My name is Deanna Golden and I have been following Beauty's Haven Equine Rescue and Farm every since I was diagnosed with cancer. From being diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer and a yr of treatments, many biopsies and a few surgeries.... this was the ONLY PLACE I WANTED TO GO TO WHEN I WAS HEALTHIER AND STRONGER!! Finally after almost 5 yrs. of waiting, my dream came true! I first time really getting to go anywhere and it wasn't to a beach or the mountains.. It was here in Morriston Florida that I got to meet Theresa and Bob Batchelor and the never ending love and care goes on 24/7. I think the few volunteers that I got to meet down there that day are lucky.. Lucky in the sense that they are able to go and help with horses and mini donkeys that have been severely abused, neglected, abandoned or were seized. There were around 30-32 animals there when my sister Karen and my niece Jaden when we visited a few weeks ago. Being able to relearn how to wash a horse (lol) , watch the optometry vet work on Cookies eye and take pictures for Theresa was such a learning experience. Scooping manure from paddocks and spreading it! YES, I would do that everyday if it meant that I could stop and visit and talk with these amazing animals that NOW KNOW what its like to be loved and cared for! Getting to meet all the animals that I have watched for the past yrs. and will probably live out their days there because of there health issues. Betsy Rose, Cookie, Penny, Mishka, Carey Lou, Sawyer, Ruby, JoJo and Jazzy, Lil E, Waylon, Zahara(i am glad you have your forever home now), Fancy, Classy, Starbuck, Oasis, Tinsel, Emma, Lil Lucy, Magic, Peaches, Sophie and Rosita and Beauty. I LOVED getting to meet all of you and the others! I know that I can't wait to see y'all again to give love and kisses to! My sister, niece and I have learned so much from just the short time we were there. Thank you Theresa and Bob for your kindness and having us there!Sincerely, with Love and Prayers for you and your continued never ending work!Deanna Golden - Jamestown, KentuckyKaren Hylton - Lexington, S.C.Jaden Hylton - Lexington, S. C.
I have been a poor horsewoman for 50+ years
And this rescue rehabs the worst cases I have ever seen.
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.
Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue in Morriston, Florida (owned and operated by Theresa Batchelor) is the Gold Standard in horse rescue. Ms. Batchelor is ably assisted by a cadre of volunteers, in addition to fostering facilities as the need arises when it is imperative to make room for horses who are in eminent physical/medical danger requiring immediate intervention/medical attention. Ms. Batchelor's long-range goal is to rehabilitate the horses under her auspices with an eye toward a "forever home". This is something Ms. Batchelor takes extremely seriously. Applicants are carefully screened before one of Ms. Batchelor's charges are released. Following successful rehabilitation and placement in a forever home, welfare checks are conducted, ensuring the horses are living in an environment that benefits/optimizes their specific needs and requirements. Not often, but occasionally, horses have returned to Beauty's Haven where their welfare is first and foremost. Facilities at Beauty's Haven are clean and tidy, with ample shelter via out-buildings, lean-to's and shade trees to accommodate the horses during Florida's hot, humid summers. Misters, sprinklers and such assist in keeping Ms. Batcherlor's charges comfortable, in addition to being bathed, well-fed, medical attention as needed (including holistic care), and yes ... all are well-loved. Each new arrival is given the traditional "Beauty's Haven Hug" letting them know their former down-on-their-luck situation has come to an end. They have found a safe haven and shelter from the storm(s) of life. I became acquainted with Beauty's Haven as an FOB (Fans of Barbaro) via the Alex Brown Racing Forum devoted initially to BARBARO, in addition to horse rescue, ending horse slaughter, etc. Ms. Batchelor provides daily updates WITH PHOTOS on the ABR Forum. Full accountability for those who support this worth-while endeavor. With a profound gladness of heart, I salute Theresa Batchelor and her dedicated volunteers at Beauty's Haven Equine Farm and Rescue in Morriston, Florida. This organization IS the GOLD STANDARD all rescues should use as a template for this noble endeavor. Susan E. Hopkins Elizabeth, Colorado
I adoped 2 percheron mares from Theresa. They are absolutely spectacular animals. One is right now in training for dressage with a world renowned trainer who says our horse is a PRINCESS, she is extremely impressed with her. It just goes to show that any animal that Theresa touches turns out to be wonderful. Thankyou to Theresa and Beauty's Haven. Hugs Pat (MyMollyMp)
When the gates of Beauty's Haven open miracles happen! It's as simple as that. Once a horse becomes part of the 'family', he/she will never experience the neglect and abuse it had so horribly suffered. A new life begins, with caring, nurturing, and lots of love. A friend of mine had told me about Beauty's Haven, and all the wonderful happenings, and how they were in need of volunteers. Horses were always very special to me, but my knowlege was so limited, thinking they really wouldn't have a place for someone as green as me! To the contrary! I was greeted with open arms by Theresa and all who work there. It didn't take long to learn the basics of caring for the horses, and then I witnessed miracles....I saw a little colt come to terms with his blindness when paired with another loving colt. I saw~ starving emaciated mares/geldings become beautiful specimens, a loving mare living a happy life with a trachea, a foal that was standing by his dead mother now races and plays with his pasture mate, (who was transported in a van because of an emergency situation) and both show off to all! A young mare with a rune nose greets all with the most loving sloppy kisses! I can go on and on about all the angels at the rescue. All needs are met: hooficures, dental work, regular medications, special diets, acupuncture, massages, and again lots of love. And when the time comes that an ailing horse can not cope with the maladies of life; when it has "said" enough now...then it is helped to cross over with dignity and love. It has been an honor for me to help at Beauty's Haven. You see, those gates at Beauty's Haven work miracles on me as well! No personal problems can exist when you're in 'heaven on earth'!
Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue is a truly caring facility. The animals are number 1. From the time a horse arrives at Beauty Haven until it leaves, they are looked after properly. They are examined, treated, diagnosed, and I am able to see pictures daily of the events of the rescue. As a donor, I see what the horses need, and that they are looked after from feed, to vet care to shelters to shade trees for their comfort in the shade of the hot sun. Animals that are suffering cross over and treated with dignity. When a horse is examined I am told what health issues the horse has, and what the needs for future care will be. I trust this organization to do what is right, and I trust my donations go to the horses. With daily updates and pictures, it makes me feel like I have visited the rescue, and I am able to see the progress of the horses health. Currently I am able to view a pregnant mare on a cam and I am clear across the United States. There is a phone number to call if I see the mare starting to go into labor. I am able to see the horses being treated while the vet is there via the pictures that are provided. This is one of the most honest horse rescues I have donated to in the past 3 yrs.