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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary and Diane.!!!
Dear reader; I contacted Diane to inform her that I rescued a horse 4 years earlier, and quite frankly, I am in over my head. As a person with a disability I am on a limited income. Feeding and caring for my one eyed Morgan, Guinevere has become an economic disaster. Although she is well cared for and fed, should a medical situation occur, she will surely suffer due to economics.
Having spoke with Diane and having learned that her rescue was filled to capacity, there was no room for Gwen. I was so impressed with Diane that I decided to ask if I could visit the rescue. Diane welcomed me with warmth. The sanctuary is fantastic because the horses really are cared for. Let me restate, The Animals Are Really Cared For.!!! Diane is tireless and relentless regarding the care of these magnificent horses. During my brief visit, I pitched in and realized almost immediately how overwhelming it is for Diane to handle the daily chores of maintaining the sanctuary. Fresh water was provided and stalls were mucked. This is Impirtant to me.... This is where I want my beloved Guinevere to live out her life.
Diane has since stayed in touch and often enquires about Guinevere. Additionally, Diane purchased bags of feed and medication for me to assist me in caring for Gwen. But that is far from the end of this story.
Diane arranged for a vet visit, shots and blood work and paid for this although I could not afford it. I am astonished that this was done for me and more importantly, for Gwen.
Today Diane contacted me. She is now able to accept you Gwen. I cannot tell you the sense of relief that I have just knowing that my electric isn't going to be shut off. I should note that Diane was interested in seeing Gwen as soon as possible which would be within a couple of hours. My dear friend Diane arrived with 5 bales of hey, (I had one) along with 2 bags of Triple Crown feed along with treats and medication. Guinevere seemed delighted that Diane visited her as long as she did. Even though the humidity and insects were attacking. I am so pleased and grateful that my horse is being rescued and I am welcome to visit her.
I am so grateful to Diane and absolutely thankful that my beautiful one eyed horse will now be cared for. Long live Diane and Rivers Edge Horse Rescue And Sanctuary.!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place. Diane who runs the rescue, and all of the volunteers, are so dedicated to saving the lives of these beautiful creatures. I hope that she gets the funds and the hands needed to keep this place going.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Patty M - I have been volunteering at Rivers Edge since September. I have worked in dog and cat rescue for many years and was so surprised to find how dog-like these guys are! By interacting with the horses each week I'm getting to know their unique personalities and continue to be awed by these beautiful creatures. Diane often takes the time to share the horses' individual stories, helping the volunteers understand the amazing second chance these lucky horses have been given. Many were frightened or poorly socialized when they came here but through Diane's endless love and dedication their gentle horse spirits have blossomed. While their sheer size and strength is intimidating at first, we learn to manage them safely and experience the "puppy" inside each horse. I love nothing more than walking down the aisle in the barn at the end of an evening and hugging each horse head that leans out seeking that good-night kiss. The rescue has a terrific group of volunteers that make an evening of watering, feeding, shoveling, hauling poop into a heart-warming event. I would encourage anyone with a love of animals to check us out.. you don't need to be knowledgeable about horses (as I was not). You just need to be reliable and willing to learn. The rewards are many!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to REHRAS and it's just beautiful...the horses are well cared for the goats are just halarious. .Diane has worked so hard for these precious animals for along time she's a beautiful person and you can see how she loves the animals. .she's even gotten strays cats in the neighborhood spayed and neutered. ..I wish pepole could see the dedication Diane has for these beautiful precious animals. .I'm a animal lover and I would trust Diane with anyone of my animals. ..she's done a beautiful job here but needs help...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue has a lot of passion. The horses are blessed to roam on beautiful pasture. There is a serene and tranquil nature here for the horses to recover and live free of abuse. I know the owner works hard to make sure the horses are secure and has goals and dreams beyond what currently exists. I hope that this rescue can continue to grow and support these beautiful creatures and the many volunteers and visitors that benefit from time interacting with the animals and the beautiful land.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Terry. I have been volunteering at Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary since the fall of 2016. I have always loved horses and used to ride often but I never mucked stalls, fed or watered horses before. We often laugh at our boots being stuck in the mud late in the evening while feeding the older girls up in fields, the bumping by Druppy while walking him when he wants attention, getting a kiss from Rita and the thrill of hearing the horses call out first thing in the AM waiting for feed. The other volunteers and the founder Diane all make the hard work feel light. There is a kindness and gentleness from all associates toward the animals; horses, goats and cats alike. Its a great family!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was teaching in an urban high school when a coworker asked me whether I'd be interested in doing some writing (I taught English) for a horse rescue near where I lived. I had made my home in Franklin for nearly sixteen years and I never heard of REHR. This seemed to be doable, though, and one fine spring Saturday morning in 2015 I drove out to the Rescue, where I met Diane and the angels for whom she has provided love and safety and sanity since 2010. I had absolutely no experience with horses. Or with goats. That summer I worked three evenings a week; we often stayed until nearly eleven PM, mucking stalls, flinging hay, mixing special diets, and keeping water buckets and tubs filled and fresh. I learned to keep my fingernails short and my feet wellingtoned. I learned to dodge the horses as they ran through the rain toward the shelter of the barn. I learned not to get zapped by the low voltage fences and not to lock myself out of - or within -an enclosure into which I was trying to gain entry - or exit. I learned to bring shredded wheat (very important) for the goats. And I learned that horses - and goats - love to be loved every bit as much as my own pets. One of the best things is getting to hug and kiss the horses!
Because my "shift" began in the declining hours of the daylight and extended into the velveting of the night my main experiences with these easygoing heavyweights was auditory and not visual. On one of the first evenings I found myself surrounded by several warm presences whose silhouettes I could barely discern in the timid light from the summer stars. I noted that one of my companions was particularly still and unafraid. "Aren't you MAJESTIC!" I whispered. "How calm and placid you are! How lovely!!!" I slowly reached out my hand to stroke a soft cheek and discovered that I had been admiring a post. This caused no end of merriment and good-natured scoffing, and I was completely smitten. I later took a daylight photo of my post, which I'll always treasure.
I became ill over the past year and so have not been able to spend the time I'd like to give at the Rescue. But I follow the stories on FB. For me it's the next-best-thing to being there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved with dog rescue, but I've always wanted a horse. Like, why couldn't I have a pony in the kitchen in a second floor apartment in Rahway? So, when I saw River's Edge come up in my Facebook feed, I thought I'd give it a shot. My family were farmers, i wasn't unfamiliar with animal husbandry, and i wasn't afraid of big animals or hard work. I needed something for me, as my children became less dependent on me and i had more time. The land is beautiful, being outside all day is wonderful, the physical work can be hard, but it's exercise and the end result is very rewarding. The horses obviously have individual personalities and some are characters. I love them. And the goats, cats, and the people. It's a lovely place! Come visit and set a spell!

2 Marsha25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been helping the horses, goats, & cats at River Edge since September, 2016 and along with my husband , we both look forward to helping at the farm & interacting with the horses, goats (my personal favorite!!!) & cats, At the beginning I was a little intimidated by the size of the horses but Diane was a big help in relieving any fears I may have had!!! The horses are so grateful for attention & the love that is showed to them & they have a way of showing love in return!! This is a great place to volunteer at because it is so very rewarding & I encourage anyone who wishes to help to do so and you will find that it is also inspirational. Love, love, love this place!

3 Paul217

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an active volunteer with this wonderful Sanctuary for two years now and I look forward to each Wednesday when I get to interact with twenty plus horses, eight cats and three goats. All who are so grateful for their life and love they receive from Diane and all the other volunteers. Diane is a woman of intent whose passion is to save as many of these animals that she possibly could and has and I admire her persistence and strength. It hasn't been easy as two horrible storms, (Irene and Sandy) destroyed much of the grazing grasses that the horses would feed on; thereby putting an additional burden of having to purchase hay that ordinarily would not have been needed. Yet thanks to Diane's knowledge, hard work and prayers the animals thrive. I give every extra penny that I can to this place which I love with all my heart and soul.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary is an amazing place. Going there, is like going back in time. Horses and fields greet you upon arrival and it's so peaceful. I feel the stress ooze out of me whenever I drive through the gates. I was fortunate enough to find Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary during one of the toughest times in my life. My mother was dying and nothing felt normal. At times the grief was all-consuming and yet, when I'd go to the rescue, the pain seemed to dissipate. Being around the horses, the kind, gentle creatures they are, helped take the sting out. They helped get me "out of my head" and focus on something more important.

Unfortunately, my mother passed away, but when she did, the horses helped me cope with my grief. They are just so beautiful and the rescue is so peaceful, it did wonders for me. Never in a million years would I have thought a horse rescue would have such an impact on my life. Finding Rivers Edge was one of the best things that ever happened to me. These rescued horses rescued me and I forever grateful.

Janine Rohm

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired from law enforcement and got connected with Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary approximately 2 years ago. If someone told me that I would be involved in such an organization as this I would have laughed at them. Diane is so dedicated to her animals it's hard to believe, unless you see it for yourself. I dont know how she takes care and shows the love she does for them all . Since I've been a volunteer and like other volunteers you get very attached to the horses, along with the other animals. But there is always that one animal you connect with. I have had the opportunity to connected with a beautiful rescued horse named Lucky. It's like you have a special bond with them. It takes your mind off of everything while your at the farm. I've never met a more loyal, dedicated professional lady as Diane. I don't know how she keeps up with the food, hay, grain and medical expenses for all the animals along with the up keep of the farm. There is always something to do at the farm, volunteers and donations are always needed.
You should really visit the farm and meet Diane and the animals.

3 Hayley M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This facility has become one of my favorite places to be. The love and care for the horses who reside here is unmatched and the attitude of the horses can attest to that. Being here is as rewarding as it is fun for anyone who loves horses and wants to make a difference in their lives. I could spend all day everyday here, it is just as much my happy place as it is to the residences who have been rescued here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The horses love the wide open fields,they run and kick and roll,they are very happy. They have been abused but because of Diane,they are living their days out with love and friendship. From being rascals and pulling hay bails off the truck to splashing in the water tubs,,they are truly loved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Passion, love, respect & care is what you experience upon entering Rivers Edge Horse Rescue & Sanctuary. Diane's selfless efforts to rehabilitate and rescue these magnificent horses is nothing short of miraculous! These horses were given a second chance thanks to Diane!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an active volunteer now for over a year and I must say the experience has been a great one. Being able to share time and see these magnificent animals living out of quality life that they would not have if it wasn't for Diane. The sacrifices she has made in her own life are great and it is given hope and safety to these animals to continue the journey it takes many volunteers and funds and I hope the sanctuary Ken continue through education and public Outreach and enrichment programs these horses deserve the wonderful life and safety that I've been given to them and they would love to share it with everyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diane Potocki , Founder and Owner of Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, is an inspirational woman who has dedicated her life to helping horses. After watching her video, I told my children that we were going on an adventure. We went to Tractor Supply to pick up some grain and hay and drove to Rivers Edge. We had the pleasure of meeting Diane. She introduced us to Rita, the great granddaughter of the famous race horse Man O War. She has a painful condition called lymphedema. She is currently on pain medication. Diane is working toward purchasing medical equipment that will improve the circulation in Rita's leg. We also met Tank who is emotionally depressed after his favorite person left the farm. Ryan, Sara and I were so happy to see that he interacted with us and ate the carrots that we had brought to the farm. We also met the three friendly goats and several of The farm cats. It is obvious that Diane puts her heart and soul into all of the animals on her farm. It inspired my family to help out. We are currently planning a fundraiser and Ryan is planning on building hay troughs for Rivers Edge as his Eagle Scout Project.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

Rewarding to volunteer. Farm can always use more volunteers and someone to assist with fundraising. If you love horses, please give your time. It's priceless.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can not say enough about Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary. Dianes' dedication, loyalty and passion is inspiring and rare these days. She is so willing to teach what she has learned being around horses basically her whole life. The horses, cats and goats are so natural, happy and Very well taken care of. I treasure every second I get to spend there I learn so much from being around the animals and also Diane.!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can't remember exactly how long it is.
But I have to say Diane has dedicated her life to River's Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, the place is old and in need of much up dating but it is incredibly clean.
The Horses are well cared for, and it shows even the older ones who need extra care to keep weight on are in great shape.
Most people can't understand Diane and her firey passion for these horses
They are delicate creatures in spite of there Majestic powerful size.
And need to have a steady diet of great hay and grain. Keeps them healthy and happy. Keeps the Vet away and Medical costs in check.
Very fond of Rivers Edge Horses
And Diane. Maybe more people should be as passionate as Diane. And to be so dedicated to Animals as she is , through thick and thin to death do you part is what Diane signed up for.
So if anyone that I know deserves to have this it's River's Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, My friend Diane.