Dare to Dream Horse Rescue
Henry & Brenda Fehr are just people who love horses and are trying to save young ones from being slaughtered. The horses featured on our website have all been saved from this fate. We have over 50 years experience with horses, including having raised and shown purebred Appaloosas. Horses have always been a big part of our lives.
In addition to raising and training horses, youth ministry is also a big part of our lives and our farm has always been full of young people wanting to work with the animals. So we decided to put the two together. We teach the youth how to work with the horses, including basic horse care, riding skills (when we have available horses) and training. The end goal is that each young person will be able to ride the horse they have helped to train. It is a wonderful experience for both the horse and rider. Our youth range in ages from 10 up to middle 50's (our older youth). Our goal is not only to save horses from slaughter, but also to create a place where youth can be proud of their accomplishments and build self esteem.
We love to have volunteers come, and no experience with horses is necessary. All you need is a love for horses and a desire to work with them.
We do not charge any type of fee for this, as no one should be denied the joy of being with horses due to lack of funds. All the horses, feed and supplies are paid for with our own money, and the generous financial support of other people who love horses. We do not receive funding from any kind of government program. Any financial help we receive enables us to rescue more horses from certain death and to help care for the ones that are here now.
If you would like to be a part of saving a horses life or helping to pay for the care of one here, you can choose from a couple of options.
#1 - A one time donation of any amount
#2 - Sponsor a horse that is here, this could be a monthly amount or one lump sum. You can choose the horse you would like to sponsor and the amount you would like to spend. Some of the horses will spend their entire lives here where they are loved and are safe.
Please note: We are not able to issue receipts for income tax purposes.
Dear Brenda (Small but Mighty) & Henry (Always Smiling)
Thank you does not begin to express the gratitude I feel for the opportunity to work with abused horses that would otherwise be sent to slaughter. Each time I visit the farm I see the horses improving in health and spirit. Feeling their warm and trusting breath on my face is the biggest highlights of my week. I am so happy to know they are safe, loved and cared for. Thanks again for your encouragement and appreciation. Most of all thank you for sharing your farm, knowledge, experience, sense of humor, and love of horses.
Dare to Dream Horse Rescue is an amazing place where people and horses come together with the opportunity to bring peace and enjoyment to each other's lives. Working with the horses at the rescue, and helping them develop trust in people, and to live a carefree life is so rewarding. Since my husband and I have been volunteering at the rescue, and learning from Brenda and the horses our lives have changed dramatically. We fell in love with two of the little fillies there, purchased them, and with Brenda's guidance and patience are in the process of training them. Selene and Josie are such a huge part of our family now, it is hard to imagine that they were unwanted and, especially in Josie's case, headed to a slaughterhouse. The work Brenda & Henry are doing is so important to the horses and all the volunteers, and we hope to help save many more lives as part of the rescue.
Dare To Dream Horse Rescue is a haven for horses and humans alike; for myself at least. I found myself in a stressful, anxious state after some tough classes in university and just was always feeling bored with life, no passion, nothing really to look forward to. I then stumbled upon Dare To Dream. Initially looking for an inexpensive way to be with the animal I have loved since the age of 5, I thought "this is perfect". All my life I have been doing all I could to simply be around horses while living in the city, with a family who really had no interest in the large "dirty animals". So the rescue seemed to be the answer to this simple problem, but within a week I was hooked on everything about Dare To Dream, the wonderful caretakers, Brenda and Henry, who seemed appreciative of me (which I thought was crazy, they were there for me) and the sweet extraordinarily individual horses. It only took a few days for me to fall in love with a stubborn little pony of a horse. And after 2 months with the brat, my "inexpensive" way of being with horses suddenly transformed into my first large investment and first horse. It wasn't a choice as my mother thought, I couldn't explain but I NEEDED this horse. If I would have been sure no one else would adopt my little mare I probably would have been happy just working with her, but I would have really been devastated if someone else adopted her. Now 6 months after purchase, she has caused me many headaches but so many more rewarding moments as she continues to surprise me with her intelligence, whether it be to tackle the new things I ask of her or to find new ridiculous ways to avoid it. Dare To Dream put me back on track in my life. I am re-focused and happier than ever. And I will continue to return as much as possible to help shape horses that will do the same for others looking for a companion to brighten their lives.
Never ending thanks and respect to Brenda and Henry of Dare To Dream Horse Rescue
Dare to Dream, Henry, Brenda and all the volunteers and of course the horses have been a very big part of my life since 2010. A horse lover since childhood, Dare To Dream was a dream come true for me in so many ways. The fresh country air, sharing conversations and laughter with wonderful people, learning about horses and being with them is so good for the mind, body and soul. I have learned so much more about horses and am still learning. Brenda and Henry have so much knowledge and experience with horses, and they are always patient and willing to help us learn new skills. It's so rewarding to see and feel a fearful horse learn they are safe and can trust people, or when a young horse learns that brushing and haltering feels good. I was able to bring my mother (who was born and raised on a farm and once had her own horse) out for a few visits. She was welcomed and was able to brush many horses and led a few on walks. She now has dementia and often doesn't remember who I am but she has never forgotten her time at the rescue. There are no words to say how much I will always treasure having that special time with my mom. I have seen how much Brenda and Henry care for people and for each and every horse that comes to them. They both put in many hours of hard work no matter the weather, providing each horse with water, food, quality of life and a good home.
With gratitude, respect and love, thank you Brenda and Henry for sharing your dream, your home and for giving so many horses another chance for the best possible life.