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Sweetbeau Horses

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission at Sweetbeau Horses is to both rescue, train, and adopt out wild American Mustangs. It is our goal for these highly trained mustangs to be adopted by qualified forever homes, and to be our ambassadors bringing awareness to the abilities of this magnificent breed. Through education we want to inspire the public to actively take a stand against the threat to the freedom and very lives of these icons of our American history. Our mission includes growing our capabilities to provide equine therapy for military and first responders suffering from PTSD.

Results: To date, we have rescued over 35 mustangs that would have been sent to slaughter. Sixteen have be trained and adopted. There are currently 16 on our ranch in Creston, CA at various levels of training. The remaining 3 mustangs have a slight injury and are being cared for until they are rehomed to an appropriate equine therapy center.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known the owners of Sweetbeau Horses since 2000 and was a business partner with them prior to starting Sweetbeau. Both of them are so very committed to rescuing these horses and have been since I first met them. It was always their dream and vision to have this rescue ranch. Every video I see on Facebook or conversation that I have with them reminds me how dedicated they are. I totally support them and know that each year Sweetbeau will continue to grow and provide such loving horses that they have rescued to owners that will love and care for them as much as they do. This ranch is truly a blessing.

Anne F.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I met the founder of Sweetbeau, Patricia, several years through a fellow equestrian friend. I was impressed with Patricia the day I met her - an accomplished business executive who took her strong work ethic and drive to support her personal passion - saving and training American mustangs. Fast forward several years... recently I realized my daughter's horse trainer had adopted a mustang from a local nonprofit, Sweetbeau! The mustang (Fairborn) has already had such an impact on my daughter and her relationship with horses. Fairborn is such a sweet, gentle soul who the children can interact with in an intimate, safe way. As a seasoned equestrian, I have to admit even I was surprised to see Fairborn's stellar ground manners and how desensitized he was to everything - and much better trained than many show horses I know!

We've been lucky enough to visit Sweetbeau twice, and each visit has been educational and inspiring. My daughter has had the chance to do "at liberty" work with a mustang, as well as groom one. The Sweetbeau team is very thoughtful about the process of acclimating and training the mustangs in a humane way. The results are clear - these animals are well-loved, well-trained and happy!!!

Patricia & Michael have created a fantastic organization - saving mustangs, training them and teaching all of us in the equestrian world the possibilities of this incredible creatures. It is clear that Patricia & Michael are the right people to be an organization like this - their dedication, professionalism and passion are to be applauded. I am grateful to support the Sweetbeau team and their beautiful mustangs.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Sweetbeau Ranch over the years and the owners are very dedicated to their cause. They have spent so much effort and time saving these horses from being slaughtered. There should be more people out there to take a leaf out of their book. I think they are a wonderful organization and they are saving as many mustangs as they can. They are dedicated to their cause and their time and experience have proven so. It is my honor to support them in any way I can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has now spent two very fulfilling days at Sweetbeau to better understand their mission and training processes. This team has an incredible passion for these amazing mustangs in every aspect (care, training, placement and education). As someone who knew nothing about the challenges facing these animals until being introduced to Sweetbeau, we feel honored to support their mission and know these horses will enhance the lives of many others for years to come having found their way to Sweetbeau.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been filming wild mustangs in the west for several years. When some of our favorite free spirits were rounded up and captured by the BLM, we were heartbroken. We visited them in the BLM holding pen and although they had food, water, and medical care, they were essentially in prison. They had lost their families and lives of freedom forever, in just a few terrifying minutes. We felt angry and absolutely helpless. The futility of fighting the government and well-financed lobbies was overwhelmingly sad.
Then we learned about Michael and Patricia's Sweetbeau Ranch. They had a successful track record of adopting, humanely training, and finding "forever homes" for captured mustangs. Fortunately, they were able to add a few more to their 106 acre world class ranch. Several horses we knew well were selected by them. We donated what we could to help with the cost of safely transporting the rescued animals to their transition home at Sweetbeau.
As we followed the horses' progress on their Facebook page, we learned more about this 501 C3 non-profit. They were vetted by two highly credible independent organizations who declared them absolutely legitimate and their integrity was beyond reproach. It was also confirmed to us that every donated dollar goes to the direct support of the horses. The property is owned and maintained by Patricia and Michael, and 100% financed by them personally--but the horse care and training require the support of the public. The grounds, facilities, and equipment are stellar. Safety for the horses and participants is never compromised. The Soffels love these animals and have set extremely high standards for their treatment--including careful selection, approval, and followup of the final adopters.
We came to grips with knowing we personally couldn't stop the roundups, nor rescue any of the penned mustangs. We have found some comfort in knowing Sweetbeau will rescue as many captured horses as they can. The animals find joy again-just watch some of the videos.
We have continued to contribute to Sweetbeau and encourage anyone who is able to do the same. We are incredibly grateful for what they do.
Dave and Susan Goudge

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked here for almost a year now, and I absolutely love this program. The horses are taken very good care of, I'm proud to be a trainer here. Patricia and Michael have been so kind and supportive of me during my time here, I am looking forward to my coming years working here :)

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Donor

Rating: 5

Patricia and Michael run a first-rate program. Their selfless dedication to rescuing and placing wild mustangs into loving environments is so inspiring. My experience working with them to date has been exceptional. I highly recommend Sweetbeau to others looking to become more engaged in a noteworthy cause - protecting our wild mustangs!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Patricia and Michael for many years, back when “Sweetbeau Horses” was just a dream. I always knew Patricia’s dream would one day become a reality. After the sale of their successful business, Patricia and Michael found a perfect property to start their Mustang rescue. They are a great team, bringing their stellar business savvy to the passion of saving, training and adopting wild mustangs. The result of all their work is an incredibly special place. I have had the privilege of watching the transformation of these beautiful mustangs and to me it is nothing short of amazing. I have been fortunate to visit Sweetbeau Ranch several times and it does not take long to recognize the level of commitment that goes into the organization. The horses are treated with love and compassion and are trained at the pace that works for them. All this effort is meticulously overseen by Patricia and Michael, not a stone left unturned.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We first met Patricia & Michael 4 years ago when they bought their ranch and started Sweetbeau. We really didn’t know a whole lot about the mustangs and had no idea of what these horses have been going through out in the wild and their plight to survive, until we learned about the mission of Sweetbeau and these wild mustangs. Their commitment to the welfare of the mustangs has saved these wild horses from slaughter and has turned their ranch into a thriving sanctuary. When the mustangs arrive at their ranch they haven’t been handled by anyone. Patricia along with her trainers, gentle them with a lot of patience, train and adopt them out to approved adopters. Sweetbeau has opened our eyes and we feel blessed to be able to help when we can.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having had the opportunity to visit with Patricia and Michael at Sweetbeau, I know their dedication and personal financial commitment to rescuing wild mustangs is truly something to be honored and supported. By training and adopting out these beautiful animals they are giving a great gift, particularly in light of the fate that awaits too many of them. The facilities, the space and the whole environment — not to mention the dedicated people — are testaments to their commitment and their ability to succeed in such a challenging and worthwhile undertaking

1 Cris J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Michael and Patricia of Sweetbeau Horses have the perfect fully equipped training facility to take in wild Mustangs. These horses are guided in removing their great fear of humans along a solid path of consistent lessons eventuating in their wanting to be handled and ridden. The Sweetbeau method is methodical and gentle with the mindfulness of each horses' individual needs foremost taken into consideration. There is no force or aggression used to gentle these fearful animals, only compassion and understanding of what it takes to remove fear and build trust. I cannot speak more highly of the owners commitment to provide the very best for these animals for their transition from the open range to that of captivity in a safe and secure environment where they are willing to learn and be 'gentled'.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Genuine horse love is on full display at The Sweetbeau Rescue ranch. Thorough and thoughtful care and attention is practiced on every level of the facility.
In a time when everyone seems to find something to be angry about, all your anxiety and frustration melts away when you pull into the drive at Sweetbeau.
The beautiful rescued horses seem to fall into an effortless transition to domesticity while being loved and trained.
Running this ranch requires many long hard hours.
Thank you to Michael, Patricia and all the team involved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed by the work Sweetbeau Horses does to train and find homes for the Mustangs. They have a keen eye for identifying horses who will do well in their program and they spend an extraordinary amount of time finding trainers who bring out the best in each horse. I met Patricia and Michael in the early days of their Sweetbeau journey and have seen first hand how they pour their heart and soul into caring for these horses. I am delighted to sponsor Bentley, one of the more recently adopted horses from the Onaqui round-up. I look forward to meeting him soon! This image is one of me with a Mustang who graduated from their program almost two years ago.

1 Karen Houston T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with Sweetbeau when I learned about their mission from a friend, and I could not be thankful for the opportunity to be an Advisory Board Member. From the moment I first met Patricia and Micheal, I was blown away by not only their commitment to the cause, but with the care, responsibility, and rigor in which they run their operation. Patricia and Michael have married their passion for saving American Mustangs with their exceptional business acumen, and the result is a highly functional organization. The care and compassion for the horses is unmatched. They take the time, and make the investment, to ensure each horses needs are met, whether it be in training, vet care or otherwise. They want to ensure that before any horse is ready for adoption, they've had consistent training, exposure to a range of experiences, a mastery of ground work, etc. I'm also very grateful that adopters are thoroughly screened to ensure a good match for both the owner and the horse. The heart and soul put into this organization shows in every way.

I have been lucky enough to sponsor two Sweetbeau horses, and it's been an incredibly rewarding experience. Safari is a fantastic example of how the Sweetbeau team takes the care and time needed for each horse. Safari resisted human interaction for months, but with patiences and care, he slowly learned to trust humans. He's now an absolutely wonderful horse, who deeply engages with people and has a very bring future. Watching his transformation over the last two years has proven that Sweetbeau has the right program, patience, and continually run a very successful rescue/training/adoption program. I am grateful to be part of it.

1 andreafraire

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Patricia and Michael are some of the most lovely people you will ever meet. I had the pleasure of working for Sweetbeau horses summer 2020. Working with mustangs has been one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences of my life. The things I’ve learned from the mustangs at Sweetbeau have changed the way I approach and train any horse now. You will leave this place feeling inspired and enlightened on the American Mustang.

ginarayfield

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an advisory board member and wild horse advocate myself, I am so proud to be apart of Sweetbeau Horses. Patricia and Michael's goals to develop a caring, professional, and cutting edge organization for training wild mustangs is being realized. A place where our American wild horse, gets a compassionate introduction into the human world and finds their loving forever home.

I am not only a member of the Sweetbeau board but I am also a mother to one very legendary Sweetbeau Horse - "The Duke". The Duke came to Sweetbeau with the first herd from South Dakota and at first didn't think he was too keen on being apart of our human world. But, through patience, love and great training he is now enjoying life as a mountain trail horse. He enjoys adventures, being spoiled and loved, and seems to have adjusted very well to his new home with our family and other horses.

I look forward to being apart of the journey for all the beautiful mustangs that will be touched by Sweetbeau Horses and witness to the loving homes they will most definitely find.
- Gina Rayfield

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have known Michael and Patricia for around 20 years. Their long time dedication to saving wild horses is extraordinary. They have totally committed their personal resources and time to save these wild Mustangs from being slaughtered in Mexico. Sweetbeau has proved that you can take these "unwanted and wild" horses and train them to be great trail horses for a loving rider.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Not everyone can put it together to “Follow Your Dream” in life. I have known Patricia for decades, riding horses with her. She was an outstanding business woman early on. But she always dreamed of saving mustangs. When she finally sold her company she immediately launched into pursuit of the dream at her own personal expense, creating the Sweetbeau Ranch to rescue her mustangs. She and Michael bring the same level of excellence to the ranch that made their business thrive. This is a stellar operation saving, training and rehoming mustangs that would otherwise likely be destroyed. I am pleased to have such a worthy and well run cause to support. Keep up the great work! Envirohorse

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family’s horse journey began because of this amazing organization and the work they do. We had the privilege of adopting our first horse, Caleb, from Sweetbeau and he has been such a blessing to our family. Caleb is my 9 year old daughters best friend and if that isn’t a testament to the work they put into these horses I don’t know what is. Their commitment to the health and future of these horses is inspiring and it’s been a pleasure being a part of the Sweetbeau family. We will continue to support this incredible organization and can’t wait to see more of these beautiful horses find their forever homes.

Tay S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an avid supporter of these once-wild horses, I have done my research on many amazing non-profits. Sweetbeau stands in a league of its own, however. The difference is all in the people. Patricia and Michael are selfless, caring, and genuinely obsessed with the protection of these horses and their ability to transition into new lives with a second chance in domesticity. They have the most gorgeous environment to welcome them from the BLM holding facilities - a welcome change. Then, they find amazing trainers and caretakers to dedicate literally years into their advancements until they are ready to be adopted. This builds community. And the more people who love and trust these horses, the more that will be able to leave the BLM holding facilities, and the more people will advocate for both keeping them wild AND bringing them home when they are not allowed to stay free.

I have personally been impacted by the magic of Sweetbeau horses both because of the humans and the horses. Over the fall I visited and left totally in love with my now adopted mustang, Fairborn. He was injured during his roundup and transportation and living at Sweetbeau peacefully. Not many others would have taken a chance on a horse that was injured, but Patricia did. She got him the help he needed and rehabbed him so that eventually he could find his way to me. He is a beautiful, kind, and magical creature. I am beginning my forever with him and I could not be more thrilled with the care and work Sweetbeau has put into him.

In addition, Sweetbeau has also supported some amazing kids I work with. Allowing us to run Mustang Club day trips for the youngsters to be inspired by all they do. Patricia and her crew will make a real difference because they are sharing their passion. They know that they cannot make the change alone so they are rallying a family of mustang supporters to stand by their side. Sweetbeau horses is a GREAT non-profit, to say the least.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful non-profit that has given sanctuary to a favorite Onaqui wild horse that was rounded up last year (Ghost!) and several other Onaqui were also saved that are now getting a second chance after being rounded up. I personally have chosen to sponsor a Mustang (Stetson) and couldn’t feel better about the organization and team they have. Patricia’s unfaltering devotion to the care and well being of the horses is heart warming, encouraging and top notch. While we would all love to see the wild horses remain wild, when that isn’t possible Sweetbeau is the next best place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sweetbeau was Patricia's dream for YEARS before she made it happen. Her dedication and goal oriented approach to finding a property suitable to house and care for the rescued mustangs, and then ensuring a great team was installed to train and care for them was admirable. She and husband Michael are quite a team. This is an excellent organization to send your donations... Jen Basiji

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've known the owners of Sweetbeau for many years and have donated to this ranch often. They are extraordinarily committed to helping rescue wild mustangs, train them to be safe to ride, and then adopt them out to forever homes. I hope that people reading this review will join me in adding financial assistance to further support the fine work that is being done here.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a wild horse photographer and have photographed the Onaqui wild horse herd many times. In 2019 many of the herd were rounded up and removed from their native land. Myself and many, many others from around the world were devastated. Sweetbeau Horses stepped up and rescued 6 of those horses and gave them a safe place at the Sweetbeau Ranch. I visited the ranch recently and witnessed first hand the loving care afforded these beautiful creatures. Below is the stallion, Ghost in the wild and then at his new home with Sweetbeau.

1 Julie S.12

Donor

Rating: 5

I grew up in the country with few neighbors but with dog and horses. I learned early on how one can enrich the life of the other. I have watched with interest the growth of Sweetbeau Ranch . I think of the many horses headed for slaughter who have been saved by those who recognized the benefits they have to offer us humans. There is a tremendous personal satisfaction in establishing a close mutual respect with a member of the animal kingdom. Sweetbeau provides us with that opportunity. Julie Suhr

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has been a life saver to some wild horses. The story of Ghost and peacemaker life in the wild captured then life in the dirty pens of the BLM and finally landed at Sweet beau. Their story moved me so much I donate every month. This rescue is a top shelf group and please consider donation of any size to help them continue to help other horses. Peacemaker will always have a piece of my

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sweetbeau Ranch is a wonderful place for mustangs being trained to become riding companions. The horses at Sweetbeau are given the best possible care and training, which is done humanely and with great consideration for the individual needs of each horse. These horses receive training to enable them to become great partners with their humans, which is supervised by Patricia and Michael. This nonprofit is very strict about using all of it’s donations for the care and training of it’s horses. Patricia and Michael are dedicating their lives to these rescued horses, that would be killed for horse meat in Mexico without their intervention. They follow up on their adopted mustangs, to ensure that the horses continue to receive good care. I am happy to recommend this nonprofit organization.