Horse Rescue Australia began in 1986 when Sally Davies took in two horses (SJ and Gumdrop) who were badly malnourished and had injuries from cruel handling. Sally co-produced a newspaper at the time and featured the horses on an ongoing basis, so readers could follow their rehabilitation. Offers of help soon started coming in, as well as sadly, reports of horses in similar conditions. Horse Rescue Australia Inc. is a non-profit organisation and registered charity, devoted to the care and rehabilitation of horses that have been abused, abandoned or neglected. The horses come to us via a few means; surrendered by the owner, and seized/rescued horses from authorities such as the RSPCA and the Animal Welfare League. We are self-funded through memberships, sponsorships, donations and benefit events. We also have regular fundraising activities, such as an annual Open Day, 2nd hand gear sale, calendar and other merchandise sales, and at times a stall at local events. All this work is accomplished by a volunteer care-taker and small committee, with help from generous members of the public who volunteer. HRA receives no government funding. Since HRA began in 1986 over 1,500 horses have passed through our gates with the vast majority placed into new caring homes. By supporting the new owners, not allowing horses to be sold on and accepting horses back when owners can no longer care for them we are able to ensure that they will never return to the situation and conditions that led them to needing rescuing. Although sometimes heartbreaking, it is immensely gratifying when horses make a full recovery and are placed in new, caring homes. Such rehabilitation is a long and costly process, with special feeding, ongoing veterinary attention & medical care and necessities such as dentistry and farrier work. Please look through our website and see how you can help us help neglected and abused horses. You can become a member or sponsor a horse (or all of them!). We need donations, memberships, and sponsorships constantly - this is the only way the horses can get the care, feed, vet services, medicines, rugs, etc that they need and deserve.
For the horses, this can range from a surrendered animal, to sale yard pens to save the unwanted ones from going to slaughter, or taking on one of the captured wild brumbys to keep it out of the knackery and give it a chance at a good life, safe from harm. For the Greyhounds, we take on surrendered and unwanted dogs to help them on their journey to becoming a pet dog in a family home. A lot of racing greyhounds have not experienced life outside of the kennel and one of the things I love most is showing them the toy basket and telling them they can have them all….. For some animals rehabilitation will be a smooth and fairly easy journey that they will roll through with their heads held high ready for their forever home. For others, this may be a rough road to take involving intense physical and psychological rehabilitation, vet work, fine tuned nutrition, lots of training and a whole lot of patience to help them in reaching their full potential. I enjoy working with every single animal that comes into my care, from the easy go lucky to the challenging. I like to work out a plan for each animal to suit its personal needs and then implement that plan and watch them flourish and then find their perfect forever home. All our animals stay here as long as is needed to ensure they can go on and lead successful and happy lives, safe and secure in their new homes forever. Once they are ready, they are listed as up for adoption and then the hard part that I have to be strong about, is saying goodbye once the perfect family is found. BUT knowing that I have given that animal as many skills as I possibly can and built them up to be the best version of themselves so they can go on to lead an amazing life, makes the hard goodbyes beyond worth it. Adopt don’t shop, always! Every animal deserves love, safety, and a full belly (also maybe a couch….)
I started Natural Horse World as an information website in 1999 where I share my knowledge via hundreds of articles and blog posts. My experience as a natural horsemanship instructor helped me design the LightRider Bitless Bridle, followed by the Haysaver nets, LightRider Bareback Pad, and produce the Supersoft Knotless Rope Halter. This led me to launch the Natural Horse World Store in 2006 and since then, I’ve added many more products to help us care for and enjoy our horses in a more natural way. My quality range of products is personally tested and ‘Horse Endorsed’ by my herd of 11 horses (and a mule), so you know you’re getting something that truly works ‘for the horse’, and makes your life easier too.