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DreamCatchers Horse Ranch and Rescue – Clermont, FL

Many people who venture to central Florida are in search of Mickey Mouse and adventure parks. But the Dream Catchers Horse Ranch and Rescue, located just 30 minutes from Disney World, is more focused on rescuing horses and transforming their lives.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. - Southwest Ranches, Florida

F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Florida Research Institute for Equine Nuturing, Development and Safety, began as the brainchild of Susan Young more than forty years ago. Susan’s goal was to save the lives of horses that carry Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) by providing an alternative to euthanasia. It is now the oldest and largest horse rescue in Florida.

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Front Range Equine Rescue - Ocala, FL

All of Front Range Equine Rescue’s horses owe their lives to a horse named Dancer. “Because of Dancer I realized other horses were in bad to even worse shape and needed help.”

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Horse Protection Association of Florida - Micanopy, Florida

This rescue gained steam after the devastating Hurricane Andrew swept through in August of 1992. Today, they have a beautiful 150 acre farm.

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Howey Horse Haven Rescue - Howey in the Hills, Florida

Howey Horse Haven Rescue started with two little heads poking through a fence trying desperately to find food. Teresa Meixner just couldn’t resist those big sad eyes when driving past that fence any longer. “You can’t look at suffering like that and do nothing,” she says. Those two abandoned miniature horses became the catalyst for opening HHHR on May 13, 2013.

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RVR Horse Rescue - Riverview, Florida

Growing up on a ranch in Texas, Shawn Jayroe is no stranger to horses. She began participating in shows and rodeos at a very young age. As an adult, the reality of horse abuse and neglect became her motivation to do something about it. She started out by finding emaciated and injured horses, boarding them, rehabilitating them and them adopting them out on her own.

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Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary - Ona, Florida

The “nature of the horse” serves as the foundation for everything done at Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary. Founded in 2007 by Robin Cain, a professional animal handler who applies the Parelli Natural Horsemanship Method to handling and training the horses. Since its founding, Sixteen Hands has rescued more than 60 horses and provided them with a lifetime home.

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South West Florida Horse Rescue - Punta Gorda, Florida

Thus, in 2010, two self-proclaimed “ordinary people” founded South West Florida Horse Rescue and became anything but ordinary. “Bottom line, we made it happen. Our thoughts were simple, these horses did not ask to be put in these situations, they did not have a ‘choice’… we believe all animals should live happy, healthy lives and we were going to make sure we could make that happen,” says Tina.

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Triple L Horse Rescue – Hilliard, Florida

Sometimes success is measured in knowing you were there for that soul that had no one until you were there for it and helped it cross on from this world to greener pastures. That too, is success.

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Triple R Horse Rescue – Tallahassee, Florida

Linda Bruns said that many of the horses “came to us as walking skeletons and are now living to ripe old ages. Some came as babies so filled with worms the vet was sure they wouldn’t live — yet today they are on the eventing circuit.” The joy and hope that comes from nursing a horse back to life keeps Linda and volunteers at Triple R going.

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Wild Horse Rescue Center – Webster, FL

Wild Horse Rescue Center is a non-profit rescue and rehabilitation center dedicated to preserving America's wild horses.

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