I recently adopted a Quarter Horse mare from Serenity. I visited the facility twice, and both times I found it very clean, safe and welcoming. The horses were all well kept. They were clean, hooves in good condition, well fed and content. There was never a promise of performance out of my mare, she was not "marketed" to me as anything but a rescue from a situation of neglect and abuse. In fact, the trainer followed up with me several times to discuss how to proceed with the mare once she left Serenity. I found Patricia to be kind, compassionate and extremely passionate about the care and placement of the horses. It is clearly her intent to find forever homes for these animals and she does not care (nor should she) if she happens to hurt someone's feelings. Her goal is to find good, qualified, caring homes for the horses. I would recommend adopting from Serenity in a heart-beat! The volunteers are all so wonderful and you can really tell that everyone there loves horses.
I have a senior horse (33) and was having difficulty keeping weight on her even tho I had her teeth done and thought I was giving her enough hay. I called Serenity because I heard that they help owners in the community to evaluate a horses needs. Patricia came out to my farm and spent an hour with me and my horse Ginger. She told me she would develop a nutrition plan for her and that she would bring back what I would need to make a mash for her later that afternoon. She was back a few hours later with a plan and some rice bran, canola oil, and supplements. She mixed up a mash and we fed it to Ginger. She loved it! We have been feeding the mash twice a day and the difference in my horses is amazing.
I can't thank Serenity and Patricia enough for helping me. She went way beyond what I would expect from a rescue.
Patricia and the volunteers at Serenity have a genuine passion for loving and rehabilitating wonderful horses that have had unfortunate experiences. The natural horsemanship philosophy Patricia has with these beautiful souls are expressions of love, understanding, and gentle teachings. I am honored to know Serenity and to have the opportunity to learn horsemanship from Patricia.
Someone seriously needs to look carefully into Patricia's "rescue" program. The majority of the horses on the property are hers, not rescues. Many rescues are returned as they are not safe, sound or trained as advertised. The current plea seen on TV recently was for Patricia's gain, not the rescues. The barn which needs "work" rarely if at anytime houses rescue horses, but her own horses. The drainage near/in the barn is poor. Paddocks are rocky and muddy. Gotta hand it to Patricia, somehow she sold this "rescue" bit and is not only having her personal horses taken care of by volunteers but her home and property well taken care of from the pockets of innocent decent people trying to help a supposed "rescue" operation. Shame on you Patricia. Now if only one of the local TV stations would really look into this sham of a rescue vs. letting her go on camera and cry about needing her barn worked on. Skip volunteering at this "rescue" and put hours towards real therapy programs such as Lil Bit etc. Gee, if everyone could get away with hiding financials as well as Patricia we would all have our 11+ personal horses (oh, and pigs too) taken care of with free labor and not a dime of our own money.
Serenity was visited this past year by two directors from the ASPCA. One from New York and the other from Philadelphia. They spent hours on-site visiting with the horses and touring our facility. They also reviewed our financials, bylaws and grant application. As a result, Serenity was approved and given a grant . We are open to the public and our board is open to answering any questions that visitors or volunteers have. We tried to contact the Smythes but were unable to find them in our visitors or volunteer database.It is unfortunate that this person chose to write a false review instead of communicating their concerns to the proper people at Serenity.
Serenity has been investigated, they participate in deceptive practices, and best to steer clear. I purchased a pony from Serenity. The pony had a previous fractured hip. It was not discovered until after we started him under saddle. The vet said he is a pasture pony. I returned him to Serenity with the EXPRESSED UNDERSTANDING that he would do more than that. I didn't ask for a refund. Now the pony is listed as "trained dressage pony" and is being sold under saddle with xrays. This was not the agreement I had with Serenity, and this pony should never be ridden. They do not keep promises and have deceptive practices.
Review from Guidestar