Happy Thanksgiving from Habitat for Horses


Through the continued efforts of your donations and the hard work of everyone associated with Habitat for Horses, we recently have been able to expand our equine rehabilitation programs and look forward to adding more community programs. The President of Habitat for Horses, as many of you know, is Jerry Finch. I remember when I first started working with Habitat for Horses, Jerry Finch told me “This is not about me, it will never be about me…everything we do here is for the horses.”. That being said, I wanted to thank Jerry on behalf of the great number of horses he has aided.

Jerry Finch

Jerry Finch

I know he will be unhappy that I wrote this – he hates any attention being paid to him… but sometimes your heart tells you to go on. Many of you know about the work Jerry did to rescue the “Nebraska 200”. But there is so much more. From untold scenes of misery and of abuse that he has documented, to the court house where he helps to bring justice, to the hospital barn at Habitat for Horses where Jerry will make certain that all is being done to comfort and bring back the broken bodies of those horses so ill abused by others, to our adoption programs that he oversees to give each and every horse a home and on and on.. Jerry has been there. Thank you Mr. Finch for all your work.

Thank you to all the Habitat for Horses staff for making so many horses wishes come true – to be well and given a loving home. Their toil is what makes this happen. There is someone at the ranch right now making sure the horses are fed, given medical attention, and are safe. It takes a great effort to continue this work.

And of course, thank you. Your donations, volunteerism, petitioning the government to stop horse slaughter, advocating for all horses ..everything *you* do is vital.

Finally I wish to thank horses everywhere. As Ronald Duncan said in his oft quoted poem “The Horse”:

Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
friendship without envy, or beauty without vanity?
Here where grace is laced with muscle and strength by gentleness confined.

He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent;
there is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.

England’s past has been borne on his back.
All our history is in his industry.
We are his heirs;
He is our inheritance.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day today. A chance for many of us to take some time off from our busy lives to be grateful and enjoy our families (your horsey family members too of course).

~ HfH Web Mistress

AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Loved the Poem it describes Our Beauties to a t !!!! I am so Honored to share my life , love, and soul with them all….. God Bless all the Horses and all the people who Love them !!!!!

    November 28, 2013
  • karen

    Arlene, you said it perfectly. I’ll just add that I am very thankful for heroes – Jerry is one of mine. Bless you Jerry Finch.

    November 28, 2013
  • Rachel

    Thank you Jerry Finch! I know all the horses you have helped thank you too, and I hope you and all the people, horses, and other animals at HfH have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    November 28, 2013
  • Jerry – all the accolades given are richly deserved! Everyone at HFH shares the work as well as the compliments because all of you are amazing! On my list of things to be thankful for today…HFH is right up there in the top five! LOL God bless all of you for your love and courage and devotion to helping animals that are our greatest teachers on the planet! Thank you all!!

    November 28, 2013
  • sherriey

    what am i thankful for??
    Habitat for Horses.
    my family.
    my 4 legged family.
    life in general.
    thank you HfH for all you do for those we love. i am proud to know you and share in your efforts to make their lives (and ours) better in the world we live in. God bless you all, ans i pray that in 2014 we will see the end to all the suffering they have had to endure over time. i will forever stand with you.

    November 29, 2013