Refuge Farms, Inc., Horse Rescue & Sanctuary

Refuge Farms, Inc., Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
3035 Highway 29
Spring Valley, WI 54767

Mailing Address:
3035 Highway 29, P O Box 195
Spring Valley, WI 54767

Phone: 715-505-5626

EIN: 20-2332234
Founded: 2001
Last Updated 2020-05-08

Public Charity

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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Refuge Farms rescues the dier horses or those that the other horse rescues refuse. These are the old, the diseased, the forgotten, and the crippled horses. We heal as much as the horse directs and rehome whenever possible.

The horse that is terminally ill, heavily burdened with fears from severe abuse, severely crippled, or that requires significant cares are absorbed into the resident Sanctuary Herd. If a horse is rescued and rehoming is possible, those horses mingle with the Sanctuary Herd and will be rehomed when the appropriate forever home is located.

Our Sanctuary Horses are utilized in our established Horses Helping, an Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) program of equine ground based mental health therapy. The program works with all humans in need of self-esteem, self-confidence, grief support, and general well-being.

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Horse Welfare

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services (EAS) in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine-Assisted Services (EAS).

Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.

Our organization'operates programs involved with equine rescue, adoption & retirement.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Volunteer Opportunities

Retail Store Supports Horses
Minimum Age: 18
During the summer months, Refuge Farms operates an upscale retail store at THE FARM. THE STORE, as it is called, sells an assortment of unique items from collectibles and antiques to kitchen items and wall hangings, vintage clothing, and beautiful new and vintage jewelry.

Refuge Farms is seeking volunteers interested in staffing THE STORE during its open hours of Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 3PM. You will welcome guests, sell and pack merchandise to take home as well as sort and display items for sale.

Being versatile in math is helpful as well as an interest in meeting people from all over the world! Dress is casual.

Thank you for considering this need for volunteer support at Refuge Farms!

NOTE: Our WI virus restrictions currently prohibit volunteers to be present at Refuge Farms and THE STORE. Hence, new Volunteer Orientation and Training Classes are suspended until the state deems our business once again open to the public with precautions.

This does not stop us from gathering your applications and processing your application so once THE STORE is deemed open, we are ready to conduct our classes and get you in THE STORE greeting our customers and supporting our Missions!

A Life Changing Opportunity, Rescued Horses
Minimum Age: 17
A very special horse rescue is in need of compassionate and dedicated humans to support the healing and care of our rescued horses. No previous horse experience required, we will provide training.

Help groom the horses and do chores around the barn. A big heart is a great trait. And the rewards are unending and life changing.

If you are interested in volunteering, please go to our website - - and complete the Volunteer Application. We will contact you to schedule a walk-thru of the premises and give you an opportunity to try us on for size.

Age 16 and younger require parent or guardian companionship at all times.

Thank you for considering the volunteer opportunity in our humble barns with these magical creatures here at Refuge Farms!

NOTE: Our WI restrictions currently prohibit volunteers to be present at Refuge Farms. Hence, new Volunteer Orientation and Training Classes are suspended until the state deems our business once again open to the public with precautions.

This does not stop us from gathering your applications and processing your application so once THE FARM is deemed open, we are ready to conduct our classes and get you in these barns to meet The Herd!

Wish List Items

Deworming Paste
Refuge Farms is on a quarterly deworming schedule given by the number of horses on the pastures and supported by routine fecal tests.

During the season, at least one deworming is with a product utilizing ivermectin. Non-brand name ivermectin paste may be found a our local Fleet Farm or online at Fleet

Late in the year, we typically utilize a paste that contains fenbendazole. Again, this paste may be found at our local Fleet Farm or online at Fleet

In the calculation of tubes of paste needed, the entire Sanctuary Herd utilizes a total of thirty-two tubes of paste. An annual estimate of total tubes used, based on history, is forty-four tubes.

As an instance, our Beauty, who is the large sway backed Percheron mare from the PMU lines, weighs in at 3,000 pounds. Each tube of dewormer paste usually addresses a 1,200 pound horse. Thus, deworming Beauty utilizes three tubes of paste.

Thank you for considering this need for Refuge Farms.

Vaccinations Against Disease
Our veterinarian has notified Refuge Farms of a new vaccine now available by Zoetis which seems a logical move and safer for the horses being vaccinated.

The vaccination is called CORE EQ and is a one dose one ml vaccination for West Nile, Tetanus, Rabies, plus Eastern and Western Encephalitis.
For our rescue organization, this CORE EQ is the perfect solution!

Our horses rarely travel off the property and are rarely in contact with other horses so this grouping of vaccinations is what we would normally administer with two injections. Having all of our needs met with a single injection means less change of infection for our horses and less stress for the horse overall.

The histories of the majority of our horses are unknown to us. However, through our day-to-day handling, we learn their fears and thus, their stories. Many of our large horses and past show horses are fearful of a syringe. So to be able to cut their stress in half by only have to inject them with a single ml of materials would be a huge benefit to those horses!

And, as state above, even though we use extreme care in the administration of the vaccinations, there is always the risk of infection by contamination. To again cut that risk in half for each and every horse is a huge benefit and lessening of a necessary liability for The Herd.

Currently, the CORE EQ is available only through your local veterinarian. Refuge Farms is estimated to utilize a minimum total of three vials or thirty injections in the coming year.

Thank you for your consideration of this need.

Lawn Fencing
The non-pasture yard area at THE FARM is fenced with simple electric wire which is turned on when we have horses in the yard for an event or tour. When horses are not in the yard area, the electric fencer for that electric wire is turned off.

In the past winter, at least one horse was dropped off in the dark of an evening by the human walking the horse to the corral through the yard by entering through the non-hot electric wire fence. We have found several dogs tied to the t-posts of this very lawn fence and boxes with cats and kittens in them also in the lawn, just past the fencing wire.

It is becoming more regular that the public is leaving their animals of all types in our yard easily due to the absence of a fence barrier on the lawn perimeter of the property.

The local Fleet Farm carries a sixteen foot panel of three inch by four inch welded squares for the entire length at four feet high. If this panel were attached to the t-posts holding the wire and the top of the post was a single hot wire, we believe our abandonment episodes would be sincerely lowered.

In this new setup, the smooth electric wire would be hot all day, every day. The woven panel would not be electrocuted. The panel would need to be one foot above the ground to prohibit hooves from close to the panels.

The length of the yard space to be fenced in will require twenty of these panels which may be found at our local Fleet Farm or at Fleet Refuge Farms already possesses the needed posts, wire connectors, and electrical supplies for this project.

Thank you for considering this need for Refuge Farms.

Power Washer
A power washer is needed to address the dust and cobwebs accumulating in our rafters and peaks of the barns. The cobwebs allow flies to nest and the dust bring human allergies to the forefront. In addition, in the fall, webs appear in the building exterior soffets.

Our buildings all have overhead and/or sliding doors that are open every day of the year and the wind does a pretty good job of keeping the wooden interior walls clear as well as well as the metal wall facings above the wooden linings. However, the top of the trusses are twenty-six feet high and our hose with the best nozzle cannot reach the areas with any water at all.

Power washers have been shopped and our local Fleet Farm has a washer with an adjustable psi allowing the washer to be used for trailer cleanings, the peaks of the trusses, as well as the exterior of the barns and trailers. A volunteer who uses power washers in his business advises that the truss tops will require a 3200 psi force and the trailers, exteriors, and pond will wash nicely at 2000 to 2400 psi.

Power can be from a self contained engine or electrical supply however power is at a maximum of 110 in each barn. Power washers are available at our local Fleet Farm or at Fleet

NOTE: Throughout the barn cleaning it is important to know that bird nests will be left intact and power washing in those areas will be performed later in the year when the babies have flown from the nests.

Thank you for considering this need for Refuge Farms!

*Guardians are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.
Equine Welfare Network Guardian
Effective Date
May 31, 2020

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