I live in Massachusetts so I've never been to the Rescue. I am part of Theresa's internet village. Theresa herself is a miracle story being an incomplete quadriplegic. She has personal experience facing her future lying in a bed unable to move. She understands that there IS hope and determination and the ability to overcome the impossible. Theresa has used that same personal experience with the animals she has saved. She can look in their eyes and see their soul, do they have the spirit to fight or are they beyond that? For those still able and wanting to fight, this rescue is there to aid them in any and every manner needed. For those that tell her they are not able to fight anymore, Theresa, who may have only known this animal for a couple of hours, remains with and loving the horse while the vet comes out.... She holds their heads as they cross over the Rainbow Bridge to join the BHFER herd that have already crossed. There are so many stories that have such horrific beginnings, but after Theresa and her village work their magic, that animal has a sparkle in their eyes and hold their heads so proud and happy!! It is truly worthy of reading some of the miracles stories and becoming part of the BHFER village.
Wonderful people working very hard to save equine who have been mistreated, abused, abandoned and/or starved to death. So dedicated to their mission.
I have been watching this group rescue and save so many "hopeless" (which they would never call them,every animal has hope) The horses make a connection to Theresa that is like no other I have ever seen in horse rescue, she has taken the worse of the worse and done miracles. This is a rescue that goes above and beyond. Wish I could give them more than 5 stars!
What else can be said about the work this rescue does except excellent! I have been following their work via internet as I am too far away to volunteer or personally visit. There have been times when I can virtually feel Theresa's heartache as she takes in some of the most horrible abuse and neglect cases. What she and her team of volunteers have done for the horses they rescue is nothing short of a miracle. I pray that one day I can make it to see their rescue first=hand and help out. They are #1 in my book/
I've been watching these hard working horse rescuers for months. I only wish I was close enough to volunteer. Please help these wonderful people to help these horses.
I have donated to Beauty's Haven and have also volunteered on several occasions and I am greatly impressed with Theresa and the work she and her volunteers do to help the horses and donkeys that they rescue. Theresa truly is an angel among us for what she has been through personally and the survivor she is and how she instills that onto the animals and people. I have also encouraged others to donate and volunteer if they are able as well.
I have been an Angel Sponsor to two minature horses at the BHFER for several years now. I get the daily news updates on the rescues and follow closely what is happening at the Rescue. Theresa personally corresponds with donors on a regular basis. I don't know how she finds the time to do everything she does. This is hands down the best equine rescue in the state of Florida. Theresa has horse sense and skills beyond anything I have ever witnessed (I am a long time horse owner myself). She works miracles and when a life cannot be saved, she mourns and is able to be with the animal as it takes its last breath. That kind of strength is rare.
I have been involved with horse rescue since the loss of Barbaro. Donating to help save horses from slaughter for many various rescues across the USA. About three years ago I found Beauty's Haven and Theresa when she rescued a newborn filly born with a wry nose. Her owner wanted to shoot her and her mother Momma Sue. Theresa saved Aaleyah Belle and Momma Sue and many followers of BH raised fund so Aaleyah could have surgery to correct her nose. Just this past June I drove from Atlanta with my husband to the Celebration of life at BH. We celebrated Aaleyh's 2nd birthday, yes she is a wonderful two year old and she is just one of so many that Theresa has rescued. Theresa is an Angel for the unwanted horses that are injured, abused and starved. Miracles happen at Beauty's Haven thanks to Theresa. There are lots of rescues you cannot trust. I have visited Beauyt's Haven multiple times and I have complete trust in Theresa and all involved with BH.
After becoming involved in horse rescue locally, I happened upon a friend who directed me to The Alex Brown Racing Forum. I soon became an FOB (Fans of Barbaro). Barbaro's legacy is helping other equines in need. It was there on the forum that I first discovered Beauty's Haven. What a wonderful organization for the horses. They are the ultimate example for others to follow in the rescue business. Everything is open for donors to view. Daily updates with pictures of progress are very enduring. You feel like one of the family, totally involved in a horses improvement. No where have I seen this played out so exquisitely as at Beauty's Haven. The people there are the number one factor in the recovery of so many equines. The arrival of a near death horse is always a loving experience. They are taken and settled in with personal care. All services (vet, farrier, chiropractor, dental, holistic) are given. I can only imagine the relief in the horse's mind as they are hugged and kissed into a life of love and care. So many who are leary of humans melt into Teresa and her loving arms. They seem to know their future is safe with her and her volunteers. Having been involved in rescues and how they are run I must say Beauty's Haven is top notch. They are the template to follow. To see a starving and neglected colt live to become a beautiful friendly adult is so gratifying. To see a hopelessly dying horse befriended and loved, pain free for the first time is emotional. To see that same horse lovingly helped cross the Rainbow Bridge with dignity in the arms of Teresa is something that will touch your heart forever. To sum it up...Beauty's Haven is where I would want to be if I were a horse in need... for surely it is the next best place to heaven itself.
I first became involved with Beauty's Haven Equine Rescue in July, 2008. I'm a member of Alex Brown Racing forum and some of my friends were involved with Beauty's Haven and I was sent an email. I started receiving updates from Beauty's Haven and I've become attached to the horses. I have visited 4 times since May, 2009. I donate money and food. I have seen miracles happen. Horses that were near death (from 3 weeks old and up). There are many miracles at Beauty's Haven. They all have a story. Theresa took in 7 horses a few weeks ago, babies and mares. In just a few days, you could see the difference in these horses. The difference is hay, water and shelter and most important LOVE. I have witnessed this many times. Some horses are to far gone and they let you know it is time to let them go, Theresa gives them all a last kiss and hug and they walk up to Frosty's Knoll with dignity (some are in so much pain they can't walk) they get a shot to relieve them of the pain, so they can make that walk, and there they die peacefully surrounded by those that love them. One volunteer comes from Puerto Rico 3-4 times a year and stays sometimes up to two months. People come from all over to visit Beauty's Haven. I admire Theresa Batchelor so much, she is an angel to these horses, without her, many of these horses would just die by themselves in someone's pasture. I only wish I was rich, because my money would go to Beauty's Haven.