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Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Mission Statement To provide rescue, rehabilitation and lifetime sanctuary to abused, abandoned, neglected and unwanted horses. To promote awareness of the principles of natural horsemanship through educational programs at the sanctuary. To provide outreach assistance to horse owners in the community.

Results: We have rescued and given lifetime homes to well over 50 horses and donkeys. In addition uniting horses in need of homes with people willing and able to give them lifetime homes.

Programs: Rescue of horses in nees; horse card day camops for children; adopt a horese program (sponsor a horse)

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Wendy K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I went to an event at Sixteen Hands and were so impressed with both the place and people. You could see and feel the love, attention and care that is provided to the horses, ponies and donkeys. My son formed a special little bond with Elvis, a lovely donkey. This led us to volunteering which we have been doing since spring of this year. We have learned so much. The volunteers that we work with are amazing and Robin, the owner, is wonderful. The horses (and ponies, donkeys...) are beautiful. I am in awe when I spend time with them. Although we go when we can to try to give our time, what we get back is so special and rewarding. I feel lucky that we are able to spend time there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been coming to Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary since its opening and it has always been all about the horses and helping them live out a comfortable, dignified, and a natural as possible life, receiving anything and everything they may need. The people who care for the horses are some the most kind hearted people you will ever meet. The founder (Robin) is a wonderful teacher and truly cares that all the horses, volunteers, and visitors are always in a safe and enjoyable environment. I love going to SHHS and wish I could be there even more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2009 I had some time available to do something and I thought I would volunteer at a non- profit . I found Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary online and even though is was an hour and 15 minute drive, once I got there I loved every minute of it.

It was all because of the horses.

First it was the satisfaction of volunteering and physically helping the organization but then the hidden satisfaction was what I learned about horses and their horsenalities (personalities) and learned that you can create a relationship with a horse.

The sanctuary has enriched my life in boundless ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love volunteering here! Not only by helping, but for what I have learned. SHHS is Constantly growing and changing for the better. The horses are the focus everyday. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing improvement in their health or when you receive a positive reaction from one so scared.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. Most of the horses there were abused in some way, abandoned and left to starve. Now you can almost see the smiles on their faces. They receive the best care and attention. The volunteers receive guidance and training in Natural Horsemanship ongoing from Robin Cain, President and owner, as well as educating the community on the commitment of horse ownership. Everyone involved has one goal, the wellbeing of the horses. Great horses, people and lots of love .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sixteen hands horse sanctuary is the best non-profit out there! They help abused, abandoned and neglected animals but mainly horses. Over my 6+ years of being a volunteer they have grown so much and helped many horses. I personally am lifetime fostering one of the rescue horses at my house who was to be euthanized by the vet, due to a broken foot but with 16 hands patience and care she is fully healed and able to do anything and everything. She's my everything. I also sponsor 2 horses currently at the sanctuary. We help 16 hands whenever we can and always help at their fundraisers. Robin Cain the founder of the sanctuary is an angel and deserves to have more publicity and acknowledgment for her very large kind heart.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first contact with 16 Hands was in a phone conversation with the founder. I heard something in her voice that was so real and so caring. I was "chomping at the bit" to schedule a visit. Finally the day arrived and my husband and I drove to this beautiful sanctuary. Immediately, I was impressed. This sanctuary is all about whatever is best for the horses. The volunteers are loving, caring, hard-working individuals. Words cannot adequately express how wonderful the founder of 16 Hands is. She exemplifies pure dedication. It's a joy to be at 16 Hands. One cannot help but fall in love with the horses and feel inspired to lend a helping hand. I am grateful this place exists.

Aric S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been visiting 16 hands on and off for over 5 years. I'm not always in the area, but any time I can drop by I always feel welcomed and am able to jump right in and help out. The owner and many if the volunteers pour their hearts into the horses here, and genuinely care. They treat their horses with respect and dignity, and give them a comfortable and peaceful environment that's as good for those visiting as it is for the horses.

Sherri38

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at SHHS for almost a year. It's been a wonderful experience. And if just being around the horses isn't enough, there's plenty of learning opportunities and a nice group of people. I would encourage anyone who lives in the area to volunteer and anyone who doesn't live nearby to sponsor or donate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary for over 3 years. I am happy and content working with the other volunteers, the founder and particularly the horses. I LOVE how they smell. Can't imagine life without ALL of them. Can you see me smiling big?

3 Doreen10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary rescues horses no one else wants and provides for them a lifetime sanctuary. The horses and donkeys receive whatever they each need, including veterinary care and oversight, special diets, compassionate care from volunteers trained in natural horsemanship, and the appropriate herd and pasture for the best social interactions among the horses. While no horse is re-homed, qualified people are providing foster care for some of the horses and ponies. The sanctuary provides natural horsemanship education to volunteers, which makes this non-profit very effective in handling horses in compassionate ways. Horses are saved. Everyone involved comes away feeling very good about helping the horses!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a rare thing to find a sanctuary that has the animal's best interest in mind and is ran in both a professional and impressive manner, but Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary has managed to achieve that. The horses are allowed to live and interact in natural ways. The volunteers are caring and enthusiastic and add to the overall peaceful environment. The founder loves and understands horses and is wonderful with people.