HOURSE in VT, harness racer rescue & retraining

A Little Bit About Us

Our Mission

  • to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt out unraceable Standardbreds to caring homes

  • to redefine the American Standardbred as a viable pleasure breed

  • to promote humane, responsible horsemanship throughout the equestrian community

  • to provide opportunities for learning and healing for horses and people

Financial Sources

     We do not receive state or federal funding for our work of rescuing, rehabilitating and adopting out horses. Most of our dollars for this work come from adoption service fees and our many clinics and workshops for humane responsible horsemanship. We depend as well on the donations of cash, goods and services to meet the financial demands of helping horses. We sometimes receive small, private grants for our equine welfare effort.

     Our work in providing equine assisted experiences for the learning and healing of people is funded also by service fees, grants and donations. We welcome horse loving benefactors who would like to infuse this program with an endowment or generous gift to ensure the continued high quality of programs offered here. For more information about this opportunity, please contact us at 802-644-2759 or hourseinvt@gmail.com

     For details about supporting H.O.U.R.S.E. in VT, please view our Helping Horses page. There are many needs and many ways you can help. Big gifts are grand, but no gift is too small.

Business Details

    We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, charitable organization incorporated in Vermont. H.O.U.R.S.E. in VT is a newly chartered expansion of the program formerly known as HORSE of VT. Our articles of non-profit incorporation are on file with the Vermont Secretary of State. We are also a registered Animal Shelter with the Vermont State Veterinary office, though we normally shelter only the horses we take in for rehabilitation and retraining. Since 1986, we have assisted over 150 horses.

    We are governed by a dedicated Board of Directors who meet regularly to define the policies and set the standards of our work here at H.O.U.R.S.E. in VT. Many of our directors also volunteer at the foster farm and at the “road show” events. Our daily operations are directed by C. Terry Holden, Executive Director; our foster barn is kept running smoothly by a three person team for morning, evening and maintenance chores. Horses are cared for by this team as well as dedicated volunteers who are trained in horse handling, grooming and first aid.

    Adoptive homes are selected through a process followed by the Adoption Placement Team, an all volunteer group who participate in our adoption candidate approval process. If you are interested in helping us with this administrative task, please let us know.

Infinity Farm, Home of H.O.U.R.S.E. in VT

    "I imagine a place...
        where people help horses and horses help people,
        where the possibilities are endless.
    Infinity Farm is such a place."

                                Terry Holden, horse rescuer

The Place

     H.O.U.R.S.E. in VT is located at Infinity Farm in Jeffersonville, VT. In 1990, the organization settled on this 200 year old Vermont farmstead when Terry Holden was asked to become the new director of HORSE of VT. Since then, we have grown in the number of horses we assist annually, the number and type of programs we offer to the horse loving community, and our mission. Currently, we can safely foster up to 18 horses in our two old and comfortable barns. Here we have 18 acres fenced for grazing and a roomy outdoor arena for retraining our horses, teaching clinics, and hosting open barns.

     Infinity Farm is a working horse farm. Chores are in progress throughout the day, year round. We practice natural pasture management with rotational grazing. All maintenance and chores are performed with an emphasis on conservation of resources. Our horses are kept in loose groups allowing for a very natural social environment. We freestall as many horses as can thrive in that mode and horses are stalled only for their protection or recovery from illness or injury. In this way, rescued horses become happy horses and begin their first steps toward new lives as pleasure horses. If you come here, you will see horses out and about in the pastures, no halters, no cribbing straps, no restraints. Just horses being horses.

     If you or your group would like to visit the foster farm, please call us for an appointment at 802-644-2759 or email us at info@hourseinvt.org. All visitors are escorted by H.O.U.R.S.E. in VT staff to avoid injury or disruption. It is important to understand we are not a public riding stable nor a tourist attraction. While we enjoy visitors and sharing horse stories, it is best if we know you are coming. If you visit, bring carrots! Until we meet one day... happy trails.

"Whether charging for the finish line or galloping across a pasture, a horse is a picture of raw power laced in poetry."
              C. Terry Holden, horse rescuer

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