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Mission: It is the mission, duty, and purpose of Trinity Rescue to provide sanctuary, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted, abandoned, neglected, and abused horses within Georgia, as well as the rest of the southeastern United States. Trinity Rescue is based in Acworth, Georgia, but we will work diligently with other trustworthy rescue organizations to provide help for horses that may be out of our region.

Programs: Dedicated to the rescue of horses that will otherwise be kill.

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kellie Courtwright R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trinity Rescue is a piece of heaven in this crazy world. I started volunteering a year ago at Trinity Rescue, little did I know the impact this place would have on me and my family. I have been an equestrian most of my life & have a deep seated love for horses. After loosing my horse 15 years ago, getting married, & having children, I knew it was finally time to get myself back into the horse world. I found Trinity Equine Rescue through a friend and decided to start volunteering. A short time after I started my husband and children wanted to join me in volunteering, it's now a family affair! We have met amazing people that are now are FARMily, I have been able to teach my children about hard work, how to fix things when broken, and patience. They have learned what it takes to care for these beautiful creatures and how to help them when they are sick/injured. Things they don't teach in a classroom.Trinity Rescue is not just an amazing place for people, the true magic is in the rescued horses. The horses come to Trinity from all different situations. Some abuse cases, some hoarders, some abandoned, some from owners not being able to care for them, some from slaughter pens...it doesn't matter where they are from, once at Trinity they are loved wholeheartedly, nourished, and cared for. I've seen skin and bones rehabilitated into a beautiful majestic horse that becomes someone's heart and soul. I've seen dull clouded eyes shine with life and love again. What Trinity Equine Rescue does for these horses is truly beyond words. They give life back to the broken, both horses & humans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

God bless Cynthia and Joey. You could never understand how much time they spend Helping these horses. I admire and are grateful for people like them.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. Cynthia Heaton and her husband have sacrificed their lives to give these beautiful animals a second chance. God bless them and all the volunteers that dedicate countless hours to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I rode & owned horses before I went to college. They were the best years of my life. I miss my horse so much. I read Cynthia's story about finding her childhood horse & how she rescued Greyson. It spoke to my heart. I never found my horse but helping rescure other horses & knowing they were someone's special horse makes me feel prevliedged to volunteer at Trinity. All the horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules are loved & cared for at Trinity!! It's truly a special place

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughters & I volunteer at Trinity horse rescue. We love it! Wonderful people and great horses. We have seen horses come in from horrible conditions and flurish into wonderful & happy horses. Each rescue story is amazing to see and be a part of. These horses are loved & spoiled as they should be. We are proud to be a part of Trinity

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trinity is truly an amazing sanctuary for these animals of every shape and color. Everyone is so lovely and such a wonderful family to be a part of.

Patricia139

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trinity helped my family through so much!!! It's not just about the horses! !! Hands down, 4 hooves or 2 feet, your family once your here!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place! My daughter and I stumbled upon this place looking for a way to give back to the community, I had no idea that just with a few visits this place would help & change my family so much! Each day we wake up & look forward to checking the Facebook page for updates & any photos of the horses. On the days we are blessed to go to the barn & help out everyone there is so welcoming & friendly! They are very informative & eager to answer any questions we may have......and with a 7 year old, we have a lot of questions! The ponies here are truly loved & you can see that everyday....... Thank you Trinity Rescue for opening up your home for us!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering a year ago at Trinity. I have never seen more care, commitment and passion. The owners and other volunteers pour their hearts and souls into the mission of saving abused and neglected horses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering at Trinity and I've already felt the blessings. It is clear Cynthia does what's best for the horses and constantly is thinking how to make their lives more comfortable and full of love. I am amazed at the Trinity takes with getting each horse to trust humans again and find loving homes. I'm a horse lover to the core and I'm excited to continue helping Trinity change lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trinity Rescue is a blessing to horses and volunteers alike. I have had the honor of volunteering with of the most kind hearted folks and the most content Horses I've ever met. Trinity Rescue is the read deal. They are absolutely devoted to saving horses and they protect these precious creatures with a passion that is relentless. I love working with Trinity Rescue! They are amazing!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Second try.......first review didn't take. We love Trinity Rescue. I know Joey from a job in the non-horse field....
It is very obvious that Joey and Cynthia are very devoted to their animals. They are concerned for the health, welfare, and happiness of all who reside with them. We stopped by a while back with our grand daughter and carrots for all the "buddies". We got to meet all of the animals and saw Destiny, who had just arrived. What a difference in that horse today! A real beauty!! Trinity has devoted and wonderful exercisers and other volunteers who also truly care for and love these animals. Joey and Cynthia do their best to make sure the horses end up with a better life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have nurtured a love of horses since I was 3 and spending summers on my grandfather's farm. My daughter inherited this same love and we feed our passion by volunteering at Trinity. We have been a part of Trinity for 2 years and are proud to be part of a loving rescue family. The joy of grooming horses and cleaning stalls is not only helping the horsess, but it is therapy for our souls. The Trinity family is loving and embraces the true meaning of love and giving back. They are incredibly caring and create a warm and welcome environment in which to be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trinity Rescue is such an awesome place to volunteer!! They take some of the worst abuse and neglect cases I have ever seen! And with the love, compassion, medical care, and food they provide, these horses have their health and their hope restored!!! Their goal, for every horse, is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome each and every one of them, no matter how long it takes. They are committed and value every life and inrich the lives of horses and humans alike!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were in search of a riding companion for my granddaughter, her riding instructor contacted trinity and told her what we were looking for.. At trinity we found Snow White the complete companion for Jacy. They met one afternoon and snow was so sweet and gentle. Jacy groomed and talked and kissed snow constantly. We left and Jacy told me she loved her and they needed each other....
We put the application in and set the ball rolling. Month later we went to pick up snow and the journey began. What a great group of people at Trinity rescue. When we visited snow we were constantly given updates and told how sweet she was and what she liked and how well she was improving. They knew her personality and you could tell all the animals were treated carefully and cared for deeply by the staff and volunteers . Cynthia made the process with a purpose driven of finding the right place for snow with a piece of her heart she placed snow with us and we have grown to love her so much. We board her at Silby farms and Sam and ms. Sandy have helped and taught us so much about caring and taking care of snow. She gets so much attention from all the girls that take lessons and everyone loves snow, she is so gentle and sweet and was a perfect fit for a sweet, timid young rider. Thank you Trinity, Cynthia and volunteers, for giving your time and the hard work it takes to maintain a place for the needy
Resourceful and needed place.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen Trinity Rescue do some wonderful things with the horses they've rescued in the past few years. It's wonderful that this committed group are willing to help horses that have been injured, neglected or abused. They also coordinate with other rescues in the state and offer assistance to them. I'm happy to support their efforts.

1 Nakia M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Trinity Rescue does amazing work. The countless hours and energy that these horses are given is nothing short of miraculous. I've visited the heard a few times and the staff and horses are all incredible! Love this place!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Trinity one of the most wonderfully run rescues I have every had the privilege of visiting. The barn and surrounding pastures are always clean and beautiful . All the animals are so well cared for! You will never meet a more caring bunch of people. I could never say enough nice things about Cynthia and Joey. Biggest hearts ever! TOP NOTCH non-profit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came across this rescue and Cynthia and Joey after I moved out of Georgia and returned for a visit. They were so welcoming and accommodating. The horses are well cared for and the property is beautiful. I had a life long fear of horses and now I follow every update and feel bonded to all in their care. I wish I were back in Georgia as I would love to volunteer my time. All the horses are so curious and happy with the attention they receive from their humans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at trinity for a few years now and love every minute! Its a great place to volunteer no matter what your horse experience is. I am always learning something new!
The owners and volunteers take exceptional care of all the horses and provide them with a loving environment. Not only does trinity care for their own heard but they are always helping out other rescues as well. Love being here!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Trinity Rescue! I've volunteered a a few horse rescues before but this one is by far the most organized one. The team members really care for the horses and do everything they can to help them. Most of the horses that make it to a a trinity improve dramatically over the course of just a few weeks. The horses are even introduced to training for rehomming. Such a clean and friendly environment, it makes you never want to leave!

Horsecrazy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trinity Rescue is a heaven-sent haven for horses that have been discarded and/or abused. Joey and Cynthia Heaton, the owners, have hearts of gold! The rescue horses and donkeys are family to them; as are the volunteers! I treasure my time volunteering, and am so thankful for such a place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about Trinity Rescue!! I have truly found a second home there as a volunteer, and wish I could come out 7 days a week. Cynthia & Joey Heaton have provided a safe haven to Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome these precious horses that need to be saved! The horses are part of the family, and the adoption process is designed to create a forever home for their future. The volunteers are part of the family, too, and are able to be involved in all areas of horse care and operation of the rescue. I strongly recommend them if you are looking to adopt a horse, volunteer, or support a worthy cause!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization for an awesome cause! My daughter and I love volunteering with them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Trinity Rescue is a "top notch" organization run by amazing people. They are honest, caring and extremely passionate about what they do. I adopted my mini horse, Thor, from them a year ago. Also, I recently took over a local mustang rescue and the owners of Trinity Rescue have been very generous in sharing their experiences with me to help me improve our organization.

3 Morgan14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was one of the very first volunteers with Trinity when they opened their doors. The folks at Trinity have such a passion and love for horses and it shows through their many success stories! Trinity's mission is to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehome. They work closely with a great team of horse experts and other horse rescues throughout the state to find abused and neglected horses and provide them with the best care available. Trinity cares about the horses they rescue beyond just bringing them back to ideal physical condition; they are also committed to ensuring emotional healing as well. The work doesn't stop there. The final part of rehabilitation involves discovering the horses natural talents and abilities and providing training to ensure the horse can excel in it's new home. This helps prevent the horse from being at risk of winding back up in a neglectful or abusive situation. Finally, Trinity insists on finding the perfect home for each rescue. They are not afraid to tell a potential adopter "no" of they feel it's not the right place for the horse. When a horse arrives at Trinity, you can see in their eyes that they feel defeated, they've given up hope. Some won't even let humans touch them. Over time, you can see the light return in their eyes. Their personalities begin to shine through and the hope and trust in humans returns! Trinity is a little piece of heaven on earth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Trinity! We use to volunteer and we adopted a horse from them. I love what they do and everything they stand for. They will welcome you with open arms!

2 Sharle M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trinity Rescue is an extremely well organized , caring and compassionate group of animal lovers that I'm happy to volunteer for.

1 Victoria61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Until recently, I had never volunteered at Trinity but only appreciated their horses from afar. I live near their farm and have seen amazing miracles being performed over the years since they've opened. Complete transformations have taken place with their rescues.

One time our family dog escaped and was lost for two days. Knowing that in his younger years him and his brother would escape and always go down to the farm, I had a feeling he was there with the horses once again. Not giving up, I went down there one evening in the rain. We found out that he had wandered onto the farm and they took him in. Our sweet boy was old, almost completely blind, and partially deaf but he made his way to a safe and calming place. Not only had they taken him in, fed him, bathed him, but they let him rest with a newborn mule, Miracle, in her stall. Mira is now amazing part of the Trinity family and we all adore her. We brought Samny home and sadly later that year he crossed the rainbow bridge. I find so much joy knowing that my beautiful boy and his tender soul found sanctuary on their farm. Deaf, blind, and obviously arthritic, he wanted one last adventure and he chose Trinity Rescue for that! I'll forever be grateful for their open hearts because he may not have been able to come back home had he gone elsewhere.

The Trinity family is extremely welcoming, dedicated, and go above and beyond to ensure the very best for every living creature they encounter. It is happy place and well worth your time, investment, and dedication. I encourage everyone to engage with them however you can!

2 Sheri16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Trinity for over a year before recently moving to TN. It was my pure pleasure to be able to bring two of the rescues to my farm in June. Joey and Cynthia transported both ponie's for us - a 3 and 1/2 hour drive - something that was so appreciated! These two wonderful people have so much love and admiration for each and every Equine and human that walks through their doors. Even post adoption, I still have questions, which are always answered and advice given. As a newer horse owner - I can't tell you how much these folks mean to me! I miss the rescue terribly - but I know Cynthia is only a phone call away when something comes up with my ponie's in which I'm not sure how to handle. Love, love, love what they do for those horses in which they are able to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering since early summer at Trinity. Cynthia, Joey and the other lead volunteers have taught me so much about how to correctly care for horses - in sickness and in health. There is not a question that has gone unanswered that wasn't delivered with an eagerness to share knowledge. Although I cannot be there but a few hours every week - I am excited every time I do get to go. What an amazing job Trinity has done to Rescue, Rehab and Rehome these babies. I absolutely love my time at the barn, Not only for the amazing people but also for the love that is shared with these amazing animals. What miracles have come as a result of their time, attention, skill, passion and dedication to allow these horses to experience a happy home. Thank you for the amazing work you do each and every day. xxxoo

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have volunteered at Trinity since February. We drive over a hour one way to spend time with the caring, compassionate people and those beautiful creatures in need. I personally am quite afraid of horses but my daughter loves all animals, especially horses. Everyone that I have come in contact with has been truly understanding and empathetic of my fear and make sure that I am comfortable in whatever task I am assigned. The owners and lead volunteers spend quality time educating my daughter on proper care and nutrition of the animals. The veterinarian even recruited her as an assistant for the day. Volunteering here has been without a doubt, a life changing experience for both of us.

2 rjokcrna

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've appreciated Trinity allowing me to volunteer at the rescue. I came having little experience with horses but willing to learn. Trinity has offered me the opportunity to learn about and grow in caring for horses. The rescue truly cares about the animals. I've appreciated the lack of judgment for owners who surrendered horses to the rescue ... keeping the focus on the horse who needs critical care.

1 Gabrielle P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My fiance and I have been volunteering at Trinity Rescue for the last 6 months and spend every free day we have there. Trinity cuts absolutely no corners when it comes to animal care, providing great turnout, stall cleaning, exemplary veterinary care, and even chiropractic care.
Trinity is our family and we are so proud to be such a small part of a powerful non profit organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have been volunteering there since February and we love it. Not only do we get to help, learn and grow as horse folks. We get
Loved on by some of the most lovable horses on the planet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As Trinity's farrier I have observed nothing but TOP quality care of these horses. I am always amazed at the love and attention each horse personally gets. If I were a horse, there is no question about it, I would want to live at Trinity!

3 Erin95

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having volunteered with numerous rescues, both equine and canine, and having adopted a horse from another rescue and having fostered numerous dogs over the past few years, I can say with certainty that Trinity Rescue is by far one of the most organized and well run rescues I have had the pleasure of working with. The barn is always clean: the stalls are picked, the aisles are clean, and the barn is clutter free. The horses are always clean, brushed, have hay, water and food. On any given day, you can find Cynthia or Joey personally caring for the horses. I have worked with equine rescues in the past where I have questioned the appropriation of funds and the care of the horse. I have been to rescues where the person is a figure head, but not personally involved. I don't question where the monetary donations are spent at Trinity. I look at the well fed, well supplemented, properly shod, properly trained horses and know where the funds are spent. The proper rehabilitation of an abused or neglected horse can be in the tens of thousands of dollars.To the former volunteer raising questions as to how the funds are spent, how the volunteer hours are spent, and how much is made for boarding, I would to like them to consider the untold hours that Joey and Cynthia spend taking care of these rescues into the dead of night. Consider the fact that Joey and Cynthia, along with other lead volunteers, drop everything to rush to a rescue of a starving horse, or to the barn to spend the night when there is a colic case, or to ensure that mother and baby are safe during a foaling. Consider the MANY THOUSANDS of personal dollars that Joey and Cynthia have contributed to the rescue, that they will NEVER get back and I know that they don't care about that, when donations are low. The horses in their care NEVER suffer. They have spent thousands having surgeries performed on horses to better their quality of life. Horses that other rescues would not take in because of the costs. Consider the fact that Joey and Cynthia have very few personal horses and consider the fact that they reduce the rent for the lead volunteers based upon these peoples unwavering commitment to the horses. I would also ask you to consider that this is a very common practice at many horse rescues. I would suggest, since it sounds like you have never personally been involved on the actual rescue side, that you try fostering or rescuing and see how you run things. I get donations for my foster dogs for food and yes, I feed that same food to my dogs Why? Because I also pay thousands of dollars a year out for my fosters. I pay out more for the fosters than the donations I receive that I use for my personal dogs. I would strongly suggest that you amend your comment because you are causing harm to a rescue that 100% puts the health and welfare of the horses first. I am proud to call Cynthia and Joey not only friends, but partners in saving the unwanted and discarded. What have you saved lately?

2 Joey H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The mission and purpose of our rescue since we accepted our first rescue horse onto our farm in 2012 is to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehome unwanted, neglected or abandoned horses in Georgia. We absolutely understand that running a successful rescue is a multi-faceted operation which includes the daily care of the horses, farm upkeep, managing the financials, managing the volunteer program, scheduling, managing vendors, fundraising, and continuing education to name a few. We have enjoyed and been blessed with some amazing volunteers and equine professionals that we have worked with over the past 2 1/2 years. But from time to time, we are required to make tough decisions to discontinue relationships with both vendors and volunteers that do not align with either the mission of the rescue or our core values. We do not take these decisions lightly, and we recognize that in some cases our decisions may not fully be understood or agreed with by some. Our commitment will ALWAYS be first and foremost to the health and well being of the rescues in our care, as well as the well being and safety of our volunteers as a whole. We go to great lengths to provide a welcoming, safe and respectful environment for rescue horses and to all who choose to visit or volunteer with us. In those cases where we have had to part ways with either volunteers or vendors, it has been and will continue to be our policy to not publicly discuss the reasoning for our decisions, nor engage in ANY type of social media or public mudslinging, as we find that practice both distasteful and unprofessional. We WILL, however, continue to focus on the horses first, advocate for animal welfare, share our knowledge, and welcome all those who wish to share in our mission Additionally, we will continue to be respectful to those who don't provide us the same courtesy, because our values require it.

We so appreciate all those who have supported, encouraged and followed us on this incredibly rewarding journey in rescue, and we look forward to many more years of rescuing horses in need.

5 otmrbully

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEERS! My concern is that this is a rescue; however, about half of the horses in that barn are privately owned, BUT Trinity Management tasks the volunteers to provide the same care for the privately owned horses as the volunteers are required to provide for the rescue horses, but without compensation. The owners of the privately owned horses theoretically pay board (I do not know definitively one way or the other, but I have heard the bill per horse is around $200/month, a bargain) which usually includes remuneration for work, such as stall cleaning, feeding, etc.: all tasks currently done by volunteers. Also, Trinity has "community service" volunteers provided by the local government and paid by the tax payer (these individuals have been sentenced by a judge to do community service for minor law violations). The Board members board their private horses there; some of the positive reviews are by those who board their private horses there (yes, some of the owners volunteer a handful of hours per week, but not equal the hours required to care for their own horses). Volunteers should take care of ONLY rescue horses and should not take care of privately owned horses unless paid a competitive wage. Finally, Trinity is a 501.c.3 non profit rescue that puts all of the feed, shaving, supplements, etc. in communal bins, used by both rescue and privately owned horses: seems to me to be questionable use of the federal tax non profit tax program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have also volunteered there for 2 years. The rescue's mission is Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehome which is exactly what they do. I believe they stand out in rescue as they work hard to give the horses the training that they need to ensure that they find a forever home and do not end up back in the rescue cycle. Trinity uses every resource they have available to ensure the horses get the care they need and even take in cases with medical issues that many other rescues can not take in. Trinity then gives these horses the vet care that they need and look for a good placement for these horses. Trinity uses exercise riders and trainers but just like any volunteer organization, these trainers and exercisers are not paid. They volunteer their time to ensure the horses are ready for the next phase of their lives. All of this training is overseen by the owners of Trinity who invest a large portion of their time and money in to the mission of this organization. They have a large volunteer base and could not function without the volunteers that come to help. They welcome anyone who is willing to volunteer their time to do all of the daily work that is needed to care for all of the horses at the rescue. They invest the time to teach volunteers that are new to horses and welcome them into the barn with open arms. They truly care about all of their volunteers and take the time to get to know them and offer many volunteer appreciation celebrations throughout the year. They are always working to make the running and organization of the rescue the best that it can be for the benefit of the horses! After all, rescue is all about the animals and at Trinity it is the horses!!!!!! I adopted my horse from Trinity 13 months ago and they worked with us to make sure we were 100% ready for horse ownership. They are very through in the adoption process to help ensure that the horses stay with their new family forever. They keep in contact with adopters and are very interested in the progress of the horses and their forever homes. They are always available for owners to contact for help and advice with their horse. They hold training clinics at the rescue and horses that have been adopted out come back to the rescue for training. I wholeheartedly recommend Trinity if you are looking to volunteer your time at a rescue or if you are looking to adopt a horse.