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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Education, Human Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to provide spiritually minded individuals with knowledge and experiences with horses that lead to higher levels of awareness, balance and the fulfillment of one’s purpose. Our vision is to serve as a spiritual haven, while building a bridge from where you are in life to where you want to be. Values • Serving others • Kindness • Compassion • Education • Fun Swan Center Outreach is the community outreach of the Swan Center for Intuitive Living. We partner with previously abused and neglected horses, and offer programs to youth, adults and corporations that demonstrate the ability of animals to serve as teachers, healers and friends.

Target demographics: Volunteers who are interested in the role that horses can play in the quest for greater spiritual awareness

Geographic areas served: LA area

Programs: Horse Handler Volunteer Program This program is for volunteers who are interested in the role that horses can play in the quest for greater spiritual awareness. Volunteers have the opportunity to feed, handle and train horses, and do general ranch work. No previous horse experience is necessary. We offer an ongoing training program.

Community Stories

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Bruno Alonso Cerpa R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The feeling I got when I visited the Swan center , is one of a place working for a future understanding of the importance of contact between man and animals in general , not just horses . The benefits , regarding the understanding of our sensitivity and our empathy with others , are huge since the first hour you interact with those horses , because in so many ways they are like sensitive human beings and the Center teaches you how to use your energy in the accurate and addecuate way with them . In this interactions I happened to discover interesting things about myself that I use to this day . If you are somebody that understands how important inner personal growth and understanding of oneself is for life , then you should participate of the Swan Center experience .It can change your life .

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Swan center is magnificent. People who work there really love horses and try to do their best to save them. Horses began to trust people again and they began to understand horses. You have to go and see for yourself and realise how big this is, the bond between nature animals and humanity is special! Kids love this place, it fills them with the purest feelings and learning about horses make them want to come again. One thing is for sure, once you visited Swan center outreach, it will change the way you see things in your everyday life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Swan Center is a great place fool of love. I am a valanter I go to help out.
I love that place the people are amazing and the energy is great. it is a very peaceful place.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A place where miracles do happen! Humans can learn compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional love. Where horses become our teachers, healers and friends! This was my first experience with horses at this level over 30 years ago. Please support this life changing organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach partners incredibly trained rescued horses with humans serving the L.A. metropolitan area. A safe, fun and loving environment for adults, children and families. Businesses and corporations alike are welcomed for a unique Team Building experience with horses on the ground!!!
Very proud and humbled to have been a part of this life changing organization for over 30 years! Come play with the horses!!!

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3 Dervin G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

How does one go about evaluating an organization that exists only for selfless love and serving those in need at the highest levels? that brings such a bright light and extreme positive balance into the world in these challenging times? I support its herds of Master life instructors the horses and their human partners with all my heart as well invite everyone to assist in this celebration of happiness!

That's Eeyore in the photograph, the Swan Center's miniature donkey and maximal ambassador of affection! ❤️

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Former staff

Rating: 5

So excited about the horses moving to a warmer, lower altitude as almost all of them were born and lived the major part of their lives closer to sea level. I'm certain this will be great for the health of the aging herd cared for by Master Rose Ashley who taught all of us everything we know about horses, their inner life and care. [As a result of that acquaintance with these miraculous souls even though a city slicker I became their farrier for over ten years in North Georgia]

We have loved Colorado and deeply appreciated the many many happy volunteers and excited program participants throughout the 20yrs in Georgia now 10 in Silverthorne. Of course it's always hard to say goodbye but I don't believe in those anyway. California is a state in crisis that needs a lot of love right now and our next step is to bring all of ours to serve in that beautiful place. Looking forward to seeing your lovely faces and uplifting hearts once again now out on the sunny rolling hills of Southern California.

I can't wait to come out myself!

Best to all,
Dervin Gilbert
Charlotte, North Carolina
www.800casting.com/24593

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 1

These people are great at hooking you financially through their "love" and then they rip your heart out. I have no money so I worked as much as humanly possible to return the money I did not have. There were people that had money that weren't even allowed to say good bye to the horse they loved, and when asked to say good bye, they were turned away. What kind of love is that?

3 CaliforniaSwan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach is a safe haven for people and animals. It is a place to experience the joy of learning about yourself, your energy and how it affects others. It is a place for amazing animals and people to come together and love and support one another.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach has been loving and caring for animals since 1987. All decisions regarding our animals are made with their best interests at heart. We are going to great lengths to ensure the best quality transportation and care for our animals on the road. The life threatening health issue of one of our founders has caused us to relocate out of the high altitude of Colorado. We feel strongly that our animals (some who are older) will fair much better in the sunny state of California. We are interested in continuing the spiritual focus of our organization and as such felt that the move to California would be in the best interest of our animals as well as our organization. We have appreciated all of the volunteers in Colorado and hope that your lives were changed for the better as a result of supporting our organization! Thank you for all your efforts!

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4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience, I learn how to connect myself with the horses. if you are an actor or an artist I would totally encourage you to try it, as an actor I found the whole program really helpful, because I worked a lot with energy in terms to guide and lead the horse which I later apply in my career. The enviroment and the people made it even better, they made me feel secure and brave, I totally recommend this place.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach and Swan Center for Intuitive Living has provided me with the confidence and wisdom I needed to pursuit my goals in life as well as the inner peace and discipline to stay focused and committed. I am deeply and completely grateful and consider myself very lucky to know that such an inspiring place exists and that I have had the opportunity to be a part of it.

6 Paul203

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have over 15+ years as a volunteer with the Swan Center and I can say unequivocally that being involved as a volunteer was truly life changing and enlightening. Many others that I know who have been involved have maintained life-long connections with other members and all I can say is do yourself a favor-you won't regret it!

Paul Lemal

5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I Have worked at this horrible organization for many years helping the horse's and this beautiful ranch. I have basically turned my cheek to all the common criminal activity's throughout my time at the ranch because I wanted to help this organization out. But in time I found out that the ringleader(Master Rose ) who ran this organization is nothing more than a professional con artist. I feel really sorry for the kids and all the volunteers that have put their heart an soul and worked very hard to be only in the end treated like dirt and kicked in the face by these people. Now that they are almost out of Colorado they will be in California preying and suckering in new people into this organization that have know idea what will happen to them. Please do not help them especially with any money. When they come looking stay far away.





4 foolmeonce

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was a dedicated volunteer for four years at the Swan Center in Silverthorne, winter, spring, summer, and fall. Although i loved the ranch and the animals, I never subscribed to the 'spiritual' aspect of this bogus organization, and never was shown a shred of gratitude for the time, energy, love, and yes, foolishly, money, i gave. The alleged leaders, 'Master Ashley' and 'Master Rose' have not shown up at the ranch for well over a year -neither EVER mucked stalls, or dug barn doors out of the snow, or picked ice from the horses' hooves. They micro-managed from Malibu, and drove a succession of wonderful caretakers away with their unreasonable demands and lack of gratitude. When the decision was made to move the horses, the non-cult-member volunteers were banned from the ranch. We never got a chance to say goodbye to our beloved charges. I wish the horses, especially Patches and King and Dakota, (and goats and sheep and camelids) well, but I hope those of you reading this do not give money to this self-serving non-profit. Ask to look at their books. Ask to look at their programs. Ask to talk to those of us who actually did the work at their ranch.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Please do not give any money to this organization. They moved to Colorado from Georgia 8 years ago and have some of the most dedicated and amazing volunteers in Colorado. People who have given their free time and financial assistance to support the animals and programs. Then they CHANGE. No one is allowed near the horses and they now have a post that they need money to move the horses to CA. The horses are currently on a beautiful ranch with lots of acreage and beautiful fields. They did have lots of love from the volunteers until they restricted anyone from seeing them. They have broken the hearts of the volunteers and especially the kids that have fallen in love with these majestic animals. Many of the horses are quite old and may be so stressed from another big move that they may not make it. Don't get involved with this organization unless you want your heart broken and wallet emptied.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

The Swan Center Outreach Inc. is simply a cult in my opinion. Any positive review you may read is written by one of the cult members dictated by the cult leaders. I had been a volunteer and recognized this outfit immediately as a cult. You need to hide your wallets and run like hell!

5 nancyspears1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operating a non-profit is a really tough job. Coming from a large corporate environment, it has been eye-opening for me to see the directors of this organization doing such a broad range of tasks themselves without big staffs of specialists to delegate to. They work incredibly hard for almost no compensation except their love of helping people and animals.

It amazes me how they can find time to do fundraising, without which the programs and horses would not survive, and still conduct the life-altering classes for children, adults, and people with special needs.

Even though I am no longer physically able to help with the ranch, I have found great satisfaction in helping with some of the many behind-the-scenes tasks that any business - for profit or non-profit - needs to do in order to operate. I believe in the cause and am always impressed with the results.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing how many lives are touched -- animals and people -- by the Swan Center Outreach organization. I have been volunteering for 2 years, and I have learned so much, and met wonderful people who are an inspiration to me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, I have been a long time volunteer for Swan Center Outreach. I have seen the transformations in many people through their experiences there. I am always warmed to see the children make such amazing strides with confidence and joy. There was no place I would rather bring my own child than there. Rose and John Longhill have long offered a place of safety, kindness and fun for so many children.

My daughter has been diagnosed ASD (autism spectrum disorder) for those of you familiar with the many challenges our children face, it is often difficult to find somewhere uplifting that we can go as a family for a successful outing that can accommodate her particular needs, not the least of which is an overwhelming fear of new situations. And that's what we all want as parents isn't it? A happy successful outing that offers memorable experiences and growth?

After seeing the thousands of children and animals nurtured and cared for over the years on this particular day it was my kid. My very special, very wonderful kid on horseback who had been "cleared to trot". As she rounded the judges stand with a grin from ear to ear, being sure we were watching, she continued her pass to join the others. Such confidence, such grace, such accomplishment I could not contain my emotion.

School has started again and carries it's own challenges but they don't seem so insurmountable anymore, I mean after all, "If I can ride a horse, I can do that!"

So come out to the Swan Center Outreach ranch, get a little dirty, love a few animals and let them love you back. Bring home your own successful outing and the incredible happiness that goes along with it.

LT-Iowa

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen many lives positively changed, and many children transformed, through the programs of Swan Center Outreach. By teaching children and adults how to have a successful relationship with rescued animals and in particular, horses, participants come away with experiences and information that translate into greater success in their every day lives. Confidence, compassion, intuitive decision making, a better awareness of how they are effecting the world around them - these life skills are invaluable at any age, but most vital to nurture in our children.

The training classes offered are a hands on education in horse and animal behavior, leadership skills and animal communication, that prepare one to become a volunteer. The cares and worries of everyday life can easily melt away for volunteers as they gain skill in training, feeding and caring for the animals. Most develop a close bond with one or more of the special animals at Swan Center Outreach.

Kids of all ages can throw their arms around their favorite horse, feed them carrots, lovingly groom them, and get to experience a trail ride or lesson with their four legged best friend in exchange for their hard work. I often hear conversations or see connections between a child or adult and a horse, that are clearly a healing experience for both. The Swan Center Outreach slogan -" Animals as Teachers, Healers and Friends" is demonstrated over and over in this special place where kindness, safety and fun are the focus.


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This wonderful and unique non profit focuses on uplifting, healing and educating, with wonderful programs that partner rescued horses and other animals with children and adults. I have had many incredible experiences personally, as well as witnessing many hundreds of people share this opportunity. It is truly a privilege to volunteer at Swan Center Outreach!

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5 Dervin

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So happy to have learned about this site to be able give back a little of what was received in abundance. Having volunteered several days in all kinds of weather at the Swan Center's Ranch, the love and care received was wonderful from both the gentle guidance of the staff and in interactions with the lovely creatures who reside there.

We learned that animals communicate with their energy in addition to the more well-known outer methods and that by interacting with them in this safe environment my communications have now become more effective in the world. There are horses, llamas, an alpaca, sheep, goats and a delightful miniature donkey (yup named Eeyore). Each of these creatures has its own unique personality and all are a delight with whom to build a relationship!

As this is a nonprofit here's hoping that anyone reading this will consider making a visit to volunteer and consider donating regularly for its upkeep. All volunteers are gently and thoroughly trained for the safety and optimal benefit of everyone involved. Even now on days when things may seem to be less than cheerful in my little world a visit in my mind to interactions with the staff, animal residents and beautiful experiences there help to gradually calm my thoughts opening my heart once again!

Thank you and best regards to all,
Dervin Gilbert
www.800casting/24593

4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was really excited about moving to the area and learning this Outreach existed. I have been a supporter of another outreach in Oregon, except I never get to volunteer in person because I have lived in Colorado for 15+ years.

My childhood was saved by horses, so I greatly support the idea of horses helping kids and adults. I will happily support any organization that actually does this, but after volunteering at Swan Center on numerous occasions, I have grown to learn that this organization is not what it purports to be.

The "programs" they boast of don't exist or rarely occur. They believe their round pen demonstrations are good enough to show they are trying. The horses are rescues from abusive situations where no one, even horse rescues, refuse to take them in. I commend them for this, however, they keep adding horses to their herd and will never rehome them no matter how good the situation would be for the horse.

Some of their beliefs are dangerous, in my opinion, because children are mislead to believe that they are safe horses because they have been "fixed". If the horses were to leave, they might become unfixed. Remember before sending your child here, some of these horses were very dangerous upon arrival. I have seen children do some very dangerous things around the horses under the false comfort that the "knowledgeable" staff will keep them safe with their energy. I have heard a child talk about how when one of the adult staff turned their backs, a horse kicked them, but only because the energy suddenly turned negative and it wasn't anyone's fault. Horse safety should always be number one and they need to do a better job in explaining this to their volunteers, and that horses are flight animals and while shouldn't be blamed for their actions, pretending they won't or couldn't hurt us if we have the right, positive energy is asking for a disaster to happen.

Another issue I have with the horses is the condition in which they live. Many horses are lame (the staff will not admit that means they are in pain) and limp and barely walk noticeably. Some are skinny and desperately need some extra care, many of their hooves are in such rough shape they are grown out long enough to start turning up at the ends. I was given an explanation for this, but am choosing not to post it since I think it will look as though I am biased against their beliefs. I think everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but when it hurts animals, I have to question the logic behind it.

The biggest problem I have with the place isn't the safety, or even the conditions of some of the animals, but the false promises offered. It's brilliant, really, to have people volunteer their time and donate money to an organization that is committed to hoarding animals, giving so-so, meaningless demonstrations to prove they are actually doing something as an organization, and they get free labor and free payment to keep their horses. Who wouldn't want someone to pay for their hobby?

There are other rescues in the area who do have programs, rehome horses and make a difference in the horses and humans lives. If your child desires to be around horses and you cannot afford the expense of lessons or everything else that is involved with owning or leasing a horse, please consider volunteering at another rescue. Your child will likely have more opportunities to learn about these amazing creatures and feel like they are making a bigger difference when they see a sad, unwanted or abused horse find a forever home with people that love it and choose to take responsibility for it, not just one couple who saw an opportunity to manipulate children into taking care of their own horses.



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John L. 11/18/2014

Dear “Happy Horse Girl” I apologize for your unhappy experience at Swan Center Outreach. I would apologize personally if you will be kind enough to identify who you are. With the large number of children and families that participate in our programs it is difficult to meet the needs of everyone. The 98% positive testimonials on this website illustrates how successful we are in helping people and animals a large majority of the time. I do feel it is important to clarify some things you said that are not accurate. You said: “The "programs" they boast of don't exist or rarely occur”. I have to say that this is untrue. Since moving to Summit County in 2008 we have served a total of 2,855 people with our programs. 1711 of these were children and 119 were children with special needs. Many of our volunteers have first hand knowledge of this because they have assisted in these programs. Again, if you will identify yourself, I can send you verification of these classes from registration forms. You said: Children are mislead to believe that they are safe horses because they have been "fixed" I believe horse will always be a horse and can be very dangerous if not treated with proper understanding and respect. This is why we spend so much time training volunteers in the proper handling and care of these animals. Were you thinking that if you do everything we teach you, there is no danger of being hurt? This is certainly a misunderstanding on your part and not what we tell people. We make every effort to give volunteers the education that they need to be as safe as possible, and thankfully in 25 years we have never had a serious injury between animals and people. You said: Horse safety should always be number one and they need to do a better job in explaining this to their volunteers, and that horses are flight animals and while shouldn't be blamed for their actions, pretending they won't or couldn't hurt us if we have the right, positive energy is asking for a disaster to happen. I feel everyone’s safety is number one including horses and people. We make every effort to explain this in detail to our volunteers and provide extensive training with our volunteers to serve this end. We believe the safest way to be around these large animals is to have an awareness of your thoughts because your thoughts affect how and what you communicate to them. If you have any suggestion about how we can do a better job. Please let me know who you are so we can discuss this. You said: Many horses are lame (the staff will not admit that means they are in pain) and limp and barely walk noticeably. Some are skinny and desperately need some extra care, many of their hooves are in such rough shape they are grown out long enough to start turning up at the ends. I must say this is blatantly untrue. None of our horses are lame and in fact are all walking and running very well. They live with group of horses in a large pasture as they are found in nature. I am the farrier for the horses and I make sure that none of the feet ever get overgrown. These horses get their feet trimmed regularly every 6-8 weeks. We have two vets we work with and they are constantly exclaiming how healthy our horses are, even those with advanced ages. You said: an organization that is committed to hoarding animals, giving so-so, meaningless demonstrations to prove they are actually doing something as an organization, and they get free labor and free payment to keep their horses. Who wouldn't want someone to pay for their hobby? I believe hoarding animals or anything else is a psychological illness and people who have this illness should be given the compassion and treatment to help them whenever possible. That is certainly not the case at Swan Center Outreach, which has provided a meaningful life for hundreds of animals by helping previously abused animals become partners in transformative educational programs. The “hobby” description probably does not do justice or show respect to the dedication that people have given to Swan Center Outreach over the last 25 years. The Board members and founders of Swan Center Outreach have given more than their share of labor, money and emotional commitment because they believe in the value of these programs and have tangible evidence of their positive results. You said: There are other rescues in the area who do have programs, rehome horses and make a difference in the horses and humans lives. If your child desires to be around horses and you cannot afford the expense of lessons or everything else that is involved with owning or leasing a horse, please consider volunteering at another rescue. Your child will likely have more opportunities to learn about these amazing creatures and feel like they are making a bigger difference when they see a sad, unwanted or abused horse find a forever home with people that love it and choose to take responsibility for it, not just one couple who saw an opportunity to manipulate children into taking care of their own horses. I whole-heartedly agree that there are other rescues in the area that are making a difference. I recommend checking them out and volunteering your time and money to these worthwhile organizations. If you are saying these negative things about Swan Center Outreach because you are trying to turn our volunteers against us so that they will volunteer to these other organizations, it is unnecessary. Many of our volunteers do help out and support these other organizations. Anyone who honestly wants to help animals and people have happier lives has our 100% support! In conclusion I want to explain that we are not a horse rescue. We are an educational organization who partners with other rescue agencies to provide us with unadoptable horses. We do not adopt out horses once they have been rehabilitated because they become an integral part of our educational programs and we do not want to take the chance that they will be abused or neglected again. Our focus is education, education about leadership, self-awareness and animal communication. We further this commitment to our volunteers (adults and children) by allowing them to earn points for volunteering that they can then use in trade for horseback riding lessons and trail rides. I assure you that we do have records of all the participants of our programs over the last 25 years and we have served over 9000 children with our programs during this tenure. Again, if you will be brave enough to identify yourself, I will be happy to supply you with this documentation. Kindest Regards John Longhill Executive Director

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John L. 11/18/2014

Dear Happy Horse Girl I apologize for your unhappy experience at Swan Center Outreach. I would apologize personally if you will be kind enough to identify who you are. With the large number of children and families that participate in our programs it is difficult to meet the needs of everyone. The 98% positive testimonials on this website illustrates how successful we are in helping people and animals a large majority of the time. I do feel it is important to clarify some things you said that are not accurate. You said: “The "programs" they boast of don't exist or rarely occur”. I have to say that this is untrue. Since moving to Summit County in 2008 we have served a total of 2,855 people with our programs. 1711 of these were children and 119 were children with special needs. Many of our volunteers have first hand knowledge of this because they have assisted in these programs. Again, if you will identify yourself, I can send you verification of these classes from registration forms. You said: Children are mislead to believe that they are safe horses because they have been "fixed" I believe horse will always be a horse and can be very dangerous if not treated with proper understanding and respect. This is why we spend so much time training volunteers in the proper handling and care of these animals. Were you thinking that if you do everything we teach you, there is no danger of being hurt? This is certainly a misunderstanding on your part and not what we tell people. We make every effort to give volunteers the education that they need to be as safe as possible, and thankfully in 25 years we have never had a serious injury between animals and people. You said: Horse safety should always be number one and they need to do a better job in explaining this to their volunteers, and that horses are flight animals and while shouldn't be blamed for their actions, pretending they won't or couldn't hurt us if we have the right, positive energy is asking for a disaster to happen. I feel everyone’s safety is number one including horses and people. We make every effort to explain this in detail to our volunteers and provide extensive training with our volunteers to serve this end. We believe the safest way to be around these large animals is to have an awareness of your thoughts because your thoughts affect how and what you communicate to them. If you have any suggestion about how we can do a better job. Please let me know who you are so we can discuss this. You said: Many horses are lame (the staff will not admit that means they are in pain) and limp and barely walk noticeably. Some are skinny and desperately need some extra care, many of their hooves are in such rough shape they are grown out long enough to start turning up at the ends. I must say this is blatantly untrue. None of our horses are lame and in fact are all walking and running very well. They live with group of horses in a large pasture as they are found in nature. I am the farrier for the horses and I make sure that none of the feet ever get overgrown. These horses get their feet trimmed regularly every 6-8 weeks. We have two vets we work with and they are constantly exclaiming how healthy our horses are, even those with advanced ages. You said: an organization that is committed to hoarding animals, giving so-so, meaningless demonstrations to prove they are actually doing something as an organization, and they get free labor and free payment to keep their horses. Who wouldn't want someone to pay for their hobby? I believe hoarding animals or anything else is a psychological illness and people who have this illness should be given the compassion and treatment to help them whenever possible. That is certainly not the case at Swan Center Outreach, which has provided a meaningful life for hundreds of animals by helping previously abused animals become partners in transformative educational programs. The “hobby” description probably does not do justice or show respect to the dedication that people have given to Swan Center Outreach over the last 25 years. The Board members and founders of Swan Center Outreach have given more than their share of labor, money and emotional commitment because they believe in the value of these programs and have tangible evidence of their positive results. You said: There are other rescues in the area who do have programs, rehome horses and make a difference in the horses and humans lives. If your child desires to be around horses and you cannot afford the expense of lessons or everything else that is involved with owning or leasing a horse, please consider volunteering at another rescue. Your child will likely have more opportunities to learn about these amazing creatures and feel like they are making a bigger difference when they see a sad, unwanted or abused horse find a forever home with people that love it and choose to take responsibility for it, not just one couple who saw an opportunity to manipulate children into taking care of their own horses. I whole-heartedly agree that there are other rescues in the area that are making a difference. I recommend checking them out and volunteering your time and money to these worthwhile organizations. If you are saying these negative things about Swan Center Outreach because you are trying to turn our volunteers against us so that they will volunteer to these other organizations, it is unnecessary. Many of our volunteers do help out and support these other organizations. Anyone who honestly wants to help animals and people have happier lives has our 100% support! In conclusion I want to explain that we are not a horse rescue. We are an educational organization who partners with other rescue agencies to provide us with unadoptable horses. We do not adopt out horses once they have been rehabilitated because they become an integral part of our educational programs and we do not want to take the chance that they will be abused or neglected again. Our focus is education, education about leadership, self-awareness and animal communication. We further this commitment to our volunteers (adults and children) by allowing them to earn points for volunteering that they can then use in trade for horseback riding lessons and trail rides. I assure you that we do have records of all the participants of our programs over the last 25 years and we have served over 9000 children with our programs during this tenure. Again, if you will be brave enough to identify yourself, I will be happy to supply you with this documentation. Kindest Regards John Longhill Executive Director

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at the Swan Center in May of this year after attending some of their community fundraising events. The ranch is an amazing place! No cell service or internet service, so is a place for peace and inner reflection. The animals are incredible and the relationships that develop between the people and the animals is a wonderful thing to watch. This non profit is a true family. Everyone that I have met through the Swan Center has been amazing and so patient. I have not been around horses since I was a child and was a bit "scared" to interact with the horses. Over the past few months my confidence level has increased and it is my favorite place to be! I have watched the change in both adults and children in one day at the volunteer training classes and the wonder and confidence level in the kids after one week at a "camp" at the ranch. I love the Swan Center!!