Every horse who comes to Hopeful Hearts becomes a part of a family. ALL of us here spend a lot of time not only working with the horses who come here, but loving them, spending time with them, and getting to know them. We don't always know their story before us, but we want to make sure that the chapter that begins with us is the chapter that gets them to their happily ever after. We truly feel honored to be a part of each one of their lives and their journey. Adoption days are always bitter sweet, while we shed tears, they are tears of hope and even some of missing them, but we know that we are just here for this season and our goal is to get them to their happy forever after! Each one of the horses who come here touches us, each one in different ways. The bonds we develop will carry on as will the memories from their time with us. We hope that this page will share a little of the honor and love we feel for them with you. Rescue horses are not broken, useless, and hopeless. They may have all come to us for different reasons, but when they leave they all leave for the same reason....their happy ever after has arrived. We make a promise to every horse who graces our barn here at hopeful hearts, that NEVER again will they be alone, mistreated, abandoned, in an auction house, or left neglected. From now until the day they leave this world, they WILL ALWAYS have a home at hopeful hearts, no questions asked. We follow up with our adoptive families, because WE LOVE to see new photos of our graduates in their homes with their families happy, healthy, and loved. That is why we do what we do. These happy moments of success make all the sad ones worth every second. Thank you for taking the time to read and enjoy our graduates, we hope they bring a smile to your heart the way they have to ours. As we get new updated photos of the graduates we will continue to update their story here with new photos, so that you too can follow their happy ever after! - Shenia, Director
Leo's Story: Leo came to hopeful hearts as a 10 year old stud who was barely halter broke. He was gelded shortly after arriving, and we began working on groundwork. He went to one of our trusted trainers, David Curtis, for 60 days of training. He is now living his life working cattle daily on a farm here in Lebanon. We are thankful he was adopted and has a purpose now in life where he will be happy healthy and safe.
The PORTLAND 4 story: We were called in to rescue 4 miniature ponies that were owned by a disabled veteran who could no longer care for them. Bonnie, the momma, and Clyde, the dad and their two babies... Kate and Fletcher.... Bonnie was pregnant with baby #3.... Kate and Fletcher began working on halter training and being handled....and did great! Bonnie eventually gave birth to the 2nd baby born at Hopeful Hearts, Baby Toby...... Clyde who came in as a little stud muffin got gelded, as did his son fletcher, so he couldn't make any more babies.... We are happy to say that Clyde was adopted by a local family where he shares a home with his goat brothers and sisters and adorable kids who love him (and eventually another pony).... Bonnie, Kate, Baby Toby, and Fletcher ALL got to stay together and went to a home of an awesome family in Kentucky. This family fell in love with hopeful hearts and have become huge supporters and volunteers with the organization since adopting from us. We are so happy they found their happy ever after!