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Review for Eagle Hill Farm Equine Rescue, Fredericksbrg, VA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

This rescue started out with great ideas. And everybody knows that Annie (the owner) is a very kind hearted person. But over the years her mind is.. quite frankly.. not all there anymore. Which is what lead to over population problem we had for so many years. She is not what you would consider a hoarder but a poor business person with terrible management skills. How the rescue has survived for the first few years I have no idea.

HOWEVER, things have GREATLY changed the past few years and it is no longer the sh** hole it used to be. It is slowly but surely changing into a great org with GREAT ideas. Now there is only 65? horses at EHER. That is including the horses in foster homes and the horses that live in the other pastures across the street. Which means that there is not nearly the over population problem there once was.

EHER had many rough patches over the first few years, epically during the recession. Many people consider Annie to be a hoarder because of the amount of horses she had on site, but really those horses were only taken in because they had no were else to go and because Annie did not want them to end up at an auction or get sold to slaughter. NOT that I condone that but I understand the reasons she had so many horses. Like I said before, it was because of MANGMENT problems, not hoarding problems.

That all aside EHER is really turning into a terrific place with many great ideas that are finally getting used. They now have great workers, a great training program and great trainers, offer lessons, do tours, work with many of mentally disabled groups that come out, are starting to work with the wounded warriors, gaining a better reputation in the horse world, and all the volunteers agree that coming to EHER is educational experience (in a good way).

I feel very blessed being able to witness -from a distance- this terrific place transform from a dump into something that is starting to come to its full potential.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a executive director with better management skills and actual horse knowledge.

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