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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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

It makes me very sad to write this review, but I think it is necessary for reviews to be up to date and accurate. I began volunteering Trinity Rescue in July of 2014 as a regular volunteer, but because of my previous experience riding I was soon promoted to exercise rider. I logged over 100 hours during the the summer of 2014, and though I am now a freshman in college, I still managed to spend my weekends home from school at the barn working with the horses up until the beginning of February 2015. I also went through the adoption process with one of the rescue horses, but it unfortunately did not work out. I became acquainted and worked closely with the trainer that they had been using for over a year when he was in town for a two week training session in August, and have continued a professional relationship with the trainer as he offered me a job as his personal intern, separate from the rescue. Where this story goes sour is when the trainer and the rescue made a mutual decision to discontinue their professional relationships for matters unknown to me. After the termination of their partnership, I was unfriended on Facebook and barred from the volunteer Facebook page and the training interns page where we posted our progress with the rescue horses in their training programs. I was not notified that I was no longer welcome as a volunteer, or that there was even an issue. When I tried to contact the owner of Trinity Rescue to inquire as to why I was not longer included in these facets of the rescue, she never responded. I feel the need to point out that my job position with the trainer was completely separate from the rescue, and that I never had voiced my own interest in leaving the rescue. I considered the two separate in my mind. All in all, while Trinity has it's minor faults like over half of the horses being personally owned and currently no professionally trained horsemen handling the animals, the bigger issue is the lack of professionalism and the immaturity shown on the part of the management, and the lack of consideration for someone who donated a considerable amount of unpaid personal time to their cause.

3 Allison P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I volunteer at this wonderful rescue and have seen first hand the quality of the care these horses receive. Cynthia and Joey, who run this facility, are personally invested in their mission to help these animals fully recover and hopefully get to be adopted into loving families. They are exceptionally dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each horse and its special circumstances, and so are the volunteers. My daughter is a training intern working to help the horses learn or regain their ground manners and skills under saddle. I am a massage therapist and enjoy spending time with my hands on the horses relaxing tight muscles and socializing the young ones. This is an amazing place and we feel blessed to be able to help!

3 Barbara193

Volunteer

Rating: 5

lovely lovely rescue. the barn facilities and horse care are all so well organized so that every horse has the right food, the right meds, grooming, hoof care, handling, turnout and training. not to mention love and pats and smooches. I have been so impressed and grateful to this rescue for the job they do and love the give. facilities are well maintained and the whole rescue is just a center of good people and good deeds. love this rescue.

2 Shannon86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with horses for over 15 years now and this organization does the best job I have seen yet. They have exceptional facilities, eager and willing volunteers, and it runs like a well oiled machine. I have worked with horse rescue groups in the past, but this one stands out in the crowd. The heart, hard work, dedication and success of this organization shows in every one of their horses and volunteers. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to learn about horses. They teach all of their volunteers everything about caring and even riding horses. They do an exceptional job!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in the equine industry for 37 years. I have worked with several different horse rescues. Trinity is the only one that is completely dedicated to EVERY aspect of a horses rehabilitation. Trinity is a the forefront of the equine rescue community because of the intense committment of the volunteers. Trinity has been able to conceptulize plan and institute what are really cutting edge programs for a horse rescue. Such as the Training internship; which provides an oppourtunity for shilled young riders to have real world, hands on experience with horses that exhibit behaviors they have never seen before at the show barn or lesson program. The use of the volunteer talent pool to be able to do outreach programs with underpriveleged and at risk youth. Providing clinics on groundwork, horsemanship, colt- starting and so-on. Trinity Horse Rescue in the very near future will be the model that all other successful equine rescues follow. The mission Rescue, Rehab and Rehome is what drives every person at Trinity no one is above any task and no horse is beyond our ability to help.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in the Equine industry for over thirty years. I have been around several different types of horse operations. The folks here at Trinity are some of the most genuine people I have ever had the privilege to work with. At Trinity it is ALL ABOUT THE HORSES! from Cynthia and Joey to the newest volunteer. The people at Trinity have one unified goal; To help horse have a better life. Trinity surrounds itself with positive enthusiastic people who may not know everything in there is to know but want to learn everything there is to know. I am so proud to be affiliated with these people. The atmosphere at the barn is so joyful, full of love and laughter. I cannot recommend this rescue strongly enough. Volunteer at Trinity, feed a horse and feed your soul. "The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man." Ray Hunt. Being at this barn with these horses and people will change your life I promise. Tim Matthew

3 Courtney45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended a new volunteer orientation in April 2014. I had zero horse experience but knew that I loved animals, so thought I would give it a try. I have completely fallen in love with Trinity Rescue. Everyone who spends time there is welcomed with open arms. The environment that has been created for these horse has inspired me to want to learn and do as much as I can to help out. Regardless of the level of experience you have, Cynthia and the rest of the lead volunteers are willing to take the time to teach you. Throughout my experience I have learned so much about how to handle horses and to contribute to the environment that will help them heal and rehabilitate.

In my short time volunteer I have seen the volunteers pour their hearts and souls into saving horse that otherwise would not have made it. Even when there seems there is no more space left to help even one more horse, Cynthia and Joey figure out away give horses in a need a place to go.

I would highly recommend this organization to any volunteer that has a love for helping animals!!!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughters and I have been volunteering at Trinity Rescue since April 2014. I am so grateful and love my time here. We try to volunteer at least once a week. It has been such a blessing to get to know Joey and Cynthia and the other volunteers. We really look forward to our visits each week. By volunteering we have had the opportunity to learn more about taking care of the horses and to see what it takes to run a nonprofit. I have always had a love for horses, now I get the opportunity to have first hand experience. Through this experience and an ever growing desire to help rescues and at risk children, I am in the process of creating my own non profit program that pairs rescue horses up with at risk children in hopes of making a difference in their lives. Joey and Cynthia are always open to answering any questions we may have. Joey and Cynthia have created a family atmosphere among all the volunteers. We may not be related, but when we are there we feel like family. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. I pray that they will be around for many years to come! Thank you Joey and Cynthia for everything you have taught me and my children.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 2

I visited the farm as a volunteer to ride some of the horses. I was shocked at how disrespectful "Cowboy Tim" was and how unappreciative Cynthia was. I have ridden and owned horses more most of my life and held trainer positions. I was made to believe I had the position when after spending the entire day riding and doing ground work I was told that "our styles wouldn't work together" by Cowboy Tim and asked to leave. I was never thanked for my time or even given a tangible reason as to why they didn't want me. Additionally it took Cynthia two weeks to respond to my messages and emails about volunteering. For a charity organization, they sure are snooty!

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Cynthia Heaton 10/29/2014

The Training Internship program is a newly launched program with our rescue, and is one we believe will be incredibly beneficial for both the rescues in preparing them for adoption and for the interns who will be learning fundamental training skills. It is completely separate from our general volunteer program, as the interns are interviewed and selected based upon best fit for working in the rescue environment in conjunction with our head trainer. I can completely understand that you were very disappointed at not being selected for the internship. You of course were always welcome to volunteer, however, once you commmunicated that you were only interested in a riding position we were left with the impression that you were no longer intersted in volunteering. Again, I am truly sorry that you were disappointed at not being selected for the internship, and I wish you the best of luck with your equestrian pursuits.

4 Michelle217

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Trinity Rescue for almost 1 1/2 years now. Cynthia and Joey Heaton are two of the most amazing people I know. They are very cordial to everyone who come to the rescue. They are very thankful for all help received- and constantly let you know they are thankful. They happily welcome all volunteer types from the inexperienced who wants to learn to the person who has owned their own horses and are avid riders. They create an atmosphere at the barn that is calming and peaceful making it an escape from the fast paced world we live in. And then there are the horses!! If you ever look at the before and after pictures of the horses you will know that they are knowledgable in what they do! They constantly research what is in the best interest of the horses to rehabilitate them EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY! They are very careful when rehoming the horses to ensure they do not fall back in the same situation they came from. Cynthia and Joey constantly think of the safety of the volunteers as well as the horses to ensure it is a safe and calm environment. Trinity Rescue is an amazing place to be a part of!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known the couple that run the rescue for quite some time, but had the opportunity to go to their facility today and ride one of their horses. I have been a professional rider and trainer doing hunters and equitation for 12 years. I have visited quite a few rescues and have adopted from two previously. I have seen way too many bad rescues and far too few "good" rescues. From what I saw today, I can honestly say that Trinity Rescue is one of the good ones. All horses were in good weight, all were clean, all were friendly and had been handled (if you have ever seen a "rescue/hoarder" situation, you know why this is so important), the round bales were gorgeous and they actually use the same hay supplier I used to use. They feed a good, personalized feed program, and everything in the barn and pastures was safe, and tidy.

I got to see the barn before they purchased it and it was in a great deal of disrepair. Now, however, they have gone leaps and bounds with the property, the stable, and the indoor and outdoor arenas. Their horses have manners, and it is a very quiet facility. All of the horses were comfortable and happy. I couldn't have been happier with my visit. They do most of the rescue funding out of pocket and do NOT rely on donor funds to live themselves. The donor money goes straight to the horses - why else would both of the owners have outside jobs (duh)?

I, for one, as a local trainer and neighbor (I live 6 miles away) am happy to see a horse rescue within the "metro Atlanta" area. This rescue has the opportunity to reach more people and raise the horses' plight. I was thrilled when I went there today. To say it was beyond my expectations would be an understatement.

6 Horseinc

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the founder of a non profit horse rescue organization in the same county at Trinity Rescue, I have had wonderful experience with Cynthia and Joey and their volunteers. There is such an abundance of needy horses throughout out state, we have worked together to help more horses. When they had a downed horse, we came to help. We when we took in a nearly dead horse, they came to help us literally carry this horse out of the trailer to the stall, and it was 1 am. That is dedication to the cause of helping horses. They rehabilitate horses and find suitable for the horses. They help teach our community about the responsibility of ownership and good horse care. I am proud to be associated with them as partners in the horse community and rescue community.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and donor to support the efforts of Trinity Rescue Inc. for the past year. The passion, sacrifice and dedication of the owners is evident in everything they do. The wonderful work they do to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home abused and abandoned horses is nothing short of miracles. It requires a lot of money to feed and care for horses and many owners just choose to starve them or sell them to slaughter. Trinity Rescue does so much to save many of these magnificent animals and give them a second chance to have life, depending exclusively on their own hard work, volunteer help and donationed funds. If you are a horse owner, a horse lover, or just someone who wants to be part of saving animals you are missing something if you do not support this tremendous nonprofit. Working with Trinity Rescue and helping the ponies has added some of the greatest joy I've ever had in my life.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I visited Trinity Rescue with our children to check out the organization. We were welcomed in and shown EVERY aspect of the rescue. Nothing was hidden from public review. We noticed right away how there was a large number of volunteers of a wide age range. This was important to us as we wanted to volunteer as a family. Each person was assigned age appropriate tasks to do while being monitored by one or both of the founders. We made a point to come back unannounced for another visit and found the same well run organization. Our family saw previously owned, discarded horses being showered with love, attention and care that they had not seen in a long time. Groups of horses "playing" with volunteers in the many pastures and others being exercised and trained in the various rings by other trainers and volunteers. The horses could not be in a more caring, loving, well run environment. This is definitely a rescue I want my family to be involved with for a long time to come.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

At face value the organization appears to be good for both the people involved and for the horses. Upon further investigation this appears to be quite false. When one thinks of a horse rescue one does not think of a barn that is almost 50% privately owned horses that are boarded for less than FREE. Donations to the rescue help to cover the cost of feed for those private horses as well as the rescued horses. Additionally donations are spent for other supplies and necessities for those private horses along with the rescued horses. One of the biggest issues seen by professionals in the horse community is that volunteer hours and resources are spent in the husbandry of all the horses on the property rather than just the rescued horses while the boarders are not paying any fees to have those services provided. Due to the lack of of available volunteers in the organization, roughly 8-10 regulars, most with less than average horse experience, the horses get very little exercise or individualized care which is truly unfortunate. As for the owners, the husband and wife have been seen doing such things as having screaming bouts at each other while trying to load scared horses onto trailers, among other less than professional activities that would include bad business practices, poor relations with volunteers and behavior that is unacceptable for anyone claiming to be caring for animals from less than ideal situations.

9 Nora13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Trinity almost a year ago. Being an active rider most of my life, I was inspired by their story and wanted to do whatever I could to help. Joey and Cynthia are some of the nicest and most genuine people you will ever meet. The moment you step in the door, you feel like you're a part a huge family. They treat their horses with the best care and are willing to do whatever it takes to save them and give them a better life. I love the people, the horses, and everything about Trinity. Being a part of this rescue is a life changing and inspiring experience, and I know they will continue to be successful for many more years to come :)

8 Linda245

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Trinity Rescue Inc and their founding members at a Tack Sale in their honor. I realized that they
had their heart and minds in the right place. Its all about the horses and training and rehoming them.
Joey and Cynthia don't just talk the talk but they walk the walk and put everything they have into this rescue.

I sponsor Picasso a beautiful, loving colt who was set to be killed. You can tell from Picasso's personality and great ground manners even as a baby that he is treated with respect and love.

The volunteers at Trinity are the best - they go out of their way to do all that they can. And because of that they make me want to do all that I can for the Rescue and the horses.

I am trying to fund raise for the Rescue for the "Put the right hoof forward fund" which is for training these horses so that they will have more confidence and be able to have jobs when rehomed. This is very important for long term homes.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched this organization grow from day one. Joey and Cynthia purchased the property and equipment to run this dream rescue out of their own pockets. They may have spent every penny starting this place up. They started with a few horses, and now, nearly every stall is filled with horses that were once discarded. Every horse comes with a story and every horse has started a new journey.

What makes Trinity so awesome is that that the founders really believe in their mission. I encourage everyone to visit Trinity and meet the horses, hear their stories and see where you can lend a hand. You will walk away touched by their work. Please help support their mission, they are doing BIG BIG things to change the lives of horses in need.

6 Tamara C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our Barn wanted to have a tack sale / fundraiser for a local Horse Rescue Group. I found Trinity Rescue on an internet search and made an appointment to meet them. From the moment I walked in the door, Cynthia and Joey were the most kind people you would ever want to meet. They have an amazing story about starting the Rescue and they put their entire beings into the Horses. They have an amazing family and group of Volunteers that work right along side of them and keep this operation moving forward. The Horses come first! These animals are treated with such love and care when they land at Trinity Rescue. All the folks there have amazing Patience and give each horse whatever individual attention it needs. It is quite amazing to see so many success stories and see the Before and After Pictures of the Horses they have helped. I plan on having a long relationship with this Rescue and continue to build relationships with these amazing people!

7 Marian F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in the capacity of hoof care professional for several rescues in the greater Atlanta metro area. I am honored to work with Cynthia and her whole crew as they work unceasingly to bring horses back from the edge, whether that be mentally, physically, or both. I consider Trinity to be a gold standard in equine rescue, and encourage anyone considering adoption or donation to take a closer look at Trinity.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I began volunteering almost a year ago at Trinity, I have learned so much about loving on and caring for horses. The atmosphere is so inviting and the family dynamic is amazing here.

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

This rescue was founded on the principle that all living creatures should experience a life free from neglect, abuse and disrespect. Since the doors opened in October 2012, more than 100 volunteeres have been welcomed and trained to assist in the rehabilitation of more than 30 horses. Forty of the volunteers are active with the rescue on a weekly basis. Trinity has assisted in the rescue and placement of an additional 35 horses through the combined rescue efforts of the Horse Rescues United of Georgia. Each rescue horse that comes to the farm is provided exceptional care, from medical, dental, hoof care to constant love and attention. They are taught that humans can be worthy of trust, and that there is hope for a better life. Once their physical rehabilitation has been completed, then the rescues are provided training to prepare them for a new life. Trinity has been fortunate to work with some amazing trainers who provide up to 90 days of saddle training for eligible rescues. To date, 12 horses have been adopted into their forever homes. I am very proud to work with the dedicated volunteers in saving these amazing animals.