Hope is a safe place for neglected and abused horses to rehab. It's also fosters growth and education in young people though the volunteer program. Learning about ones self and community while caring for horses.
I am a volunteer at hope equine rescue. I have learned so many things from feeding, stall cleaning, and training of the horses so they can find there forever homes that will love them. We help out the community with gelding clinics. The first picture of VIDALIA is when she came in. The second picture is of her wining 3rd place in mares halter class not to bad for her first show.
Hope Equine Rescue has the most amazing volunteer program I have personally ever experienced. The learning experiences are outstanding; between veterinary experiences to horsemanship skills, you learn it all. I am proud to consider myself one of the family members - because that is what the volunteers are treated as. Family.
I've only been volunteering for a short time but I've already learned some things and met a lot of good people. They're just trying to help out as much as they can and it's really inspiring, I love helping out their cause.
From low cost vet assistance, free gelding clinics, free educational seminars, feed assistance, and equine training program, the work at Hope Equine Rescue's Barn is nonstop. My favorite aspect about HER is the community support. I've seen the efforts first hand. When you adopt a horse from HER, they’re protected for life. Several horses come back to the rescue, due to an adopter's financial situation (divorce, job loss). It prevents the once abused equine from having to suffer from neglect a second time, keeps the horses out of kill pens, and adopter’s have peace of mind, when having to surrender. No questions asked, the rescue picks them up. Once a horse is adopted, HER checks-in, offers training assistance and has a Facebook page for adopters to contact for questions. The rescue tries to place horses in foster homes when the barn is at capacity. Volunteers drive several hours, to bring an equine in need to an adopter’s home for fostering if the barn is at capacity. The support offered to foster families is the same quality of care. HER handles the medical expenses, and fosters handle the feed and other necessities. The youth volunteer program is amazing! It provides extracurricular activity for students in the community, and has become a sanctuary for many. Being involved with equine is expensive and the youth get hands-on experience, and even learn showmanship. When you see the volunteers and the horses participate in shows, you heart melts. The thought of being a “rescue” horse, doesn’t cross your mind. They take such pride in the horses. The level of confidence is evident in both the horses and volunteers. You see the bond between the horses and the volunteers of all ages. Equine rescue is not easy; HER goes above and beyond to make sure the comfort level of the horses, the safety of the volunteers, and continuing education for adopters is a top priority. Volunteers, adopters, and the community receive up-to-date information on events, health advisories, and what to do in Florida’s seasonal weather. HER serves the community of Central Florida, but is based out of Polk County. The poverty level is above state’s average (one of the highest for U.S. suburban areas). Polk County is a rural area, and the rescue takes all precautions in helping owners become educated, and gives assistance to prevent the neglect of horses in the area.
These people go out of their way to help animals . If they hear of a animal in need they do not hesitate, they jump in and do whatever needs to be done. If there were more rescues like Hope then we would all know that the abandoned and sick animals were in good hands.
Everyone there is awesome and very knowledgeable. If your interested in horses and its your first time interacting / taking care of one this is definately the place to go if they don't have a horse for you there they will help you find one. They will not steer you wrong! I love them and would do anything for them just give them a try.