I am a board member, however I have participated in the Women's Empowerment Journeys each year. To miss it would break my heart! I have watched the participants leave completely changed after a few days with the horses and the Lifesavers team. It is an experience unmatched by anything I have ever had in my life outside of my daughter's birth! LOL. The time that the weekend allows you to spend in nature, with the majestic, wild creatures,reflecting and focusing on healing growth should be mandatory :) I can't recommend it enough. It's funny to watch the ladies arrive to the rough and wild surroundings a little intimidated and then not want to leave when the time is up and go back to reality! The horses evolve, too, as the program allows for their gentling . Trust is exchanged between human and horse. It is a beautiful win-win situation.
I have been involved with Lifesavers since 2000, as a client served, a donor, and for the last year, a board member. I can't say enough about this organization. In addition to having over 500 horses in its care, Lifesavers is now helping Wounded Warriors to heal through close interaction with the wild horses in weekend workshops. I can attest to the healing that takes place when a human is able to touch the heart and mind of a wild horse and be touched back, as I attended one of these workshops and was helped immeasurably by the horses. Organizations grow and thrive by being visionary, and continually striving to serve. This is not an easy thing to do, but Lifesavers continues to serve both horses and humans.
I have been a donor to Lifesavers since 2000 - in 2006, I was thrown from my horse and had all sorts of injuries, not the least of which was psychological trauma. In 2007, I came to Lifesaver's Wild Horse Boot Camp because I felt I needed to upgrade my ground skills before I could ever think about riding again. Working with the wild horses and being able to approach them without eliciting a fear response was a really healing experience for me. In addition, I fell in love with a mare who had also been injured, and was able to spend time with her grooming her and talking to her. She was an awesome "therapist." I am committed to this fight against the special interests who are driving wild horses to extinction - I am now serving on the board, and am able to be more active as I approach retirement. There are lots of horse rescues out there - Lifesavers is really special. Currently I have three horses and ride dressage, and I do not think I would have ever been able to come back to riding without Lifesavers.
I have been on the board for over a year. I previously was a donor and volunteered my time to provide on-site operational assistance. I have been constantly overwhelmed by dedication of Lifesavers. They are not only saving horses...they are healing damaged people through their therapy programs.
I simply cannot put into words what an honor it is to be associated with Lifesavers.
I have been a supporter of Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue for over a decade, and a board member for over a year. The work Lifesavers has done for Wild Horses is amazing. Lifesavers has expanded and grown as the needs in the equine industry have changed. In addition to the trailblazing work done on behalf of Wild Horses, Lifesavers supports abandoned horses, whose numbers have increased due in large part to the economy. We have taken in many horses abandoned because there owners simply could not support them. We rehabilitate these horses and help them find new homes. Our most important work now are the healing programs geared to helping our returning Vets. The horses and Vets help each other heal and it is an amazing transition to be part of. I am proud of my association with Lifesavers, with the humans that are so passionate and committed to the causes, to the causes we support, and to the horse.
I am currently a board member of Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue. I take pride in knowing that my time goes to an organization that really lives up to their mission statement. They have been actively saving horses from slaughter since 1997 and have introduced some amazing programs that compliment the rescue. I am really proud of the "humanity" programs that use the rescued horses to provide therapy to at-risk youth and veterans.