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Grune Heidi Farm Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: It is our mission and purpose to educate the public regardless of being a horse lover or a horse owner, to rescue American Saddlebreds and Arabian horses. It is our intention to increase overall awareness of the dangers facing these magnificent breeds of horses in the United States today. We are focused on the prevention of abuse, neglect and the protection of American Saddlbreds and Arabian horses from the threat of slaughter. GHF strives to increase public awareness of these issues through the development of educational materials and the use of social media outlets.

Results: Our goal is to save as many as we can every year. We try to attend several auctions throughout the year to rescue before they ship to slaughter. Averaging at least 30 horses a year being rehabbed and placed into great homes.

Target demographics: get these deserving horses a second chance

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 40 horses

Geographic areas served: saving American Saddlebreds and Arabians from shipping to slaughter and neglect all over the United States

Programs: education, knowledge of the care, and well being of horses

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lacee M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The absolute best at everything. Erika and everyone involved at GHF are amazing people that do amazing things. They save wonderful souls from being slaughtered and give them a better life and give them the love and family they deserve. Erika has such a big heart and will go to any length to save a soul.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here for about a month. I have never seen a more caring barn for rescues. I know of people who do not even take this good of care of their own horses!! All of the horses are just so calm and relaxed. Erika is awesome and takes care of the horses before she takes care of herself. I am honored that I found this place and love! love! love it! Such a wonderful place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erika and everyone at Grune Heidi Farm work tirelessly to locate, rescue, evaluate, rehabilitate and re-home select horses that were otherwise destined to the horrific method of overcrowded transport to Mexico or Canada for inhumane slaughter. Many of these magnificent animals are pure bred, raised and trained to be show horses, and for one reason or another, weren't considered "show quality". Rather than find loving homes, the unscrupulous trainers and/or owners neglected them or sent them to the "kill pen", never thinking twice. I am privileged to be the proud mom of one of these rescue horses that Grune Heidi Farm saved, and she is magnificent addition to our farm and family. We will treasure her forever. Save a life, and consider adopting a horse from Grune Heidi Farm!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an awesome place. I found the location online. Went out to take a look and fell in love with the comfort and care feeling I got from the owner Erica and the horses there. I could let any one of the horses. They were happy and smiley and stick their heads out to welcome you. She has that touch!!! Have you ever heard someone say, after I took my horse to a new place they changed? Well I say this everyday and it is NOT because my horse changed for the worst and became mean and unruly. My horse is a new horse and a different horse. She is very healthy, happy, and smiles all the time everyday. I know my horse would fight me and run and hide if I tried to take her away from there. Erica is truly a horse lover and would starve herself to feed the horses. If you are worried and unsure that money donated to this non-profit place is spent for the horses, you need not worry at all. Go out and take a look for yourself. I know you will have the same feeling as the horeses and I have about it.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

A life long passion for helping horses. Here the animals always come first. You can not only see the great care they get but feel how happy all the animals are. That's what matters most.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands down THE best of everything at Gruneheide Farm for the horses who are fortunate to have their second chance here. Professional on every level and years of experience make it a way of life for Erika and her staff!!

1 Ki R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started as a prospective volunteer. I came for a private orientation and got to help out. Now location and timing didn't allow me to continue to volunteer, but I have stayed in contact and even networked through it's Director Erika Gilbert.

Here's what I can tell you about her operation. All money she receives for adoptions goes back into rescuing another horse out of the slaughter pens. She works with them, training and conditioning them to be a ready-to-ride-horse with known abilities and issues.

Part of why I couldn't volunteer was the limited time frame available to Erika. She doesn't get home to the farm from her full time employment until 5:30 pm weekdays and does the farm errands (purchasing hay, grain, and anything else needed by the horses) on Saturdays. That gives me a small window to rush off to the opposite side of the county, in rush hour traffic, to try and help... and Sundays, she does everything early - when I'm in church.

But she does have a handful of motivated local teen girls who do come help out regularly.
This lady gives all her free time and gives up any thought of something called a vacation, all purely for the love of these horses and a desire to not just save a life, but to offer them new life in a real forever home.

It's not to be overlooked, what she does for the teen girls who volunteer to clean and ride. Just letting them help gives them so much joy, not to mention keeps them too busy for temptations that could derail their life plans. There was a man like this in my teen life for me. There was a woman equine 4H Leader like this for my daughter when she was a teen. I can tell you first hand how valuable this unadvertised "preemptive rescue effort" is to the girls, their families and the community - particularly considering most other organizations require all volunteers to be over 18 years of age.

1 Porsche G.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Erika has a heart of gold and always has the best interest of her animals at heart! She is an amazing woman, trying to rescue these poor souls that have been mistreated and sent off to auction. We NEED more people like her in this world!! She's helped so many horses already, the horses need her to keep saving them. She is their voice and steps up when no one else will.

1 Jennifer490

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Farms is one of the best horse rescues! They make sure every horse goes to the perfect fitting home. I contacted them about a horse they had a few years ago, Erika was honest with me and told me that horse may not be a good fit for a beginner and then told me about another arab she had named Cheyenne. I feel in love with that mare and now she has taught me so much over the last 4 years and has become my fur BFF! Grune Heidi farm always looks at the horses best interest! Best rescue I know of by far!

Kathryn26

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great rescue! They are worthy of your donations! Please help this rescue with your donations. They do great work with what they get and there is a serious need for s service they provide.

2 Merri M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Farm is a Wonderful loving place. Erika specializes in the rescue of American Saddlebreds, Arabians, and their x's. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about all she is doing. She is also providing a safe and happy environment for teenage girls to learn and enjoy horses.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grune Heidi Farm will always hold a special place in my broken heart. Unknown by me, their recorded owner, this rescue learned by keen radar last year that my three Arabian mares were sold at the horrid horse auction, New Holland Sales. Known by horseman across this country, this place is a top shelf filthy place to "dump" unwanted horses which is what had occurred to them. They did nothing wrong to deserve this decision by someone ELSE who obviously knew nothing about this Breed. Grune Heidi worked very hard to get these mares to safe ground but were not provided the truth about their conditions. A caring person who saw them, did the right thing and informed the authorities! Despite the very hard work and support from YOU,her followers, it was a sad ending for two who were too starved to gone on anymore. The third mare survived, was rehabbed, did well and now has a deserving and loving human in Her life!the offenders walk away with meager fines. I will always be grateful to Grune Heidi Farm. Please know that your hard earned money goes to great things...helping the horses get out of New Holland, the mission of the owner, Erika Gilbert, who has committed to this Mission since a child. For the horses, who get to freely walk out those doors and for these three Girls, PLEASE keep donating for the others! Rita Brunner, Harrisburg PA.

3 Judi11

Donor

Rating: 4

I had the honor of meeting Erica in 2012. She had posted an ad needing English tack for rescued Saddlebreds. Like most of the general horse loving public-I had no clue about what was happening to these magnificent creatures. I was fortunate to have owned a Saddlebred Stallion named Supreme's Sunday back in the 1990's- so i was not a stranger to the breed.
Erica had just rescued Freedom and Liberty from New Holland. I donated a like new hunt seat English saddle and made sure to have my checkbook ready on subsequent visits.
In October 2013 Erica (along with her northern connections) made it possible for me to rescue a 6yr old Saddlebred gelding we named Sunny Boy from the New Holland kill lot. The care and expertise that she has in rehabilitating horses is unsurpassed. She has a way with the local youth as well and we all know that if a teenager gets involved with horses, they tend to stay off the streets and out of trouble. God Bless and keep you Erica!