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Iron Gait Percherons Inc. - Draft Horse Rescue

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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

50 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.



Rating: 5

For a few years now, I have watched Iron Gait thrive as a rescue for abused and neglected draft horses. With many rescues already focused on the lighter horses (former racing TBs, Standardbreds, etc), the draft horses were dumped in kill pen to be slaughtered.

Iron Gait stepped up and in to help rescue, rehab, and if possible, rehome draft horses where they were able. In many cases, the horses arrived at IGP with high ringbone, chipped bones in their hooves, bad shoulders, COPD, and worse, emaciated.

I've watched, and donated, as they continually stepped up to the plate to say, "We can help!" and then they have.

Top notch rescue!


Client Served

Rating: 5

Iron Gait rescue is heaven for abused, neglected and unwanted
Horses. The horses come here after giving up hope on there former
Owners, thin with their heads hanging low depressed and totally broken
But then they began a whole new life with wonderful careing people
In just a short period they began to have faith in these ( new friends ). They
Began to recognize the volunteers as loving careing friends who will not forsake them!
They began to put on weight hold their head up with pride in their eyes again
They know they are loved and they love you back! I have seen the difference Iron Gait
Has made in the rescues and I thank God for all the hard work the long hours Denise and
All the people at this beautiful place do in a day!
You have given new life to the broken hearts and the broken spirit of the magnificent
Animal called A Horse!!! God will say JOB WELl DONE!!!
Thank you for reading
Sandy Bagwell

3 Michael267

Client Served

Rating: 5

Iron Gait is an awesome place. They help the sick, the injured, the less fortunate, and the unwanted. We have adopted multiple horses from them and they have been great throughout the whole process. Denise does an awesome job helping these rescue horses with what they need. If they need weight, that's what they get. Medical attention, and the vet is out immediately. IGP has always gone above and beyond my expectations and for that, they deserve as much recognition as possible. I, for one, would like to thank IGP on behalf of those who can't speak, the horses. Thanks for a great job!!!