I have been a volunteer since Feb., 2012. I have found this organization to be very caring and dedicated to the whole horse: body, mind and, yes, soul or spirit, however one wishes to define such an entity. PHH's heart is in the right place. I do think that The Board needs to be a Working Board and increased in number and filled with equine and financial people who are independently minded. I recommend this because it appears that there needs to be more planning, budgeting, fund raising and web site updating (advertising). All of that takes more resources, especially people, and a larger, working board could be of greater help to Gretchen. This woman has been doing this for 10 years and her depth of experience, combined with the backing of a Working Board, would raise this organization to the next level. All Creatures Great and Small
I have volunteered and worked with People Helping Horses for almost 3 years now, and have enjoyed every minute of it. The horses are amazing, as well as the staff, and especially the other volunteers. They have helped so many horses, and continue to help more and more each and every day. From volunteering I have learned so much about horses, and its also taught me about responsibilty. Overall PHH has changed my life for the better. And will continue to be in my life.
I volunteered and i also donated to People Helping Horses and recently i recieving an email pleading for me to donate to support the 39 horses that PHH has in their responsiblty. She said that they may not make through the winter in the cold. I couldn't remember there bieng 39 horses at PHH so i went to there website. Under residents tab there is only 25 horses. So where have they extra 14 horses come from that is causing PHH to be in such a finical bind.
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I was a volunteer at PHH since march and i love all the horses there and their personalities. I always go on saturdays for the whole entire day. The people there are awesome there. I didn't always like how most of the people worked so hard and i have witnessed that some of the horses needed fly masks and they were never put on unless one of the volunteers did it or told someone else about the problem. No one should use their rescue facility as their own barn for their horses!! i will miss all the horses there but it was for the best of me to move to another barn to learn more about horses and actually get to work with them more hands on than just volunteering and never knowing if i get to do other things.
This organization does not meet my standards and I’m concerned that it may not meet your standards as well. Every volunteer meeting the Executive Director informs us that they are XX amount of money in the hole and yet she has 18 of her personal horses, 10 of which she personal bred, at the barn. She has more personal horses in barn then rescue horses. Currently she only has 6 rescues in the barn for training and 14 horses out on pasture. Some of those horse have been there for over 3 years, the amount time I’ve been there. I have been informed that the horses on pasture are waiting to come for training, when they can afford to put them in training they will.. I’m not comfortable having 18 of the Executive Director’s in the barn and having staff and volunteers clean up and take care of them, when they have 14 other rescues waiting to be worked with. I thought the goal of the rescue was to adopt the current horses so they can stop the 2 year freeze they have been on. I do not feel like this rescue is sincere about their mission or their funding.
I gave his organization one star for the following reasons.
The Board of Directors are personal friends of the Executive Director, and for the most part just puppets.
Misuse of funds is rampant. One problem is that there is no dissociation of funds. The Executive Director not only drives the company truck for personal use (it is her only mode of transportation) but has PHH pay for all of the gas as well. The Executive Director also uses PHH money to buy groceries for herself and to pay for vet/farrier/training for her personal horses.
The Executive Director is also guilty of putting down one of her broodmares because she did not raise a good foal and the horse was not good under saddle. Currently, she is trying to sell a broodmare that is sterile.
The Executive Director is a great marketer and tells you exactly what you need to hear to pull out your checkbook. It took me a very long time to figure out what was going on and it makes me sick to know it was happening right under my nose.
I suppose the most disturbing thing of all is how the Executive Director morally justifies breeding nearly half a dozen horses a year from her own broodmares when she has founded an organization whose very existence is predicated on an overpopulation of horses without homes.
Horses are suffering terribly, starving, going untreated with injuries, and so many other situations. Some of the horses at PHH were left to fend for themselves with no food or water. PHH was called and took them in. Suffering from rain rot, starvation, teeth problems, hoof problems.... each horse is treated and being rehabilitated so they can go to their forever homes. This facility PEOPLE HELPING HORSE has the most caring volunteers and staff I've ever met. I am proud to be one of those volunteers, though it is like joyful therapy for me. The horses always listen. Please visit our site www.peoplehelpinghorses.com and see for yourself the wonderful work they do. Pay a visit to meet my friend Jojo, one of the horses there. Please help our cause!! I, Jojo and the other horses thank you.
PHH is an incredible volunteer experience for me and I love what they do. These horses are incredibly lucky to have a place to stay like People Helping Horses. To me, I have no idea why anyone would want to abandon a horse, but in that case, if it does happen, PHH is a great place!
We have been receiving e-mails, pictures and mail from this charity for a long time. We regularly send donations to them as we can,,to help because be believe they really are caring and loving to the horses they rescue and are always looking for other horses to rescue from cruelty and inhumane conditions. The pictures they send show that the horses in their care are beautiful and well taken care of and show that they really care. We would love to go by and see their place, if ever we are out that way.
People Helping Horses is an INCREDIBLE organization. The shoe-string staff work their butts off, and take on the many challenges nonprofits face with resillience and a great additude. If you've ever been the barn, you know why: watching these horses - each with its own personality and story - transformed from nearly-dead to fully-alive is an incredibly inspiring thing to witness. They are always appreciative of a helping-hand, and they never miss an opportunity to turn a volunteer into an expert. As a volunteer, I feel incredibly fortunate to feel very truly like a part of the People Helping Horses family. These guys do a great job with the horses, but seem to need help with their operations. If you have nonprofit or business management experience, please consider lending it to this very worthwhile organization!
I first went to PHH about a couple of months ago since I wanted to be around horses and learn how to deal with them. I love the place and love their care for horses. Laurie was amazing and told us a lot about things that they do at the stable, gave a very informational tour, and looked like a huge care taker of horses. I have been there a couple of times by now, and love the attitude of people who work there and how much they give to the horses. Love their rescue program, therapeutic riding, etc.
A+ place. The care of the horses is amazing, not to mention how clean the place is and how NICE the people are. My daughter and I had a blast and would still be there if we didn't have a horse of our own to pamper =)
Lots of volunteers are needed for the annual "Celebrate the Horse" event. This is a fundraiser for PHH. I was an announcer last year for several of the clinicians who provided presentations. Not only did I enjoy the whole event, but I LEARNED A TON about behavior problems, nutrition, equine dentistry and much, much more. I saw some horse breeds up close that I had only read about in books and magazines. The amazing passion and dedication of the instructors was truly inspirational. I'll be volunteering again October 2 & 3, 2010. Check out the website: http://celebratethehorse.org/ and plan on volunteering for this weekend event. You'll be glad that you did.
There are lots of animals, a few dogs and cats and a lot of horses. Sometimes you can see other animals like deer, rodents, moles and once I saw a rabbit. There are also lots of birds: swallows, killdeer, chickadees, house finches, ducks, geese, and raptors like hawks and eagles. I help plant trees to restore a small seasonal creek and protect water from horse poop runoff. It's a ways to drive to, but it's good to know people outside your neighborhood. Down on the farm or whatever. It's a lot of hard work, (well sometimes easy) but when you go home at the end of the day you feel like you've made the world a better place.
PHH give horses the help to heal from whatever trauma has happened to them. You give them patience, love and the opportunity for them to 'adopt a family' that will take them into their hearts. What you do for horses is incredible. I am so proud to be a supporter.
People Helping Horses gives an opportunity to people like me to make a humane difference in the world. PHH is a facility where skilled trainers, vets and therapists work with rescue horses giving them the care and time they need to heal. But that’s not all. City kids, middle aged horse dreamers and cowboy wanna-bes help out too. I spend most of my volunteer time working on barn repairs and pasture restoration but hanging out with the residents is a vital part of my work too. I have seen how the volunteers stretch the resources of the rescue- a human physical therapist learned equine massage from the visiting vet and I learned native plant restoration to manage manure runoff and protect our groundwater. We stuff envelopes, clean paddocks and stalls, groom and walk the critters. There were many neglected horses and ponies needing services before the economic hard times hit. Now it’s worse. I admire the undaunted effort I have witnessed the PHH staff put into meeting the challenge. It takes planning, often long term planning when horses come in not only skeletally thin but in foal. It takes skill, patience, trial and error and detective work when an animal’s abandonment, mistreatment, or injury must be puzzled out. PHH is dedicated to giving all of the horse residents the best possible chance at health, happiness and a forever home. They provide needed hands on training and access to horsemanship clinics for volunteers, adopters and the community.
I committed to volunteering at People Helping Horses once a month in July, 2008. By October I was up at least weekly. The staff at People Helping Horses care about each individual horse: they know their story, their likes and dislikes, and work very hard to find the right human partner for their forever home. The staff also care about the volunteers. They saw that I loved grooming and helping the horses that were a little more difficult to handle, so they then facilitated for me to attend clinics and receive extra training in teaching the horses ground manners. People Helping Horses is a place where one's heart is opened to the possibility/ reality of recovery from terrible situations as they put every effort forth to support that process. Each horse, no matter how old, is given the support it needs, including nutritional, body work, and expert training, to achieve his/her highest potential.
I have been volunteering with People Helping Horses for the past 5 years. My experiences there have changed my life: my passion for horses and rescuing those in need has increased and I have had the good fortune of adopting the most wonderful and deserving rescue horse from this organization. He was given a second chance when others had given up on him and has given back to me in love and joy in more ways than I can describe. I have learned from everyone here and grown as a rider, horse owner and volunteer. The facilities are well kept and the horses and their well-being are the first and foremost priority at PHH.
I belong to a equine 4-H group and we wanted to do a community service and decided that we would pick People Helping Horses to volunteer at. Our group of about 15 girls between the ages of 9-16 went to PHH on a Saturday morning and spent 4 hours cleaning stalls, buckets and paddocks. While we were there we learned all about what PHH does to help the horses it takes in. We were all so excited about helping them that we are planning on doing it again real soon. This is a fantastic organization that has the welfare of the horses as their number one priority.
I started volunteering at people helping horses in february of 2009. Seeing horse's brought into the barn due to neglect was depressing and at first I wasn't sure if I could handle the thought that human beings were capable of such abuse and neglect. I soon saw the strength and commitment that PHH founder Gretchen Salstrom had within her. Along with volunteers and staff the horses are given vet care and the day to day care they need to survive the horrific circumstances that they came from. I soon realized that all these beautiful animals were given a second chance at life. I soon began to feel hope. And that has carried me through my volunteering experience. My daughter and i were lucky enough to meet harvest and felt immediately attached to her. To make a long story short we adopted her and she is doing well. we moved her to a barn closer to where we live and have not been volunteering lately. Our time has been spent helping her adjust and continuing her training. I will be getting involved in the upcoming events PHH sponsors. I especially enjoy celebrate the horse and am looking forward to that event.