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Habitat for horses

P.o. box 213
Hitchcock, TX 77563

User Reviews (49)

  • 1. Doing their best in sometimes a tough situation

    by: judycraver57

    If you just read the posts and read R.T.'s journals and posts you will know what HfH is all about. His heart is really in this. They are doing a great work for the love of the horses. Sometimes they get put in a tough situation, but they always come through for the horses.

    Pros

    Devoted people helping

    Cons

    none

  • 2. From the trenches...

    by: mpfisher5827

    I can say from personal experience as an adopter, foster home, member, and volunteer staff person that this organization does everything it does FOR THE HORSES! You will find no other organization that lives and breathes horses...it has a dedicated staff, board, and membership base that is unsurpassed! We became involved while trying to find our daughter's first horses. Needless to say once we began working with HfH, our interest spiraled into doing everything we can to help them help horses :) Some may question policies or procedures, but they have all evolved from experiences in the trenches of running a rescue...nothing more! If you love horses, this organization is the perfect place to channel that passion!

    Pros

    It truly is all about the horses!

    Cons

    none!

  • 3. HfH not doing so good

    by: gunnersbuddy

    I have been a member of Habitat for Horses since 2005. In the last year or so HfH has really gone downhill in my opinion. During Hurricane Ike the horses on their ranch were in danger and they did not evacuate them. When members questioned this, those members were silenced as quickly as possible. HfH's own horses were put in terrible danger because they were not evacuated to a safer location. Supposedly none were killed but the suffering they endured because of the storm could not be denied. After Ike some members started asking ethical questions of the board of directors and asked for meetings of some kind to work out problems and miscommunications. The board of directors refused to listen to their own members. Because of that and many other issues HfH has lost many of it's most active members recently. I am still a member but I am not hopeful that HfH will turn their efforts back to helping horses again. Their only focus seems to be getting media coverage now. It is very sad. Many good people are still with HfH but the people in charge are bringing the organization down in my opinion.

    Pros

    Large organization could accomplish allot

    Cons

    Has ethical issues and doesn't treat volunteers well

  • 4. The HfH Experience

    by: mithrim

    I came with a school for a service project to help for just two days. Little did I know, HfH was competing for a million dollar makeover. I was so astounded by how great this place was and what they were doing for these horses. Luckily, we were at the shelter when ZooToo came. Just seeing how close HfH was to getting this makeover made me want to do everything in my being to help them out. I thought by serving that I would be helping the horses, and in my opinion I did, but in reality, they changed my life so much more in such a positive way, I couldn't even believe it. Anywho, I want to be able to do whatever I can to help you guys get this makeover. Hopefully writing this review helps! Thank you!

    Pros

    Fun, Touching, and put the lives of abused horses into perspective

    Cons

    none

  • 5. 100 % for the Horses!!

    by: kfrogers

    I adopted my first horse from HFH in December. This is a great group and they and 100% for the horses. When I am ready for my next horse I plan on going back to them!!

    Pros

    great people

    Cons

    none

  • 6. Needs work

    by: JNY

    I called regarding several horses looking for temporary shelter as the owner was considering surrendering them. I got no response so I went to the shelter. It was difficult to find and I walked around for nearly 10 minutes before finding staff who could not help me.

    Pros

    seems well organized

    Cons

    non responsive to telephone calls

  • 7. Excellent Horse Rescue

    by: krazydutchman1

    HFH continues to impress me. These people have the biggest hearts. This past fall when a hurricane hit, Jerry was out helping with the other displaced animals besides his own. Could not speak more highly of HFH they are great people and a great rescue. Thank you HFH for all you do.

    Pros

    Upmost Respect

    Cons

    Don't have any

  • 8. Wonderful Group

    by: stacymac273

    Wonderful group of people. They not fight for the rights of the animals but volunteer a tremendous amount of time and personal money to support those animals that are no longer wanted. They go into disaster zones and retrieve endangered and abandoned animals. There network is huge and the love and knowledge of the horses is overwhelming inspiring.

    Pros

    Their desire is to really help the animals

    Cons

    The distance away

  • 9. Absolutely wonderful

    by: Jellysjargon

    They are truly work relentlessly in order to provide the best environment for the animals they are caring for. They also work to ensure that the family is suitable and a wonderful match. Absolutely Wonderful.

    Pros

    charitable nature and good handling

    Cons

    none

  • 10. Absolutely Necessary

    by: TaylorH

    The staff really knows what they are talking about. They care about the horses and really want to make a difference. Horses are historic animals that helped shape the culture and history of this great country, and anyone who spends their time helping these majestic creatures deserves any help they can get.

    Pros

    Good people promoting a good cause, and absolutely necessary organization

    Cons

    could use a little bit better facility

  • 11. Passionate People

    by: lgcottontail

    I found Habitat after we moved here from Oregon. I have three horses that I adopted from them. All very special. One especially. Dale is blind, maybe another organization wouldn't have thought him worth the extra trouble. Habitat did, and for their trouble I am rewarded with a magical horse that touches everyone he meets. I help with inspections for new homes and follow up inspections. I also took the inspection class with my husband. I have recently been helping Susan out with reports outside of our area. There is no time or place that is inconvient for this organization. If somebody needs help, if a horse is hurting, one way or another they are there. I'm feel honored to know and work with these people. Lynda

    Pros

    Always thinking of the horses

    Cons

    Not enough time or money

  • 12. [email protected]

    by: iartoo

    Wonderful rescue organization. Working tiredlessly to help save horses. Saved hurricane Ike horse victims who were left in the storm.

    Pros

    Compassionate and knowledgeable

    Cons

    None

  • 13. Habitat for Horses - A compassionate organization

    by: readytoride

    Habitat for Horses is a wonderful non-profit organization truly dedicated to the well being of equines. These people will do whatever it takes to care for, rehabiliate, and in some cases, provide a forever home to horses and donkeys. They are very careful in paring fosters and adoptions in making sure that the fit is good and that the equine will be cared for properly and that the people have the appropriate experience level and ability to care for the animals. Volunteers are treated with respect and dignity and no matter what your skill level is, there is something you can do that is helpful. You go there to help people help the horses and donkeys, you go there to rehabilitate the souls and hearts of the animals, but somehow, when you leave, a piece of yourself is renewed. The environment is calm, peaceful and the people are some of the friendliest you could ever hope to meet. Once you start coming here, you will truly miss it on days you cannot come out to the habitat.

    Pros

    Very kind people, work hard, do a good and honorable deed

    Cons

    None

  • 14. HFH Does Awesome Work

    by: jamielsg

    Jerry Finch and Habitat For Horses has taken on some very tough cases like Claudia and Nayasa...Both girls required extensive rehabilitation. Both girls are thriving now! God Bless Jerry and this wonderful horse rescue... Jamie Gillispie Proud Fan of Barbaro

    Pros

    Everything!

    Cons

    No cons....it's all good

  • 15. Helping Equines

    by: Flore

    I have been a HFH volunteer for two years, and am always amazed at the dedication and devotion of the my fellow volunteers. They seem to have an endless supply of love and affection for all the horses and donkeys that have come through our facility. I am proud to be a part of this great organization!

    Pros

    dedicated

    Cons

    none

  • 16. Habitat For Horses Review

    by: petcrazed

    The Habitat for Horses in the Houston area is over populated due to the recent natural disaster, Hurricane Ikke. This displaced over 40 horses, all who need proper homes. Habitat for Horses tries their hardest. A make over would help immensely.

    Pros

    They help horses

    Cons

    They have too little room

  • 17. A Great Place

    by: ColonelDunbar8

    I have been involved with Habitat for more than a year now and it is a wonderful place. Everyone works very very hard to make sure the horses are cared for, and hopefully placed in good new homes. I worked at the ranch for a while and am with adoptions now. The horses need forever homes, foster homes and volunteer caregivers. I have never seen so much hard work and dedication as I have seen at Habitat.

    Pros

    Loving and Caring Place

    Cons

    none

  • 18. Why I love Habitat for Horses

    by: flaquita29

    I joined Habita in 2003 to learn about horses and to adopt a horse. Since then we have adopted 6 horses from Habitat. Habitat has helped us along the way and keeps in touch with us. The people of Habitat care deeply about horses and want to get them together with caring people. Our 6 horses are wonderful, they have overcome lots of hard times, but ahve all turned around and come to love and trust us. A lot of that goes back to the care and love they received while at the ranch at Habitat.

    Pros

    Many horses to adopt

    Cons

    Many horses to adopt

  • 19. Habitat for Horses - Heaven on Earth

    by: speerone

    Please everyone, keep the reviews coming for this place. I am from Illinois and know that without this place I would hate to think of what would happen to them. We are all fighting so hard to end slaughter here in the US and so now more than ever, please help!!

    Pros

    A safe haven

    Cons

    Need to add more space for more horses!

  • 20. Wondeful workers

    by: nannan22

    My daughter volunteered at Habitat for Horses and was so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful program. Those in charge know each of these animals like a mother knows her children.

    Pros

    Loving and knowledgeable care

    Cons

    Needs more help to care for some 90 horses

  • 21. Equine Rescue

    by: cj9448

    I have been a member for the past 4 years and have found that HfH goes above and beyond the call of duty to help an equine in need. I currently have two adopted HfH horses that have brought many hours of joy into my life and have fostered for HfH in the past. If it were not for this organization my horses might not be alive today. The staff is very knowledgeable and willing to help at any time. I believe in this organization with all my heart and the work that they do!

    Pros

    ALWAYS there for a horse in need

    Cons

    None

  • 22. A great organization

    by: jolenecastillo

    When I wanted to get a horse I started with the looking at the website for HfH. I thought if I was able to help a horse in need at the same time as fulfilling my own need to spend time with horses again, it would be a win, win situation. After sending in my application, I found a horse that I couldn't turn down so I ended up purchasing him. A few months later I read a big article about 60+ horses in Hunt County that had been seized and were in need of homes. It was then I decided to contact the organization and offer my help in fostering. It has now been almost 2 years I have been helping the organization and I have never met a more dedicated bunch. The main goal of HfH is not to take horses away from people but to educate those that they can on the proper way to care for horses so that they can take care of their equines themselves. This does not always work, but I am happy to say that I do know of cases where the home did change and start caring for their horses because of the education HfH gave them.

    Pros

    The largest equine rescue in the united states, offer education as well as rescue services

    Cons

    none

  • 23. Excellent Mission

    by: RebeccaWms

    I've been a volunteer with HfH for a while now. They have really grown and matured over the years as an organization. They take excellent care of their horses and insist that their adopters and fosters do to. The horses are promised when they come through the gates that they'll never suffer as they did before they came to us. Each and every one of us tries our best to make sure that promise is kept. If we find a process isn't working we keep at it until we perfect it. We go to great lengths to do all we can for each and every horse. We need more land, we need more volunteers, we need more adopters, we need a flat bed trailer for hauling round bales, we need a big truck to pull it... and the list goes on. Come join us, help us help the horses. That is what we are all about - the horses.

    Pros

    The horses

    Cons

    Not enough money, not enough land ...

  • 24. i support all efforts to keep the good work going

    by: mom2many

    god bless you for your hard work. many are singing praises on your behalf and hopefully many more will.

    Pros

    true love for the horses

    Cons

    to far away for me to physically help them

  • 25. Awesome horse rescue organization!

    by: moonbeam78749

    I have been a member of Habitat for horses for several years and have adopted two horses from this organization and am currently fostering one. I have never been a part of such an incredible team of people who truly care about the well being of not only horses but all critters! I am very proud to be a member of Habitat for Horses, and will continue to try to help- one horse at a time.

    Pros

    Caring people, dedicated volunteers & staff

    Cons

    not enough room for needy horses

  • 26. Dedicated Rescue

    by: ZHDOG

    I have been aware of this Rescue since our daughter and husband have been involved with it. I have witnessed their participation in rescues after Katrina and Rita as well as many other efforts. They truly believe in the need for humans to put forth the efforts required to care for the horses. Three of their four horses have come from HfH and their fourth was rescued while they lived in Brazil and brought him back from there. I support HfH 100%!

    Pros

    Sincere Organization, HfH

    Cons

    None

  • 27. Just Awesome

    by: egc

    These guys are a great group who really focuses on what matters...the horses. They go above and beyond for the animals.

    Pros

    Caring and focused on all the right things

    Cons

    none

  • 28. Helping Horses

    by: Osborne1991

    We were only recently introduced to Habitat for Horses and have fallen in love with all the horses (and staff :-))! They are doing such a fine job taking in and placing these horses. They are truly there for the horses!!!!!!!!!

    Pros

    We love them

    Cons

    None

  • 29. I wish I could do more

    by: mrios

    I start volunteering at the ranch about a month ago. They are doing an amazing job with the resources they have. Due to the economy more and more horses are coming in and the ranch could definitely use more helping hands. Myself and several people from my riding facility are in the process of adopting. The entire staff has been awesome...answering questions, showing us arounds, putting us in contact with fosters... These are some really great people. Jerry really has a heart of gold. I wish I could help out more often but it is quite a drive for me.

    Pros

    great staff

    Cons

    Need more volunteers!

  • 30. The Best Organization

    by: DeniseHampton

    My 4 horses came from Habitat for Horses. When you adopt the staff can tell you exactly what your're getting. Rideable, not rideable, friendly, a bitter......you just know what you're bringing home. These are dedicated people who give the horses top priority. If you find a horse you like you can spend a few weekends volunteering to get to know the horse. What a benefit.

    Pros

    Horses Are Always Top Priority

    Cons

    None that I found

  • 31. Great Program

    by: brandymccall

    I was just introduced to HFH about 2 months ago. Since then I am now in the process of adopting a horse, found another horse for a little girl at my stables, and started volunteering at the ranch. The staff is great and doing a great job. I am so glad they I came across HFH on the web and hope to give one of their horses a great home.

    Pros

    For those that dedicate their lives to animals that cannot help themselves...there are only pros

    Cons

    none

  • 32. Wonderful Rescue Organization

    by: Andbunch

    I have been a member of this organization since 2001 and have seen lots of happy endings for horses that are in need. It is a pleasure to be associated with this group! They really have the ability to pair horses with suitable owners. Keep up the good work!

    Pros

    All about the horses!

    Cons

    None

  • 33. Adoptions

    by: lbarrtx

    I am the Adoption Coordinator for Habitat for Horses. We need more volunteers, more staff, more adopters, more funds. We have 300 horses/donkeys/ponies all looking for good forever homes. Could yours be one?

    Pros

    Equine profiles are honest

    Cons

    Need more staff

  • 34. paradise

    by: horseboy

    it is a pleasure to be a part of this organization. the staff is very knowledgable and helpful without being critical. the horses are well taken care of and they seem to know it. no need of their's goes unfulfilled. always plenty of work to do including loving on the residents who could not have any better care anywhere on earth.look forward to going there everytime and hard to leave.

    Pros

    clean,knowledgable staff,good facilities,hardworking people

    Cons

    hard to see a horse leave when adopted, cant help but get atteched to them

  • 35. Great organization

    by: LisaC501

    My Husband and I started volunteering at Habitat for Horses just before Thanksgiving. The people there are very helpful and concerned for the health and safety of the horses. I am so glad that there is a safe haven for these horses. The staff are very alert to the health and needs of all the horses. They make sure that all them have the right amount of food and any medication if needed. Great Place!! I love going out there.

    Pros

    Great staff and a great place to adopt a horse

    Cons

    I can't really think of any.

  • 36. One Horse At A Time

    by: jfinch

    Almost all the work at Habitat for Horses is done by volunteers. These are some of the most dedicated, devoted horse loving people in the world, folks who would go out in the middle of a cold, wet night, drive 100 miles and help a horse in need.

    Pros

    Volunteers always try their best

    Cons

    none

  • 37. Special Friends for horses and donkeys

    by: againe23

    We at Golden Curls Ranch have been members of Habitat for Horses since August 2008 (member #1557). We are the proud new parents of Salsa and Sarita. The folks at HFH are not only wonderful, caring individuals they are knowledgeable and capable of pulling together at a minute's notice for help our equine friends in the event of an emergency. Horses and Donkeys have a special friend with Habitat for Horses.

    Pros

    capable of pulling together at a minute's notice

    Cons

    none

  • 38. Love of horses

    by: Jamielynn100

    I have been a part of this organization for almost a year now and I love what we stand for. All of the horses we deal with need loving caring homes that will take care of them the rest of their lives.

    Pros

    Wonderful organization as a whole

    Cons

    Needs more foster and adoptive homes

  • 39. Dedicated Organization - FOR the horse!

    by: kallee02

    This is an incredible organization that is truly there to serve the horse and educate the public. Whether supporting counties during disasters (fire, hurricane etc) in multiple states, rescuing horses that are abused or neglected or educating the public, this rescue does it all. The "ranch" was recently damaged in hurricane Ike and yet the rescue was still working hard to help others in need - especially on Galveston island.\r\n\r\nI have been a member since 2003, adopted 1 horse and fostered 1 other. This is one of the best rescues I have ever encountered.\r\n\r\nThis is a great and honorable rescue to support! I'm proud to be a member!

    Pros

    Largest equine rescue in country, multiple states, disaster preparedness, incredible volunteers

    Cons

    Not enough money and foster homes to save them all...

  • 40. Excellent Organization

    by: JohnDavid

    I have adopted 4 horses from Habitat For Horses and they are all wonderful. The staff and volunteers are the best and a joy to work with.

    Pros

    Volunteers and Staff

    Cons

    None

  • 41. Foster Homes Wanted!

    by: doran359

    I have been a foster home for HFH for many, many years now. If you are interested in helping save horses, you can do it one horse at a time by opening your barn to a horse in need. Feed and love have an incredible impact on rehabilitation. It's not rocket science. The horses will love you for it. Visit the website for more information!\r\n\r\nwww.habitatforhorses.org

    Pros

    Horses are evaluated

    Cons

    Not enough Foster Homes

  • 42. It's all about the horses

    by: hejohnsonvc

    I looked for a while for a quality horse rescue to be a part of. I found HfH, and was immediately impressed by the integrity of its management, and their long term focus on the welfare of the horses in their care.\r\nI've been a volunteer now for two years, and when it's feasible for me, I plan on fostering and adopting from HfH!

    Pros

    The focus with this group is ALWAYS the horses, and their needs

    Cons

    the ranch is too far away for me to get hands on volunteer time!

  • 43. They are the Best!

    by: louisegammage

    I wish I had know about Habitat For Horses earlier on in life. I cannot think of a more deserving shelter. The staff are dedicated and caring, and everyone is trying so hard for the horses.

    Pros

    Always trying and caring

    Cons

    None

  • 44. Heaven on Earth

    by: hrsepwrbrat

    This is by far the best organization under the sun for horses in need. I have been a member for a couple of years, but haven't been able to do anything more than just donate when I can. I am in awe of the people that care for the horses, that rescue them, heal them, foster them, and just love them. It takes a lot, but the horses give back just as much as they need to take. Wonderful organization!

    Pros

    The people, the members, the QUALITY of care, the level of passion for horses.

    Cons

    Only con is that they are so far from me!

  • 45. Dedicated Equine Protection Organization

    by: TZFitch

    I have been a member of this organization since 2000 and stand behind it 100%. Three of our four horses have been adopted from Habitat for Horses and I plan to continue adopting from them should the need arise. The officers, directors, & staff of this group are among the most selfless that I have ever encountered. They spend countless hours doing a thankless job.\r\n\r\nThe ranch, where 60+ horses reside, was pretty well devastated by Hurricane Ike. Did that keep them down? No...in a matter of 2 months everything was up and running almost to full capacity.\r\n\r\nEvery effort is made to give an accurate description of the horse that is available for adoption because every horse deserves to have a 'forever' home. Therefore, the more accurate the description, the better the chance a horse has in finding its 'forever' home.\r\n\r\nHabitat for Horses was extremely fundamental in helping during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and again with Hurricane Ike in 2008. Many horses were saved and cared for because of their selfless efforts. I'm proud to be a member.

    Pros

    Horses are priority, honest, caring, reputable

    Cons

    Need to find more adoptive homes

  • 46. HABITAT FOR HORSES IS A WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION!

    by: unisofsouthcarolina

    THIS IS A WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION THAT IS STRICTLY FOR THE EQUINE COMMUNITY. WHETHER IT BE A FIRE, HURRICANE, STARVATION, UN-LOVED, UN-WANTED OR WHATEVER THE NEED MAY BE, HABITAT FOR HORSES IS THERE WITH BELLS ON!

    Pros

    THEY ARE THERE FOR THE HORSES COME WHAT MAY!

    Cons

    NOT ENOUGH MONEY OR ROOM TO TAKE THEM ALL IN!

  • 47. Amazing organization

    by: andj606

    Habitat for Horses is a Godsend for hundreds of Texas horses and heroes to many more equines around the country. Their leadership and advocacy for humane treatment of all equines is second to none. This organization puts the care and welfare of their rescues, donated and seized animals first. They have a wealth of committed, knowledgable volunteers.

    Pros

    Committed, knowledgable volunteers, highly effective program

    Cons

    none

  • 48. wonderful people

    by: tessietick

    what a wonderful group of people. they have been very willing to help any and all horses that they can. We just got us a new horse that we are trying help fatten up. She came to us out of florida and you couldnt ask for a sweeter horse.

    Pros

    rescue horses

    Cons

    most of the horses listed are in texas

  • 49. Love habitat!!!

    by: ztT4MP69844243

    I think what they do for horses is awesome. I volunteered there a couple of times and I loved it!!!!!!

    Pros

    they save horses lives

    Cons

    i go to school