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 and equines with special needs. We practice natural horsemanship training techniques, based on the foundations of Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Carter Ranch Horse/HSUS Forever Foundation Training Program, and Bob Jeffreys Common Sense Training. Our focus is on horse-human relationships and we strive to educate the public in responsible and savvy horse ownership for life. We are a certified Equine Assisted Learning "Horse Powered Reading" program, offering Summer youth literacy programs with horses and ponies. We also offer community outreach programs and year-round volunteer experiences to the public.
80% of our equines come from the Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Riverside County Animal Shelter programs, where they are slated for euthanasia due to limited adoption interest. We also take equines 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. We accept private owner surrenders on a limited space-available basis. 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 seven and twelve rescue equines per year. We infrequently adopt out a few rescue equines per year, and mostly give all of our rescue equines a loving home within our 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