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Ryerss Farm For Aged Equines

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Mission: Ryerss farm for aged equines provides shelter and care for aged and abused horses.

Programs: Ryerss farm for aged equines provides care and shelter to 75 equines. Ryerss accepts horses over the age of twenty whose owners cannot care for them anymore. In conjunction with various organizations, ryerss also accepts abused horses of any age in situations of abuse and neglect. Care provided includes preventative and emergency health and dental care, normal day-to-day maintenance including feeding and exercise, and opportunities to socialize with other horses and people. In addition to caring for the horses, ryerss provides community outreach by working on a strictly voluntary basis with several technical schools, high schools and organizations for the disabled to provide work experience and training in the areas of horse care and stable maintenance.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sarah B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I feel that the employees and volunteers that make up the Ryerss Farm family are some of the best people I have had the honor of working alongside. They all have kind souls and sacrifice for the horses on a daily basis. Recently, the Ryerss Farm family lost a lovely woman named Molly Pew. She was like a mom to the horses and visitors of the farm. Her favorite thing to do as a volunteer and resident of the farm was to tuck the horses in at night with her daughter Lisa, the animal welfare manager and Beth, also a resident and volunteer. She would give each horse a kiss on the forehead and a sweet peppermint horse treat before it was time for lights out. Molly will remain in my memory forever. I wish Ryerss Farm continued success and say a prayer for you during this difficult time. It will get better!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I visited Ryerss Farm for the first time last October, I was so impressed with what I saw that I immediately decided to volunteer. The staff and volunteers are an extremely dedicated group, working together to ensure the well-being of each animal at the farm. When one dies, we all mourn its loss.

Ella

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have always loved horses and my involvement with Ryerss offers me the opportunity to stay connected and support the welfare of horses in their retirement years. Whenever I visit the farm, I am consistently impressed by the evident health and happiness of its equine residents as well as the enthusiasm and friendliness of the dedicated volunteers I meet. The Farm itself is an oasis for humans and horses alike. The open door to the community for regular visiting hours offers wonderful educational opportunties that allow us all to appreciate these magnificent creatures.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ryerss Farm (and its talented support staff) is a glowing example of what a not-for-profit should be. A friend of mine introduced me to Ryerss several years ago and everytime that we get a chance to visit the farm we are still pleasantly surprised. The office staff is welcoming, the volunteers are friendly and the entire area is in great shape - you can tell that this is the real deal. The horses are of course the most wonderful part of Ryerss but let's face it, we all suspected that anyway so if anyone asks what makes the farm stand out it's the dedication of those involved.
I support several different animal causes both local and national. I love that I am able to stop by Ryerss when I'm in the area and visit with the horses. Some of the other causes I support have also worked synergistically with Ryerss to make improvements and that gives me even more faith in them.
Whenever I'm out and about and find fellow animal lovers (bookstores, vacation, meetings) I try and spread the word. I'm not sure how many people really know of all the hard work Ryerss staff does. Those of us who do see, have a great amount of respect.

All The Best-

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I first visited Ryerrs Farm for aged equines I was truly in awe of the pastoral, bucolic beauty of the place. It is set in what has become a safe and peaceful refuge for the horses and all who visit, surrounded by what has become an unfortunate example of American urban "sprawl".

The horses, the barns and the pastures are kept impeccably clean, and obviously cared for. Ryerrs has a fairly large herd and they still maintain a fantastic level of care that can only be described as perfection. I understand the effort it takes to maintain such a large herd of horses and the property that supports them. Growing up it was my task to help maintain a small herd of horses belonging to my family and it can be daunting to say the least.

I am honored to be a small part of such a phenomenal effort, and I look forward to volunteering more as time goes on.

Ryerss Farm For Aged Equines is a 10!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in NYC and learned of Ryerss through a friend who volunteers there. I'm most struck by the compassion with which the horses are treated. In addition to taking care of their physical needs, Ryerss sees to their emotional needs as well. Until I took a tour, i had not known how important deep friendships are to a horse's well-being. Recognizing this, Ryerss does all that it can to facilitate such friendships, especially when there is a new arrival or a loss. Ryerss serves its aged equines well and, by example, reminds the public of the need for compassion and friendships in order for individuals and society to thrive.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This RyerssFarm Farm For Aged Equines in Pottstown, PA was mentioned to me thru a friend so I took my Mother and 6 yrs old twin girls to see and feed these horses. I was so happy to see the caring and loving staff to care for this beautiful animals. We feed the apples and carrots to the horses and what a wonderful experience to all of us. The interacting with these horses was just the most heart warming feeling with such a connection of love eye to eye contact with everyone of these animals. My twins talk about this farm and the love they have for the horses often. I am so grateful for the kindness they show these animals and that RyerssFarm exists.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a lifelong horse lover and owner, I can not say enough good things about Ryerss Farm. This organization is truly a model for other non-profits. It is run by loving, selfless people that care deeply about the comfort and wellbeing of these majestic creatures. With the economic downturn, Ryerss Farm is needed more than ever. Whether they home abuse cases or loving members of a family that can no longer afford to support them, it is a blessing that Ryerss Farm exists. A friend of mine gave a donation in both my husband's and my name as a wedding gift. I have to say, that was the best gift we received and will continue to support them.

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Kirsten M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ryerss is INCREDIBLE! Not only is it a beautiful piece of property, but the concept/idea behind it is equally as beautiful! The staff is always so happy and friendly to us. I have been bringing my kids (6 & 8)there since my second was born. I always bring visiting family and friends as well. All of the horses are so gentle with the kids feeding them carrots. I always feel so at peace when I leave and so do my kids. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been taking my granddaughter here since she was 6 months old and we started sponsoring a horse at that time she knows the names of most of them and she is only 2 years old we try and go as much as we can at leat 2 times a month and she loves it. We spend at least 2 hours there at each visit. I have a new granddaughterthatI will introduce to Ryers in the spring. The people at Ryers are very friendly and love when visitors come. Itcosts nothing to get in (but I always bring my own carrots & apples and leave a little something in the donation box) They are open from 10=3 Mon - Sat all year. They are located on route 23 between Elverson & Warwick. Please visit them

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been taking my nieces and nephews to visit the horses at Ryerss for 10 years or more. The horses are so well cared for, and the volunteers take the time to tell us about individual horses. We especially love when the horses are in their stalls, so we can visit each one individually and give them a treat. We also like to read about the horses and farm on Facebook, so we can keep up with what is happening when we don't have time to visit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After visiting Ryerss Farm, my duaughter and I retired a dear equine friend, Rambo, there. He was quite old when we took him there, and he has the privelege of getting older and older in his beautirul surroundings. He immediately made friends, equine and human (and, who knows who else). I have visited him at Ryerss, and am thrilled to see all of the horses so happily out in beautiful pastures. (when the weather is nice). The barn care is top of the line, the staff has been amazing. They are a truly dedicated, and caraing bunch of people! We feel priveledged to have been able to retire this noble horse to such a special place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 4 year old son and I visit Ryerss quite often. We bring apples and carrots to feed the horses, and give them some attention. We have been doing this since our son was 2 years old. Watched the horrifying barn fire, and it's amazing how the community pulled together to help raise the money to re-build the barn that was destroyed. We give anonymous monetary donations, and will always continue to visit and feed the horses. We have our own farmland close by, but have no horses. So this gives us the benefit of "having horses" and not having to have the hard work too. EVERYONE that works at Ryerss goes above and beyond to be certain the place is clean and well kept. I only wish more people would give money and time to help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I work with several people who care, care for and love horses. Through them, I have learned what amazing animals they are and the love they can give back. When looking for a wedding gift for one of my equine loving friends, I was referred to the Ryerss Farm. After researching and visiting Ryerss, I could not think of a more deserving non-profit to donate to in my friend's name. The attention and care they give to their horses is more than I have seen some people give to their human elders. It is nice to know that there is a place for aging equines to go to live out the remainder of their lives. Without such a place many horses would be euthanized. God bless the Ryerss Farm and their staff.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We retired our dear family members to Ryerss almost nine years ago. I remember driving on the PA turnpike behind the trailer carrying our Echo and his Mama (aka Whisper), during a pretty bad thunder storm,
as we turned into the Ryress Farm driveway, the sun came out and all the Ryerss volunteers came out to greet their new residents.
It truely touched our hearts.
Mama has gone to green pastures( she suffered from heaves) but Echo still resides at Ryress.
We receive Christmas cards, photos and he looks just wonderful.
We cannot thank Ryress Farm enough for giving us the peace of mind that the equine part of the family has a healthy, safe home.
Many, Many Thanks you's to Ryress, James and Frances Lee

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the distinct pleasure of having not only been introduced to this organization but having worked with them in the past. Ryerss is truely a non-profit that is focused on completing their mission. They exhibit compassion and care for the aged equines that are their residents that is unparalleled with any other organization in their field. The care the animals recieve allows the animals to live out the rest of their lives naturally. It truely lives up to the grant first given by its founder. This organization also allows a humane outlet to a problem of overpopulation and undercare for the equine industry as well as being a shining example of how horse owners and rescue oranizations should aspire to be. Caring for the large amount of animals they house can be a daunting and challenging task especially with the recent grain prices and economy, however Ryerss always upholds care and nutrition to high standards. They even cultivate their own hay in order to decrease costs. This organization deserves to continue, to perservere and be preserved. Anyone reading this, please take the time to become familiar wth this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Ryerss since August 2004. I learned there that horses are majestic animals and require special care unlike our other closely-held animals (cats, dogs, birds). They are delicate despite their strength. I have observed that care provided by Ryerss consistently: to retired prize racehorses as well as to a mare who had been found in a swamp with her head beaten. Just last year, a pregnant mare was rescued and able to safely deliver a healthy colt. Equally important is what Ryerss does for people: the education, the opportunity for young folks in some difficulty to perform their community service at Ryerss, the bond between staff and volunteers which has sustained many of us during dark times. It is a jewel on a hill, a magnet to those who know its value.

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Elizabeth D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working at Ryerss Farm for a little over a year now and I love it. All of the volunteers and staff members are dedicated to making sure all of the horses have exactly what they need.

Jaylin K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Ryerss Farm. I have been volunteering for only a few months now and I am really enjoying the hours I am donating.

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