Mission, Vision, Services & Story
To prevent unnecessary horse and human, stress and suffering through the assisted application of preventive and ongoing, equine health maintenance.
Our goal is to prevent unnecessary removal of your horse from a safe and healthy home because of temporary life circumstances.
SERVICES OFFERED FOR HORSE AND HUMAN:
Caring Hearts for Horses offers assistance to horse owners concerning the health and welfare of their horses. We believe that all horse owners should have a safe place to turn to for a helping hand when life presents a challenge.
For the Horse: Nutrition, Holistic Care, Temporary Fostering, Temporary Board for Travel, Information hub when you need answers, Physical and pain assessment, Physical Rehabilitation, Renegade Hoof boot fittings and supplies, Equipment and Tack education, Environment repair and so much more.
For the Human: We are your hub to get you back on track. If the end result helps your horse then we will do what we can to guide you in the right direction. From new employment, physical assistance to help care for your horse when your own medical issues arise. If what is putting your horse at risk is affecting you then we will do what we can to assist.
Many times life sends us a curve ball that for a moment can make us feel like we are alone. It can force us to make decisions that we shouldn’t have to make. We are here to help.
EALA (Equine Assisted Life Agility): Bringing At Risk Youth together with special needs horses using canine style agility maneuvers to teach the life skills needed for healthy emotional growth.
We understand that sometimes our pride can get in the way of reaching out for assistance. We are your safe place to turn. We will never judge you or punish you in any means. We are here for your horse and therefore here for you.
We can’t “Fix” everything, what we can do is be a pathway back to a healthy, safe and happy place for your horse and yourself.
Caring Hearts for Horses Inc. is a 501(c)3 Reg. non-profit organization in Mohave County Az.
September 2016 was a month that I will never forget. It was a time when plans that I had made for a new start made a complete 360 degree turn. A horse owner looking for help and finding none brought us to an end result over the next week that was not a happy ending.
This is our story;
Overhearing a woman at a feed store mention that she was in hope of finding something that would help her mare quit weezing and start eating again because the vet was not a financially viable option, I gave her my number and told her to reach out to me within a couple of days if there were no improvement and I would see if I could find her some help in one way or another.
Almost a week later I received a call from the woman that the horse was worse and she didn’t know where to turn next. I drove to the home to see the horse and what direction we might want to go in. What I was faced with when I arrived was heart wrenching. A 29 yr old thoroughbred mare was literally skin and bones. And her breathing was so rough and labored she sounded as if she were drowning. It was loud and nothing like that I had ever heard. After speaking with the woman in a calm I never have had before it was indulged that Cassie hadn't received any preventive care of any Kind in the 3 years the woman had her. No health care whatsoever.
I left the house making calls and choking back the need to sob uncontrollably for the hell that my own species inflicted upon this horse in the name of, "love" and “Pride”. I new in my head and my heart what needed to be done with the situation that had presented itself and it made my heart hurt. Knowing that you must end a life is never easy in these cases.
I reached out to a small horse rescue & sanctuary in Golden Valley Az where I had gotten my current horse. She said she would be willing to share the cost with me for what we needed to have done.
48 hrs later and one day shy of the little help I could offer at this point, I received a call from the horse owner while I was at work on my break telling me that the horse was down and not getting up. I was too late, and could only hold my composure till my next break. My boss was good enough to let me go and tend to the mare best I could.
I flew home, changed clothes, hugged my fur kids, got my composure, best I could and headed to see Cassie. My heart sunk with my arrival entering a picture of this horse covered in flies as if already gone, laying on a ground made of tons of dried manure, struggling with every fleeting breath mixed with all the fluid in her lungs. She was curled up until I got there urine over her legs and face in the dirt. When I walked up I put my hand on her forehead, told her how sorry I was for what had been done to her by my kind. As I sat down next to her feeling helpless and overloaded with grief, she laid her head down next my legs and her eye moved towards mine. Feeling completely helpless all I could do was stay with her until she was gone an hr later.
Cassie's painful and long suffering could have and should have been preventable. It is easy to focus on why this person shouldn't have allowed this to happen, to keep asking how and why they could do something like this. I am choosing to make Cassie's suffering my motivation to help other horses through their owners when they are in need of help. No judgement, no shame.
Caring Hearts for Horses is now a place to reach out without concern for condemnation or judgement. A safe place to call to get help concerning preventive and short term care. Holistic and Veterinary assisted. Transportation for medical or equine relocation. Temporary assistance with feed. Hands on horse care if you are incapacitated for emergency reasons. If it will assist in the well being of your horse then we will use all avenues available to us to help. Including rehab with possible fostering.
Caring Hearts for Horses helps At Risk Youth with an Equine Assisted Life Agility class with help from their 5 sanctuary horses; Using canine style agility to teach life skills.
Caring Hearts for Horses offers hands on visits to their ranch for groups from schools, and places like the Lindenfeltzer Center for Alzheimer patients to meet and interact with the sanctuary horses.
With action comes success. Won't you help us to help those in need?