I have been volunteering at All About Equine for over a year now and am truly amazed at all the things that have been accomplished. The dedication and professionalism of the group is inspiring. AAE is a great example of what a small but hard working group of people can get done under great leadership. The organization is an excellent example of what a non-profit should be.
All About Equine is a wonderfully run organization that treasures it's volunteers and provides an invaluable service to the community.
By far the most impressive non-profit I've ever had the privilege to support, and I've been involved in animal rescue and education, both local and international, for 11 years. The volunteers are simply amazing, and the organization is beyond impressive. There is a quality to their care that is hard to articulate - however their hard work and success is evident with every horse and every animal that has been blessed to find itself given a 2nd chance by AAE. Organized, professional, and compassion-driven, I could not recommend them more highly.
I came to All About Equine to fulfill my need to be with horses. I soon felt part of a caring community. The first thing that impressed me was how each horse is treated individually according to their health and nutrition needs. I have seen first hand how love and care can turn an animal around. The focus is always the animals first, which leaves volunteers like myself feeling like we really can make a difference.
Then there are the programs for the children, which my grandchildren have benefited from. Kids really do need to see what ranch/farm life is like.
The adoption rate for the horses is also something to be very proud of, and it comes from the dedication of the Director right on down the line to each volunteer.
AAE is by far the most well kept and professional rescue organization that I have ever volunteered for. I have worked with many organizations in Ohio and none of them approach the caliber of care and support of AAE. They not only care for the animals that they receive; They equally care for their volunteers, supporters, and their adopters. AAE is genuinely in the business of creating an organic space based on compassion, patience, and realism.
The care that these horses receive is excellent. Feed times are on a tight schedule, medications and supplements are easily tracked so that all volunteers know which horses are receiving attention for which ailment. There is a log book that all volunteers have access to where we note potential issues, concerns, or general comments on the day at the barn.
In closing, AAE is far more than your average rescue program. There is focus, support, and a genuine lack of ego in this barn. I am proud to say that I have been accepted by the AAE family and look forward to many years of volunteering at their barn.
Review from Guidestar
I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about AAE! Not only do they heal horses, they heal humans. The relationships we build with the horses and our volunteers is a gift. I have bee gone for awhile due to an injury and each week I miss, I miss out o. So much magic. Cannot wait to get back!
Although I have donated to quite a few horse rescues on a regular basis AAE is the only one i do not hesitate to donate to when they ask. This organizations utilization of funds, transparency, and ethical standards are beyond reproach. They should be the model for every equine rescue organization.
I volunteered here as my senior project. I greatly enjoyed every minute of it and had no problem exceeding my hours. Every one is friendly, caring and far more deticated to the life of the animals than I've seen with anyone with anything. Everyone is willing to work no matter what the chore and everyone is also very time efficient. Things get done and its fun with other volunteers and they make it not a chore. Even though my project is over, I can't wait to continue volunteering there. I love this rescue and wish I could be there everyday.
I started volunteering at AAE to learn as much as possible with the intention of adopting. I had no experience with horses aside from a few trail rides in my life, but I have always dreamed of owning my own horse. I was welcomed into the AAE family from the day one and learned so much - so much that I adopted two horses and couldn't be happier to have fulfilled my dream! I have the privilege of seeing their faces every day. What a wonderful organization! They truly care about the horses well-being and finding good homes for them and are very good at it! I wish I had more time to get out there because I love every minute when I do go! I am very thankful for my AAE family! Thank you!
After my husband passed away in 2008 and after back surgery in 2010 I was referred to All About Equine to help with the office and clerical needs by someone who I had worked with previously in a horseback therapeutic non-profit which closed. I wanted to get back to the "up close and personal" contact with horses again although I could no longer perform some of the physical tasks I had done previously. In September 2011 I began clerical/computer/photography work with AAE. It started slowly with the Thank You notes. I now do a lot of the computer work at home, banking and office organization at the barn. During these years I have seen horses come and go, babies born and grown and adoptions. So many adoptions. Primarily success stories of these abused and scared and malnourished horses coming in and being brought back to heath, learning to trust humans again and provide enormous satisfaction in knowing these lives are saved and many by our volunteers themselves. Those tiny steps of progress can bring tears to my eyes knowing that finally one horse has learned to trust again. There are no words to describe the joy and fulfillment I feel every time I go out and see our horses, meet our fantastic volunteers and continue to admire the compassion and dedication that Wendy (CEO) has put into this program. And I feel that I am, too, making a difference in the lives of these equines.
I have volunteered with several other animal welfare organizations in the past 5 years, and I have found AAE to be one of the most well organized and well kept animal welfare organizations that I have had the joy of working for. As a volunteer, I have helped with Pony Pal birthdays that consists of arts and crafts, petting zoos, and occasional riding for children. All of the volunteers at AAE are very polite, hard working, and determined to give the horses and other animals at AAE good lives while the animals are with the organization. All About Equine has one of the best turn around rates of all the equine welfare organizations that I have worked with. All About Equine also has one of the largest support networks that is comprised of individuals who put time and effort into making AAE an organization that is sustainable and welcoming to the El Dorado County community. All About Equine works closely with many of the community organizations, and will continue to expand with programs that will include working with the disabled, abused women, and lessons for children. I would highly recommend individuals to seek out All About Equine for any aspect, from volunteering, sponsoring, fostering, or simply donating because All About Equine has a very friendly, welcoming, and purposeful atmosphere.
Review from Guidestar
My wife and I moved to CA in September of 2012 after retiring, primarily to follow the children. Needing to fill our time we decided that volunteering at an animal rescue would be a wonderful fit as we always had dogs and knew that animal people were usually down to earth. Our first AAE experience was in December of 2009.
We were seduced from day one. The people, the enthusiasm, the personal sacrifice, and the loving that encourages us to find any excuse to visit the AAE property and the wonderful horses as well as other volunteers have made us complete. It's called "All About Equine", but it's so much more. Yes the horses are receiving a benefit, but everyone we encounter in the organization also seem to benefit from the interaction with the horses and the caretakers.
Thanks for rescuing us after we retired.
ALL ABOUT EQUINE HORSE RESCUE changed my own personal life in so many positive ways that I don't know how to put it down in few words. I have always had a very deep passion for horses & all of God's creatures. It's been a calling to me from a very young child to protect & love them. I crossed paths with ALL ABOUT EQUINE HORSE RESCUE in late July 2012 where I became a volunteer & fell in love with this awesome organization and the wonders it does for the horses who otherwise would not be walking this planet as I speak. The horses I worked with were tortured,put through pure hell & some so sick it was literally touch & go, yet others completely untouchable. Through this organization many beautiful horses turned around in health,able trust in man again & found their forever homes. My story really began when I helped along side many other volunteers to rehabilitate two horses that I ended up falling madly in love with & couldn't bear to be with out so I adopted them for myself in Dec 2012... Mr. Tank/OTTB gelding & Miss Star/Arabian mare. Wow, I can't even imagine life with out them & life with out all the wonderful volunteers who have became my friends & dear to my heart. I truly love ALL ABOUT EQUINE ANIMAL RESCUE for who they are ,what they do, and the unwavering passion to see that each & every single horse on that ranch is loved, healed & the ultimate goal of finding each of them a forever loving home to never know abuse or hunger again. Guess I better stop here cause I can blather on & on. GOD BLESS ALL ABOUT EQUINE HORSE RESCUE!!!
There are not enough words to describe the positive and powerful impact All About Equine (AAE) is making in its community, both for horses and humans. In my first year's experience as a volunteer I have learned so much about horses and about myself in the process. I've never owned a horse, nor did I grow up around them, but the opportunities this organization provides its volunteers are to learn, grow, and expand their individual skills all while providing horses with much needed help is to me priceless. As for the horses, I've seen so many that came from horrendous and heart-braking backgrounds that appeared to me unknown until their story was shared with me because of the amount of time of care already provided by AAE. In addition, this organization has some incredibly dedicated and emotionally invested people working its day-to-day operations in what I see to be in a very responsible and compassionate manner. I am truly grateful to be a part of it and looking forward to assisting this organization as it continues to grow in its community and with its programs.
I love AAE!! I came to them about two years ago without any horse knowledge, and they just took me right in. They have taught me so much and I am so thankful for their kindness and their generous hearts. and the horses are amazing! I wish i could volunteer a lot more.
All About Equine is a wonderful place and I'm so thankful for their existence so horses can have second chance, and sometimes a third a fourth. I've seen first hand what a difference AAE makes in the lives of horses and volunteers. There is something magical that happens between a horse and a human when a horse is learning to trust again and it is a beautiful thing to witness. AAE has a wonderful track record of doing what they set out to do and that is finding horses their forever homes. I've worked for other non-profits and they are the real deal and they never stray from their "vision". I have the upmost respect for the founders of this organization who give so tirelessly of their time and resources and strive to keep it going no matter the challenges. This is sacrifice and service at it's best. I am proud to be a part of an outstanding organization full of volunteers who work to make a difference in the lives of horses and though they may not be saving the world, they are making a difference in the life of a horse.
The mission at All About Equine is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the horses it takes into its care. In the 2 years I have volunteered at AAE I have seen horses recover mentally and physically from unspeakable neglect and abuse. I have seen more than 40 horses find a new life as they are adopted into their forever homes. This organization takes every dollar earned and puts it back into caring for its horses. It is a privilege to be able to volunteer my time at a non profit who puts the animals first and foremost.