From low cost vet assistance, free gelding clinics, free educational seminars, feed assistance, and equine training program, the work at Hope Equine Rescue's Barn is nonstop. My favorite aspect about HER is the community support. I've seen the efforts first hand. When you adopt a horse from HER, they’re protected for life. Several horses come back to the rescue, due to an adopter's financial situation (divorce, job loss). It prevents the once abused equine from having to suffer from neglect a second time, keeps the horses out of kill pens, and adopter’s have peace of mind, when having to surrender. No questions asked, the rescue picks them up. Once a horse is adopted, HER checks-in, offers training assistance and has a Facebook page for adopters to contact for questions. The rescue tries to place horses in foster homes when the barn is at capacity. Volunteers drive several hours, to bring an equine in need to an adopter’s home for fostering if the barn is at capacity. The support offered to foster families is the same quality of care. HER handles the medical expenses, and fosters handle the feed and other necessities. The youth volunteer program is amazing! It provides extracurricular activity for students in the community, and has become a sanctuary for many. Being involved with equine is expensive and the youth get hands-on experience, and even learn showmanship. When you see the volunteers and the horses participate in shows, you heart melts. The thought of being a “rescue” horse, doesn’t cross your mind. They take such pride in the horses. The level of confidence is evident in both the horses and volunteers. You see the bond between the horses and the volunteers of all ages. Equine rescue is not easy; HER goes above and beyond to make sure the comfort level of the horses, the safety of the volunteers, and continuing education for adopters is a top priority. Volunteers, adopters, and the community receive up-to-date information on events, health advisories, and what to do in Florida’s seasonal weather. HER serves the community of Central Florida, but is based out of Polk County. The poverty level is above state’s average (one of the highest for U.S. suburban areas). Polk County is a rural area, and the rescue takes all precautions in helping owners become educated, and gives assistance to prevent the neglect of horses in the area.
We adopted our Valentine from Hope Equine. Dani, Wayne and their volunteers put their heart and soul into caring for the horses that they rescue. It is evident when visiting their facility that they truly love the animals. The facility is always clean and the animals are well taken care of.
My daughter has been volunteering at Hope since July 2015 and in these few short months she has learned so much. From general horse care to showmanship and many things in between. Since being involved with Hope we have adopted our own horse who was severely under weight and ate up with muck itch. The owners of Hope have been very supportive and have helped us with everything we've ever asked. Without them and all the many things that my daughter and I have learned from them I don't think we would've been able to save our sweet horse. They are absolutely a true blessing to these poorly neglected horses and always look out for what is best for them.
This Rescue has been a long time consistant force in the Rescue World.
Impeccable Ethics, Fantastic Follow Thru, staying up on Continued Education & having fun. The volunteers are a warm friendly well trained group who all come together with a unified goal in mind. Saving, Re Training & giving these horses a second chance at a Productive life
I went to buy this old horse trailer and had to go out in the middle of nowhere! When I got there they asked me if I wanted to take this horse too because the other horses were picking on him. I took this little, malnourished, tri colored Hackney named RJ. Come to find out he was a "cribber" and had already had over 3 homes in his apx 2 years of life. I already rescued a beautiful Florida Cracker Broodmare named, "KIT" and I really wanted to put them together but poor KIT had already been through enough breeding babies for people who would just take them away so I didn't want to get her "preggers" again. Well, HOPE EQUINE TO THE RESCUE! They were just fantastic first of all for accepting "RJ" and for the very unique way they "gelded" him. The veterinarian, well, I just can't say enough about him. He was very friendly, funny and caring. His technique left my RJ with hardly a drop of blood loss, no infection whatsoever and RJ was up and walking no problem...the next day. I read their rescue stories every day and am touched to tears at the work they do.
Love Love Love the things this charity is not only doing for our animals, but our community as a whole!
When I heard about a particularly horrific case of horse abuse this October 2012, the mare was in a lot of trouble, I started to follow her progress after her rescue. She was taken in by Hope Equine Rescue (1200 Dixie Dr, Auburndale, Florida 33823) and I gladly donated funds toward her recovery. She could not have been taken to a better farm. She found herself starting to get her 5 year old life back. There were 2-3 times when they thought her injuries would take her to the Rainbow Bridge. She fought. Hope Equine fought. Their wonderful Vet fought. You can't buy this kind of compassion and dedication. This group organizes free gelding clinics, low cost equine vaccinations, equine health seminars ,demonstrations and community outreach activities not to mention the constant care all of their current herd of rescued horses. They deserve all of the recognition and support there is out there.
These people go out of their way to help animals . If they hear of a animal in need they do not hesitate, they jump in and do whatever needs to be done. If there were more rescues like Hope then we would all know that the abandoned and sick animals were in good hands.