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West Virginia Horse Network

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: West Virginia Horse Network, INC. is committed to making a difference for horses. As individuals, the members of this group believe strongly in offering equines of all breeds a second chance and a new beginning. WVHN targets our efforts primarily in West Virginia. At WVHN we are committed to helping the horses that WE have the most to offer. That includes basic training. We help horses in danger because they have not received proper training. We help horses that exhibit behaviors that would otherwise limit their chances of finding a safe home. Not every horse that you see pass through our network will show the "outward" signs of the neglect they have faced. Untrained horses or horses with a "bad reputation" are destined for a short, cruel life. We are committed to getting them back on the right path. WVHN helps horses that are in need physically because of neglect as well. WVHN attends horse auctions in West Virginia to monitor for horses that may need physical or emotional rehabilitation. We also help other horses that come across our path through social media, animal control, etc. as space in our network allows. WVHN will help owners screen potential new homes for horses that they are no longer able or willing to keep. WVHN members share our knowledge, experience and resources to help improve the relationship between horses and horse owners in our region. We also educate our followers about important issues regarding equine welfare. WVHN is committed to taking all steps possible to make certain our horses are placed in safe and permanent homes. West Virginia Horse Network, INC. is a relatively new group. We will only be able to accept a small number of horses into our "network" at any given time until we grow bigger. But if there is a horse in need we will do the best we can to help the horse find safe placement. WVHN will not take on more horses than we can handle financially. We will also not take on more horses than we have the time to properly care for. We spend FOCUSED one on one time with each and every horse, to make sure their nutritional, emotional, medical and training needs are being served. We form relationships with each horse. We feed their spirit, mind and body. West Virginia Horse Network is committed to community leadership and education. We believe that by actively educating current and future horse owners about proper horse care we can help prevent horses from needing rescue in the first place. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We also believe that by participating in and volunteering for community events that promote responsible horse ownership we can help change the culture and standards when it comes to the treatment of horses

Results: West Virginia Horse Network has rescued, placed or directly assisted more than 50 at risk horses since October 2014. Most were accepted into our program for rehabilitation and rehoming. But we also helped some horses through owner placements, networking to other groups or by providing short term emergency assistance such as feed, hay or vet care. We have also provided education to hundreds of adults and children regarding responsible horse care, natural horsemanship training techniques and the basics of horse ownership.

Target demographics: horses in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 20 neglected, abandoned or at risk equines.

Geographic areas served: Charleston, WV and surrounding counties

Programs: Equine Rehabilitation and Training, Adoption, Children's Leadership initiatives involving rescued horses, beginner horse care training programs for future or new horse owners.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with this nonprofit as a volunteer and supporter and also as a foster and I must say they go above and beyond to help any horse in need when they get a call of a horse needing rehomed or driving by a horse that needs their assistance or going to an auction for teaching experience and going back the next day to pick up one that wasn't planned this rescue has a very proven record of rehabilitation of health and training to find forever homes as well I just believe from the bottom of my ❤️️ That they are one of the very best well round rescues and anyone should check WVHN out for a future companion and or a regular monetary supporter or volunteer they are very deserving horse rescue

Volunteer

Rating: 5

West Virginia Horse Network is an outstanding organization that makes a tremendous difference in the lives of horses in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love West Virginia Horse Network and the great work they do in my community. It is my pleasure to donate to this wonderful organization throughout the year. I know that my dollars are used to make a direct impact on the Iives of horses in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with this rescue. A couple months ago and they are wonderful. I've seen some amazing transformations already. Not only do they save equine lives, they educate people on the basics of horse care and why careless breeding and sales are bad. Once a horse is placed with an approved adopter, WVHN is always available for support. They have some great teachers who are more than willing to share what they know.

3 Samia Ghareeb T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I had just started volunteering with WVHN when I had an emergent need with my own horse. Nicky stepped in and helped out tremendously when I needed it the most. The volunteers here are genuine and care about the horses they encounter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

West Virginia Horse Network is an amazing organization. They do fantastic work rescuing horses and rehabilitating them so they are ready for their new homes. They screen applicants thoroughly and make sure each person is the right fit for the horse and vice versa, which eliminates a high rate of horses being returned to the rescue because they didn’t work out for the person who adopted them. We adopted my daughter’s horse, Una from this rescue and she is the perfect match for my daughter. We also volunteer with this organization and find that working with these horses is both rewarding and fun. If you are looking to adopt a horse, a highly recommend contacting them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, foster, and adopter. I love this rescue, it is ran by an amazing group of people. They are easy to talk to when I have a problem, they have a wonderful program for kids called Barn Buddies that my daughter loves, and they care enough to train the horses before placing them in forever homes so they are not immediately returned. Though this group is small, they make up for it in heart. A wonderful rescue completely dedicated to helping the horses in our area. They also allowed us to adopt my daughter's horse, who has been one of the best horses I have ever had the experience of being around.

4 Sheri C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is the BEST! Nicky, the director puts her heart and soul into this organization! The volunteer and helpers are all great to work with. They all care so deeply for the horses. So many lives are saved. Skills are learned. Great organization!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a rescue horse from West Virginia Horse Network a few years ago and they are the most dedicated people I know, to the horses they rescue, and the life lessons and responsibility that they teach the young people that volunteer there. They are such a wonderful group of people even after adopting our horse, they are always there to answer any question or if I need advice. Dolly (our WVHN Rescue horse) is an awesome horse she is smart and well trained, we could not ask for a better horse. Thank you WVHN & Thank you Nicky for all you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of dedicated, passionate volunteers making a difference in the lives of horses and the adults and children that work with them and love them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For any horse lover, this nonprofit is a chance to walk into a barn and hear the whinnies of a bunch of horses, happy for the love and attention.
It is well-run and well organized where everyone gets a chance to groom a horse or clean a stall. But it's so much more than that--it's about giving horses another chance by teaching them how to behave and be respectful. But there's more...the Barn Buddy program--it teaches children responsibility and leadership and how to be a part of something bigger than their immediate world.
The volunteers are constantly dreaming up activities and fundraisers. This organization has a big place in my heart.

3 Robin S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a pony I obtained due to an unpaid board bill that had been adopted from a terrible neglect case from a local shelter. I didn't need the pony, but didn't want to worry about her ever being hungry or abused again. I contacted WVHN and she was placed through them with their contract in her forever home! Best people in the world to work with!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a pony come into our barn from an abuse case in Roane Co. We ended up owning the pony later on, and didn't have anyone at our place to become her "person" I went to looking for the best option to find her a forever home. Auction was NEVER an option and selling this little mare was something I was just oppose to because of her background. When she came in our barn, I promised her she would never be hungry again. I contacted Nicky with the rescue and ask her to place her through them. They found her the PERFECT home with her very own girl to always be hers. Her story is also shared on her. The pony was Arizona. :) Terrific people to work with that truly care about all the horses in their care.

3 Debra B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a little pony from West Virginia Horse Network. We are so impressed with this organization, not only for what they do for the horses they rescue, but the life lessons, and responsibility that they teach the young people that volunteer there. They do not take in more animals than can be cared for, and they do not adopt a horse out until they have received training, and are in good health. Their volunteers must keep their grades up, and learn all facets of horsemanship, not just riding. They are SO deserving, and do it all on a shoestring budget in an area that has been hit hard economically. Please consider them for recognition.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a rescue pony from this organization. They are so wise; they know that horses and ponies with good manners and training are kept, not surrendered. They do not adopt out horses until they are ready to be in a good home. They also teach their young volunteers valuable life lessons about responsibility, hard work, and giving back. They are also responsible in that they do not take in more animals than they can care for - feed, vet, farrier, etc.. And they do this all on a shoe string budget. Please support them!

3 Megan R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at West Virginia Horse Network. This organization is amazing. They give so many horses a second chance, and they give people a chance to learn how to train, care for, and ride horses. I've been volunteering for about seven months now, and this rescue is such a huge part of my life. I've loved horses for as long as I can remember, but I never thought I would have the opportunity to work with them. I've formed a special bond with a horse too. Major came in one month after I did, underweight and neglected. Now, he is living a happy life until he finds his perfect home ❤️ The way this rescue treats these horses is an example of how all horses deserve to be loved. I'm glad that I can say that WVHN is a part of my life.

5 Ahlayla L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for this rescue in march 2016. I've always had a love for horses but this rescue is the reason I have a bond with them , especially my own horse Arizona that I adopted from the rescue. Everyone on the board and all those who volunteer ( both kids and adults ) are amazing people. This rescue saves any horse they are capable of taking in. I have seen pregnant horses, abused horses, extremely underweight horses, and many others be saved because of the West Virginia Horse Network.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We started volunteering with West Virginia Horse Network about two years ago. My kids are part of Barn Buddies, a program designed to help children. WVHN teaches children in their program how to care for and train horses. They gain so much knowledge on proper care, feeding, training, and riding horses. Not only does WVHN help children they also help their community and most of all horses in need. This group goes above and beyond to aid horses and horse owners in need. I can't say enough about how wonderful this non profit rescue is. Because of WVHN we, as a family, have learned so much about caring for horses. We even became first time horse owners thanks to them and a generous supporter of theirs. A very kind lady saw the love and bond between my daughter and a rescue that came to the rescue in mid-December 2015. She adopted him and gave him to my daughter so their bond wouldn't have to end if he were to be adopted. We are, and will forever, be grateful for that lady and WVHN for making our dreams come true of owning a horse and helping horses in need. I can't put into words how great it feels to see these horses come in and get rehabilitated and adopted! It fills our hearts with so much joy. In my opinion WVHN deserves so much praise and thanks for all they do! Pictured is my daughter, Kadence, with her WVHN rescue horse, Remington. ❤️

7 Abigail R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with this rescue for over two years. I am a volunteer, foster, and adopter. Volunteering with West Virginia Horse Network is the best thing that's happened to me. This network has brought out the leader in me, made me more confident, and helped me do things I've never imagined doing, like performing in competitions with horses. The people in this program have filled me with powerful and irreplaceable knowledge that I use every day. I'll forever be grateful to West Virginia Horse Network for giving me the opportunity to adopt my very first horse, who I am very proud to call my soulmate. This rescue has changed several horses' lives and peoples' lives and is filled with warm and caring people. I always recommend WVHN to anyone who is looking to volunteer.

7 Elizabeth H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WVHN is a great nonprofit rescue. All of the volunteers have so much patience and love for every horse that comes in. This rescue not only helps bring horses back to health but takes the time to work with each horse so that they have respect and trust to be placed in a forever home. Another great thing about WVHN is the barn buddy program that teaches kids the proper way to handle horses and gives them the confidence and leadership skills to help them be good horse owners in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I totally think it's one of the best the board the volunteers and owners do everything possible as a team to care and train these horses to better place them in a safer environment I have seen this organization from conception and I to volunteer when I can but I truly am very proud of how they care and love ❤️ these horses

7 Katie Perry L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The rescue is not only helping horses, but also children. Teaching children to train horses is empowering and builds confidence, while the horses benefit from the training and handling. When my daughter and me first arrived I was amazed what all the children could do, they are truly amazing. WVHN is by far the best non profit around, I am grateful to now be apart of something wonderful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for WVHN for over two years now. I have seen amazing things happen as far as rescuing, rehab, training and getting these horses and ponies ready to be adopted out to there forever homes. They also have a Barn Buddies program for the children in the community that they can join and this has been a huge success. They have wonderful success in there adoption system and they screen the adoption very careful to make sure they are going to great forever homes. They deserve to reserve all the help they can get so they can keep saving the lives of these beautiful horses. Thanks