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Horse Rescues in North America Need Your Support

Thousands of horses are abandoned, abused, and neglected each year in the United States.  Many of these forgotten animals meet sad endings in either slaughter houses or alone in empty pastures.  A lucky few are picked up by hard working equine rescue groups that help to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome.  These organizations are staffed by people with big hearts and limited budgets.  They often rely heavily on donations from the public to fund and staff their efforts to rescue equine victims of abuse and neglect. 

It is our hope that the Horse Rescue Corner will serve as both an educational and search tool so that you can learn about local rescues in your state and contribute to the effort to protect horses and other equines across our nation. We've also set up the Horse Rescue Trailer Donation and Sharing Program in an effort to connect local citizens and rescues in need of horse trailers.

If you know of an organization that deserves recognition, please contact the HRC manager at rkraft@doubledtrailers.com.

Horse Rescue Trailer Donation and Sharing Program

Dozens of horse rescues across our country side are in desperate need of horse trailers.  Learn more about our Trailer Donation and Sharing Program HERE.  Find how how you can make a humongous difference in the lives of needy horses in your home county or state.  Our sharing program operates much like a car-pool.  Sign up with a specific rescue and have them contact you for use of your trailer in their times of need.  Or, if you're feeling especially generous, donate your old and unused trailer to a local rescue.  Learn more about this program and how to participate by clicking below:

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Find a Horse Rescue Near Me

Are you ready to make a difference in your local horse community?  Search below to find a horse rescue in your home state or county.  Many of these rescues are looking for energetic volunteers to help with farm chores, horse care, and training.  If you're looking for a less sweaty way to help, they are also in need of monetary donations or used equipment like saddles, grooming brushes, water buckets, rakes, and wheel barrows.  Maybe you're thinking about a horse adoption?  Contact a rescue on this list to hear more about their application process and available horses.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of horses who have suffered from abuse and neglect.  Check out our listings below!

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Alabama

Willow Farms Community Horse Rescue – Loxley, AL

“The thing about Willow Farms rescue, is that it not only rescues animals, but it seems to rescue people as well. If you visit us, you will see the happiness that seems to surround the place.”

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Alaska

Alaska Equine Rescue - Wasilla, Alaska

Horse rescue workers in Alaska have to deal with some unique challenges, but that doesn't stop them! They even have a scholarship program allowing law enfourcement and equine professionals to get their certifications.

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Arizona

Apache Junction Horse Rescue - Apache Junction, Arizona

Potential adopters are encouraged to go on multiple trail rides in order to develop a partnership with their new horse companions.

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Equine Encore Foundation - Tuscon, Arizona

Patti Shirley’s extensive and tireless work with racehorses began innocently enough, a trip with a friend to a racehorse sale, just to scout it out. Dale, her husband, had zero interest in horses, but that wouldn’t prove to be the case for long. “He warned me not to come home with a horse,” Patti chuckles. However, when Doc Sweet Surprise came up for auction, she just knew she had to have him

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Wildhorse Ranch Rescue - Gilbert, Arizona

Once Kim Meahger and her two children, Nick and McKay, found out about the plight of homeless horses in America in 1995, they knew they could help. In 2000, after five years of rescuing horses privately, Kim received non-profit status for Wildhorse Ranch Rescue in order to save more horses from death, abuse and neglect...

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Arkansas

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California

All About Equine - El Dorado Hills, CA

Read about a horse named Magic who was rescued from near death. All About Equine is located in El Dorado Hills, California.

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Animal Guardians Horse Rescue – Ventura County, California

In the last 9 years, the Animal Guardians Horse Rescue has successfully rescued and retired over 50 horses with special needs into permanent loving homes. Through their detailed adoption process, they create excellent matches between horses and adopters, staying true to their motto – “Joining Hearts & Hands to Hooves.”

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Coachella Valley Horse Rescue - Indio, California

Despite extreme desert conditions, this rescue operation stands strong in their efforts to help local horses. Learn which celebrities helped them start their organization!

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Falcon Ridge Equine Rescue - Valley Center, California

A rescue in California makes clever use of social media to showcase their horses. This allows potential adopters to watch horses regain health and progress through training.

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Healing Hands Horsemanship Inc. - Elk Grove, California

Gina started Healing Hands Horsemanship Inc. to follow her dream to enrich the lives of others with her rescue horses and ponies. Her vision, which started in 2015 as a backyard program with a pregnant mare and a few key students, has become a federally recognized horse rescue with locations in Gardernville, Nevada and Elk Grove, California.

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Humanity for Horses - Mount Shasta, CA

Humanity for Horses sanctuary occupies 151 acres in northern California. Every day our animals wake up to beautiful vistas of Mount Shasta and wide open spaces.When we learned about horse slaughter and other atrocities that occur to unwanted horses, we gathered a group of like-minded people together, invited local animal authorities, and in one meeting, Humanity for Horses was born.

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Laughing Pony Rescue - Rancho Santa Fe, California

The Laughing Pony rescue uses a force of volunteers to help heal horses both physically and emotionally. In return, the workers find their own personal healing.

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Otra Mas - San Juan Capistrano, California

Otra Mas takes in performance and work horses that can no longer perform their jobs due to aging or injury, saving them from euthanasia or being put out to pasture, an idea that is not as nice for the horses as it may sound.

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Polo Pony Rescue - Santa Clarita, California

This team of talented rescue workers provides sanctuary for ex polo ponies. "There is nothing more gratifying than knowing you have completely changed the course of a horse's life."

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Pregnant Mare Rescue Foundation - Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County, CA

Pregnant Mare Rescue Foundation's efforts are focused on helping pregnant mares, mares with foals, and orphaned foals from all over the countryside. These stories can be particularly heartbreaking, but this sadness can be balanced out by the truly wonderful work being doing by this organization.

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Return to Freedom - Lompoc, California

This sanctuary is working hard to preserve wild horses and burros in our great American west. They are home to the DreamWorks inspiration "Spirit", and have actor and activist Robert Redford as a Director.

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Sadie's Haven Horse Rescue & Sanctuary - Santa Rosa, Ca

Sadie’s Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary feels that every horse deserves respectful and compassionate treatment.

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Saffyre Sanctuary - Los Angeles, California

The Saffyre Sanctuary uses holistic care to heal Arabians. They do everything from the horse’s perspective and even let the horses choose their own adopters.

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Saving Horses, Inc. - Encinitas, California

Audrey Reynolds formed Saving Horses, Inc. in 2007 after recognizing the need to rescue healthy adoptable horses from kill buyers at auctions in her area. Audrey’s efforts may have started small, but her desire to help quickly grew. She started saving horses from feedlots in other states, as well as rescuing horses from neglect, abandonment and surrender. While she currently has 10 horses at the facility in Encinitas, Saving Horses has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed more than 100 horses to date.

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Sonoma Action for Equine Rescue - Sebastopol, California

SAFER operates a unique horse rescue model that includes a Donate A Bale program, free media listings, foster programs, and auction rescues.

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The DarkHorse Ranch - Morongo Valley, CA

Learn about a writer who uses her poetry to help rescue horses in California. She learned that, "No horse is exempt from falling onto hard times."

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Whiskers Paws Hooves and Claws - Tehachapi, California

Whiskers Paws Hooves and Claws was formed in 2011 when Julie Sugg saw the need for horse and livestock rescue and rehabilitation in her area. She began taking in animals of all breeds and types, most of them needing rehabilitation from some level of animal abuse and cruelty.

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Wild Horse Sanctuary - Shingletown, CA

This 5,000 acre sanctuary is dedicated to protecting and preserving wild horses and burros in the western part of our nation. 300 animals roam freely on these lands safe from the hands of those who would do them harm.

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Canada

Bear Valley Rescue - Sundre, Alberta, Canada

Bear Valley Rescue is run by Mike and Kathy Bartley, a couple that describes themselves as “just two people doing what we can to help animals in need.” The Bartley’s journey to opening a horse rescue didn’t start the way you might expect...

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Dare 2 Dream Horse Rescue - Dalemead, Alberta, Canada

After adopting three horses from a rescue in her area, a friend suggested that Brenda Fehr start her own organization. “We have the land and the experience necessary, so we dared to dream,” says Brenda

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Southwinds Horse Rescue Inc. - Oakville, MB, Canada

Irene Patterson, founder and director of Southwinds Horse Rescue Inc. saved horses single-handed for more than 20 years. In 2014 she signed up with the Canada Revenue Agency as the only registered charitable organization in Manitoba committed to rescuing horses and providing them a safe haven.

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Colorado

Colorado Horse Education and Equine Rescue (C.H.E.E.R.) - Brighton, Colorado

"The stories we hold in our hearts, don't always have a happy ending...but we always do what is best for the magnificent horses we care for." (Amber Davis)

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Far View Horse Rescue - Fairplay, Colorado

A vibrant volunteer and education program at the Far View Horse Rescues serves as the heart and soul of this program.

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Front Range Equine Rescue - Fort Collins, CO

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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Mountain Valley Horse Rescue - Eagle, Colorado

This horse rescue is half way to their $2 million goal so they can buy a permanent farm. Learn about their equine therapy and rescue program!

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Spring Creek Horse Rescue - Durango, Colorado

The Spring Creek Horse Rescue is celebrating 40 years of work! "Some of our incoming horses are in such bad shape when we get them that the change we see, with a little love, care, feed, and water, is AMAZING!"

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Connecticut

Beech Brook Farm – Mystic, Connecticut

A tiny mini horse was born with a lagging tongue and crooked legs, but he pulled through thanks to the rescue staff! The Beech Brook Farm horse rescue in Mystic, Connecticut has many other heart-warming stories from their more than one hundred successful adoptions.

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H.O.R.S.E. of CT - Washington, CT

The H.O.R.S.E. of CT rescue allows people to sponsor a horse for $50 a month. This provides a great opportunity to make a difference even if you cannot adopt or volunteer in person.

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Delaware

Second Chance Ranch - Felton, Delaware

Second Chance Ranch is just that, a place for horses that need a second chance. The rescue began eight years ago when its founder, a long time horse enthusiast, returned to Delaware with the idea of creating a safe place for both horses and humans alike. Second Chance has not wavered in their dedication to providing shelter, care, rehabilitation, and adoption services for abused, neglected and unwanted horses.

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Florida

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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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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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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Georgia

Riley’s Rescue Ranch - Guyton, Georgia

Jessica Meyer and Mary Close met while working in a local therapeutic riding program and came to realize that they shared a dream of rescuing horses. The two women decided to open a program that combined their desire to rescue horses in need with the work they were already doing through equine therapy. They wanted a rescue that would serve as a place for horses that needed to retire from their previous lives and owners who no longer wanted to or couldn’t care for them.

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Save the Horses - Cumming, Georgia

25,000 volunteer hours per year allow this organization to rescue retired racehorses and other abandoned equines. Rescued animals include off-track thoroughbreds, blind horses, horses from animal control, those that the owners can no longer care for, and horses at death’s door.

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Second Chances Equine Rescue – Hinesville, Georgia

Founder Andrea L. Doolittle has seen how the healing power of horses can have a positive effect on the many members of the military who visit her rescue. Helping these rescue horses overcome their physical and mental injuries allows the military volunteers to find peace and friendship.

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Stamp Out Starvation of Horses – Clarksville, Georgia

Stamp Out Starvation of Horses, or SOS, is located in a very rural part of North Georgia. Much of the area is poverty-stricken, and as a result, many owners are unable to provide for their horses. Many people leave their horses in their yards, in poor conditions and without enough food. To combat this problem, Sue Chapman organized SOS, and it made an immediate impact on the horse community in Georgia.

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Hawaii

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Idaho

Idaho Horse Rescue - Eagle, Idaho

Learn about a horse rescue located in the Treasure Valley of Idaho. They work to build trust with abused horses and counsel local residents on how to recognize and report cases of abuse.

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Miracle Horse Rescue and Sanctuary - Midvale, Idaho

It took six trips to move 35 horses from Nevada to Idaho, but it was worth it for this rescue filled with mostly elderly equines.

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Orphan Acres - Viola, Idaho

Since 1975, this rescue has helped adopted out 2,890 horses. They have gathered many fascinating stories along the way including several ‘celebrity’ horses.

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Illinois

Crosswinds Equine Rescue – Sidell, Illinois

Crosswinds Equine Rescue, located in East Central Illinois, specializes in retraining neglected and starving horses. As a horse rescue that accepts only owner surrenders, they work closely with owners, adopters, and volunteers to make not only the horse’s life better, but also to make a difference in people’s lives.

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Field of Dreams Horse Rescue and Adoption (FOD) – St. Charles, IL

Learn about the story of one successful racehorse that found himself on hard times. Luckily, the Field of Dreams Horse Rescue was able to help if find a new lease on life.

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Legendary Mustang Sanctuary - Alhambra, Illinois

Legendary Mustang Sanctuary started with just two horses and has now burgeoned into an organization for wild mustangs and burros with dire prospects outside of this facility.

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Indiana

Achaius Ranch - Ladoga, Indiana

After a trip to Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon, Elisha McCulloh and her daughter, Nicole Wilson were inspired. They knew they wanted to combine their love of horses and dedication to Jesus Christ in an environment of healing for both humans and horses alike.

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Horse-Angels, Inc. - Spencer, Indiana

Sue Whitman knew that she wanted Horse-Angels to be a rescue that was not just a pass-through point for these horses. She wanted to take in any horse, regardless of whether or not it was considered “easily adoptable”. She wanted each horse to know she was there for whatever they needed for however long that would take.

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Iowa

Hearts for Hooves - Toddville, Iowa

It is the mission of Heart For Hooves Rescue Inc. to provide a place of healing and rehabilitation for abandoned, neglected, and abused hooved animals. We are dedicated to bringing people who love animals together with the hooved animals.

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Horse Heaven Rescue - Runnells, Iowa

A rescue farm in Runnells, Iowa uses rescued horses to help children through equine therapy. Kids from 'at-risk' situations or those with medical conditions find healing from this volunteer-run farm.

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Kansas

B & C Equine Rescue Inc. - Carbondale, Kansas

The story of B & C Equine Rescue began long before the organization itself. On Brenda’s 16th birthday her parents gave her a horse rescued from a kill buyer lot. Brenda named him Tony, he became her best friend living to be 38 years old. When Brenda lost Tony, she knew she wanted to turn that loss into something positive...

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Freeman Arabian Ranch & Rescue – Meriden, Kansas

Freeman Arabian Ranch & Rescue sits on thirty-nine lush acres of land in Meriden, Kansas. Some of that land is part of a wildlife refuge, and all of it is home to a herd of Arabian horses that will spend the remainder of their days happy, healthy, and well-cared for.

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Rainbow Meadows Ranch - Sedan, Kansas

Imagine 240 acres of land with a herd of 50 rescued horses roaming freely! It sounds like a horse paradise to us. The Rainbow Meadows Ranch is a beautiful facility with a caring staff.

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Kentucky

Kentucky Equine Humane Center - Nicholasville, KY

This horse rescue takes on the most severe rehab cases and succeeds! They are an all-breed rescue serving horses in Kentucky.

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Louisiana

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Maine

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Maryland

Freedom Hill Horse Rescue - Owings, Maryland

Freedom Hill Horse Rescue was formed in 2006 as an organization committed to saving neglected, abused or unwanted horses that are typically difficult to adopt. These are often older or injured horses, some with chronic diseases. According to FHHR staff, “Because most cannot be ridden or medical treatment is beyond the reach of many people, these gentle souls often find themselves at auction or on a trailer to a slaughterhouse. It doesn’t have to be this way.”

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Gaited Advocate Intervention Team – Boyds, Maryland

GAIT is on a mission to rescue gaited horses and other at-risk equines from slaughter, abuse, and neglect. GAIT is unique because of their national presence and because they are one of the only horse rescues specializing in gaited horses.

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Lilly Pond Foal Rescue - Calvert County, Maryland

This unique rescue takes in orphaned foals and rescued horses from the slaughter auction. They work hard to provide these young horses with a solid foundation in their training.

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Lost and Found Horse Rescue - Germantown, Maryland

Located just outside the nation’s capital, the folks at LFHR overcome financial hardship to help horses, donkeys, and mules.

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Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue - Chesapeake City, MD

What happens after the finish line? This rescue works to save young thoroughbred racehorses who need a second chance.

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Rocky’s Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation - Thurmont, Maryland

Rocky’s Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation started much the same way as so many things in life, a perfect combination of love and circumstance; in this case a love of horses and a happy accident. Rocky’s adheres to the idea that calm, gentle, positive reinforcement is the best for all involved when retraining their horses.

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Massachusetts

Bay State Equine Rescue - Oakham, Massachusetts

The mission at Bay State Equine Rescue is, first and foremost, to preserve equine integrity through care that provides physical, mental and emotional health. In efforts to address the larger picture, Bay State also fights to raise public awareness for these horses through regional youth education, legislation, horsemanship education, animal care awareness and community service opportunities.

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Blue Star Equiculture - West Brookfield, Massachusetts

Blue Star Equiculture was founded on five basic beliefs: that horses and humans fundamentally belong together, that all horses deserve loving homes where their physical and social needs will be met, that “work” should not have a pejorative connotation, that in these troubled economic and environmental times, working horses offer a sustainable means of equine husbandry, and that all horses everywhere have immeasurable gifts to share with humanity.

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Central New England Equine Rescue - West Brookfield, MA

A mother and daughter originally teamed up to rescue just two horses. Today, they have successfully helped over 165 horses!

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Michigan

Horse North Rescue - Lake Ann, Michigan

The idea for Horse North Rescue began in 2005, when a group of friends decided there wasn’t enough being done for neglected, abused and abandoned horses in their community.

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Minnesota

Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation - Zimmerman, Minnesota

An annual Trainer’s Challenge lets local horse trainers work with untried rescue animals. This program helps adopt 95% of the challenge horses.

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Resthaven Horse Rescue - Cannon Falls, Minnesota

In December of 2015, three women gathered to discuss the needless pain and suffering they were witnessing among the horses in their community. What started as a conversation between these women ended in a mission, a mission that still serves as the basis for their work today.

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This Old Horse - Hastings, Minnesota

Since being founded in 2012, there isn’t much the crew at This Old Horse hasn’t seen. It began when Nancy Turner saw the need for a place where retired program horses could live out their lives after serving people in a wide variety of careers.

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Mississippi

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Missouri

Dreamchaser Horse Rescue - Falcon, Missouri

In 2002, Susan Thompson made a shocking discovery that changed her life and the lives of many horses being used by the pharmaceutical industry. After discovering that Premarin, a medication she had been taking for 28 years, was made from conjugated equine estrogens, she decided that she needed to do something...

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Missouri Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary - Linn Creek, Missouri

Missouri Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary was formed in 2011 to help provide shelter and care for horses in need.

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Whiskey Ridge Rescue - Green Ridge, Missouri

“Why do I rescue? Because I'm supposed to. And I will continue to help souls in need until I'm told otherwise.” Most of the horses at Whiskey Ridge have arrived because they are old, sick, unwanted or slaughter bound.

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Montana

Hiatt Equestrian Rescue and Rehabilitation – Bigfork, Montana

Working with horses can be very therapeutic – increasing mental health, positive emotions, and self-confidence. Equine therapy can help people with many different disabilities – including PTSD, physical injuries, and autism. The healing power of horses is what inspired Johnna and her daughters to start Hiatt Equestrian Rescue and Rehabilitation.

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Horse Haven Montana – Frenchtown, Montana

The folks at Horse Haven Montana are spreading the word about abused and neglected horses through an international equine film festival. In their day-to-day work, they also help retired ranch and border patrol horses find new homes.

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Western Montana Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation - Corvallis, Montana

Every horse rescue works with limited resources, but this rescue operates without even a permanent facility to call home! Still, they are making a difference in the lives of neglected equines within the state.

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Wings Programs - Corvallis, Montana

What happens when a loving owner passes away and their horses are left behind? For this horse rescue, it was the start of an organization that saves horses on an ongoing basis.

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Nationwide

Curly Horse Rescue - Nationwide

This wide reaching rescue operation helps Curly horses find loving homes. Curly horses are a unique breed with long curly coats.

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Forever Morgans - Nationwide

A virtual rescue helps Morgan horses through a network of foster homes nationwide. They have foster homes, homes, volunteers, and Board members spread from coast to coast and are represented in almost every state.

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Lipizzan Rescue Foundation – Nationwide

These horses are a unique and royal breed, but they are in danger. With less than 12,000 Lipizzans left worldwide, and less than 1,200 in the United States, the breed is threatened with extinction

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Northern Lights Horse Rescue - New England

Northern Lights Horse Rescue has truly turned helping the horses of their community into a community effort. NLHR was formed to help take in the overflow of unwanted and surrendered horses in New England.

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Nebraska

Double R Horse Rescue – Riverdale, Nebraska

The Double R Horse Rescue works hard to find the perfect fit for both the horse and the new owner to ensure everyone is safe and happy.

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Nevada

Healing Hands Horsemanship Inc. - Gardnerville, Nevada

Gina started Healing Hands Horsemanship Inc. to follow her dream to enrich the lives of others with her rescue horses and ponies. Her vision, which started in 2015 as a backyard program with a pregnant mare and a few key students, has become a federally recognized horse rescue with locations in Gardernville, Nevada and Elk Grove, California.

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LBL Equine Rescue – Silver Springs, Nevada

Brittany was just searching for a project horse. When she went to a local auction, she fell in love with a beautiful young colt. Unfortunately, the little colt was snatched by a kill buyer. Though Brittany begged and begged, offering to pay him double the price, the kill buyer wouldn’t budge. That day, Brittany came home without a horse, but with a passion and a drive to help save horses from abuse, neglect, and horrible deaths

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Local Equine Assistance Network - Clark County, Nevada

In 2007, a small group of horse-loving individuals began witnessing the effects of the economic collapse on their local equine community. They saw the horses that were being abandoned and neglected due to the foreclosures of the properties on which they lived, resulting in Animal Control stepping in.

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White Horse Youth Ranch – Las Vegas, NV

Amy fell in love with horses as a little girl, and always dreamed of owning one. However, she didn’t get to live this dream until later. She “prayed for several months and God revealed a beautiful vision of a youth ranch to inspire confidence through compassion in socially-challenged youth.” And so, White Horse Youth Ranch was born.

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New Hampshire

Draft Gratitude - Winchester, New Hampshire

“They’ve earned the right to have a safe ending.” These are the words Rebecca Roy uses when discussing Draft Gratitude’s founding in 2014. Her rescue works exclusively with draft horses, whose bodies often show the scars and effects of a lifetime of hard work.

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Hidden Pond Farm Equine Rescue - Brentwood, New Hampshire

All of the horses at Hidden Pond Farm come from auctions or kill pens, where they face imminent slaughter. “We take the horses that no one wanted, that we know nothing about, with no past owner to speak of,” says Phyllis. This blank slate means that each horse really does get to start over.

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Live and Let Live Farm - Chichester, NH

This is the largest animal rehabilitation rescue in the Northern Northeast. Learn how this once tiny operation has grown to help over 60 horses at a time!

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New Jersey

Bergen County Horse Rescue – Mahwah, NJ

BCHR is located on a farm that originally started as a boarding facility. The farm managers realized very early on that their farm was destined for a greater purpose. After fending off several aggressive offers from real estate developers, they were able to get the land officially preserved. In 2016, they reformed as a horse rescue and began taking on new horses in need.

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Manes and Tails Organization - Hoboken, NJ

This rescue uses a "free-lease" program instead of adoption. The owner will always take the horses back and reserves the right to recall a horse for any reason.

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New Mexico

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New York

13 Hands Equine Rescue - Bedford Corners, New York

In November of 2015, Marylou Tortorello was making a contribution to her local horse rescue when she decided to ask if there was anything else that she could do to help. When the rescue responded by asking her to adopt from them, Marylou did just that. She couldn’t have known that her one simple question would lead to the formation of 13 Hands Equine Rescue.

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A Pony’s Paradise Equine Rescue - LaGrangeville, New York

A Pony’s Paradise began in October of 2013, when Melissa Ulmer and a group of other horse-lovers decided to take action to improve their horse community. “We sought to help remove unwanted and/or neglected horses from situations that put them in physical or mental danger and find them new, safe, loving homes,” says Melissa.

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Begin Again Horse Rescue – Lima, NY

Drive a half-hour south of Rochester to Lima, NY. There, you will find a farm like no other. Started by a band of 3 friends, each already rescuing horses on their own, who decided to work together to strengthen their efforts.

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Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue - Dover Plains, NY

Go check out the permanent residents of the Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue in Dover Plains, NY. Experience a wide range of therapeutic and educational programs.

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North Shore Horse Rescue - Long Island, New York

NSHR takes in unwanted horses, horses with medical problems and former racing horses. Their mission is to “rescue and care for any unwanted horses, including those that have been neglected, abused, or are at risk of going to slaughter.”

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Painted Bar Stables – Burdett, NY

Located right on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, among the beautiful waterfalls, rolling hills, and breathtaking views of Schulyer County, sits Painted Bar Stables. A local equine landmark in the 60s and 70s, this barn holds its own historic charm. And with all the beautiful horses that call this place home, it’s an attraction for horse riders of all ages.

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Roanchar Ranch – Varysburg, NY

The rescue works to save draft horses who are discarded by their former owners. Roanchar Ranch firmly believes that draft horses can make wonderful riding companions. They are working hard to help these 'gentle giants.'

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North Carolina

Carolina Equine Rescue & Assistance - Wingate, North Carolina

Darlene’s dream encompassed more than rescuing horses in need. She wanted to create someplace that she says, “not only works with local law enforcement and countless other rescue organizations in seizures and surrenders, but one that helps educate owners on how to properly care for their animals and avoid unlawful neglect.”

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Horse Helpers of the High Country – Boone, NC

Horse Helpers of the High Country is nestled along the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Anywhere from 12-17 horses can reside on Wisteria Farm in Boone, NC. Once there, horses are able to receive the rehabilitation, care, and second chance they desperately need.

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Horse Protection Society – China Grove, NC

Horse Protection Society is located in China Grove, NC, 30 minutes north east of Charlotte, NC. Founded by Joanie Benson in 1991 and incorporated in 1999, HPS is dedicated to providing sanctuary for abused, neglected, and abandoned horses in the central piedmont of NC, including the greater Charlotte and Greensboro metro areas and surrounding counties.

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Pasture Pals Equine Rescue – Clayton, NC

Alex was surprised when her husband came home from work one day with a horse trailer. But she was shocked when she saw what was inside. Inside, was Jessie, who Alex says was “the most severely abused animal she had ever seen alive.” Little did Alex and Jessie Daniels know that Jessie would be the first of many horses they would help.

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Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement - High Point, North Carolina

What started as a love of rescuing dogs transformed into a horse rescue and sanctuary for senior horses. Now they are a Global Federation Animal Sanctuaries certified farm.

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Southern Sun Farms Sanctuary – Glendale Springs, NC

Nestled against the Blue Ridge of the North Carolina High Country, you will find a special haven for recovering animals. The Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary makes it their mission to help protect and care for a variety of horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, raccoons and even deer fawns.

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North Dakota

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Ohio

Copper Horse Crusade – Cambridge, Ohio

After almost twenty years of rescuing and rehoming horses across the country, Copper Horse Crusade has created a new method of “rescuing” horses – different from other horse rescues. They pioneered the concept of “sustainably saving slaughter bound horses” and are on a mission to help as many horses as they can through sustainability.

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Voice for Horses Rescue Network – Toledo, Ohio

After working as a local Humane Agent for 16 years and seeing so many equine cruelty cases, Diana Murphy decided to start an equine rescue. She wanted to help the law enforcement agencies by housing horses seized for court cases, and by taking in horses from owners who needed to release them. As a result, Voice for Horses Rescue Network was formed.

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Wild Horse Rescue- McDermott, Ohio

At the young age of ten, Betty Davison began using the resources she had, which at the time consisted of a small booklet called Barry School of Horsemanship, to help horses in need. “As a child, I didn’t have the money to go out and get the perfect horse, so my horse always had a problem that needed to be helped,” she remembers. This became a lifetime of work...

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Oklahoma

Horse and Hound Rescue – Guthrie, Oklahoma

Located on a beautiful 50-acre ranch just outside of Oklahoma City, Horse and Hound Rescue is home to many ex-racehorses and thoroughbreds. However, unlike most horse rescues, at Horse and Hound, you’ll also find a bunch of happy, tail-wagging dogs running around

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Horse Feathers Equine Center – Guthrie, Oklahoma

At this rescue, the staff and horses help rehabilitate veterans with PTSD and trauma.

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Oregon

Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch - Tumalo, Oregon

They found inspiration in a little horse that survived two gunshots to the head. Now, the Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch is a powerhouse program that is making a difference in the lives of both equines and children.

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Equine Outreach - Bend, Oregon

Who says rescue horses can't have stellar bloodlines? This organization rescued a descendant of Secretariat when she was found in a herd of starving thoroughbreds.

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Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue - Sheridan, OR

Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue works alongside Animal Control to provide a safe haven for horses and other animals. The husband/wife duo have provided care to over 300 horses in the last 5.5 years.

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Linn County Animal Rescue - Lebanon, OR

Two white mares become best friends after being rescued in Oregon. Learn more about how this operation helps save the most desperate of horses.

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Project Spirit Equine Rescue & Rehab - Klamath Co., Oregon

The founders saw a horse named Spirit suffer in 1989 and vowed to never let it happen again. Loving volunteers continue to work in honor of this promise.

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Strawberry Mountain Mustangs - Roseburg, Oregon

This rescue takes in law enforcement neglect cases that often include Hennecke body scores of 1. Sometimes, the horses are brought in simply because the owners don't know how to properly feed their animals over the long hard winters.

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Pennsylvania

Last Chance Ranch – Quakertown, PA

This chestnut beauty only survived because of their hard work and loving care. Learn about the horse rescue efforts of Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown, PA. They are always in need of volunteers and donations.

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Omega Horse Rescue - Aireville, Pennsylvania

Kelly Smith has been involved in horse rescue since the early 1980’s, officially founding Omega Horse Rescue in 1997. With a goal of finding nurturing homes for every horse, donkey, mule and pony that they come into contact with, Kelly has had a tremendous impact on the lives of horses in need around her. With more than 100 horses now coming through their gates annually, Omega Horse Rescue has placed more than 1,300 equines in homes to date.

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Second Chance Equine Association - Norvelt, PA

Committed to the assistance of abused & neglected equine, Second Chance Equine Association was formed in 2006. To this day, they continue to take horses that have been surrendered to, or seized by, a humane police officer or are in life-threatening situations. The horses are rehabilitated both physically and mentally before they are adopted by a new family.

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Rhode Island

Horse Play Rescue & Sanctuary - Rhode Island

This horse rescues uses a unique ‘natural’ approach to train their horses to ride bitless and live the herd lifestyle.

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South Carolina

HOPE Acres Rescue - Berkeley, S. Carolina

After only five years in existence, HOPE Acres Rescue has already built a strong rescue program with rehabilitation, retraining, and adoption.

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South Dakota

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Tennessee

Hickory Hill Farm - Mt Juliet, TN

Learn about a horse named Gummi who helps children to read with confidence! This is just one of the programs at Hickory Hill Farm in Tennessee. Their mission is to RESCUE, PLAY, HEAL with both humans and horses.

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Horse Plus Humane Society - Centerville, TN

Horse Plus is the world's largest Humane Society dedicated to horses with shelters across the nation. Learn more about Horse Plus and a special donkey named Ivy.

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River Edge Farm Horse Rescue - Middle Tennessee

Jane McAllister’s love of horses began in Pennsylvania where, along with riding, she worked with the local humane society and horse rescue helping unwanted horses find new homes. In September 2006, Jane moved to Tennessee looking for a climate that would allow her more riding time, and her desire to help less fortunate horse moved with her...

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Texas

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society - College Station, Texas

What can you do with 120 days? This Texas horse rescue holds an annual event to train rescued horses in just four months.

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Easy R Equine Rescue - Lubbock, Texas

In 2005, Angie Alspaugh and her husband Terry took in their first 2 horses, having no idea how rewarding the experience would be or what it would turn into. They founded Easy R Equine Rescue in 2009 to “provide respite to horses in need and allow other people to experience the joy of adopting a rescue horse,” says Angie.

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Equine Rehabilitation Central Texas – Leander, Texas

Lisa Rivers founded the nonprofit organization, Equine Rehabilitation Central Texas (ERCT), in 2012 to rehabilitate horses that have been rescued from abuse and neglect. At ERCT, they rehab horses with supplements, highest-quality hay and feed, and lots of love. After the horses are physically healthy, staff and volunteers at ERCT work to heal the horse mentally and emotionally.

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Lone Star Ranch and Rescue – Blue Ridge, TX

Lone Star Ranch and Rescue was started out of a love for horses and and other livestock. They rescue neglected and abused horses from situations such as owner surrendered, seizures, and animal control agencies.

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Osborne Stables Equine Rescue - Sutherland Springs, Texas

Osborne Stables was formed in 2002, after taking in four horses that would otherwise have been killed. This single rescue opened the floodgates to the difficulties in the area. It wasn’t long after that initial rescue that calls began pouring in for assistance and asking for advice.

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Runnin’ Free Ranch - Ennis, Texas

Founded in 2016, Runnin’ Free Ranch is a place for humans and horses to rebuild lives together. Runnin’ Free Ranch was developed with the mission to to help veterans, at-risk youth, special needs children and their families heal.

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The Love Angus Foundation - Houston, TX and West Indies

The Love Angus Foundation is located in Houston, Texas and in the West Indies. We spoke with founder Monique Francis to learn how the volunteers of this organization are working to save horses in Jamaica. Many of these horses are abandoned along side the road after failed racing careers.

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Throwaway Ponies - Farmersville, TX

A 79-year-old volunteer spent 3-4 hours in a scared horse's pen for several weeks until he gained her trust. This rescue helps retirees regain a sense of purpose and a more positive outlook on life.

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Wings And Reins, Equine Refuge, Inc. - Devine, Texas

A retired show jumper starts a rescue that specializes in retraining aggressive horses. "Our belief is that their is no such thing as a mean horse, they were not born mean, people made them that way."

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Utah

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Vermont

Dorset Equine Rescue - East Dorset, Vermont

The Dorset Equine Rescue runs completely on donations which is made possible only by the generosity of people like you. If you believe in what we do, please consider a tax deductible donation so that we can continue to help these amazing animals.

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Virginia

Front Range Equine Rescue - Bristow, VA

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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Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue - Hardy, Virginia

A mare fell through the floor of her trailer while traveling. The staff at RVHR was able to rehabilitate her injuries and share an important lesson on trailer safety.

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Washington

Iberian Horse Rescue - Ellensburg, Washington

What started as a Facebook networking group transformed into a rescue for Iberian horses. "We will try to help any Iberian horse no matter its location."

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SAFE Horse Rescue - Woodinville, Washington

The SAFE Horse Rescue in Washington state has an impressive retraining program to help their horses be "good equine citizens." One of their greatest success stories is a mare that went on to compete in dressage championships!

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Sunrise Equine Rescue - Grapeview, Washington

This organization provides equine therapy for local nursing home residents and disabled children. The rescue horses are an integral part of this service.

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West Virginia

Heart of Phoenix - Huntington, West Virginia

This rescue helped a pony named Turner survive an injured leg so that he could be adopted to a new family.

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Wisconsin

American Standardbred Adoption Program - La Crosse, Wisconsin

What happens to a Standardbred harness racer that no one wants to race anymore? This rescue helps retrain and rehome these retired athletes.

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Helping Hands Healing Hooves – Cedarburg, WI

Helping Hands Healing Hooves provides “A simple dream. A dash of hope. A touch of faith. Endless possibilities.” It’s a beautiful sentiment for a rescue that focuses on using therapeutic riding techniques to help those with disabilities. HHHH has been operating from Cedarburg, WI since 2006.

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Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab, Inc. - Colfax, Wisconsin

“We have taken in and rehabilitated emaciated, orphaned, abandoned, abused and unwanted horses from owner surrenders and law enforcement seizures. We also specialize in nurse mare orphan foals,” says Cindy.

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Touching Smiles Equine Therapy - Cascade, Wisconsin

Sheryl and her family decided to form Touching Smiles in an effort to offer equine assisted therapy to individuals with special needs and began rescuing horses to build that dream.

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Wyoming

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