Heartland Horse Rescue

Heartland Horse Rescue

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May I make a suggestion

AOL

#1 Dec 12, 2007
Christina,

May I make a suggestion...get a web site person to work on your site. My sister and I looked at your Newsletter section. It is a mess! Are you aware of this? It really needs someone who can clean it up.
We were reading your site. How are you able to take in more horses when you just asked the public for help getting rid of horses as you stated you could not feed them? Then you say you are taking in more? This makes no sense at all.

Give the horses to other rescues and groups who can take care of them properly. Don't take in horses just to try and get donations. That is not what a rescue is about. It is a shame you are allowed to continue to take horses. There are so many good rescues out there. But you don't understand what or how to do this task.

We adopted a horse from you not knowing that no care had been given to the horse. The horse has been sick since the day we bought it from you. We have never been able to ride it. It was suppose to be broke and up to date on Vet Care. Although we love the horse and we are glad we have it we are very sorry for the other horses you still have and also the ones you are allowed to take.

It makes us very sad for the horses.
interested

Kearney, NE

#2 Feb 10, 2008
Who are you to make accusations and not be willing to name your self. You are a cowrd and a lier.
May I make a suggestion wrote:
Christina,
May I make a suggestion...get a web site person to work on your site. My sister and I looked at your Newsletter section. It is a mess! Are you aware of this? It really needs someone who can clean it up.
We were reading your site. How are you able to take in more horses when you just asked the public for help getting rid of horses as you stated you could not feed them? Then you say you are taking in more? This makes no sense at all.
Give the horses to other rescues and groups who can take care of them properly. Don't take in horses just to try and get donations. That is not what a rescue is about. It is a shame you are allowed to continue to take horses. There are so many good rescues out there. But you don't understand what or how to do this task.
We adopted a horse from you not knowing that no care had been given to the horse. The horse has been sick since the day we bought it from you. We have never been able to ride it. It was suppose to be broke and up to date on Vet Care. Although we love the horse and we are glad we have it we are very sorry for the other horses you still have and also the ones you are allowed to take.
It makes us very sad for the horses.
interested

Kearney, NE

#3 Feb 10, 2008
Who are you to make such blantant lies and accusations .... Sad tear someone down... Do you really know the truth... And what horse did you "adopt"
Another Filley Mess

Omaha, NE

#4 Feb 11, 2008
This is posted on HHR web site. HHR you have no business taking any horses! Less than (6) months ago you asked the public right on your website to help you and take horses from your rescue as you could not care for them. Why do you think now you should take in more horses?? Wake Up!

You are accepting the money at your rescue for the horses?? Are you taking all the horses?? If not I suggest you do not take all the money.

Once again just like the Filley, NE mess you are doing what people want and paying for horses. Why??

This is what you have on your site and of course you have no clue what the heck once again you are doing. Do you have hay?? You were just asking for hay not to long ago. Did you hit the lottery?

These horses are located in Nebraska. There are 29 (according to the owner) mares, studs, and babies that need help ASAP! These mares are all bred because the gal runs everything together. The horses are all around 13 - 14hh and beautiful. The owners were working with KT's Lone Cedar rescue to help get them into new homes, however due to minimal handling this has not happened as quickly as the owner wanted. She is now taking them to auction. She took one of the studs in January and is planning on taking more on February 16th. We know from another rescue that was at the auction in January that the horse went for $170 to kill. This gal is feeding them, but not getting any medical treatment. There is one stud that has severe bite marks and skin hanging from his neck. The horses have never been wormed or vaccinated or had their feet done. Heartland Horse Rescue has room to take in 3 of these horses if I can raise the money to get them out of there. We're trying to get the stud that needs medical treatment, a 2 year old chocolate mare that is visibly pregnant and a little black/bay appy mare. There is another appy mare that is totally blind and relies on her yearling colt that has been promised a place in sanctuary at another rescue if we can get her out of there.

We are looking to raise $150 each to get the horses out of there,$200 each to get the studs gelded and medical treatment and $100 for fuel for hauling. The rescues in Nebraska will take in and rehome the horses that we are able to raise the funds for.(Donations towards this are all tax deductible as HHR is a 501c3.)

We would love to get more of these horses out of there, but would need homes for them to go to and additional funds would have to be raised for more horses. There are about 8 mares running with babies that would be bred back in pasture and the others are in pens in front of the property. Please help us with this. It is not the horses' fault that this gal hasn't done much other than feed hay and now wants to dump them at auction with not a care if they end up at slaughter. I will be posting pictures shortly of the three that HHR can take in. We will be going to the location on Friday to hopefully bring these 5 home and arrange for help with the others. If the horses are not spoken for by Friday morning, she will be taking horses to the auction on Saturday. I don't know which horses she will take, however I would guess she will take the studs first.

Vet In Nebraska

AOL

#5 Feb 11, 2008
Wow, this whole Heartland Horse Rescue thing is really getting old. What are you doing now Christina? You can't care for the horses you have at the rescue right now. And that is why you start this type of crazyness. You don't care about the welfare of the horses. You are just looking for another handout and the horses get no medical care.

It is a known fact you are always in trouble as far as no food, no tractor, no money to move to a new location and on and on. I hope everyone wakes up as far as this rescue is concerned. There are so many good rescues out there but this is not one of them. Let's donate to those who are really in it for the horses sake. Not for a gold star on their chest to say I took a ton of horses and oh my I can't feed them now. Can someone help me and take them off my hands. Just less than (3) months ago you posted right on your site, Help! We need to move horses as we can't care for them. An e-mail went out to all the other rescues and the public and you asked for help with taking a horse or two so that you could get down to a number that you could handle. And now you have the nerve to pull this?

I am so sorry for the horses in your care. It is so sad and so unfair that this is happening.

I say shame on you!
Vet In Nebraska

Omaha, NE

#6 Feb 15, 2008
In response to Lin from EPONA Horse Rescue. You stated your Name as "Interested. Lin you have no business responding to any comments. You were not only involved but you started the Filley , NE mess and then you pushed the horses off on Christina at HHR. And she is not bright enough to say no to anyone. She lives for today. She never worries about tomorrow. Then she has to call for the public's help because she does not money to care for the horses she takes in. She does not rescue horses. This Beatrice deal is not a rescue. It is fueling the same mess as the Filley, NE mess.

The facts are that HHR has been in question for as many years as they have operated. Look around, do you ever hear anything postive about them? People feel sorry for the horses in their care. That is what I am hearing all over.

I hope the media gets ahold of this and they make sure you girls answer for all your crazyness.
Feel Sorry For The Horses

AOL

#7 Feb 16, 2008
You know a 25 year old (I know I am close on the age) has no business taking in horses and calling herself a rescue. She has no idea how much it cost to feed all these horses that she bought. Why are you buying horses Christina? You have no means to take care of them. What are you thinking girl? When are you going to wake up? I give you a month and you will be begging for other rescues to help you like you did last time. You are so sad Christina. I feel sorry for the horses.
Mary McMichael

Sun City Center, FL

#8 Feb 25, 2008
No one on any of these posts knows this rescue or this young woman better than I do. I have known her since birth, and provided the property and funding when she originally started the rescue. She has been passionate about horses and their care since her early teens, has worked in one of the largest stables in the region, has taken horse care training classes: Equine Massage Therapy (equine sport certified), equine nutrition through the UNL extension program, Dan Summerall’s horse handling clinics, and has worked with some of the region’s best vets and clinics to address horse health issues that most people have never seen. Her passion for taking in and caring for those animals that need substantial care is exactly what sets her apart. Many of the rescues that I’ve seen are looking for animals that they can get donated or pick up cheap,‘place them’ for a fee, and turn a profit. That is not how HHR is run. The original horse that started Christi down this path was Skinny Minnie – a mare that had been so mal-nourished she could barely walk. We spent months recovering Minnie’s health, with lots of vet care, and special feed. When she got healthy enough to run, and slipped on ice and fell, breaking a leg, Christi was heartbroken to agree with the vet to euthanize Minnie.
Because she takes in many animals that require long term care, over the years she has had to have some of them euthanized, and has lost a few to equine health issues that even the best vets and equine tests could not resolve. But the thing that makes those heartbreak situations worthwhile is all the wonderful success stories. You only have to take a look at the placements on the website: www.heartlandhorserescue.com to see how many success stories there are. She’s taken in animals that were: donated, abandoned, horses that have been confiscated from horrendous conditions. I have personally assisted in recovering and hauling many of these animals. She’s been threatened, harassed and slandered. And yet her passion for helping these animals has helped her overcome the challenges.
Mary McMichael

Sun City Center, FL

#9 Feb 25, 2008
No one on any of these posts knows this rescue or this young woman better than I do. I have known her since birth, and provided the property and funding when she originally started the rescue. She has been passionate about horses and their care since her early teens, has worked in one of the largest stables in the region, has taken horse care training classes: Equine Massage Therapy (equine sport certified), equine nutrition through the UNL extension program, Dan Summerall’s horse handling clinics, and has worked with some of the region’s best vets and clinics to address horse health issues that most people have never seen. Her passion for taking in and caring for those animals that need substantial care is exactly what sets her apart. Many of the rescues that I’ve seen are looking for animals that they can get donated or pick up cheap,‘place them’ for a fee, and turn a profit. That is not how HHR is run. The original horse that started Christi down this path was Skinny Minnie – a mare that had been so mal-nourished she could barely walk. We spent months recovering Minnie’s health, with lots of vet care, and special feed. When she got healthy enough to run, and slipped on ice and fell, breaking a leg, Christi was heartbroken to agree with the vet to euthanize Minnie.
Because she takes in many animals that require long term care, over the years she has had to have some of them euthanized, and has lost a few to equine health issues that even the best vets and equine tests could not resolve. But the thing that makes those heartbreak situations worthwhile is all the wonderful success stories. You only have to take a look at the placements on the website: www.heartlandhorserescue.com to see how many success stories there are. She’s taken in animals that were: donated, abandoned, horses that have been confiscated from horrendous conditions. I have personally assisted in recovering and hauling many of these animals. She’s been threatened, harassed and slandered. And yet her passion for helping these animals has helped her overcome the challenges.
Mary McMichael

Sun City Center, FL

#10 Feb 25, 2008
As a non-profit organization providing animal care, there is always a requirement for fund-raising. The sr. director for a nationwide wild animal rescue in California says a significant portion of her job is fund-raising to ensure appropriate care, legislation and physical protection is provided for the animals for which she is an advocate. Much of the funding for HHR horse care is coming directly from Christi and her family’s personal funds. The HHR board has recommended that the rescue provide Christi a salary as director of the rescue, but she has never taken a salary, and has always put the needs of the animals first. Currently on the HHR board there is a senior loan officer, a bookkeeper, a natural hoof care farrier, a sheet metal worker, an archdiocese director, and a National Guard soldier. Previously there have been an accountant, multiple registered nurses, homemakers and other s. The HHR board determines what fund-raising activities the rescue needs to do, and has approved the 2008 budget. Christina has consulted with lawyers and equine specialists in setting up the 501-c3 non-profit organization, guidelines, by-laws and operation of the rescue.
When a corporate buy-out required me to move out of state 2 years ago (and required that I sell the property being used for the rescue initially), the media and the vets that knew Christi and HHR helped find space so that she would not have to close the rescue – specifically because of the wonderful care that she gave each animal. Several people who were donors toured and inspected the rescue operation and facilities before donating. And several of those people have continued to donate as needs arose. In order to find affordable space that was large enough for feeding rotation and quarantine separation, Christi and her family had to move very far out from town. This has caused a significant financial burden on them personally – especially with the increased gas prices and availability of work where they are. But with nearly 49 acres, they have space to keep a number of horses fed and exercised – unlike some of the rescues that are trying to operate on 2-5 acres with 20+ horses.
Over the last few months HHR has placed a number of the animals that had been in long term rehabilitation, and have recovered. Anyone who has evaluated this latest effort for the Beatrice ponies are aware that HHR was actually only keeping a few of the animals on location that needed care through foaling, and have placed most of them in foster homes or other rescues to ensure appropriate levels of care and oversight – and appropriately manage the workload.
I have not made my comments anonymously. My belief is that these comments are coming from one or two people who are unwilling to take positive action to assist, but rather are willing to sit back and slander others. I have not responded before because most of the comments were ridiculous. But the latest comments are becoming slanderous and outright lies about HHR and Christi’s care of the animals and her own child. If this continues, I will work with the boards and internet authorities to identify and take action against those instigating these libelous statements.
I have personally contributed thousands of dollars to this rescue, and know that the animals are cared for, receive appropriate hoof care, worming, medication and vet care as needed. My personal email is: [email protected] I challenge the critics to identify themselves and declare what positive actions they will take to care for abused, neglected, malnourished animals to reduce the load on HHR and other rescues that are doing the best they can to assist these wonderful hooved friends.
Tam

Sanford, NC

#11 Jul 29, 2008
sounds like she has gone through what i have ..its almost turned me against the very thing i loved to do so much..help the animals.
Guest

Blair, NE

#12 Dec 16, 2008
At least it finally closed- leaving all the Veterinarian clinics she ever used hanging with the unpaid bills as she skipped state
Feathers matasha

Carlisle, PA

#13 Jul 8, 2017
I'm looking for a loveing hourse for me and my husband too go on trial rides and other we r tight on money for a horse but we would love one that needs a good home

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