Nalani Horse Rescue

Nalani Horse Rescue Nalani Horse Rescue is a non-profit 501c3 charity dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of horses.
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06/06/2020

Big news!! Gatsby has been under saddle now for a few weeks. One of our volunteers took him on a trail ride today...He was perfect! Here he is in the round pen, away from his friends, quiet and calm. He is going to be a great horse for a very lucky person! More photos to come! 🐎🐎🐎 #horserescue #rescuehorse #ottb #thoroughbred #trailhorse #adoptdontshop

06/06/2020

Big news!! Gatsby has been under saddle now for a few weeks. One of our volunteers took him on a trail ride today...He was perfect! Here he is in the round pen, away from his friends, quiet and calm. He is going to be a great horse for a very lucky person! More photos to come! 🐎🐎🐎 #horserescue #rescuehorse #ottb #thoroughbred #trailhorse #adoptdontshop

Gatsby is healthy and happy! We are now working on getting him ready to find his person. He is loving life in his beauti...
06/01/2020

Gatsby is healthy and happy! We are now working on getting him ready to find his person. He is loving life in his beautiful stall, being handled daily and has been started under saddle (more on that soon!) We are thankful to our friends at Alanwood Farm for helping us get this underway. 🐴❀️🐴 #horserescue #rescuehorse #ottb #thoroughbred

Mosby...watching his transformation has been a gift. πŸ₯° He’s so ready to find his heart human. πŸ΄πŸ’™πŸ΄ #horserescue #rescueho...
05/29/2020

Mosby...watching his transformation has been a gift. πŸ₯° He’s so ready to find his heart human. πŸ΄πŸ’™πŸ΄ #horserescue #rescuehorse #saddlebred #americansaddlebred #adopt #adoption #righthorse

Look at Gatsby! 😍 Sorry his beautiful face is covered with his fly mask, but we had to show you that bod! 🐴 #horserescue...
05/27/2020

Look at Gatsby! 😍 Sorry his beautiful face is covered with his fly mask, but we had to show you that bod! 🐴 #horserescue #rescuehorse #ottb #thoroughbred #bayhorse

β€œ There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man” - Winston Churchill πŸ΄πŸ’™#horseresc...
05/26/2020

β€œ There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man” - Winston Churchill πŸ΄πŸ’™#horserescue #rescuehorses #heavenonearth #happyhorses

05/23/2020

Field trip to see Mo. More to come! 🐴 πŸ‘€ #horserescue #americansaddlebred #saddlebred

Be safe out there and make sure to wear your mask! πŸ΄πŸ˜‹πŸ΄ #rescuehorses #happyhorses #maskup
05/19/2020

Be safe out there and make sure to wear your mask! πŸ΄πŸ˜‹πŸ΄ #rescuehorses #happyhorses #maskup

Everything is so green!! These boys are loving the grass. 🌱🐴🌱#happyhorses #rescuehorses #horserescue
05/17/2020

Everything is so green!! These boys are loving the grass. 🌱🐴🌱#happyhorses #rescuehorses #horserescue

Remember the horse who would spook at his own shadow? Here he is checking out a bridge, walking across, and standing cal...
05/16/2020

Remember the horse who would spook at his own shadow? Here he is checking out a bridge, walking across, and standing calmly all by himself to have his picture taken. So proud of Mosby and Kate! Stay tuned as he is almost ready to find his person. πŸ’™πŸ΄πŸ’™ #horserescue #saddlebred #americansaddlebred #rescuehorse #chestnut #fourwhitesocks

Good boy, Gats. πŸ’•πŸ΄πŸ’• #horserescue #ottb #thoroughbred
05/15/2020

Good boy, Gats. πŸ’•πŸ΄πŸ’• #horserescue #ottb #thoroughbred

05/15/2020

Working on ground manners with Gatsby tonight. He gets a little nervous, but he quickly looks to his leader for comfort and trusts easily. He’s a sweetheart! ❀️🐴❀️ #horserescue #ottb #thoroughbred #rescuehorse #groundwork

05/13/2020

It took a while to get here, but what a perfect Spring Day! πŸ΄β˜€οΈ #happyhorses #grassfordays #horserescue

05/11/2020

Sun out, blankets off...maybe Spring has finally arrived. β˜€οΈπŸ΄ #happyhorses #rescuehorse #horserescue #spring

The boys look awfully confused about blankets in May...I’m equally confused by this crazy weather, but they’ll be warm a...
05/08/2020

The boys look awfully confused about blankets in May...I’m equally confused by this crazy weather, but they’ll be warm and cozy tonight! πŸŒ¨β„οΈπŸ΄ #horserescue #rescuehorses #polarvortex #whereisspring

Those who teach us the most about humanity aren’t always humans. ❀️
05/05/2020

Those who teach us the most about humanity aren’t always humans. ❀️

Happy Friday! If only we all had Lincoln’s natural highlights, we wouldn’t be missing our hairdressers so much! 🐴😍 #hors...
05/01/2020

Happy Friday! If only we all had Lincoln’s natural highlights, we wouldn’t be missing our hairdressers so much! 🐴😍 #horserescue #rescuehorse #hairenvy

Because you can never have too much of Remi cuteness. πŸ’™πŸ΄πŸ’™ #helpahorse #RightHorse #recscuehorse #adopt
04/26/2020

Because you can never have too much of Remi cuteness. πŸ’™πŸ΄πŸ’™ #helpahorse #RightHorse #recscuehorse #adopt

Today is #HelpAHorse day! We are spotlighting Remi, the sweetest little 8 year old QH you’ll ever meet. He is the perfec...
04/26/2020

Today is #HelpAHorse day! We are spotlighting Remi, the sweetest little 8 year old QH you’ll ever meet. He is the perfect horse for someone who wants a low-maintenance, vice-free companion (he cannot be ridden due to a catastrophic injury before we rescued him) who is quiet, gentle, loves attention, and gets along with all horses and people. He’s a super easy keeper who is happy living in or out, and he’s not herd bound but does love to play with other horses. He’s always the first to come say hi to you when you enter the field, and the first to put a smile on your face when you really need it! Are you Remi’s person?🐴🧑 @aspca #RightHorse #AdoptAHorse

04/24/2020

Rolling into the weekend like...🐴🐴 #happyhorses #rescuehorse #horserescue #werollin #thisishowweroll

β€œNature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty, if only we have the eyes to see them.” - John Ru...
04/22/2020

β€œNature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty, if only we have the eyes to see them.” - John Ruskin 🌎
#earthday2020 #earthday

Hey girl...doesn’t that hay belong on this side of the fence? #happyhorse #remi #nomnom🐴
04/17/2020

Hey girl...doesn’t that hay belong on this side of the fence? #happyhorse #remi #nomnom🐴

4 months and a couple hundred pounds later...looking good Gatsby! πŸ’™πŸ΄πŸ˜ #transformationtuesday #horserescue #ottb #thoroug...
04/14/2020

4 months and a couple hundred pounds later...looking good Gatsby! πŸ’™πŸ΄πŸ˜ #transformationtuesday #horserescue #ottb #thoroughbred #rescuehorse

04/13/2020

This is how Gatsby greets us. I could watch that beautiful trot all day. πŸ΄πŸ’™ #horserescue #ottb #thoroughbred #happyhorse #floatytrot

Anyone feeling lonely out there? We hear you! We miss our volunteers and visitors. Just wanted to let you know the horse...
04/09/2020

Anyone feeling lonely out there? We hear you! We miss our volunteers and visitors. Just wanted to let you know the horses are getting the best of care. We look forward to sharing this beautiful place with you as soon as it’s safe to do so. In the meantime we wish you all good health! πŸ΄πŸ’™#rescuehorses #happyhorses #socialdistancing #covid2020

Looks like they got the memo. πŸ΄πŸ’™  #socialdistancing
04/04/2020

Looks like they got the memo. πŸ΄πŸ’™ #socialdistancing

Thank you @charliemackesy for always lifting our spirits. 🐴🌈#horses #rainbow #thistooshallpass
04/01/2020

Thank you @charliemackesy for always lifting our spirits. 🐴🌈#horses #rainbow #thistooshallpass

Maybe he was born with it...maybe it’s Neighbeline. 🐴😍
03/29/2020

Maybe he was born with it...maybe it’s Neighbeline. 🐴😍

03/27/2020

Not ALL sports are cancelled! 🐴⚽️#letsplayball #preseasontraining #theythinkimcrazy

Hey...where did everyone Go??!!I think we are all feeling that way; I assure you that Gats and the boys are still receiv...
03/25/2020

Hey...where did everyone Go??!!

I think we are all feeling that way; I assure you that Gats and the boys are still receiving all of the care and love they need. But, these are scary times. I watch my Facebook feed and see many rescues going under as people pull their donations back. To make matters worse, horse owners are scrambling to reduce expenses, and horses are being dumped and neglected. And we are only seeing the beginning. With the shut down of race tracks, hundreds of horses will be dumped into the slaughter pipeline. I want to do more...I want to be able to say YES to the next horse who needs us. But, I also have to be careful and protect the horses we have and not put our operation at risk.

There are MANY needs out there right now, and I do not want to minimize that so many people are struggling. In the interest of planning ahead and making sure these mouths are still fed, I need to ask for help. If you are in a position to give a little, we could certainly use it. Every little bit adds up to keep these horses healthy and safe.

100% of donations go directly to caring for our horses as we are all volunteers.

From the bottom of our hearts, we wish you good health, and THANK YOU! β™₯️

It was dental day for the boys! It’s been a while for poor Gatsby; his mouth was full of sores from pointy teeth. He was...
03/23/2020

It was dental day for the boys! It’s been a while for poor Gatsby; his mouth was full of sores from pointy teeth. He was such a good patient.

We are grateful to two of our supporters, Bobbi and Karen, for sponsoring his dental visit. He’s eating hay much more comfortably tonight! πŸ΄πŸ˜πŸ¦·πŸ’™

While the world is a little heavy right now, Lincoln is living his best life without a care in the world. πŸ’›
03/22/2020

While the world is a little heavy right now, Lincoln is living his best life without a care in the world. πŸ’›

The boys got pedis today and Gatsby felt like the farrier could use a hug....couldn’t we all? πŸ€— ❀️🐴 #rescuehorse #ottb #...
03/21/2020

The boys got pedis today and Gatsby felt like the farrier could use a hug....couldn’t we all? πŸ€— ❀️🐴 #rescuehorse #ottb #thoroughbred #hugsmakeeverythingbetter

03/20/2020

I wrote this on my personal page, but thought I would share here as things get scarier by the day in case it helps anyone out there. Thankful for the many lessons this herd continues to teach me. Stay safe and healthy, friends. 🐴❀️

Horses live in the moment. They don't think about the future or dwell on the past. I've been thinking about the things I was worrying about two weeks ago, a month ago, a year ago...they all somehow worked themselves out. My recent worries have been overtaken by current events; events that were unimaginable just a few short weeks ago. It makes me wish I had the time and energy back that I WASTED with worry. I've been told my whole life that I worry too much, and I now realize that all that worrying did no good. It didn't change a single outcome...not one. We hear it all the time, "All we have is NOW." Well, I'm feeling this bigtime tonight. Maybe because the future is scarier than ever. Maybe because amidst all of the panic and fear, I watch these beautiful creatures just EXIST in the moment, and I want so much to be like them. So, for now, I am just exhaling, and letting life happen. The future will be what it is, but we will never get the NOW back. So I'm going to enjoy the view that I am so blessed to have, and I wish the same for all of you. β™₯️

Yesterday we hand walked Gatsby and Remi. We went over a small bridge and through the woods. Gatsby led the way and wasn...
03/18/2020

Yesterday we hand walked Gatsby and Remi. We went over a small bridge and through the woods. Gatsby led the way and wasn’t afraid of anything. Soon it will be time to get him under saddle, and it looks like he will be great on the trails! #rescuehorse #ottb #thoroughbred #braveboysπŸ’™

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Nalani Horse Rescue (Nalani is Hawaiian for β€œthe Heavens”) is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to horse rescue and rehabilitation. Our mission is to provide horses in need of rescue with care, rehabilitation and training with the goal of finding them safe, forever homes. At Nalani, we are committed to giving these horses an opportunity to meet their potential in a loving, healthy and trusting environment. Nalani is located at Alanwood Farm in Broad Run, Virginia; a tranquil respite for horses who are in need of recovery.

Why Rescue? There are many factors that lead to a horse being dumped at an auction and headed to a horrific journey and terrifying death in a slaughter house. A horse costs at minimum $3K - 10K a year to feed and maintain. Often, people with the best of intentions fall on hard times and can no longer feed and give the proper care to a horse. In the racing and sport horse world, horses are often started far too young and sustain injuries early in life that limit their ability to perform, making them unwanted. As horses age and are no longer able to do a job (whether it’s a lesson horse, cart horse, or show horse), they are often discarded. Sadly, the world is full of cruel people who abuse, neglect, and starve horses for seemingly no reason. Over 100,000 horses are shipped to slaughter every year.

Cherry Tapley began riding as an adult, but throughout her life she possessed a passion for horses and dreamed of one day owning a horse. As a new horse owner, she quickly became aware of the plight of many horses who were starved, abused, and discarded, often leading them to be shipped to slaughter. Determined to make a difference, she immersed herself in hands-on horse care and became an advocate for horses. As her passion and involvement with horses grew, she developed insight into rescue and rehabilitation, eventually co-founding Nalani Horse Rescue. As President and Co-Founder of Nalani Horse Rescue, Cherry runs the daily operations of the rescue and drives planning, coordination, and fundraising. She considers it the greatest privilege to work with horses and watch them transform as they receive the love and care they need.

Mark Rivest is an attorney who retired as a Colonel after a 27 year career in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Mark and his wife, Susan, are originally from upstate New York, but adopted Northern Virginia as their home. They built a home in Aldie, VA and knew that they wanted to become involved in their adopted community and make a positive difference. Given the fact that Susan grew up around horses and developed a lifelong passion for equestrian activities and equine welfare, volunteering at Nalani was a natural choice. After sponsoring their first horse, Lincoln, and spending countless hours volunteering on various Nalani projects, they have become steadfast supporters and a consistent fixture at Nalani. Mark and Susan, and their daughters Caitlin and Kirsten, are inspired on a daily basis by Nalani’s ability to change the lives of horses and humans alike.

Shane Richitt grew up around horses and developed a passion for them early in life. Shane met Cherry in 2015 when Nalani was in the early stages of formation and was eager to join the team. He is involved in all aspects of rescue operations and horse care. Whenever he has time, he can be found enjoying his other passion, fishing on the Shenandoah.

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Yesterday, Lincoln and I had our third session in the round pen. In the previous two sessions, Lincoln was very worried about being lunged and wouldn't just walk quietly even on the line, he would go immediately into a trot or his gait instead. I'm happy to announce that yesterday after just a few tries, Lincoln learned to walk quietly on the line, and I couldn't be prouder! He has a typical long strided head shaking walk of a Tennessee walking horse :) We also had some distractions in the pen, like a curious kitty and people tossing hay bales that Lincoln handled like a pro. Afterwards Lincoln got the full grooming treatment and spent some time standing quietly in crossties. He picked up all his feet with ease and tolerated being touched everywhere. Isn't he a handsome boy?!
Riser is loving his new home. His mom is making sure he's spoiled.
The Sweetest Horse - Lincoln. Cherry Tapley Shane Richitt