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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: DEDICATED TO ABUSED AND NEGLECTED HORSES. WORKING TO EDUCATE THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT THE SUFFERING OF UNWANTED HORSES.

Target demographics: abused and unwanted horses, many are cruelty cases

Geographic areas served: New Jersey

Programs: We provide sanctuary for these horses for the rest of their lives if adoptive homes are not found. Currently we care for 38 horses, none of which are ridable. We work with two local schools where special needs students come and brush the horses. They also help with projects and barn chores. It is a wonderful way for our companion horses to be able to give back to the community. We have also helped other rescue groups with financial support, vet care, blood work, medication as well as supplies including blankets, supplements, de-wormer, vaccines etc... to help horses these groups have taken in need. We have helped horse owners directly by networking for homes, we have donated grain, medication, blankets etc.. We have also paid for humane euthanasia when the vet deemed necessary. At our last Open House event we collected soup for our local food bank, raising over 275lbs of soup. You can visit our website for more details, www.mylestone.org

Community Stories

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mylestone is a great cause where horses in need of love and care get just that! Volunteers contribute to the success of the organization donating time and money to help horses in need. I highly recommend a visit to the farm to see all of the horses!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago I heard of the farm's annual silent auction and spent the day as a volunteer. I enjoyed the experience so much that every year after I've also brought my mom with me! It's the best feeling spending the day on the farm, enjoying time with the horses and seeing how many people come together in support of such a great cause!

Donor

Rating: 5

Love mylestone and all it stands for. The horses are always well cared for no matter how old. Susankelly does a wonderful job with treating each horse according to its own personality and needs. The organization also reaches out to the community to show Girl Scouts and other groups how to take responsible care of animals through their grooming program. I highly recommend contributing to Mylestone as all the funds go where they are needed most, right to the horses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization for years and have always been impressed with the selfless dedication of the Mylestone directors and team. They care unceasingly for the horses. After seeing horses come in abused and starved and then watch that horse gain weight, get healthy, shows the difference this organization makes in the life of an horse that needs it most.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

About two years ago, my husband and I started volunteering at Mylestone along with our daughter.
As you make your way to Mylestone, you see beautiful open fields with the horses grazing, running or just lying about. As we enter into the barn you see all the names of the horses on their stalls and if some are in we greet them. Most are out waiting eagerly to be brought in to have their dinner.

Bruce and SusanKelly always keep us informed on any changes to their diet or who has seen a vet. It's a rewarding place to help out with the horses and to see them happy and healthy.

We consider these horses to be very fortunate to have such a place to live out their lives.
Sincerely,

The Jurgensen Family

Cheryl61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mylestone is a wonderful organization that helps horses other organizations overlook. When watching the volunteers work at the farm, it is so clear how much they love the horses and the horses love them back. It is incredible to watch abused and neglected horses come into the farm scared but through the care of all the volunteers and Board learn to trust again. There is no better group of individuals to volunteer with!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for a long time and it never ceases to amaze me the resiliency of the horses. Many come to Mylestone abused and neglected. But no matter what they have endured, they learn to trust and love again. Some are so trusting even through their past experiences that they can be used for the grooming program. This is what makes me so proud to be affiliated with Mylestone and what has made me bring my friends and family into the Mylestone family. I've never seen a more dedicated group of people, especially the founder and her husband, who work day and night (literally) to ensure that these horses are happy, healthy and well cared for. Anyone who doesn't mind a little hard work for a great reward should look no further than volunteering for Mylestone.

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Steve M.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been fortunate to volunteer at Mylestone for 2 1/2 years and it’s been extremely rewarding, probably more for me than the horses. I don’t think I could volunteer somewhere where the best care wasn’t given. At Mylestone every horse (& goat) is treated with the highest quality individual care needed for their particular needs. My favorite 6-8 hours of the week are spent at Mylestone!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This sanctuary for horses is the best. Susankelly and Bruce Thompson are the owners and you will never find more dedicated people taking care of the horses. With approximately 40 horses on the farm, each horse gets everything they need, from proper veterinary care to a hay and grain diet tailored to each horse's needs. These horses come from all walks of life - hoarding situations, auctions, cruelty cases, slaughter pens, former lesson horses who can no longer earn their keep. Many are old and many have special medical needs. Susankelly also works tirelessly behind the scenes helping to place unwanted horses into suitable new forever homes. They also have a fund to help other horse rescues and individuals who want to keep their horses but have fallen on hard economic times.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an incredible place. Mylestone takes in the horses who are unwanted and are no longer useful. They provide a forever home for these horses. They are the unrideables, the cast-offs that no one wants anymore. SusanKelly and her husband Bruce, along with dedicated volunteers, do an amazing job of keeping these horses safe, making sure they are fed, have proper veterinary and dental care, and know that they are loved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I admire the work they do to save unwanted and abused horses, treat them medically, find adoptive homes for them and if that is not possible they provide a loving and peaceful home for them to live out their lives. The family that runs Mylestone is totally dedicated to their mission. They work tirelessly for these horses and especially in the current climate that has seen a decrease in donations and volunteer staff diminished. They continue to work, care and love these animals and deserve all the support of the community and beyond. I salute and endorse them wholeheartedly. Have been a donor for several decades.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a long time supporter, both with funds and belief in the mission of Mylestone. Each time I visit or have contact with the owners, the Thompson Family, I come away inspired that the horses they care for are loved and excellently taken care of in health matters and companionship. The owners are truly sensitive and insightful of the needs and sensitivities of their charges and they are eager and willing to help others with horses whose futures seem dim. They do all they can to see that abused horses come to trust again and provide a peaceful and loving place for many to live out their lives in a natural and caring environment. I can't say enough about the tireless dedicated of this rescue and the wonderful family that owns and runs this marvelous entity.

ejsant

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am retired and started volunteering at Mylestone in 2008. I now work there two mornings a week. Everyone involved with Mylestone from the Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, and donors are very dedicated to the well being of the horses (and goat) in their care. Susankelly works tirelessly to place neglected, unwanted, and abused horses. I am so privileged to be a small part of their mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at Mylestone Equine Rescue for a little under ten years. I have never met people more dedicated to horses, especially those in great need, then the board, director, staff, and volunteers of this rescue. I work with-in the horse world taking care of horses from show horses to pasture mates and I’ve rarely witnessed such compassion for, and dedication to horses as I have for the horses of Mylestone nor have I seen horses more grateful for their circumstances. I’ve seen horses blossom from dire circumstances whilst in the care of the rescue, I’ve witnessed horses once again giving their trust to a human being and all this is due to Mylestone. Our world is a better place because of Mylestone Equine Rescue and I am so privileged and honored to be just a small part of their mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a Mylestone volunteer for two years and it is my happy place. I love the work I do with them, the time spent with the horses and pony’s ( and poppy the goat) is the best time of my week! Susankelly and Bruce are wonderful and they love their animals and do everything they can to make sure that the animals in their care have the best life they can as long as they can. It’s an amazing place to work.

Diana T.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A top-notch, responsible horse rescue that's been helping horses of all breeds for 25 years.

lolo14

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer in 2007, eventually becoming a member of the Board of Directors of Mylestone. I grew up in Brooklyn and didn't have any interaction with horses but always had a love for animals. I started by helping to feed the horses on Sunday evenings. I was retired so I started volunteering on Wednesdays to muck stalls, turn out and help with feeding the horses. I enjoy working with the horses and still learn something new regularly. The dedicated work of Susankelly, Bruce and Austin Thompson is invaluable. They work 24/7 to be sure the horses are kept healthy and happy. This is an awesome rescue and they truly have dedicated their lives to these lucky horses.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Mylestone is a wonderful horse rescue that has been helping horses for the past 25 years. The horses are given the love, food and shelter that they lacked in their past. Many have trust issues and it sometimes it takes a while for them to come around but they always do. It is heartwarming to watch an intelligent horse look at you and see trust instead of fear. The Founder and her husband work tirelessly whether volunteers show up or not. Their dedication to the horses is unmatched.

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Nancy S.14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Mylestone for 2+ years, until recently moving, and I can tell you that the horses living at there are truly lucky in that they are loved and extremely well cared for. Each horse (and one goat) has plenty of room to roam (or gallop), a shelter from the elements, and clean water and food delivered to them several times a day. If a medical issue (or suspected issue) arises, it is dealt with promptly as the horse's comfort and health is of the upmost importance. Mylestone is top notch not only for the care given but for the genuine kindness and compassion of the down-to-earth folks that run it.

SKTBCT

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mylestone is going into it's 26th year of helping horses. Currently there are 30+ rescue horses in our care. We are also helping horse owners and other smaller rescues during the covid 19 crisis through our Equine Relief Fund. So far in 2020 we have been able to help over 100 horses through this effort. We hope to continue to help many more horses with the Equine Relief Fund during these arduous times. You can donate at www.mylestone.org to make a difference today.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We have been devoted to caring for these rescue horses for the last 26 years of our lives. While we would like for them to find their own homes, for many this is their last home. For example, Cleo we have been caring for the last 24 years, many of the horses have been with us for over 15-20 years. They are an amazing group of horses, set up a tour and meet them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer at Mylestone is great! Everyone works hard and the horses are amazing and witty

Sabrina A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter is a volunteer and I am a sponser, but we love Mylestone for the work they do caring for these beautiful animals. Thank you so much SUsankelly, Bruce and everyone else for all you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer with Mylestone for about a year and a half now and its just such a great place to work! The horses and pony’s (and our goat, poppy!) have all come from less then amazing former homes and situations but once they make it to us they get to spend the rest of their lives happy and healthy and I’m so thankful I get to be a part of that.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have donated to this cause on many occasions. They are a world-class organization that have truly dedicated themselves to the better care and treatment of horses. I have seen first hand the rescue and rehabilitation efforts put forth by this team of VOLUNTEERS and, honestly, there is no group more dedicated. The hours that this team puts in shows, from the rejuvenated horses, to the beautiful grounds which they maintain to the comradery among the staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There's no doubt in my mind that what drives Mylestone Equine is their genuine compassion and love for horses and other animals. Without them, many animals would not have the opportunity to live out the rest of their lives in a caring and loving way. I am proud to be affiliated with a dedicated team that works through all types of adversity to help animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mylestone Equine is the most caring, organized, committed and impressive non-profit organization that I have been involved with. Their passion for rescuing and helping horses (and other animals) is unparalleled!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a long time supporter of this equine rescue. Many of their horses have not been been adopted due to older age and infirmities. They provide a home for these fine animals for the rest of their lives. This is why I continue to support their efforts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mylestone Equine Rescue truly is a 24/7, 365-day operation that pursues every option to help horses in need -- whether it is providing medical care, fostering or providing a permanent home for horses at the Mylestone site or finding them a forever home with responsible owners elsewhere. Susankelly, her family and volunteers understand the complexities of equine rescue and often in the face of tight resources and time constraints -- which is a reality for every rescue operation -- work tirelessly to achieve the best outcomes possible. If I knew of a horse in need, Mylestone is the place I'd recommend above all others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The dedication, care, and compassion to abused and neglected horses shown by the director, staff, and volunteers at Mylestone is beyond spectacular.

Donor

Rating: 5

Mylestone is a wonderful organization. SusanKelly and Bruce and their kids have devoted their lives to rescuing horses from slaughter and from horrible abuse situations. The horses at Mylestone are treated like individuals and their health needs and personality need are addressed case by case. It’s a really great place and I’m proud to be a supporter.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I got involved with Mylestone on the periphery because I'm a friend of a board member. I've been to their open houses and have helped out at a couple of events. I'm very impressed by the way the horses are cared for by the staff and volunteers. Each horse is treated as an individual personality and given special treatment. The dedication, hard work and hours put in are amazing. This clearly is a special organization and I'm proud to be involved in a small way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful sanctuary for horses that have had difficult lives. The horses are cared for by knowledgeable staff, medical professionals, farriers, and volunteers who put the welfare the animals in the forefront. Whenever necessary, the horses have a forever home surrounded by equine buddies and caring humans.

Susan C.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have dealt with many non-profit & for profit equine rescues over the past 20 years, & Mylestone Equine Rescue is one of the very best! The dedicated folks there take in some of the most needy animals & see to it that each & every one receives the best care possible, as well as much love, to heal both physical & mental injuries. I only wish there were more rescues & sanctuaries of this quality, for the horses & other equines, in need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've known Mylestone Equine Rescue for over 10+ years and what is shown in the wonderful video here is just the tip of the iceberg. Susankelly, Bruce and all the volunteers work tirelessly to provide a loving and healthy home for so many unwanted/abused/neglected horses. Unfortunately, many people don't want to or can't care for their horses for the entire life of that horse. Mylestone does everything in it's power to help find horses new homes and/or providing guidance to people in these situations. Sadly, there's only limited funds and space and no rescue can help every single horse, but certainly try their hardest.

Volunteers play such an important role at the rescue and you really don't need much experience to lend a hand as there are many different things you can do to help....AND you are guaranteed to meet a ton of great people, have fun and help so many horses get the love and life they so deserve.

Thanks for everything you do, Mylestone, for our beloved equine friends!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enjoyed my recent visit and meeting Tyler one of the newest rescues. He is becoming good friends with Patty and Lucy. All the horses seemed happy and in great shape. It is wonderful to know that people truly care about these wonderful creatures.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

You could not ask for more of an organization that helps unwanted horses. Whether offering the very best of care to the rescued horses in residence or helping other horses and their owners through networking and advice, Mylestone goes above and beyond for the animals they love and support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It would be hard to find more compassion for abused, starved, or slaughter-bound horses than you find at Mylestone. They bend over backwards to help the hardest luck cases and give new lives to horses that had no reason to hope. I am proud to know Susankelly and to be part of this rescue organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I appreciated the honest advice I received when needing to place my horse. Even though they were unable to take my horse because of a long waiting list the woman I spoke with took the time out to talk to me about other options. She was understanding but frank about the realizations in trying to find a home for my older horse.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Bruce and learned a great deal about how the horses were rescued.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is great to walk around and pet the horses. Makes me feel great that I can help make a difference by feeding and watering the horses. They are always happy to see me when I bring them their hay and grain. I have many favorites.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love their annual Open House. My favorite horse is Cleo a beautiful dark bay Thoroughbred mare that was rescued in 1995. Mylestone rescued her as a 4 year old and has cared for her all these years. I don't know many rescue organizations that would care for an animal that was adopted for 22 years and counting.

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info 02/27/2017

Thank you for your review, I think you meant to say that Cleo wasn't adopted. She was rescued in 1995 from going to slaughter and they only interest we had in people adopting her was as a broodmare. There are enough unwanted horses, why add more. Cleo has been with us all these years. Thank you again for your kind words.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are so dedicated to the care of the rescue horses at Mylestone. So many have special needs and the lengths they go to ensure the horses needs are met are exceptional. I like knowing that they provide care long term even if the horses are not adopted into their own homes. I believe it is Cleo that has been in their care for over 20 years.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love visiting the horses at their annual Open House. Been a long time supporter. My favorites are Scout and Madeline. They have a huge silent auction with a real assortment of baskets and a delicious bake sale. I got the cutest horse cookies there last time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The stories about the horses touch me deeply. They are given a second chance at Mylestone Equine Rescue and they flourish. I was so surprised to learn that many of the older horses get fed small meals 7-9 times a day. These older horses don't have teeth to be able to properly chew hay. I didn't realize how much work went into caring for the horses. I thoroughly enjoyed my tour.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Mylestone for over 20 years. I admire the dedication of the founders and all their volunteers. They are devoted to the horses.

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter and I love to support Mylestone. We appreciate everything they do for these sick and injured horses. They make such a difference in the lives of the animals at a time when needed most. Instead of death, the horses have a second chance at a comfortable, cared-for life until they near their natural end.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at Mylestone for about three years now and love the people and the horses! The crew is so helpful and knowledgable and welcoming! Great rescue!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most wonderful equine rescues around. The place is always clean and the horses well taken care of. They also have a program for handicapped children to come and work with the horses, some of which also have handicaps. Money given will actually go to help the horses directly. The family that runs it is also very generous in helping fellow humans. I would give it 10 stars if I could.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently visited Mylestone and was very impressed with the rescue. The volunteers were friendly while working cleaning fields and stalls. Susankelly took me for a tour and gave me some history on each of the horses and why they are no longer ridable. She explained that this is one of the reasons that makes it very hard to place them. You could see how the horses adored Susankelly by the way the ran up nickering to greet us. From how the horses were acting it was hard to believe that they were once abused or neglected and no longer ridable. I found my visit very educational.

After my visit I went home and went to Mylestone's Facebook page... I now get regular updates, pictures and events that Mylestone is hosting. I can't wait to go to their Open House in October and meet the newest addition.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Looking forward to their annual Open House and seeing the rescue horses again! Visit their website for more details. www.mylestone.org there is a great silent auction, bake sale, vendors and more!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Asked them to help a badly neglected pony and got no help whatsoever. The owner ended up sending him to the auction because they refused to help him. Shame on them.

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info 09/20/2015

We are sorry you feel the need to give us a poor review. Did you contact the NJ SPCA or Dept of Agriculture about the pony in question if it was badly neglected? We don't have legal authority to remove a neglected horse or pony, the NJ SPCA or animal control would have to be called in. We also have 38 horses and ponies currently in our care and we are limited in how many we can help if we are unable to adopt out the companion horses we have currently. Did the owner make an effort to find a home before sending the pony to the auction? Were other rescue groups contacted to see if they have room? Would it have been possible for you to take the pony in and board the pony until a home could be found?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mylestone is an excellent organization and I admire the dedication of the founders and all of the volunteers who work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of these horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place! The horses seem so well cared for and many are on special diets because of various ailments and problems related to their past abuse. We have a few favorites, but honestly, all of them are miracles. They get shoes, special food, grooming, lots of attention and plenty of space to roam in their retirement. A dream come true for many of these formerly abused/neglected horses. Worth every penny we donate! They seriously need more volunteer help ...can you do it? Don't miss their annual open house in October.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love Myelstone horse rescue. I love how the passion Susankelly and the volunteers have for the horse's. The support.and care they show to each horse is amazing. Oliver is proof of that. I can't wait to see him at the yearly open house in October. I could go on and on about this wonderful rescue. God bless Myelstone and for all those who volunteer thier time.
Than you,
Charlene Quarno

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Mylestone since May 2014 and the dedication and teamwork of all involved is inspiring. Getting to know each of the horses and their personality has been a wonderful experience. To hear that knicker when they see me arrive and coming to the fence to greet me is the most rewarding. I love the hard work and knowing I am making a difference in each of their lives. I have done all different shifts and enjoy everything about Mylestone. It is a great place to be and I forget all my worries. I've also met great people who have the same love as I do for these horses. I highly recommend a visit to see what you can do to help if you love horses and want to make them a part of your life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My volunteer experience at Mylestone has been absolutely wonderful. Each horse has a heartwarming story of survival thanks to the kind hearts of Susankelly and Bruce Thompson. Their dedication to the horses is truly admiral because of the constant commitment many of the older horses require. Not only are they devoted to Mylestone, but they are compassionate towards horses and volunteers alike. All the horses are loved and treated with the utmost care, provided by all of the many committed volunteers. The overwhelming amount of love is what makes Mylestone such a special sanctuary for horses who have endured so much in their lifetime.

I would encourage everyone to schedule a visit to Mylestone or attend the annual Open House in October to meet and interact with the horses at the barn. It’s impossible not to fall in love with one of the many ponies who steal your heart instantaneously. Volunteering is also great way to give back to Mylestone while getting to know the horses and ponies on a personal level. Volunteers are truly a priceless and much appreciated gift that helps the horses to live a peaceful and pleasant life. Having horse experience is not required to help heal and care for the gentle animals at Mylestone.

I can personally say that my time spent at Mylestone will be with me forever. Each day spent at the barn was memorable, enjoyable, and made a difference in the horse’s lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at Mylestone Equine Rescue (MER) since August 2013. I've always loved horses and, now that I work from home 5 days a week, I wanted to ensure I got out of the house and wanted to make a difference in our community.

At MER, I've rekindled my love of horses and I know I'm making a difference in the lives of these beautiful animals. I volunteer one evening a week to serve "dinner" to the horses and have participated in many fundraising activities. I've met so many awesome, dedicated volunteers as well as other horse lovers and concerned folks in the community.

I've never known more dedicated staff and volunteers; the caring and compassion can't be measured. Everything possible is done to rehabilitate the physical and emotional well-being of the horses who come through the stable doors. We invite you to join us in our mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Life has not been the same for me during the last six months. In fact, it is so much better now, ever since I started to volunteer at Mylestone. Honestly, I never knew it existed until I was recruited by Cheryl at the Hunterdon Humane Open House last April. I have loved helping on the farm from day one and look forward to returning each week, especially visiting with and talking to all of the horses. While they may not “talk” back in a literal sense, just by looking into their eyes, you know they are happy you are there caring for them.

Bruce and Susankelly Thompson are the most down-to-earth, genuine people one could ever meet and they are so extremely grateful for any support given to the rescue, whether it be helping on the farm or at events, or through donations and sponsorships. It is comforting to know these horses are loved and well-taken care of by the Thompsons as well as by a group of dedicated professionals and volunteers. It is an organization one can go and physically see, knowing their donations are going to a worthy cause.

Mylestone is an impressive, eye-opening operation; one that I strongly urge you to experience if you have not yet done so. Who knows, you too just may want to volunteer and change your life for the better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Mylestone Equine Rescue for a year following my retirement. Having worked as a social work practitioner, administrator, and educator over the years, I was interested in volunteering with a nonprofit group that serves animals (my second passion!). I read about Mylestone in the newspaper, attended last year's Open House in October 2013, and started volunteering shortly afterwards. Several weeks ago I was helping to recruit new volunteers at Open House 2014!

Mylestone is truly a model nonprofit that goes beyond being an organization. For Susankelly and Bruce, it is a way of life. Running a rescue for 37 abused and neglected horses is no easy feat. The horses (and a goat) receive the best of care from dedicated veterinarians, farriers, equine dentists, and other professionals on a regular basis and as needed for urgent care. In addition to having their immediate needs met 24/7, I can attest to the fact that each horse and the goat are well loved in a safe and clean environment. Susankelly and Bruce are supported in their efforts by family, friends, and a corps of volunteers. It is a joy to see the horses progress at Mylestone where they are respected and appreciated.

Given the horses' histories, the need for extensive medical care as well as different types of feed and bedding is great and very costly. It was validating, and not a surprise to me, that in 2014 Mylestone was selected by the ASPCA as one of five equine rescues nationwide to be awarded $10,000. The gift was well deserved.

I hope to continue volunteering at Mylestone for years to come, helping to care for the horses as well as supporting fundraising efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor for many years now. MER has been helping horses for 20 years. I have sponsored several horses over the years and the dedication these people have to the horses is just amamzing. Many of these horses are older and require so much care. They feed 4 times a day, which surprsied me. It was explained in one of the sponsor letters that they do a late night feeding around 8pm to check on all the horses. If one of the horses is not well, it is better to get a handle on the problem then having the horse wait until the next morning. They start feeding at 5am. This truly is 24/7. The sponsor letters make me feel included in the day to day care of the horses. I was so happy to hear MER won one of the five ASPCA grants from Help a Horse Day. What a wonderful honor for such well deserved folks.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CONGRATULATIONS on winning a $10,000 grant from the ASPCA! What an accomplishment! I have been a long time sponsor of 3 horses for many many years now. Each month I receive a letter that shares what goes on at the farm. All the horses are mentioned, which isn't an easy task. Even though I live far from the farm when I read that letter I feel as though I am right there. The dedication these folks have to to these horses is amazing. If there is a sick rescue horse we will read about it, SusanKelly and Bruce up all night caring for the horse. In my letter I receive pictures of the horses I sponsor. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to see where your donation goes!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family has visited Mylestone on many occasions and we have enjoyed visiting with the rescue horses. We have attended both their annual Open House and had a private tour. The tour was very informative. The volunteers really know the history of the horses and their medical issues. Many of these horses were terribly abused and react differently than regular horses would at a riding facility. These are horses no one wanted that people starved, abandoned and abused or were in kill pens at auctions that could have gone for horse slaughter. If the horses don't find adoptive homes, they stay with Mylestone for the rest of their lives. We were surprised to find out that many of the horses have been with the rescue for 10+ years because people had not shown interest in adopting them. That really shows the compassion and determination Mylestone has in providing for the rescue horses.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mylestone Equine Rescue exemplifies the standard that all rescues should work toward achieving. I am impressed by their professionalism, but also, by their compassion, because they take in horses that have been abused and/or neglected. They work diligently to accommodate special needs horses. The farm is exceptionally clean. All buildings and fences are maintained for the safety of their residents. Mylestone Equine Rescue has an Open House every year in October. Go spend a few hours there on that day. You will see what a wonderful organization it is, and how all of their horses are so loved and well cared for.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over 6 years and a Board Member for 4. I have never seen a rescue so dedicated to the care and welfare of horses. Mylestone does everything they can for all horses, whether they are on the farm, helping an owner in time of need, helping getting horses adopted and networking to raise awareness of the plight of these beautiful animals. I serve Mylestone proudly, not only because of the dedication this organization has to ensure that the horses have a good quality of life but to the care and concern they have for their volunteers and employees. I look forward to many more years with this organization and be apart of this wonderful experience of caring for horses!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

On my first day of volunteering at Mylestone Equine Rescue (MER), I didn’t know what to expect. When I arrived, Bruce and Susankelly Thomspon, as well as the volunteers welcomed me in as if I was a part of the family. Susankelly understands that not only do these horses need us, but we need them as well, so despite having no experience with horses, she encouraged me to learn as much as I could. As I was being given a tour of the farm, I couldn’t help but think how lucky these horses were to finally find a home where they could live out the rest of their lives being loved and cared for. It was at that moment, that I spotted him. He wasn’t a big horse and didn’t seem overly eager to meet me. I was told he was severely abused and afraid. It was at that moment, looking into this poor creatures eyes that I fell in love. Needless to say, he allowed me into his heart and we formed a bond that was truly something special. Although he has since passed on, I hold that experience close to my heart and that is what pushes me to do more for these horses. In the 5 years I have been volunteering at MER, it has truly been a life-changing experience for me. Susankelly and Bruce Thompson have strived to save these horses and give them a chance at having a good life. Through volunteering at the farm and fundraising MER is able to help so many horses in need. I am proud to be a part of it. If you are looking to have an experience that will enrich your life in some way, volunteering at Mylestone is the place to go. There are so many ways in which you can be a part of Mylestone. You will never forget it and I’m sure you’ll come out of it having such a unique experience as I have.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a magical place. Many of the horses are just beginning their recovery from abuse and abandonment by previous owners. Some were rescued the last minute from destruction because people could not afford to take care of them. Others have become fit and others are already in new homes. Have gone to their annual open house several years, and you can see the horses look better as time goes by.
A well kept, clean place. Open house is a lot of fun. They can always use volunteers to help care for the horses

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Donor

Rating: 5

We will continue our financial support this year and probably beyond. This seems to be a really well managed operation with good direction. We're for helping the horses, and they do it best of any we've checked into in the central Atlantic area. Great annual open house. Nice people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Visited this Mylestone Equine rescue for an event and many horses looked lonely and not well cared for. One horse who was all alone seemed awful stressed and not right mentally. Depressing place overall. Was disappointed in horses living conditions. Gave a donation because I felt sorry for them but would not give again because they don't seem to manage place well. Had heard good things before I went there but was not at all what cracked up to be.

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We are really sorry to hear you feel our horses were lonely considering we have 38 rescue horses here. We would appreciate knowing which horse you felt was not mentally right as well. Our horses are seen weekly by a vet, they are fed and cared for 4 times a day. Our days starts at 4am and ends around 9:30-10pm at night. Many of our horses have medical issues and we cater to their needs. We have been rescuing horses for over 20 years. The horses we have here are not typical riding horses, many were abused and mistreated. If you had concerns it would have been helpful to share them during the tours. We have nothing to hide and have worked very hard to provide long term care for the horses we have taken in. Most rescue organizations do not take in horses that are older and lame and provide care for them 10+ years. If you would like to speak with our vet over your concerns, please let us know.

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Donor

Rating: 5

If there was such a thing as an Angel for Horses, SusanKelly is it! This charity takes old, abandoned, abused, slaughterhouse bound horses and nurses them back to health. SusanKelly is very sensitive to the needs of the horses, sitting up at night with a sick one, or ready to feed meals round the clock to another.

The horses thrive under her care and the care of the many volunteers. Some of the horses are lucky enough to be adopted to good homes. Others (most of them) live out their lives with a dignity that they may never have experienced before. The transformation from frightened animal to loving pet is remarkable.

Each horse has a unique personality and they are all celebrated at Mylestone. SusanKelly's charity, Mylestone Equine Rescue has tremendous costs due to the medical and nuitritional needs of the horses (and at this time also one goat that is the companion of a pony). This charity is run by a warm caring horselover. Her monthly newsletters detail the horses and their progress. You can feel the love in them. I love this charity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Mylestone for about 9-10 years and believe strongly in their mission, what they do and how they carry it out. Their life's dedication to the horses that have been mistreated, starved, to be sold at auction and slaughtered and help to other supporting equine organizations is not only noteworthy but deserved special recognition. The owners are compassionate, caring and generous individuals. I have visited many times and each time come away with a enriched and peaceful feeling that at least about 30 horses sharing this planet with us are getting their due and living the rest of their lives in a supportive and loving environment. Mylestone Equine Rescue is one of the best charity organizations I know.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone involved in the animal welfare field over 27 years, I have worked for the largest animal sheltering system in the state, including a rescue zoo, and have run my own purebred dog rescue. When I moved to western NJ in, I was looking to help an organization, and came across Mylestone. I am a horse lover, though not experienced in riding and handling, and soon began helping Susankelly in a number of ways. I've now been doing so for over 10 years. I cannot say enough good things about Mylestone. Sk saves the horses that need rescue the most; adoptability is not the primary criteria - giving a horse that has suffered a chance for a good life is. As a fellow rescue person, this is where my heart lies, and I was so happy to see the wonderful condition of the horses in Mylestone's care and how much they are loved by everyone who cares for them. To me, Mylestone is how a true rescue should function and I am honored to help them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Mylestone Equine Rescue in 2008 when I attended an Open House and I have been a donor ever since. I am truly impressed with how well this organization is run and what it has accomplished. As a donor, it is important for me to know that my donation makes a difference and that funds are prudently managed. A small example of this is when I was visiting the rescue, and overheard one volunteer say to another while mucking stalls to collect the good hay so as not to waste it.

I have visited Mylestone several times over the past five years and believe that Mylestone's mission is well served by an actively engaged Board of Directors and dedicated volunteers some of whom travel over an hour on a regular basis to care for the horses awaiting a new home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a long-time volunteer at Mylestone Equine Rescue. Volunteering a the farm, mucking & helping with the lunch shift, is so rewarding for me. The fresh air, the exercise, the beauty of these animals, I find to be very destressing and fulfilling with a sense of accomplishment.

As an Accountant, I was pretty green when I first started volunteering with the horses 6 years ago. But, a horse named "Sunny" was a great horse for my type. He knew exactly when, where, & what I was suppose to do. He has since passed on but was a big influence on my confidence with these great animals.

My favorite job duty on the farm is working by the "mini's", Patty & Lucy. When I first started volunteering, they were afraid of people & wouldn't let you touch them. Now, I look forward to hugging those cute faces!

Horses are majestic, beautiful to look at, and sometimes funny. There aren't many horse rescues. It is costly, hardwork, & personal sacrifices are made. I am so grateful for Mylestone being one of these special rescues.

As a big supporter of their work, I also try to help out with their many fundraisers when I can and I'm also a sponsor of one of their horses, Jiminy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago, i became aware of the horrible plight of many horses. I learned that many perfectly great well-bred horses suffer unthinkable brutality. When for some reason a horse becomes retired, injured from working, inconvenient or unaffordable, they can easily end up in a situation where their only worth is their meat.

I was so glad to learn of rescues that protect and shelter horses and value them for the wonderful creatures that they are. Soon after, i became a volunteer at Mylestone Equine Rescue.

Mylestone is all about the horses. They will take horses that no one else wants and give each and every equine as good a life as possible. Many horses at Mylestone are old, lame, blind, on special diets and medication, but they all are loved and protected. They all get brand new coats and vet care, and farrier visits and dental needs met. The horses are brought back to health and become adoptable if possible.- and followed-up. Once at Mylestone, the horses will never be mistreated again.

Now I know first hand, the round the clock effort and sleepless nights (sometimes heartbreak) it takes the few people at Mylestone to run this rescue. Not like the corporate world (where i come from) everyone runs home after 7.5 hrs . . . This rescue is 24/7 . . . the management and organization it takes to run the rescue operation is astounding. Mylestone is truly a ministry of mercy and compassion and sacrifice for the needs of the horses.

When you visit Mylestone, I hope you see their calendar where every month a rescue horse gets celebrity status in photography and write-up displaying their unique beauty and story.

When there, i hope you will feel what i and other volunteers always enjoy . . . even when it is muddy, raining & freezing: you will experience the warmth of spirit expressed to you personally from a LOT of very grateful horses . . .






Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to volunteer at Mylestone Equine Rescue in the capacity of a professional photographer more than 5 years ago. One of the board members approached me to see if I would be willing to donate my services to make a calendar of the rescue horses that would be sold as a fundraising item at the annual open house. Over the years the annual calendar project and my monthly photographs of the rescue horses have not only become a great asset but, my own personal mission of hope for the horses of MER.
While we have all heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, I truly believe this is the truth. Through my lens I have seen the despair of these magnificent creatures as they walk off the trailer upon their arrival at MER, starved, abused, neglected, lame and scared. Sometimes the despair is so palpable for me as well as for them, for I can see it in their eyes through the lens. But I believe that it is part of my mission to document their condition as they arrive so the world can be changed. Through the work of Bruce and SusanKelly Thompson and our devoted volunteers their lives are miraculously changed. This too, I get to document through my photographs, the hope, the devotion, and loving care they receive at MER.
For me I love coming to the rescue and taking my pictures. Everyone is always willing to lend me a hand, including the horses, in my quest for the perfect picture. As a horse owner myself I come with different experience then some of our other volunteers but love having the opportunity to teach them something, learn something from them, and have a great time doing it. Being a photographer for Mylestone and being associated with a truly great organization that has made such a difference in the lives of so many horses has been a great blessing for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mylestone Equine Rescue is one magical place for me. I started volunteering at the farm 8 years ago – it’s my home away from home. When I pull into the driveway and see Calvin, Dillon, Sundance, Casey and Ghost, my heart just beats with excitement.

How it all began
My friend gave me a newspaper article regarding Mylestone Equine’s Open House. My husband (boyfriend at the time) and I went to the event and I was in heaven! Just walking around, breathing the air, having the sun shine on my face, and thinking, how grateful I was being among these beautiful horses here on such a beautiful farm. I saw a sign, “volunteering”. I wasn’t sure I could do it because there were reasons … I lived an hour away; I didn’t have any horse experience; I didn’t grow up on a farm. Heck, I never moved a horse. Rich (husband) gave me a little push and said, “You can do this. This is your dream to be volunteering!” And so I took my first small step towards the sign-up table, after that I never looked back.

Improving my life
Once I started volunteering, I learned so much, so quickly, and on top of that I fell hard for a Snowflake Appaloosa named, Holly. She is very special to me. When I call to Holly, she just gives me those sparkling eyes and comes running to me which makes my heart and spirit soar. And of course at the end of the day, I could never leave the farm without giving Holly, her favorite treat – carrots!!!

Susankelly and Bruce Thompson are absolute Angels. I have learned a lot from both of them, and also from the other volunteers. I know that these horses are forever grateful to them for striving to provide such a wonderful environment for all. Everyone at the farm is so very dear to me. It has been truly an honor to have met such wonderful, devoted individuals. When I leave the farm and I hear the words “thank you”, well, it means so much more to me than those words ordinarily mean. And I can’t help but think, I have contributed to all of this!

I am so grateful. It has truly been a life-changing experience.