HHH receives a $5,000 training grant from the ASPCA

HHH’s Co-founder Mike Hitchcock and Founder Gina Perrin welcomes those who are interested to come visit them and their equine family at Heavenly Horse Haven. Courtesy photo
HHH’s Co-founder Mike Hitchcock and Founder Gina Perrin welcomes those who are interested to come visit them and their equine family at Heavenly Horse Haven. Courtesy photo

ANZA – Heavenly Horse Haven, a nonprofit horse rescue, received a $5,000 ASPCA’ ASPCA Equine Fund which provides grants to U.S. nonprofit equine welfare organizations and other animal welfare organizations that care for horses, mules, donkeys and ponies. The grant is awarded to equine organizations such as Heavenly Horse Haven that strive to achieve the best practices both in nonprofit management and equine care.

HHH’s Founder, Gina Perrin, has a long history of success in training rescued horses using natural horsemanship training methods, when suitable. She also teaches natural horsemanship training methods to her volunteers. The end goal is a well-balanced, well- trained horse that is suitable and ready for a new forever home and competent horsemen and women.

USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist, Denise Nelson-Finster, standing, is training both horse and rider in Heavenly Horse Haven’s concentrated training program funded by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Equine Fund grant. Courtesy photo
USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist, Denise Nelson-Finster, standing, is training both horse and rider in Heavenly Horse Haven’s concentrated training program funded by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Equine Fund grant. Courtesy photo

For HHH, the grant has been used in a targeted concentrated training program involving 13 rescued horses of varying ages, abilities and backgrounds. Some will make great riding horses, a few are young and are just starting to be ground trained. Some will be suited as companion horses and some will be suited for therapy horses. During the training, or retraining process, a HHH rescue horse is evaluated for what kind of training they need and is noted for what type of riding genre they may be suited for as well including, trail riding, gymkhana, arena work, dressage, therapy, etc. Horses that cannot be a reliable riding horse due to injury or other issues and are still social and enjoy human companionship, can be trained to become companion horses. They must still learn the basics of being haltered and to lead quietly. They must learn to be tied and how to stand still to be groomed and to cooperate with a farrier. Companion horses that pass these tests may also be deemed therapy horse candidates. Of the 13 rescued horses in the program, five have already been adopted.

Perrin has watched numerous volunteers whose lives have been deeply touched by the bond built while they cared for and worked with HHH’s rescued horses over the years. It was not too far of a step when planning last year’s “Help a Horse Day” at the ranch that HHH would team up with Miracle Ranch, a local ranch offering equine assisted psychotherapy to help bring healing to the hearts and minds of men, women and children.

Today their relationship has grown and Miracle Ranch’s cliental participate regularly in programs held at HHH. The grant has also provided funds so that USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist, Denise Nelson-Finster of DAAN Sporthorses in Anza could be hired to train both horses and volunteers in this concentrated training program. Finster, who has provided many volunteer hours over the years at HHH, is a real asset to the program, said Perrin.

To donate time, talents or money to the cause or to look into adoption of a retrained horse contact Perrin at (951) 551-5206.

Watch the horses of HHH in the program by visiting https://youtu.be/3m2Auay-znw.

To learn more about HHH, visit www.heavenlyhorsehaven.org.

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