Harmony Meadows Equine Rescue, Located in Paulding County, Georgia
Contact Phone: 770505-5020
Hours of Operation: 1pm to 8pm Mon- Sat
Harmony Meadows Equine Rescue
573 Frey Rd
Dallas, GA 30132
Located in: Paulding County
My nam is Debbie Ware and I owner and operate Harmony
Meadows Equine Rescue. I have been rescuing horses for years, but
last summer a good friend of mine needed help placing 4 Paso Fino
horses that had lost their owner to a sever illness. We started our
paperwork and took in these horses and were blessed with 3 babies several months later.
I was raised with horses all my life, and my father as well. He is
the one who introduced me to horses as a young girl. I have showed
for 10 years and decided that rescuing was my calling. I showed
running events, racking, English Pleasure. I also spent two years in
Endurance Racing and also spend my time trail riding.
We started as a non-profit org. in April of 2007.
We have placed 20 horses so far.
How are Horses Acquired:
Our horses are sometimes given to us due to financial
problems, we just adopted two horses from the animal shelter.
Our horses are local right now but we will rescue from other states if need..
Yes, we have had people call us to pick up a horse from a
subdivision and we now house him. Most of what we get are people no
longer want them or can no longer afford the upkeep
because of the economy. People are loosing their jobs and the horses
is the first to go.
We are getting horses monthly if the room is open.
We are at our limit at this time. We now house 23 horses.
How the Horses Rehabilitated:
We will treat injuries on horses until they are held
and then start their training on the ground. Once we know they are
safe and trust us we will begin saddle training. We teach our horses
to trust us, we do more ground work than anything. We work hard on
trust and it comes first.
Our volunteers help with the training and care of every horse here.
They are also a part of our rescues and transportation efforts.
Our horses see the vet as soon as they come in. They are Vaccinated
every year and coggins is taken. The horses are also vetted as
needed. Anyone adopting a horse has a right to bring their own vet
in to check the horse out prior to adopting at their own expense.
We do not hide anything here about our horses. We are very
open with our adopters and are always willing to help them with any
questions and or advise on caring for them.
We do pony rides and birthday parties and several of our volunteers
have adopted horses from us and are still apart of our activities.
We do garage sales and are looking at doing several horse shows. We
are in the process of joining a Dance Studio and teaching the
children to dance with horses.
We do not work with bits, spurs or any whips with any of our horses.
We have been posted in the local paper and magazine for
our town to let people know that we are here.
Our 501 is pending at this time/ The IRS has received our
paperwork and we are awaiting an answer.
We are Incorporated as a non profit organization. We also have our
state boarding license.
Typical Day at the Facility:
I get up in the morning and head out to feed 23 horses
on my own, I make sure all their water buckets are clean and full.
Then I continue onto scooping all feces that they have graced me
with. I take my time after words and spend about an hour and love on
as many as I can. I spend in the morning about 3 hours cleaning and
spending time with the horses. Every horse here is handled twice a
day. i also medicate any that are needing medical care.
We feed and care for each horse twice a day and when we do get the
time we start their training.
We have a total of 11 volunteers that help us on the average week.
We have around 5 to 6 horses up for adoption on a given,
and with the way the economy is right now it is very hard to adopt a
horse out. We have adopted 3 horses in the last 2 months.
They are asked to come and visit our facilities and spend
time with the horses as often as they can. They are required to fill
our adoption forms and must have a job, home and transportation. We
make a visit to where the horse(s) will be living. there are strict
requirements on what is and what is
not allowed in and on the facilities of where the horse will be
living. They must have shelter, a vet and vet information, name of
their farrier, and boarding information
The adoption fees depends on the horse and the capabilities of each
horse. WE start them our at $4oo.oo
WE require that we have the adopters work information, home
information, references, They also allow us to do a background check as well.
Each horse that we have adopted out are very happy
with their horse(s). We have gone to shows together and I go to
their homes to help them work with their horse. Today we will be
going to visit an adopters home that has two of our horses. They are
having a birthday party for their grandson.
We have never had a problem with anyone when it comes to our
adoption process. If they do, than we do not adopt the horse to them.
we get support from all our adopters. I have made many wonderful
friends adopting our horses. I know every person who has one of our
horses and we stay in contact with each other.
Donations & Local Volunteers:
We do not force people to make a commitment on their hours. We
encourage them and they come. We have children that volunteer that
must put school first, and mothers that have families.
We have our volunteers meet the needs of each horse first. This
includes keeping all buckets and paddocks clean and horses fed,
Riding and ground work comes after.
We do except donations on line, we have a pay/pal set up for anyone
wanting to donate. We don't take over the phone donations. They can
come by, mail or pay on line.
We the owners of these unwanted horses to stop the
abuse. There are so many people in this world that will help you or
are willing to find you the help you need to make sure you animals
are cared for. Asking for help doesn't make you a failure is makes
you a better person. Failing to ask for help is makes you a failure
I plead with you; if you see an animal being abused please do the
right thing and turn it in. Not knowing is the hardest, what if I,
should I. You should not have to ask yourself these questions when
you know what is right and what is wrong. Step up and help us fight abuse..