Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, Inc. (FHHR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization that was founded in 2004 by Melody Parrish as awareness of the PMU, Nurse Mare Foal and Slaughter industries increased. We realized that we could use our experiences in the horse industry to help the cause for these abused and neglected horses as well as improve living conditions for other at risk equines. Years later we developed our educational and equine assisted programs through Desire Ministries so that we could not only help horses but help people too. We decided that we could be a stronger force together to help the community and later merged the two organizations.
FHHR does not own a property of its own. Several farms are involved in these efforts collectively known as Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, Inc. where the property owners free lease their facilities to the rescue so that we can help horses in need. We are a safe haven for rescued and unwanted horses to find refuge and the care and treatment they deserve by a group of passionate, caring and dedicated volunteers.
We have joined forces with rescues around the country and are members of the Horse Rescue Coalition and the Maryland Horse Council's Unwanted Horse Project.
Our horses are rescued from neglect, abuse, slaughter and from places that end up with unwanted horses and foals. We also take in horses that are surrendered by their current owners for various reasons.
Here are some reasons why so many horses and foals find their way to rescues like FHHR:
- Owner Surrender: Where do horses go when their owners can no longer care for them or various other reasons why horse owners need to re-home their horse? The answers are all over this site. We bridge the gap so that horse owners are left with a solution to their problem and do not have to resort to bringing their horse to an auction or sell to a broker where their fate is still unknown.
- Seizure: Some individuals are not suitable to be horse owners because they abuse and neglect the horses that are in their care, or they are not knowledgeable enough to care for the horses properly and the horses begin to suffer in great ways . Many times animal control will step in and seize the horses from the owners then we will step in, and other times we will be notified of some of these horrific situations and we will either purchase the horses from the horse owners or ask them to surrender the horses to us.
- Slaughter Industry: Horsemeat is bought overseas for human consumption-- considered a delicacy -- which encourages the slaughter of thousands upon thousands of horses each year. Horses are shipped across US borders to Mexico and Canada to meet a brutal end. The inhumane treatment of the horses during transport and while at the slaughter plants are a discrace to the human race.
- Nurse Mare Foals: Expensive brood mares do not nurse their own foals -- a nurse mare does so the brood mare can be put back into the show ring or go back to the race track. But what happens to the nurse mare's own foal? It is usually tossed aside and left to face an unfortunate fate.
- PMU Industry: Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) provides hormones in medicine. In order to continue the production of these certain medications, the mares must continue to be pregnant. What happens to the foals so that they will become pregnant again more quickly? The foal is cast off and left without its mother to care for them.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time! We are always in need of donations and volunteers!