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.” Alex’s husband, Keith, found Jessie while he was at work that day. Jessie was sick, abused, and starving, barely living in a small, 20-foot square pen. Jessie knew he had to step in, and immediately bought the poor horse and got her out of that horrible situation.
Little did Alex and Jessie Daniels know that Jessie would be the first of many horses they would help, and the beginning of a new stage in their lives. While caring for and rehabilitating Jessie, the Daniels decided to get a companion horse for Jessie. While they were looking for another horse, they found so many more horses in horrible conditions, just like Jessie. Alex knew that she had to do something more, so she founded Pasture Pals Equine Rescue.
Since May 1, 2012, the day the Daniels rescued Jessie, PPER has taken in over 150 animals and rehomed 97 so far. Jessie, their first rescue, is one of the many horses that have been adopted. Today, she is now a therapy horse living in her forever home.
PPER takes in all types of equines, including horses, minis, drafts, and donkeys. In a recent interview with Alex, she said that “the PPER focus is on equines and the rescue takes in as many as there is space, money and volunteers to care for them.” After the horses arrive, they are rehabilitated and retrained, and evaluated without bias. The horses are evaluated constantly, so volunteers and staff can determine their natural abilities to match what they would be best at.
The horses at PPER are given the utmost care and love. Alex emphasized that at PPER, “we do not “flip” horses.” Their goal is not to rehab as fast as possible and sell the horse. Instead, they take however much time the horse needs to heal and regain its strength. Alex said: “we do not just take any horse. When evaluating a horse, we try to be sure that they have the chance to be rehabilitated and to have a healthy and productive life.”
The horses are first at PPER, and not just the horses at their barn. They spend a great deal of time helping individual horse owners re-home their horses so they don’t end up in slaughter actions or kill pens. PPER even helps start-up horse rescues. Alex says that “There are too many animals out their needing help and too few willing to go to the work and expense to help them.” PPER helps them learn how to be a productive rescue that can make a real impact.
Because PPER is 100% volunteer run, they depend on fundraising to care for their animals. They would love more sponsors and volunteers, as finding them is a major challenge. You can support PPER by stopping by their barn every 3rd Saturday of the month for their Pony Rides and Percheron Fundraiser. There’s food, games, and pony rides, and lots of fun. For more information, check out their info below.
Pasture Pals Equine Rescue
If you are interested in loaning or donating your horse trailer to this particular organization, then check out details of our Horse Trailer Donation and Sharing Program here. Then, post your comments below to help out!
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