I have known Ellen-Cathryn Nash (Cait for short) since 1980. She was always active with horses even when we were in College. My sister has several Warmbloods so I am not unfamiliar with horses. Cait takes on the hard cases and is a wonderful at rehabilitating these neglected and or abuses horses. The racehorses that her organization were all surrenders by their owners. It was a case of too much horse or the horse had been sedated and when the drugs were gone the true personality of the horse emerged. Not mean, just big and fast. Manes and Tails Organization keeps the horses until they regain their health, are retrained to be Dressage horses and safe and reliable. Manes and Tails does not sell the horses (which I personally think is admirable but this does not increase revenues for the Organization). Manes and Tails 'Free Leases" the horses for their own protection; if a lessee wants to send a horse back, they can. Manes and Tails Organization incorporated in New Jersey, NOT MAINE) is only about the animals and I have seen this first hand from the first horse rescued in 1995 to the most recent. There have only been three horses that have been in good health when Manes and Tails Organization took them. These horses are Willie, the 20 year old Quarterhorse who is the so called 'Mascot' and designated babysitter for the new rescues, then there was Callie who was a jet black Thoroughbred who had been beaten in his stall with an axe handle when he was a Steeplechaser in North Carolina, and finally there is Willow who is a Thoroughbred mare but needs an advanced rider with experience with Thoroughbreds. I am going to donate to Manes and Tails Organization most likely in October when I have some disposable income available.
This small Horse Rescue has not gone anywhere. They are still active however their websites have been hacked and that is a huge problem. They have reached out for help, however, none in the Non-Profit Sector has stayed long enough to finish the repairs.
They lost a Horse to EPM and the surviving Horses who have all been exposed are being managed with MSM (an anti-inflammatory), free lunging every day for 30 minutes in the Indoor Arena, and being kept cool in Summer and Warm in winter.
This tragedy could have been avoided had the Vets informed the Farm Owner that the wild animals which carry the parasite that gets into the Horse's body were indeed on the Property. They knew the animals were there but had no idea that these animals are Horse killers. They are now experts at managing Horses who have been exposed to EPM.
I send a Monthly Donation as these Horses will remain on the Farm for the duration of their lives. The Horses are usually Free Leased, however, a horse with exposure to EPM must be taken care of properly and nobody wants to take on a Horse that has been exposed to EPM.
It says this rescue is deep in the heart of NJ. Hoboken is on the waterfront across from New York City. No horses
Stables or facility in Hoboken.
The address they provide is an apartment building.
This little rescue in the deepest parts of New Jersey has been rescuing horses destined to be killed. This rescue takes horses that are probably in the worst condition possible. They have a wonderful rehab staff and when the rescues are in good health, they are re-trained to be Dressage horses. I have known about The Manes and Tails Organization for years. The founder of the Organization keeps a close eye over all the rescue horses. They are boarded at a Private Farm and the Board payments run in excess of 950.00 per month. This does not include the Vets or the Dentist. The Organization has been supported since the Economy went bad, by the Board Members.
I have been a board member of Manes and Tails Organization for 5 years. Before I became a Board Member, I thought it such a fine plan for the horses I became a donor. This rescue is all about the horses. No expense is spared. The Administrative costs are Vet and Board fees. None of the Board Members are compensated. This year the rescue is being funded solely by the President. The goal is to take horses out of horrible situations and 'put them back together again.' I am pleased to be a Board Member for the Manes and Tails Organization in New Jersey.
Ellen takes the horses, rehabs them, when they are trained and/or rehabbed enough to be re-homed they are free leased, never sold. She has the only rescue I am aware of that does this. Ellen and her group NEVER give up. I evaluate them when they come in and when I had a boarding business I cared for them for Ellen. Even in these times of economic strife, Ellen will maintain her rescues.
This is a great rescue, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
In the past I was personally involved with Elle helping a horse from another rescue and rehabilitating her.
I think professionalism in the field is an integral part of running a successful program. Too often I have seen certain horse rescues deliberately try to demean other horse rescues; something that Manes and Tails has never participated in nor has had any affiliations.
You do a spectacular job with horses, advocating for animal rights, and promoting the end of horse slaughter Elle. Thank you for being on the side of the horses.
I do not have much money but I send Manes and Tails Organization a small gift at Holiday time. They have photos of the horses on their website and Elle is a really caring person. I hope to rescue horses like she does, free lease them after they are healthy. And always know they are safe.
I have been supporting this little rescue for 4 years now. I support one horse every month and she is a big Thoroughbred called 'Willow'. I know that Manes and Tails Organization sets my donations aside for Willow only. They are very ethical and trustworthy and it is my pleasure to support this fine rescue.
Manes and Tails has been a dedicated rescuer and advocate for horse welfare. Elle has worked to help all animals though focusing on horses since there are so few protections for them and the need is so great.
Thank you Elle and Manes and Tails for your diligence in this mission.
Elle has been front and center for animal-welfare/horse-welfare for the ~4 yrs that I've worked with her and Manes&Tails. She is spot-on for regulatory and legislative efforts, and a great advisor for that. It's a rare combination that she focuses on the legal aspects of federal and state legislation AND also the practical, everyday horse welfare aspects. She's a great advisor for those who want to make a difference in horse welfare.
I've known of Cait Nash and Manes of Tails for many many years. I really can not think of a more worthy effort and a more committed and well executed group taking care of these magnificent creatures. Ms Nash's devotion to horses in need is simply inspiring. I've seen her and this organization in action many times in person, in NJ, and Manes and Tails horses are well fed and cared for and Cait trains them herself and manages their every need with a love and devotion that is very moving to witness.
Manes and Tails is a top notch rescue with a deeply rooted passion for rescuing horses of all ages and breeds. Manes and Tails is the epitome of integrity, making sure all donations go toward rescuing and rehabilitating horses in need. All rescued horses remain with the organization until they are fully rehabbed, which is quite impressive.
Manes and Tails Organization is a small but highly effective rescue. Their policy is to rescue any breed of horse (not snobby like some other rescues who will only take one breed and look the other way at horses in need). This policy of non discrimination appeals to me and that is what caused me to donate to them.
The horses are usually in terrible condition when Manes and Tails takes them in, however they are excellent at bringing nearly dead horses back to health. They put the time and money into the horses and the end result is a horse that came in at 600 pounds and is rehabilitated to 1200 pounds and retrained to be Dressage horses.
This small rescue deserves recognition as they do not profit from the horses. They lease them for free but they still own them for their own protection.
Mane and Tails has been a rescue and helped horses for many years. It is completely honest and makes the best use of donated funds. Also the members have helped fight the abuse of horses and horse slaughter.