I haven't written in over a year and I thought it time to update my review. We are the proud of owners of two Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue alumni -- a Clydesdale and a Belgian. Both horses are doing quite well and living the life of Riley. The charity tried something new for 2013 -- fundraisers. We usually rely on the kindness of donors across the nation. Knowing that times are hard everywhere, we thought we should attempt to raise money in other manners. We are very new at this and could use event planning/fund raising professionals. It certainly is an art that we are willing to learn. The horses continue to thrive in our care and we owe it all to our volunteers and to donors. Thank you for your support.
I am a volunteer and a member of the Board. Working with these horses and GGDHR is an amazing experience. Each horse has a different story and is given the proper medical attention, food, training, care and lots of love in the hope of being able to send it to a home that will show them the love they deserve. Most arrive in deplorable condition and over time turn into some of the lovely, gentle animals you can see on our website. When I leave the barn, I am exhausted, dirty and smell like horse, but you know what? I feel good inside and I know that I made a difference in the lives of whichever horses I worked with that day. I approve of how the money I donate is spent and I invite others to give to this worthy organization. A special thanks to our volunteers -- we couldn't continue without your dedication and spirit.
After looking for a horse rescue to volunteer for, I finally met the folks at Gentle Giants. I was amazed! They were open, caring and did not hesitate to answer any questions I had. The barn, fencing, etc were clean, intact, and solid. No seconds for this rescue! From that day on, I was hooked and have volunteered for a few years in any way possible. As a volunteer, I was also welcomed to the Board of Director meetings and learned more in-depth how well run this rescue is. The care of the horses is top-notch and the vet is on speed-call and will answer 24/7. Gentle Giant's main purpose is to save drafts and draft-crosses from slaughter. With the help of volunteers and donors, Gentle Giants continues to work towards giving horses in a bad place a new chance at a safe and loving life. I was pleased to be given the privilege join the BOD's and will continue to drive 1-1/2 hour each way, one to three times a week, to help Gentle Giants continue to fulfill it's promise to the far-too-many drafts in need. And THANK YOU to our very hard working volunteers! You all make this possible!
I found GGDHR in 2007 while looking for an organization devoted to making a difference in horses lives, especially the drafts. Instilled in the organization were the same virtues and values of horsemanship as my own. Equally, I was impressed by the dedication and sacrifice made for the care of the horses, I knew this was a place I wanted to volunteer. In 2010 I received a formal invitation to join the Board of Directors, to which I happily accepted. It would give me the opportunity to lend my voice to the silent victims and help to ensure a brighter future for those horses. Although I sit on the BOD, I continue to volunteer my time with the retraining. This is what I love about Gentle Giant Drafthorse Rescue, We are all volunteers and you may never know who you might find mucking stalls , even the President herself . My wife and I have now adopted 2 drafts through GGDHR.