Habitat 4 Horses has become an essential institution in the welfare of horses and burros/donkeys in this region. They are the ones that law enforcement calls for investigations/evaluations in complaint calls and they ALWAYS respond quickly to calls and provide assistance.
I have rescued about a dozen horses over the last 15 years, most of whom have been older skinny ones. My first encounter with H4H was when someone called Animal Control about my "starving" horses, who then asked H4H to investigate my horses. I was able to show that I had food and medicine for them and was working with a vet. After the Crash of 2008, I lost my business and I worked part time for a couple of years until I lost my job.
I asked H4H to take my (3) horses BEFORE they starved because I had no money. Instead, they contacted a hay bank and provided a round bale, a month of food and Bute for the horse with arthritis. I was employed again within two weeks and no longer needed their help, but I stayed in touch with them.
One time they asked me to investigate someone else in my area (200 miles from their facility) who needed help, which I was glad to do, and reported that they were also good horse owners who were just in a tight spot like I was.
The horses come and go, always better for having been with H4H, but it is the PEOPLE who work there that are some of the finest human beings I have ever worked with, that get the credit for this wonderful organization!
I am a Volunteer. Client Served, Donor, General Member of the Public and Horse Owner and Rescuer.
In 2010, two weeks before Xmas, I lost my part time retail job and had no income at all. Usually I can fill in with odd jobs, but they had all seemed to have disappeared. My business of drawing building plans had completely collapsed after the Crash of 2008, and I was STILL struggling two years later!
It was a Tuesday and I knew had enough horse feed for my 3 geriatric equines until the next Monday. By Friday I was desperate, not sure what to do. I had been crying all night and wrote a brief email, while still crying, to H4H about my animals asking if they could take them BEFORE they become underweight and neglected because of my lack of income.
On Saturday, I received a phone call asking me for more information about the horses and my location. They sent an inspector to see my place on Sunday. On Monday they informed me that I was eligible for their hay bank program and how long did I think I would need assistance, was there anything else like, farrier or dental services needed...
I was in shock. I had been rescuing mostly older horses for over 10 years and shouldering the costs myself and never thought I would need help for my own horses (a 30 something and a 24 year old geldings and a 20 yr old pony mule). I told her I had never been unemployed more than two weeks, and it might take another two weeks to actually collect a check. That evening they had the local feed store deliver a month's worth of feed and a round bale to my house. The very next day I got a call from a new client to draw a house, and have been doing architecture again since then and continue to be able to take good care of my oldsters.
They are miracle workers in not only helping the horses but helping the people who love and care for the horses. That is why they have grown so much and are the go-to rescue in this region, which I have done when noticing neglected horses in this area. I have donated money when I could, donated tack as my horses are no longer ridden and even donated my time to make inspections of potential adopters or hay bank clients. They are what all rescues should be like. Solid, effective and compassionate. Thank you.
I adopted my beautiful horse through Habitat
for Horses. This organization is dedicated
to serving the horse! They were wonderful to
work with and had a positive attitude. I'm
so thankful I was able to adopt through this
I adopted my beautiful horse Santa Fe through
Habitat for Horses. It was a wonderful experience!
They worked with me and were very honest and
helpful in getting the right match for me! I will
always adopt a horse through Habitat for Horses. It is a rewarding experience!
I adopted 2 horses from Habitat for Horses a little over 5 years ago. One of the horses was so terrified to load into the trailer that I ended up leaving the trailer with them so they could help her work through her fears on her own timetable. A few weeks later, they got her loaded, loaded the 2nd horse and drove her to me, 5 hours away. There is not enough wonderful things I can say about them. The love and care they provide the animals amazing. I recommend them to everyone that is looking for a horse.
4 years ago I adopted Juliette from Habitat for Horses, and will adopt a gelding when our old gelding dies. While I was looking for Juliette, everyone there was so helpful and nice. It was a good experience all the way around. Habitat does a wonderful job taking care of rescued horses, re-training them for adoption, and being helpful during the adoption process. I will continue to support such a worthy effort.
I adopted a horse from Habitat for Horses,it was a very rewarding experience. They worked with me to find a horse to fit my ability and needs. The horse that I adopted was perfect and we had 8 wonderful years together before he passed in January 2014. This organization does not just adopt out horses they also educate people on horse related issues and so much more. Habitat for Horses makes the world a better place for horses and humans. I am so proud to be one of their adopters and continue to support this organization with a monthly donation.
My wife and I adopted a donkey here, and from time to time have looked at horses and mules for adoption. It is a no nonsense, caring place. They truthfully describe the good, bad and ugly of their stock, yet the bad and the ugly are just as lovingly cared for as the good. Their adoption process assures that a)you know what you are getting into and b)are the proper adopter for the particular animal. We have toured all their pastures on several occasions. Only someone who truly cares for horses would provide the care and facilities these animals get.
We are so blessed to have found Habitat For Horses. We are members and have adopted 3 horses from them. They are wonderful people and do such an amazing job giving second chances to such wonderful animals. As owners who have had a difficult year Habitat for Horses has been there when we needed the extra help. They always give, give and give. I wish I would have found HFH before we moved from the area, I would have LOVED to volunteer there!