I am not a hands on volunteer @ Equestrian Inc., as I am afraid of horses, however I have been going to the facility for approximately 4 years with my husband who is a volunteer. I have never been around anyone who is more dedicated to horses welfare as the people who run this equine rescue. The horses are cared for with nothing more than hard work, sweat and LOVE. You will never see any horse at this facility go without proper medical attention, food or anything else that is required in their daily needs. As with any animal or human as well, all the horse want is to be loved and cared for and that is exactly what they get. I do volunteer my time helping organize and put on the annual golf tournament to raise much need money for the care and upkeep of this most needed horse rescue facility.
Equestrian, Inc. is one of the best equine non-profits in the Tampa Bay area. They truly care for their horses and put them above everything else. You won't find a better set of volunteers willing to go the extra mile. I would highly recommend donating to this wonderful organization.
I have always had horses growing up and wished my daughter had the same opportunity to get close and find out how much love horses have to give. My husband was diagnosed with Cancer last year and my daughter of course was having a difficult time ( she is just 12). I read about the rescue in the paper and we went one Saturday afternoon it was amazing. Miss Glenda and Dee Ann were so sweet and let us feed the horses apples and even took my daughter for a ride. I would go there every day if I could.. I look forward to seeing the horses sweet faces posted on Facebook every day. God Bless them all.
Sandra and Madeline
I discovered Equestrian, Inc. one night while watching the news. A horse had been nearly starved to death (Half of it's body weight) and Equestrian, Inc. managed to get the horse away from it's cruel owner & start the long road of saving the horse's life. Glenda Smith and her daughter, DeAnn and the countless volunteers spent 24 hours a day 7 days a week caring for this sweet horse "Jolie". I fell in love with Jolie and the other horses and spent every spare minute from my business going to the farm. Sadly the horse didn't make it, but her last few weeks were spent being fed & loved like no other. There were about 35 other horses there at the time. I had never been around horses but I am an animal rights activist & was so impressed with the work they do at EI to rehabilitate all their horses. I don't know how they do it...but they do it every day...365 days a year. Horses require a lot more "food" than dogs & cats. The love these horses get is paramount. I can't say enough about this wonderful organization. They melted my heart!.
My 12 year old daughter has been involved with the farm for 3 years. She has learned to ride and take care of horses, something that we would never have been able to afford anywhere else.
Linda is a saint. There is no other way to describe a person who has devoted her whole life to the care of abused animals, asking nothing in return. She is the Mother Teresa for horses.
The farm itself is well managed and is a social and educational asset to the surrounding community.
If you haven't yet been there and experienced the farm and its wonderful volunteers, then get there, as you are missing out on an experience that is real and unique.
I volunteered at Equestrian Inc for a while and have owned horses for many years. Having moved here from Minnesota and being involved with many horse non profits, I have seen many non profits for horses. Equestrian Inc is among the best. The love and care I have seen and experienced there on a consistent basis is what makes their facility stand out. From community involvement, education to the public and of course, the great care given to the horses and other animals is what makes Equestrian Inc a five star facility!