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Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement and Rescue Center

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Causes: Animal-Related, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: To provide a permanent home to horses that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or considered past their prime by their former owners. We also provide shelter for dogs and cats that have been abused, abandoned, neglected. We also do programs offering education on the care of horses and dogs.

Target demographics: provide homes to horses and other animals that would meet a bad end. We provide education al information on the care and training of horses and teach compassion to young folks that have been in bad environmental situations.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 46 horses,donkeys combined. 17 dogs. 16 cats. 2 pigs, and 75 young folks

Geographic areas served: South Central Virginia, but we network nationally

Programs: We are verified through the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I have not had the opportunity to visit the center personally I have followed Rabiah and Blue Horse for many years. My interest is because of the care and compassion she exhibited with a horse named Amigo. Amigo was a friend's horse who was abused and abandoned by his new owner and rescued by Rabiah. She restored his health and gave him love and safety for his remaining years. Through her photos and stories I have watched countless animals be restored and loved...like Hogan, the dog, that others have mentioned. She is a staunch advocate for stopping animal abuse. She provides a physically beautiful environment and love/caring/compassion for all the rescues be they little chickens, baby squirrels, cat, dogs or big horses.

2 Charlene H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I friend Rabiah on Facebook and chatted back and forth until one day I decided to visit. I was so impressed with her operation and her love of all living things just radiats from her. Rabiah gives refuge to all species of animals with love and tender care. The volunteers that work there are just as committed to seeing that all are taken care of to the best of their ability. I went to see Misqua her newly born horse and Hogan a dog who had been badly abused in the county I live in. It was a joy to see the colt but to see Hogan thriving and happy was just amazing. Rabiah has the touch if an angel. Charlene Harris

2 Keith63

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched Rabiah work miracles with animals that have found their way to Blue Horse. She provides them with love, nourishment and shelter. She truly has the greatest heart.

3 Erin73

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Your an amazing rescue!! You go above and beyond!!!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We know Rabiah since over 10 years and admire her commitment and passion to bring healing to animals and through them to people as well. She never turns away from even the most challenging case of abuse and works tirelessly to make sure the animals are safe for the rest of their lives. Blue horse mukwa is always worth the visit, to feel what a difference a few people can make in the lives of so many as rabiah's enthusiasm and drive to continue and grow affects visitors and people lending a helping hand alike. Well, you don't just visit, you'll end up falling in love with the resident and the mission and before you know it, you'll be out on the field passing out hay ….:)

2 Patty61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

While restoring an old tobacco farm, I found Blue Horse while searching for an ethical source of fertilizer. I probably annoyed Rabiah with a dozen animal care questions before getting manure, but it is important to know the animals are well loved and well fed. From my first visit, I've been impressed with the level of care each animal gets daily. The owner and volunteers provide fine quality of life at Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement and Rescue Center.

1 Writer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rabiah & Blue Horse Mukwa Equiine Retirement & Rescue Center deserve so much credit because they provide the best of care for any thing that comes to their facility. She truly loves animals & is a very talented, resourceful individual, as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has always jumped in to help whenever they could. They take excellent care of the horses & dogs/kitties, etc. in their care. The founder is a kind caring soul, too.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rabiah's commitment and dedication to caring for the horses and other animals that are fortunate enough to find their way to Blue Horse greatly deserves support. The pitiful stories of many of the animals before they reach the center are hard to imagine after seeing the wonderful condition of those animals now.

My daughter worked as a volunteer regularly for the past couple of years and I have seen first hand how Rabiah cares for each animal, no matter the difficulty of the situation or decisions needed.

Without Rabiah and the Blue Horse Mukwa, I believe most of the resident animals would have perished under terrible circumstances.

10 Joseph45

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am Joseph E. Epps, Second Vice President and Director of MacCullu m More Museum. I first met Rabiah Seminole the Director of Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement and Rescue Center in 2005. I was the President of the Chase City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She had opened a Tack and Gift Shop to benefit the Rescue Center. I was there to greet her and others attending the Grand Opening. We bonded instantly and I have been a supporter of Blue Horse since then.
Currently as the Director of MacCallum More Museum, we have a rotating exhibit of regional, national and local artist. We are the only Museum to feature the works of living artist in South Side VA.
Not only does Rabiah run an outstanding rescue center, she is also an outstanding artist/photographer or horses, dogs, and flowers. She opened the museum's artist season for the past two years. Her exhibit was called, Hooves, Paws and Petals with the proceeds benefiting the Rescue Center and MacCallum More Museum. Her sales were number one due to the huge number of supporters of the Rescue Center.There were patrons from Richmond, Virginia Beach, Washington, DC and local communities.
I have been to the Rescue Center on many occasions as I am a huge animal lover and am impressed with the work being done there. One of my first pets as a young boy of 12 was a retired race horse. Blue Horse Mukwa is a major asset to the Chase City and Mecklenburg County Area.
Rabiah also had an article written in Scotland about the Rescue Center which featured many of her photographs of the horses from the Center. This publication brought recognition to Chase City which was wonderful for the community.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Blue Horse has been a part of our community for more than a decade and has become a vital asset for citizens and local officials as well. Our county, with limited resources, turns to Bluehorse for assistance and expertise with abused and abandoned horses and other animals as well. They have formed a partnership which works will for the benefit of horses and other large animals that the county otherwise could not deal with.
The rescue routinely hosts clinics and open houses, allowing kids and people who have little exerience with horses meet and get to know these magnificent animals.
Rabiah, the owner and operator of Blue Horse, is completely and totally dedicated to helping the animals and each and every animal at the rescue is treated with dignity and respect. Most importantly, the animals are loved.
Blue Horse is a textbook example of what every animal rescue should be.

5 Lucylynne

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Blue Horse Mukwa is an amazing animal rescue. Here we have a woman who has dedicated her life to saving animals of all sizes and doing so much good in her community. I first met Rabiah through my daughter who took horse riding lessons and then became a volunteer at Blue Horse. Whenever she came home she would gush about how amazing it is to work with someone so passionate about animals and about how at home she felt when she was there. Blue Horse is the main place that sealed it in her brain that she would be involved in animal rescue for the rest of her life. I have seen the healing that happens there and believe if there is any rescue that be recognized, then it be Blue Horse Mukwa.

Joan Wagstaff

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having always loved horses, I wanted to find a way to help them. I found out about Rabiah's Blue Horse rescue when it was located in Chesapeake, VA. and immediately sought her out. That was in 2004, and I continue to be impressed and amazed with the unending work and devotion she gives, to all the animals seeking shelter and love. Without a doubt, they receive more than just the necessities of life. I do believe Rabiah has and often does, go beyond the normal requirements for safe rescue. Going without sleep or providing for herself, she will go the distance to help an animal in distress.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So impressed! !! My son has been volunteering at Blue Horse Mukwa since 2009 whenever he has free time. My grandchildren have been exposed to horseback riding at Blue Horse which began with instructions in proper equine care. Rabiah has a big heart and can't turn away animals in need. She always has the time to explain the proper care of animals. All of the animals get excellent care which appears to be personalized to their specific needs. Rabiah works long hours, rising before the sun and there is no work left undone despite the weather.
Most of the animals are there because former owners could not care for them and some animals were exposed to neglect, abuse, or abandonment. Donations to this animal retirement and rescue center will go towards compassionate care.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Upon becoming acquainted with Blue Horse Mukwa we were so moved by the need it serves and by the love and care provided by the owner and volunteers for the animals mental and physical well being. This we wanted to be a part of. The animals come from tragic backgrounds, but with the excellent care at Blue Horse, they are able to live out a more pleasant life. The community is served by Blue Horse which provides an opportunity for youthful volunteers to learn the value of hard work and the moral and ethical treatment of animals under the watchful tutelage of the owner, Rabiah. All lives benefit from being touched by Blue Horse. Much hard has gone into, and continues to go into improving Blue Horse from its beginning. The achievement is remarkable.