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Finn, an untouched Belgian yearling colt, came to Live & Let


use the land and nature to help heal the broken es,


Live Farm Rescue as a joint eff ort with New England Equine Res- cues (NEER) to save


this sweet boy and his sister from slaughter- bound circumstances.


lives of horses, ponies, dogs, cats, goats, pigs, chickens, parrots and any animal who needs help. T e farm is laid out along a wonder- ful meandering trail through the shelter- ing trees. Along the trail Jerry built a se- ries of spacious cor- rals each with run- ins that are home to two to three horses. Now they had room


to run, plenty to eat, a place of


“Early on Teresa recognized that many of the volunteers came from broken homes or were all too often victims of domestic violence or other forms of life- changing stress and challenges. She also noticed how these volunteers began to heal as they did some of the hundreds of things that needed to be done each day to care for the horses.”


shelter and an abundance of loving care and at ention provided by the farm’s several hun- dred volunteers.


HEALING MAGIC T e entire farm embraces visitors with a


feeling of love, care and security. It’s part of the healing magic of LLLF. Just walking the tour along the dirt road through the trees by the horse paddocks makes a person feel welcome and happy. T at’s exactly the feeling Teresa set out to create with the park-like layout of the dirt road system on the farm. You see, at LLLF they not only heal animals’


hearts and lives, but people’s too. With no formal program—in fact, nothing at LLLF is formal—everything is relaxed and free. Many human hearts are healed here—not only the hearts of the adopters, but also many of the volunteers who care for the horses and other animals come for healing, too. Early on Teresa recognized that many of


the volunteers themselves came from broken homes or were all too oſt en victims of domestic violence or other forms of life-changing stress and challenges. She also noticed how these volunteers began to heal as they did some of the hundreds of things that needed to be done each day to care for the horses. She began to set up loose guidelines, and she structures the


Tilly (leſt ) and Sir enjoy at ention from


Tianna, Teresa’s granddaughter. Sometimes people just surrender their horses because


of circumstances, which is why Teresa started her “Outreach Feedbank” program to help folks keep loved horses. But sometimes


they just need more help. Teresa gets 5 to 10 emails a week from people asking for help or wanting to surrender their horses.


teams and chores to allow each volunteer to receive the most healing they might need as well. Each volunteer is allowed to proceed with their duties at their own pace, providing the time and atmosphere for them to absorb the healing that even an abandoned and neglected horse can give the human heart. While all the necessary veterinary care is


provided without hesitation, the farm practices a natural and holistic approach to healing and care. All horses are barefoot and hooves are well trimmed. On a regular basis clinicians are brought in to teach volunteers and adopt- ers basic natural horsemanship skills. Pat y Sanborn, a Quantum biofeedback specialist, comes by the farm weekly, and as often as needed, to administer care for horses and other animals as they recover from their ordeals and traumas (see sidebar on p.75). Because of their high standard of care, LLLF has an excellent recovery rate for the horses and other animals they rescue, but the few who can never be adopted can live out their lives in peace in the LLLF sanctuary. Since 2002, when they became a 501(c)


3 Non-Profi t, they have rescued and found forever loving homes for 50 to 60 horses a year with a 95% success rate. How do they do that?


HOW IT WORKS Teresa’s program is unique and highly suc-


cessful. She says she is not trying to just adopt out horses, but match horses to the right people for forever homes. She lets the horses choose. T e fi rst step to adoption at LLLF is spon- sorship. An adopter signs up for 30 days as a horse’s sponsor, which places the horse on hold while the adopter visits and gets to know the horse, and the horse can bond with the adopter. During this time Teresa participates in the vis- its and activities and monitors the progress. If all goes well, at the end of the sponsorship the adopter may take the horse home, or sign up for another 30 days. If she feels it is not quite the best fi t, Teresa will suggest another horse or, as oſt en happens, another horse may choose this human, and the sponsorship will start again. LLLF has several programs to help horses


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