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Habitat for Horses

Habitat for Horses: A Safe Haven for our Equine Companions
By Sue Mayfield Geiger

It happened long before our time, before time even began, in a place of mist and trees, in a place of open land and brilliant moonlight, in a time and space far beyond our creation or knowledge. Aware, alert, in touch with rhythm of the earth, they lived in a place we never knew, that we could never Habitat for Horsesimagine. Their hoof beats thundered across the plains. Their cries echoed through the valley. In vast herds, in small family groups, they dwelled in a world removed from humans, in a world unto themselves.
Jerry Finch

It has been said that no animal has contributed more to humanity than the horse. They have been around far long than humans and since their domestication about 6,000 years ago, they have made major contributions to society. They have proven to be one of our most valuable assets during wartime, have aided us in accomplishing laborious work related tasks, have transported us and our belongings over thousands of miles, and have entertained us with their athletic ability. We depended on them more then they depended on us. In essence, we are truly powerfully linked to these amazing animals. And even though progress has made it possible for us to outpace them, we cannot leave them behind. They are an important part of our history and as we advance and more forward into the never-ending world of technology, we have an obligation to protect and care for these heavenly creatures.

No one is more adamant about this than Jerry Finch, founder of Habitat for Horses in Hitchcock, Texas, where 160 equine species roam at on 100 acres of land. Here they find comfort, food and shelter while Habitat for Horseslearning to trust, because lie has not always been easy for them. They are known as rescue horses, along with donkeys and mules. They are here because they have been mistreated elsewhere and thanks to Finch, his staff and volunteers – life is good.

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Beautifully written and with gorgeous pictures … including Jerry, Rebecca and Willie Nelson!

AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Arlene

    Dear Mr.Finch, I have witnessed those thundering Herds on the Nevada Desert, I have heard those cries hundreds of times !!!!There is nothing i can think of that is more Beautiful and has made a larger impression on me, their beauty and poise is in my soul and in my heart !!!!! If only for this one thing .\, I will defend them with every thing I can to give them the Freedom I have seen them enjoy !!!!! The Mustangs are embedded in my very being !!!!!

    September 16, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Arlene I couldn’t of put it any better myself well said. I to feel the same way. It is a hard road watching what they are doing to destroy these beautiful innocent creatures. It is true that they all have there own place in the herd along with there own personality I have notice that because of the wild horses around me some I have watched while they were here & they are very interesting & intell igent creatures I have learned alot from them I just wish everybody could experience what I was blessed with living here, its an experience I will never forget & I’m happy my youngest daughter was able to see them in the wild & I’m afraid my oldest daughter will not be able to see “Mustangs” in the wild. That makes me live here with a heavy heart now.

    September 17, 2013
    • Arlene

      Dear Nancy !!!! Thank You !!!! I see you have the same feelings towards these magnificent Beings !!! The Mustangs have never disappointed me , every time i have seen them i walk away refreshed and inspired, my soul and Spirit renewed…….What is always with them is the ability to give life exactly what it needs to survive peaceably and keep the Balance …. They are life’s Balance and the balance of all wildlife !!!!The Mustangs carry a heavy load , and handle it with the precision of precise accuracy!!!!

      September 19, 2013
  • Robyn

    Wow Jerry your story so Enlightening and Inspiring. I understand the connection and love to our Equines. My therapists too.
    My horses have contributed to my emotional balance and spiritual growth. I’d be a basket case without them.
    So nice to hear this article on HFH Wonderful story Jerry. I am impressed with your work and how this has grown into a large operation helping equines. I am one of your fans with all that you do for the horses.
    You inspire me as I’ve had a dream going back some years to help and rescue horses. I have future goals and dreams to manifest.

    September 18, 2013
  • Robyn

    Here’s an article of some starving horses here in Colorado. How do people allow their horses to get like this? It takes quite awhile for a horse to look like this, while the owner goes about their lives as if nothing is WRONG????

    September 18, 2013
  • Nancy B

    Excellent article! Habitat for Horses should be a model for all other rescues. What is especially wonderful is that horses at Habitat for Horses are truly safe, for life. There is a large horse rescue here in N. California that has an open door policy but does not offer sanctuary to equines. Their policy is to euthanize horses that are lame, ill, diseased, are over 20 yrs old, untrained, aggresive, dangerous, wild, etc. They also euthanize horses that are not adopted in order to make room for others. Their policy doesn’t state how long the horse has before being deemed “unadoptable”. While humane euthanasia is far better than slaughter, it still is sad that they are rescued and then euthanized.

    Thank you Jerry for all you do for the horses! And thank you for the inspiration you give to so many of us. One day I’d love to visit your wonderful facility. And should I ever hit the lotto, you will be at the top of the list of those to whom I will contribute.

    September 21, 2013