their tireless work and genuine sense of compassion renews my faith in mankind.

Frank.S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lucky Orphan Annie gave my courage back!!! Cuervo increases it...being around these gentle giants is a lesson everyday! Kindness, humility, respect and love.

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Lucky Orphans 01/20/2016

Thank you for your support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Are horse horders, not horse saviors. The owner is very disrespectful.

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Lucky Orphans 01/20/2016

We are so sorry you feel this way! We are a sanctuary, not a rescue that adopts out. We invite you to come see the horses on the farm, as visitors are always welcome!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Lucky Orphans 01/20/2016

Thank you for your support and review. We appreciate your energy as a board member!

2 Mary409

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While I have never personally been to this farm I do know Deanna reaches out to the community and offers help whenever needed , she also offers suggestions ! She is a hands on hard working and professional lady that represents a great cause !

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Lucky Orphans 01/20/2016

Thank you for your support and review!

1 Goodyoneshoe H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LOHR has been a source of inspiration in my journey. I have learned that a disability is only as limiting as you let it, and continue to tackle new challenges in horsemanship every day. Deanna and her associates are always willing to help and my only regret is they settled into a beautifully amazing property so dang far from my house! But seriously, good work. Good people. Good deeds. Its allllllll good. Love em'.

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Lucky Orphans 01/20/2016

Thank you for your support!