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Mission: Iron Gait Percherons, Inc. (IGP) of Waleska, Georgia, is a nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for Non - Profit purposes. Specifically, IGP rescues Percheron and other Draft breed horses from abuse, neglect, abandonment, slaughter, or victims of the current economy, refurbishes all of their medical, nutritional, and emotional needs, retrains them for new careers, thorough a screening process works to find them safe, loving forever home. IGP also seeks to increase beneficial human and equine relationships through animal/human interaction and education. Although IGP’s primary mission is focused on the Percheron draft horse breed, we never turn away any other horse in need of emergency care or our help, we also help equines from all over the country. IGP provided these horses/ponies with the veterinary needs, feed, and surgery care they needed. As well as providing them with the love, compassion, attention, and human interaction some of them have never known.

Results: April 18th 2011 to Present Date - 177 horses helped by IGP 130 Horses adopted into loving new homes We currently have 32 Sanctuary Horses due to Medical, Emotional Issues or Special Circumstances.

Target demographics: save Draft Horses from Slaughter, Neglect & Abuse

Direct beneficiaries per year: 153 horses - 64 Horses placed into good homes

Geographic areas served: the USA

Programs: Although our primary mission is focused on saving the Percheron Breed from Slaughter , Neglect & Abuse across the USA, we would NEVER turn away any other draft horse in need of our help. As well as help light horses in extreme emergency. Iron Gait not only helps horses, but, people as well, Horses are great therapy! We educate the Community /Individuals on the breed . A few of our volunteers have problems, be it physical or emotional. Working with the rescues horses helps them overcome their problems/issues. As founder of Iron Gait , I am happy to see the transformation of both alike. It is beautiful to see 2 souls join together out of respect for eachother. ~*~ Deni Polydor As with most non-profit horse rescues, though, the number of wonderful animals we are able to rescue depends so much on our budget. With your support, in the form of a Donation or Sponsorship, means we can continue to grow and expand our provisions and clean housing that we provide for these horses.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9 Kym B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Iron Gait Percherons Draft Horse Rescue is the best rescue and equine advocate facility I have ever been to and adopted from. Denise and her volunteers are tireless advocates for horses in need. Although Percherons are her primary focus, Denise assists any horse, large or small, but she doesn't limit herself. She has rescued dogs, cats, donkeys, ponies, peacocks, goats, and people. Her facility relies on donations and the hard work of volunteers and she gives back every cent with every creature she saves. Those creatures that don't find new homes are sanctuaries and live out their lives on the acres of her beautiful safe haven. I have watched this organization respond to countless calls for help, both in Georgia and in distant states. They drive hours to the best vet facilities for the horses that need the best and most progressive treatments. Denise and her volunteers wake early to work and stay up nights with the sick, injured, and pregnant. They are committed to educating the public. They hold auctions and benefits, attend parades and fairs, and make their facility open to any and all interested parties. Denise's adoption process is selective to ensure that each horse she places for adoption finds their perfect home. She and her volunteers know the personalities and needs of each of their horses and she draws on this and her experience to match adoptable horses to ideal adoptees. It is thanks to this process that I have two of the best horses I have ever owned. Denise has personally always made herself available to me for any question I have. She offers advice and help when I need it. She has gone above and beyond for me and my horses, providing me with any information about them and digging deeper to help me complete their histories. This is a rescue exceedingly worthy of praise, recommendation, and donations.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Iron Gait 2-3 times a week. Just driving up the drive I feel a calm as I know all these beautiful animals are getting the best care and have a new beginning. One horse that came to Iron Gait was severely abused. Thanks to Denise's patience and special training with kindness, she's slowly losing that fear of humans. Before we could not even touch her and now she will take treats from us. She has come a long way and she will continue to get love at Iron Gait.
Denise and Eric see that all the horses get the medical and farrier care on a regular basis.
How many people are willing to dedicate their every waking hour 365 days a year to care for these beautiful animals, not many.
Not matter what the weather conditions, Denise, Eric and volunteers see that the horses come first. Breaking ice, unthawing hoses and blanketing them all in the cold temperatures is a time consuming task, but it all gets done. During bad storms, Denise stays out in the barn to try to keep all calm.
If you live in the area or have a chance in your travels, please stop and visit Iron Gait so you can appreciate this wonderful rescue.

Sincerely,
Mary Ellen

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Volunteer

Rating: 5



I just started volunteering at Iron Gait Percherons Rescue this year. This is a wonderful rescue facility and the care of the animals is the number one priority of Denise and all the volunteers. I've never seen anyone so dedicated to these animals as Denise, Eric and the volunteers.
Denise works relentlessly even if she's sick, injured or dealing with horrible weather conditions. Nothing slows Denise down!!! This is a 365 day a year job with no pay.
I also Volunteer at my local County Shelter and I've seen Denise take in many horses this facility picks up as strays or cruelty cases. She sees they receive all the Vet and Farrier care they need.
I love doing whatever needs to be done to provide for these beautiful animals at
Iron Gait.

Mary Ellen

1 Jodi C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iron Gait Percherons Inc., is a very impressive rescue for Percheron horses in which many where neglected by their owners or destined for the slaughter house. I have seen the most incredible transformations both physically and emotionally. I am not affiliated in any way with this organization and have come as a friend to the Open Houses to be able to visit the home. I have seen the love, affection and devotion, that Denise, the owner has given to them. The volunteers are very carefully selected, and they offer a passion and dedication with their own personal time being spent void of selfishness and their own needs. I understand that it is very expensive just for the everyday expenses of food and medicine, not to mention the expense of many needing surgeries or professional emotional support, due to the neglect, and sometimes physical abuse.... these innocent creatures have endured. I honor Denise for her vision, love, and dedication to change their lives and become viable and emotionally stable horses.
Thank-you Denise.

Pam_95

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My aunt volunteers there and the joy and work they preform with these beautiful animals is amazing.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been following this Rescue after I heard some horrible rumors about it. As I went to their website (igprescue.org) , I was impressed by their knowledge and dedication. When I watched them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/IronGaitPercherons) for several weeks , I seen nothing but love, understanding, compassion, dedication of this rescue group! Everything that I was told was very misleading as well as this organization is quite the opposite of what I was told. This makes me feel completely deceived by the group of people and rescues that told me what they did.
Iron Gait does more for their horses than any other rescue I have been to or followed. They are TRUE and what RESCUE is all about!
I plan on visiting this April 18th for the 4th Anniversary and see for myself what a wonderful organization this truly is while visually seeing the horses for myself.
It just goes to prove that you can not believe everything you hear, investigate the rumors first and discredit the speakers of the rumors.
God Bless you Iron Gait IGNORE those with forked tongues of jealousy. Keeping doing what you are doing ! Because you are doing it better than they could ever do!
Salutations my friends

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue is exemplary of what Horse Rescue is all about. I volunteer at Iron Gait on a regular basis. The horses are extremely well cared for medically and nutritionally but just as important they are loved and doted on. It is very sad that there are so many abused, neglected, and unwanted horses but the horses that find their way to Iron Gait are truly blessed. Even when a horse is adopted out to an approved adopter, IGP follows up regularly on the horse for the remainder of its life to insure it will always receive the care and love that it deserves. This doesn't always make IGP popular but it does insure the well being of the horses. I am so glad IGP doesn't rescue, rehabilitate, adopt and then forget about the horse!! Denise Polydor is a person of integrity, with years of experience, and a huge heart. Anyone who has been to Iron Gait couldnt help but LOVE the work that is done there so tirelessly.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

i have been with iron gait almost from the very beginning.. they are top notch in all they do for the care of horses.. i have seen horses come in that shouldnt have survived but did under their care.. i have seen iron gait take in a whole herd of horses and help them back to good health.. i have seen horses come in afraid and starved and abused and saw how they all came back to vibrant health. if any one says anything differently they are out right lying.. she not only takes care of all the animals that come in there but also is there for anyone that needs her.. i have pictures which i wish i could show you the before an after which is amazing..

4 Donna W B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iron Gait Percheron Rescue is an excellent rescue founded by Denise Polydor, an experienced horsewoman who works tirelessly to help horses... I have been on site often.. It is an fully equipped facility with 24 hour hands on attention.. The horses there are tenderly rehabilitated .. Many have been saved from starvation. Abuse and Slaughter.. ** in seeing several negative reviews, the wording is quite similar to the petty individuals who made prior fraudulent & slanderous claims which were proven false by all state inspections and many witnesses. . This rescue is superior and well worth your sponsorship and support.. Denise has personally helped us with 6 horses in need, and we are familiar with many of the suffering horses which she took into her care, and have followed the positive progress of many others..

6

Donor

Rating: 1

I am confused as to why it is claimed there are over 30 sanctuary horses at this rescue, yet they post photos of the same 10 or 12 horses continuously and no photos or updates of the others. I am also confused at why this place will not post detailed vet records to satisfy questions from the donating public. I don't understand what the controversy would be. People would feel more involved and informed rather than suspicious.

Comments ( 1 )

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IGPRescue 09/12/2014

Cindy and friends again please stop harassing IGP- Not sure why You are confused because All of our Sanctuary horses are posted periodically and Too ask for several years of vet records to be posted on Facebook for your group of harassers for your pleasure is ludicrous. Perhaps consider moving on to another cause and please quit harassing us under your numerous fake profiles.

3 Vicki51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our young horse enthusiists have come out to IGP several times for the past year and a half as visiting volunteers. The facility is marvelously kept, the horses genuinely loved and cared for. A month ago we rehomed 3 of the 4 (labeled) throw away ponies found in Gilmer county earlier this yeary and rescued by IGP. (If you have a valid complaint, you should go to the source instead of stirring things up on line. No one is 100 percent perfect. But if there is a problem, be willing to help bring resolve to the problem, instead of making attempts to create an atmosphere for gossip and complaints).Keep up the great work Iron Gate, thanks for being there for us at Victory's Gait @ Sweet Dreams Farm. Ball Ground, GA

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen IGP on facebook and followed them for some time. one day while investigating a cruelty/starvation case involving 3 mares ( body scales of 0; 0.5; and 2) We contacted a couple of local rescues and non were able to assist. I then took a wild shot and called Deni even tho she is 7 hrs drive north of my location. We talked about what all was needed and I told her once Dept. of Agg. was finished I would call back.
Mare 1 had to be euthanize onsite, I assisted the Vet while trying to keep the tears from blurring my vision, and whispered sweet nothings in the poor girls ear, she passed quietly after one last nicker to her friends.
Papers were signed by owners, citations issued and transport cleared by Dept. of Agg.
So I called Deni back and gave her the news and she had everything lined up on her end.
After a 7 hr drive they arrived and mare 2 ( ShyAnne o.5) went into the trailer willingly, being a good girl while waiting aprox4 hours (being fed and watered etc) for her partner to make it into the trailer.
Once loaded, secured, and as comfortably as possible they departed. We were so worried about 2.
I received message from Deni that they made it home save and sound and they both were resting in their stalls.
I received regular updates on the girls and the youngest did fantastic and turned around in hardly no time under Denis care. Thanks to Deni's quick response and excellent care ShyAnne recovered from this quickly and is now a beautiful red roan loving live on the farm. I been in this field for 17 years and I must say this is one of the hardest cases I ever worked and it took a large emotional toll on me.
Thanks to Deni and Eric for responding so quickly and the fact that she kept sending updated pictures of the mares healing process, I must say she helped heal my soul in the process as well.
I can never say thank you enough and I will always stand up and testify on her behave!