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.
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.
I got in touch with Beauty's Haven because they are a rescue near me and I had a desire to help with a local rescue, although I support several others in my state and nationwide. I was very impressed by the loving care the horses get at Beauty's Haven. I was motivated to get more involved. Additionally, the director and her family and volunteers are very dedicated and committed and that is very inspiring to me.
At Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue, the abused, neglected and defeated are restored to health; physically, mentally and emotionally. Upon their arrival they are given a kiss and hug, they are told they are important. A great team of doctors and volunteers, with the guidance of Theresa begin their rehabilitation process by addressing their individual needs. Soon their transformation is evident. At Beauty's Haven the horses are treated with respect and dignity. The commitment to their well being extends to those that have been adopted. At Beauty's Haven we strive to ensure their presents and futures are happy and healthy. Their needs are first and foremost at all times.