We provide sanctuary to local senior equines in need, while connecting our southern California community through purpose and service.
who we are
We are a 501(c)3 public non-profit charity organization for equine welfare in Ventura County, CA. We provide rehabilitation, retraining, and quality of life improvement to senior equines with special needs between the ages of 20 and 40. We practice Parelli Natural Horsemanship and work together with the Humane Society of the United States Forever Foundation Training Program to give some of our younger horses a chance at finding permanent loving adoptive homes as pleasure and companion equine partners. Our focus is on horse-human relationships and we strive to educate the public in responsible and savvy horse ownership for life. We offer summer community-based Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) literacy education, community outreach, and professional development programs. We also offer year-round youth leadership opportunities in fundraising, and volunteer experiences.
90% of our equines come from the Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Bernadino County Animal Shelter programs, where they are slated for euthanasia due to age/special needs. We also have equines that come from abandonment, abuse, neglect, and mishandling/no handling situations. We serve as a County Adoptions partner, and try our best to network all impounded equines to help find them loving forever homes. Coming into our sanctuary program is a last resort. We are a satellite rescue, and all equines are placed in foster care or private boarding situations. We do not have a large ranch facility of our own. We typically house between five and ten rescue equines per year. We rarely adopt out any of our equine angels, but may have one or two per year available for adoption. Our goal is to provide a loving home within our own sanctuary program for life. All of our equines need additional sponsorship support for specialized diets, supplements, medications, additional shavings for soft footing, and excellent Farrier/Veterinary care. Many have worn teeth and require a 100% pellets/cubes diet. All of our equine angels receive appropriate Parelli (or similar) natural horsemanship training and handling, and participate in our horse husbandry program. Some participate in our Horse Powered Reading EAL program and the HSUS Forever Foundation Training Competition.
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meet our founders
our 2022 leadership team
Horses have been a part of Candice Camacho’s life for over 21 years and because of them she has been able to volunteer with both the Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation's Whittier Narrows Mounted Assistance Unit and the El Monte Mounted Police. After being a supporter for over four years, Candice decided to get more involved on the Volunteer Leadership Team with Animal Guardians Horse Rescue Inc. because of all the wonderful things they not only do for their rescue horses, but for the Southern California community as a whole. It is an outstanding organization and Candice feels so fortunate to be able to work with them on their Volunteer Board of Directors this year. AGHR welcomes Candice and feels double fortunate to have her serve on our Volunteer Leadership Team in 2022!
director of community outreach & events
April Beighley is a Launch and Event Project Manager with GOODR LLC. She specializes in planning and educating employees on using task management systems. April has put on multiple events around Southern California. April has served as a Direct Horse Care Volunteer with Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. since Fall of 2019. She grew up with horses on her grandparents ranch, and worked as a ranch hand at a 150+ horse ranch through college. April has recently personally adopted a Bloodhound dog, and loves spending her personal time training him, and preparing for a 50K Trail Race in May 2022. April is excited to join the Volunteer Leadership Team to put her community outreach and events experience towards a good cause. She is an animal lover and advocate for equine welfare. AGHR is elated to have this amazing woman on their Volunteer Leadership Team!