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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We always knew Mosby was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 💰🌈💙 #saddlebred #americansaddlebred #rescuehorse #ra...
03/10/2020

We always knew Mosby was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 💰🌈💙 #saddlebred #americansaddlebred #rescuehorse #rainbowafterthestorm

03/07/2020

Off she goes...🐎💕 #Belle #adoption #newfriends

The wait is over...today is the day!!! 🐴 💗🏡 #belle #adopted #foreverhome #therighthorse #ottb #rescuehorse #horserescue
03/07/2020

The wait is over...today is the day!!! 🐴 💗🏡

#belle #adopted #foreverhome #therighthorse #ottb #rescuehorse #horserescue

The horse holds a legendary mystique in American culture; visions of cowboys, farms, horse racing and ponies come to min...
03/01/2020

The horse holds a legendary mystique in American culture; visions of cowboys, farms, horse racing and ponies come to mind - not abuse, starvation, neglect and slaughter of these amazing and sensitive creatures. National Horse Protection Day (otherwise known as World Horse Day) was created to bring light to the plight of horses in America and beyond and help thousands of unwanted horses in this country find forever homes.

It is only with YOUR donations that we can continue our mission to save as many as possible. These majestic creatures have been the backbone of our country as well as the subject of our childhood stories and they deserve dignity and safety.

In honor of #106, PLEASE donate today. 🐴 *To read the story of #106 follow link in comments below.

#HorseProtectionDay #WorldHorseDay

We are thrilled to be welcomed into The Right Horse Organization’s Warmup-Ring! It is our goal to improve equine welfare...
02/28/2020

We are thrilled to be welcomed into The Right Horse Organization’s Warmup-Ring! It is our goal to improve equine welfare by increasing adoptions. It is an honor to be aligned with this amazing organization! #TheRightHorse #ASPCA #adoptdontshop

The mission of The Right Horse is to improve the lives of thousands of horses in transition and massively increase horse adoption in the United States. The Right Horse initiative is a program of the ASPCA.

Hi!! Just stopping by with a little cuteness to brighten your day...🐴💙 #Remi #horserescue #adoptdontshop #cutestcompanio...
02/26/2020

Hi!! Just stopping by with a little cuteness to brighten your day...🐴💙 #Remi #horserescue #adoptdontshop #cutestcompanion #therighthorse

Transformation Tuesday by Gatsby. Ribs are less visible, his eye looks content. He’s a beauty in the making! 🐴😍#transfor...
02/25/2020

Transformation Tuesday by Gatsby. Ribs are less visible, his eye looks content. He’s a beauty in the making! 🐴😍#transformationtuesday #horserescue #ottb #thoroughbred

As I take a walk through the pasture and become part of the herd, the other horses approach me for pats and kisses, but ...
02/22/2020

As I take a walk through the pasture and become part of the herd, the other horses approach me for pats and kisses, but Lincoln always hangs back. He is herd leader; a role he doesn't take lightly. He keeps a steady eye on me, and even as the other horses graze, and I walk to the far end of the pasture, he watches me. He was once worked into the ground, hobbled, beaten and starved. He is a survivor, and a true badass. He may or may not let me give him scratches and whisk his forelock out of his eyes, and I'm okay with that. He is finally living life on HIS terms, and if I only get to watch from a distance, I'll stand back happily. #horserescue

Friday?? More like FriNEIGH!!! 🐴
02/21/2020

Friday?? More like FriNEIGH!!! 🐴

Horse trainers are some of the hardest working people I’ve ever met...it’s 24x7 and often thankless. On this #thankfulth...
02/20/2020

Horse trainers are some of the hardest working people I’ve ever met...it’s 24x7 and often thankless. On this #thankfulthursday, I want to give a shout out to @remyrocks7 for so generously giving her time and energy to our horses; most recently Mosby. She trains with kindness, patience and love. It’s clear that Mo loves and trusts her! ❤️ Thank you, Kate!! 🐴🙏🏻
#horsetraining #horsetrainer #rescuehorses #horserescue #luckyus @ Fairview Dressage Training Center

02/18/2020

Sun out, blankets off! Perfect day for a back scratching roll...☀️🐴☀️ #horserescue #saddlebred #americansaddlebred #happyhorse #rescuehorse

A spring day in February brought visitors to Nalani...I’m not sure who enjoyed it more. 🐴💙☀️ #horserescue #rescuehorses ...
02/18/2020

A spring day in February brought visitors to Nalani...I’m not sure who enjoyed it more. 🐴💙☀️ #horserescue #rescuehorses #horselove #springinfebruary

On this weekend of love, don’t forget to love yourself. 💕
02/15/2020

On this weekend of love, don’t forget to love yourself. 💕

We are very excited to announce our upcoming Spring retreat with Nalani Horse Rescue 👏🏻💖🐴🦋🌸 Join us for a day of nature, horses, renewal & reconnecting to heart-centered wisdom. What could be better?!? Ohhh right... AND putting some extra good into the world by helping horses in need 💫👍🏻 click here http://bit.ly/2Sn9jfG for more info
#wellnesswednesday #womenswednesday #wisdom #heartcentered #retreat #equus #nature #indieglowllc

“I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all” - Maya Angelou 💞
02/14/2020

“I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all” - Maya Angelou 💞

What a weekend...it’s only February, but we feel like Spring is in the air! Gatsby is gaining weight and winning over ou...
02/10/2020

What a weekend...it’s only February, but we feel like Spring is in the air! Gatsby is gaining weight and winning over our hearts. ☀️🐴💙 #rescuehorse #ottb #thoroughbred #horserescue

When you’re covered from head to toe in mud, but you still look adorable! 🐴💙🐴
02/09/2020

When you’re covered from head to toe in mud, but you still look adorable! 🐴💙🐴

Last weekend, Mosby had a very high fever and refused to eat. The vet made an emergency weekend visit and prescribed som...
02/05/2020

Last weekend, Mosby had a very high fever and refused to eat. The vet made an emergency weekend visit and prescribed some heavy duty meds. Thankfully he’s all better now, but we have quite a large unplanned vet bill. Any donations towards this cause would be greatly appreciated. It is with your love and support that we can continue to do what we do and keep our horses happy and healthy. ❤️🐴❤️

“You must’ve been a beautiful baby...cuz baby, look at you now!” Happy 7th Birthday to beautiful Belle. 🎀🐴💝
02/04/2020

“You must’ve been a beautiful baby...cuz baby, look at you now!” Happy 7th Birthday to beautiful Belle. 🎀🐴💝

02/03/2020

A mid winter thaw this weekend made for happy horses. Gatsby seems to be happiest when he’s fully covered in mud...this happened right after he was brushed of course! #happyhorses #rescuehorse #ottb 🐴❤️

Piglet: “How do you spell ‘love’?”Pooh: “You don’t spell it...you feel it.”❤️🐴❤️
01/26/2020

Piglet: “How do you spell ‘love’?”

Pooh: “You don’t spell it...you feel it.”

❤️🐴❤️

You know that saying “you get what you give?” Well we had a visitor today who came to give love and donate to our cause....
01/26/2020

You know that saying “you get what you give?” Well we had a visitor today who came to give love and donate to our cause...and look at all the love she got in return! ❤️🐴❤️🐴❤️🐴 #happyhorses #rescuehorses #horserescue #horselove #give

Now available for Adoption: Remi is the sweetest, 7-year-old, registered, Quarter Horse rescue, picked up from New Holla...
01/20/2020

Now available for Adoption: Remi is the sweetest, 7-year-old, registered, Quarter Horse rescue, picked up from New Holland Sales Stable in November 2017. His history sadly involves traumatic injury to his right, hind fetlock, and since, he was passed from auction to auction before we rescued him. His injury has left him unable to be ridden, but he’s the perfect horse for someone who wants a low-maintenance, vice-free companion 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 – don’t worry, though! He’s low in the pecking order and is happy staying there. He stands for the farrier, trailers easily, and is just a sweet, curious, easy-going horse who wants to keep someone company and provide endless love and cuddles. 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! It's impossible to capture in photos how adorable this little guy is. Remi has had some experience as a therapeutic horse in a Gestalt program (ground therapy no riding). The Gestalt trained therapist said she can personally attest to his excellent temperament, care for humans, and talent in a therapeutic setting. If you are interested in giving Remi a loving home, please contact us! *Nalani Horse Rescue is a 501(c)3 charity.

Dinner time for the cutest little herd...🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴#happyhorses #rescuehorses #horserescue #rescuehorse
01/20/2020

Dinner time for the cutest little herd...🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴
#happyhorses #rescuehorses #horserescue #rescuehorse

01/17/2020

Who is this beautiful boy?? Is this the guy that was emaciated and falling down in the paddock? And then wild and afraid of every little sound and movement? Yep, this is Mosby, trotting beautifully. The video isn’t the best quality, but so worth sharing. I love seeing those ears twitching back and forth as he focuses on Kate; not even bothered by the squeaky saddle. A quiet trot is a HUGE accomplishment for this team. So proud of Mosby and so thankful for Kate’s dedication and love for this boy. 🐎💙🐎 #horserescue #rescuehorse #saddlebred #americansaddlebred

I think I know 4 boys who would give Belle their vote for #womancrushwednesday! She arrived back at a Nalani, and this i...
01/15/2020

I think I know 4 boys who would give Belle their vote for #womancrushwednesday! She arrived back at a Nalani, and this is how she was greeted. 🐴💕👀🥰

Remi...This little horse has a gift for making girls of all ages smile. 💕#quarterhorse #rescuehorse #horserescue #cutest...
01/15/2020

Remi...This little horse has a gift for making girls of all ages smile. 💕
#quarterhorse #rescuehorse #horserescue #cutesthorseever

Friday Feels. 😴🐴 😴
01/10/2020

Friday Feels. 😴🐴 😴

TBT...Remi!! ❤️❤️❤️ We rescued him from the new Holland auction when he was only five years old. He had been abused and...
01/10/2020

TBT...Remi!! ❤️❤️❤️ We rescued him from the new Holland auction when he was only five years old. He had been abused and suffered a catastrophic injury that made him unrideable, but he has such a gift with children and we found the perfect home with a loving family. We thought he had hit the jackpot. But, as is often the case, people change their minds. Horses are a big commitment. It is our policy to keep in contact with adopters and if circumstances change we will ALWAYS have space for Nalani horses. Sooo, even though we are maxed out financially, we welcomed Remi back with open arms. He is the most loveable little horse and we are so happy to have him with us. Remi will be up for adoption soon, but until then he is part of our little herd! If you’d like to learn about sponsoring Remi, please contact us! 🐴

Mo in the snow. ❄️🐴💙
01/08/2020

Mo in the snow. ❄️🐴💙

Miss Belle is ready to find her home! We have known from day one that she is a special girl. Here are the details. Belle...
01/07/2020

Miss Belle is ready to find her home! We have known from day one that she is a special girl. Here are the details.

Belle (JC name: Devilintheshadows)
Belle is 2013, big boned , bay 15.2 hand, ottb mare.
Sound,No vices

We rescued her from a direct ship to slaughter kill pen in the fall of 2018. She came to us thin, so she spent several months gaining weight and enjoying being a horse. 

She has been lightly started (90 days) by a professional. Belle isn’t spooky but does still have anxiety under saddle.

She is a unique case bc she could easily go 2 completely different directions.

Direction #1:
She would make an excellent babysitter or pasture pal.
She has been turned out with geldings, ponies and mares and gets along with everyone. She is happy hanging out and being loved on.

She is GREAT on the ground; stands for the farrier, clips, loads, cross ties, good in the stall and can be handled by children/adults of all ages.
She’s an easy keeper, happy to be out 24/7 on hay or willing to come into a stall.

Direction 2:
She would make an excellent prospect for a professional to finish. She will need time to overcome her under saddle anxiety and is not suitable for your average amateur rider. While she doesn’t spook, buck or rear she is what we would consider still a “professional ride”.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us! 

Anddd we have a barn name! Gatsby, as in “The Great”,  is the clear winner. The main character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ...
01/07/2020

Anddd we have a barn name! Gatsby, as in “The Great”, is the clear winner. The main character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel was described by the narrator as “the single most hopeful person I’ve ever met.” Well, we believe this horse has every reason to be full of hope. Thank you for helping us choose the perfect name for this sweet boy. ❤️🐴❤️

Australia, our hearts are breaking for you...💔*Artwork by Charlie Mackesy
01/06/2020

Australia, our hearts are breaking for you...💔

*Artwork by Charlie Mackesy

Today is the last day to vote for your favorite name...we will announce the winning name tonight. Can’t wait to see what...
01/06/2020
NameGame to benefit Nalani Horse Rescue

Today is the last day to vote for your favorite name...we will announce the winning name tonight. Can’t wait to see what we will call this sweet boy! 🐎❤️🐎

Help us name our new horse! Play the NameGame, an interactive, multi-player competition! Proceeds to benefit Nalani Horse Rescue

01/06/2020

THIS is rescue....happy horse, heart full. 💓🐎

Well, "Gatsby" has taken an early lead, but "Beau" just entered the race. Join the fun, and vote for your favorite! He i...
01/03/2020
NameGame to benefit Nalani Horse Rescue

Well, "Gatsby" has taken an early lead, but "Beau" just entered the race. Join the fun, and vote for your favorite!

He is a 6 year old who is super gentle and sweet. He has a fancy little trot, and after he gets some TLC he is going to be a majestic beautiful boy. Which name do you think is most fitting?

http://derbyz.com/nalanihorserescue/helpnamemeteetsee?fbclid=IwAR2tyFqbgxQKdxS-dCggat4wMsAuIZ6XeEeyEnCbtZS9JLt7ZvN_FDezHFU

Help us name our new horse! Play the NameGame, an interactive, multi-player competition! Proceeds to benefit Nalani Horse Rescue

It’s a rainy gloomy day here, and this guy still needs a barn name! So, we are going to have some fun...check back soon ...
01/03/2020

It’s a rainy gloomy day here, and this guy still needs a barn name! So, we are going to have some fun...check back soon to play a NameGame with us! 🐎🐎🐎

Letting the sun set on 2019 with grateful hearts and big dreams for the future...wishing all our friends and supporters ...
12/31/2019

Letting the sun set on 2019 with grateful hearts and big dreams for the future...wishing all our friends and supporters all the best in 2020! 🐴❤️🐴

12/28/2019

Beautiful day to introduce you to our new guy! ☀️🐴💙

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! 🎄🐴 ❄️
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! 🎄🐴 ❄️

Dear Santa...🐴🙏🏻🐴
12/24/2019

Dear Santa...🐴🙏🏻🐴

Looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 💙🐴💙 #horserescue #thoroughbreds #rescuehorses #happyhorses
12/23/2019

Looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 💙🐴💙 #horserescue #thoroughbreds #rescuehorses #happyhorses

I’m not sure what feels warmer...my heart or Met...ready for a frigid night in a heavy blanket with plenty of hay. 🥰🐴
12/20/2019

I’m not sure what feels warmer...my heart or Met...ready for a frigid night in a heavy blanket with plenty of hay. 🥰🐴

What a year 2019 was! THANKS to all of you!Mosby and Belle (rescued in fall of 2018) spent the winter learning to be hor...
12/19/2019

What a year 2019 was! THANKS to all of you!

Mosby and Belle (rescued in fall of 2018) spent the winter learning to be horses again; getting healthy and putting weight on. In early summer, we evaluated them and and found the perfect trainer for each of their needs. Belle was sponsored by Jen Vitalbo and spent the summer and fall with Liz Mras who trains off the track thoroughbreds for their new careers. She is now up for adoption. Mosby is in training with Kate Breiner at Fairview Dressage and will continue his training thanks to your generous donations! We expect him to be up for adoption in the Spring.

We learned that our leased parcel of Little Bull Run Farm was under contract during the summer, and started the search for the perfect place to land. We are so thankful we found it at Alanwood Farm in Broad Run, Va. The owner reached out to us because she was interested in hearing about our mission and after many conversations, we decided this was the perfect fit. It's a peaceful, idyllic property where our horses have plenty of room to live out in a herd along with beautiful facilities for training and fundraising events. Lincoln and Teddy took one look at their large field and took off running with joy. They clearly approve of their new digs!

We wrapped up the year with something we didn't think we were ready for. We rescued a local horse with a beautiful story. Meteetsee Fly arrived in December. He stepped into the paddock like he was home, and fits in perfectly; he is as gentle and sweet as can be! He will spend the winter gaining weight and getting healthy and will be evaluated soon. With his arrival, we are now a herd of 6!! WOW!

THANK YOU for a remarkable year. Without YOU and your generosity, none of this would be possible. From all of us at Nalani, we wish you a Blessed and Happy Holiday.

Come visit us at Alanwood in 2020! 🐴♥️🐴

12/17/2019

“I think I’m gonna like it here...” 🐴🥰 #happyhorse #rescuehorse #horserescue #ottb #thoroughbred #happyroll

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Nalani Horse Rescue (Nalani is Hawaiian for “the 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