Guardian Hearts Equine Defenders is a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization.

All contributions are tax deductible

Federal ID # 84-2209647

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Our Partners

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Pippi Short

2010 Bay OTTB Mare, Ready for her forever home ... contact us to adopt today!

Guardian Hearts Equine Defenders at Liberty Acres Farm

"We are all broken...that's how the light gets in" ~ Ernest Hemingway

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                               At GH we are dedicated to the recovery of horses in transition, from abuse, neglect, and the slaughter pipeline. Our goal is to empower them, and allow them to become healed, whole, and secure in homes that will see them as we do...these horses are NOT disposable, NOT valueless, NOT failures. The majority of slaughter bound horses are healthy, sane, sound horses that have been failed. When you see ads that claim "thru no fault of their own", these are those horses, life changes, families relocate or separate or start to grow, or children grow up, people get sick, injured, or simply age, jobs change, and financial circumstances alter. There are a hundred reasons why suddenly someone can no longer keep or maintain a horse, creating neglectful situations or forcing their sale. These are such commonplace issues, but with such detrimental impact on the lives and well-being of these amazing souls. 

It is our mission to see that they are defended and do not suffer by virtue of happenstance over which they are helpless victims.  

In order to make the transition from unwanted to beloved family members, we utilize numerous tools, from letdown, to veterinarian care, farrier care, nutrition programs, professional retraining, on-site training and exercise, and more.

                               Our NC Nonprofit Corporation was just approved, and we are officially a 501(C)3 as of May 2, 2019.. Our goal is to help educate and support local horse owners by providing support, information, and programs to help keep our beloved 4-footers out of the auctions, feedlots and slaughter pipeline, by giving them access to as many tools and resources as possible. We are slowly building our Hearts Programs, which are designed to provide funding for essential equine needs such as castration, vaccinations and EIA testing, veterinarian and farrier-care, special needs nutrition, senior care, retraining, and more. We have clinics coming soon, to help support and educate our adopters, potential adopters, and local horse owners. We believe in working together to assure good matches for our placements. Our "Forever Hearts" program ensures that any horse we have had a hand in placing will always have a safe landing and a home at the rescue. 

                      We occasionally have all breeds and levels of horses/ponies/minis/donkeys. No equine in need is turned away. We have a special interest in Thoroughbreds & BLM Mustangs, these are our Showcase Hearts. Prospective adopters are encouraged to come and meet the rescues before adopting (see Meet & Greets), PPE's (pre-purchase exams) are welcome, at adopter's expense. Our horses come from local (and a few from not so local) killpens and feedlots. We regularly pull horses from a local killpen. We also pull from killpens all over NC, Texas, Tennessee & Pennsylvania. We work with local County Animal Control, accept owner surrenders, and have even brought in one that was simply left abandoned by the side of the road. 

                                With your help, we hope to make a difference and improve the lives of as many horses as possible. Please join us, thru Advocacy to change the future, Rescue & Adoption for those presently in need, and Education to maintain those already beloved family pets. Become a GH Defender today.

Our website is live, but still under construction. We have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GuardianHeartsDefenders/& group https://www.facebook.com/groups/GuardianHeartsEquineDefenders/. Their purpose is to provide support for our potential adopters, adopters and local horse owners; there is info in the notes on the page from DIY to information about how to advocate against Slaughter. 


PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT affiliated with any of the fb groups who network horses from the killpens. WE ARE NOT ASSOCIATED IN ANY WAY WITH "LAST CHANCE KILLPEN HORSES ASHEBORO NC". PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THEM FOR HORSES YOU SEE ON OUR WEBSITE OR EQUINENOW RESCUE DIRECTORY. 

Feel free to email/message/text/call and ask questions, we will do our best to get back to you asap. Contact Lucy at (336)964-8583 or Alison (336)264-1680. If you are interested in adopting, volunteering, fostering, or sponsoring one of Our Hearts or Heart Programs, please let us know. Thank you & welcome to Guardian Hearts, we need all the GH Defenders we can get to protect these beautiful creatures in need. 

Quarantine, Boarding

Mike the General - Spring Makeover

  • Layover
  • Quarantine
  • Pasture Board

Liberty Acres Conservation & Exotics

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From Pheasants  to Ratites to Barbados Sheep. Preservation of rare, endangered and exotic species is what L.A.C.E.is all about. Click the link below to go to the website 

Our Hearts

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Master List of all Adoptable Horses  


"Showcase Hearts"

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OTTB & BLM

The How, What & Why

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 At GH we are dedicated to rescue and recovery of horses in need, owner support via education. Adopt, Advocate. Join our team as a Defender of an Equine Heart  


If Wishes Were Horses

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Volunteer, Hearts Programs, Wish List

Meet & Greets

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F. A. Q.

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To all our Adopters, Sponsors, Donors & Volunteers...Thank you!!

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With your help we are changing how the stories end for our Hearts. 

From unwanted, unloved, and hopeless, 

To safe & beloved, in caring homes, with happy families. 

What a blessing that together we can make miracles happen.  

Inspired by  Dracomir & Zillah 2019 

Photoshoot May 15, 2019

Thanks Stormi...your vision thru the lens is amazing!!

https://youtu.be/vsn3jwtHtJ4

Stories to Follow - Updates

Events

May 2019

Meet & Greet

By Appointment Only

Liberty, NC

Event Details

May 2019

Meet & Greet

By Appointment Only

Liberty, NC