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Review for Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center, Rainier, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

What can you say about someone like Pat Wagner? You can't change the world, but you can make it a better place, one horse at a time, and that is exactly what Pat is all about. Nobody works longer or harder to make unwanted hay burners happier and healthier.

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Role:  Donor

Review for Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center, Rainier, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

At the Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center, Inc. Pat has a passion for saving the lives of challenged animals. As an equine hoof rehabilitation practitioner, she works tirelessly to repair the lives of equines (horses donkeys and mules of all sizes) with hoof ailments that would have, in many cases, sent them to an early grave.

Even though Pat has arthritis in her spine she works on the hooves of many horses, nearly every day. Her husband Rich, a veteran, feeds the horses, cares for the property and has stacked thousands of hay bales even though he’s an amputee.

Pat’s income is earned trimming horses to go barefoot for her many customers of her business, Heel First Landings, Inc.

However, Rich has been unemployed since January of 2011, and still that hasn’t kept them from continuing take in equines in dire situations, which number up to 20 now, along with caring for their own 5 horses. Donations help, as well as the proceeds from the DVD they published which teaches owners to trim the hooves of their own equines.

Some equines arrive with behavioral issues, starved or so scared of humans that hoof care has been impossible for them. Kindness and training, no matter how long it takes, becomes part of their hoof repair program. Many wonderful horses have been saved from death, or worse yet, a horrible trip to the slaughter plants in Canada or Mexico.

Pat believes they will find a way to continue helping them, no matter what the situation or how hard they have to work. They do all this on only 10 acres. If you ask Pat or Rich why they put so much effort into such an expensive endeavor, both will tell you that the gratifying feeling of watching a horse that previously could not walk, take off running across the field, mane and tail flying, is worth every back ache, every dollar and every long day. For the past 10 years, both Pat and Rich have devoted most their time and income to saving the lives of these amazing animals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Due to the downturn in the economy in 2007, we ended up losing our farm in 2010. At the time we had a horse, Geena, that we rescued, and were working, with Pat's help, to rehab her feet. We had to move to a house, with no room or facilities for a horse. Pat took Geena in, and is looking after her, until we can get back on our feet financially, and get another litle farm, and bring her home. Pat's an angel.

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

If I would the lottery, I'd buy Pat and Rich the 40 acres surrounding their place and give the room to rescue many, many more horses.

Role:  Volunteer & Helped with hoofcare and helping with fund raising.

Review for Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center, Rainier, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

A horse is a horse of course, of cours, unless of course the horse has hoof problems and needs a place to go and an angel to care for 'em. That place is the Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center and that angel is Pat Wagner (assisted by husband and fellow angel Rich). We rescued several older horses, with hoof issues and decided to have them go "barefoot." Pat came highly recommended as a barefoot trimmer, and that's how we met, became clients, and friends. We learned very quickly that yes, she trims hooves for a living, but that she cares for horses, as a calling. She often the only thing standing between a good horse, with bad feet, know. I recommend her personally, and her services professionally, and her Rainier Equine Hoof Recovery Center with out reservation. I'd take a bullet for her. Frank King

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We got into financial trouble, lost our farm, and had to re-home a horse. A good horse with bad feet. Pat didn't blink. She offered immediately to take in the horse, and continue working on her feet. We saw the horse yesterday, and she is doing very well.

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

I would find a way to fulfill Pat's dream of having the 40 acres that surrounds her farm. If I could, I'd buy it, fence it, put a gate connecting to Pat's place, and give her horses unlimited use of it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with Pat!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and helpful. Very giving of their time.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could... the pasture and the hay fields to see that no good horse, with bad feet...or any workable condition, ever went north to the slaughterhouse in Canada.

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't have been better...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Raising money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Again, I'd take a bullet for Pat.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & My wife and I have assisted around the farm, donated much needed items, and continue to raise money for this wonderful cause.