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With gracious donations, and unfaltering help from volunteers, we are able to rehabilitate neglected or abused animals and provide them the long term care needed for them to heal and prosper.

Fighting neglect is the reason Elite Equine Rescue at was founded. We are able to provide supportive veterinary care, physical rehabilitation, farrier service, long term supplements and management for horses who continue to need support.

We see animals for many differing reasons. They arrive because they are ill, injured, or abused. Animals in dire, or rescue situations may be placed at Heartland by court orders, humane organizations, sheriff's offices, other law enforcement agencies and private individuals.

Many horses come in with health and/or medical conditions that require rehabilitation with the use of the various therapies we provide to get them back to the very best health and quality of life possible. After making a full recovery and riding assessment , horses become available for adoption to qualified homes.

Mental Rehabilitation

Once a horse is well on the road to recovery we assess and re-train the physically capable horse through “positive” training methods. No loud voices are used. No whips. No ropes. No bucking. Just gentle words and motions. That solves most of the problems.

Some horses are deemed unfit for further training due to physical injury or mental condition. They are maintained on the same level as all the other horses, same stall space, same food – most of the time it isn’t the horse’s fault. Some things just can’t be undone.

Medical Rehabilitation

We have a couple of veterinarians on our team of advisories. Dr. Melanie Robinson, who does an assessment on each horse as needed and recommends certain actions, such as routine wellness care, emergency on-call services, protocol support, chiropractic, acupuncture and euthanasia, when necessary. Dr. Nathan Goddard is our go-to for equine dentist. Gina Hluska, CLT, CEKP, CEMT, VT provides all equine rehabilitation, supportive veterinary care and physical therapy for the horses in our rehab program.  All services are provided at a non-profit courtesy discount rate. 

Then, our “Special Needs” volunteers move in. Their specialty is soft talk, soothing words, gentle rubs – the ever important T.L.C.

Unfortunately, we do lose some. Not all our battles have a happy ending. Some just took too much abuse, suffered too long at the hands of…., well, you put a name on them. When we receive a horse in borderline condition, we go into a “lockdown” mode at the ICU barn – no visitors, a minimal number of very experienced volunteers. The sights and sounds of a close-to-death horse are extremely disturbing and something most people should avoid. The sad fact is that we can’t save them all.

But we win most of our battles, and we do our best to assure our winners a safe and secure home for the rest of their lives. Our job is to provide medical care, hoof care, dental care, proper nutrition, holistic therapies and shelter. That’s just for starters. Our volunteers provide the most important ingredient – making each human/horse contact one of love and understanding.

We are happy to announce that Elite Equine Rescue now offers equine rehab services on-site. All services are provided through the non-profit organization. All proceeds benefit the horses of Elite Equine Rescue.

Orthopedic DynaSplint

The DynaSplints are dynamic splints that are used for range of motion rehabilitation. This spring-loaded dynamic splint is worn at rest for six to eight hours at a time, and employs adjustable low load prolonged duration stretch technology (LLPS) to achieve a permanent change in shortened connective tissues.This is a non-invasive therapy used for horses with a bone deformity that may be treated & corrected if caught soon enough. Some foals are born with these defects/deformities. Fortunately, we are usually able to treat these cases to a full recovery before these young horses reach maturity. This significantly increases the odds for these horses to live a close to normal live with the likelihood of them being adopted out very probable. 

Pulse ElectroMagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

PEMF therapy is a great non-invasive therapy used to help treat both orthopedic and soft tissue pain and inflammation. PEMF (Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field) is an electrically charged magnetic field that is used to stimulate the cellular structure. PEMF therapy for horses increases cellular metabolism by helping cells to utilize oxygen. This helps to reduce pain associated with lack of oxygen. PEMF therapy for horses improves circulation, which helps reduce edema.This is great for tendons, ligaments, joints and deep done injuries, especially great for feet. Some retired athletes are in dire need for this treatment after a career of joint pounding, tissue damaging exercise (IE Racing, Eventing, Polo, Ranching etc.)

Laser Therapy

This is another one of those amazing non-invasive therapies used to treat soft tissue structural damage, pain and inflammation. Through a stimulated photobiochemical cascade of events at the cellular level, we achieve relief of pain, a reduction in inflammation and an increase in microcirculation. These result in an accelerated restoration of function or healing within the tissues. This modality has also proven to reduce wound site healing time as well. We have had great success treating and saving those athletes whose lives would essentially be over due to tendon or ligament injury and reduced wound site healing by 2/3 the time. We have witnessed a full recovery and re-homed many of these athletes along the way. 

Equine Massage

Equine Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. It is an ancient complementary therapy first documented in around 2,700BC by the ancient Chinese.

It follows similar principles to human sports massage because, like people, animals can suffer from muscular pain and discomfort which can inhibit the way they move causing them to use their body incorrectly to compensate and is where many ridden problems stem from. Although referred to as ‘sports’ massage, it is beneficial to all horses and ponies from the happy hacker right through to the high level competition horse.

Using their hands, the therapist can feel for any muscle swellings, tightness, spasms, stress points and uneven muscle tone across your horse’s body. Using a combination of different massage techniques the therapist can work to relieve the areas that are causing your horse discomfort or preventing him from moving at his best.

This modality of bodywork not only helps release trigger and stress points and adhesions with the muscular skeletal system, but also allows us to strengthen the bond between horse and human. This form of therapy is especially effective with those horses suffering from mental scars of abuse or those healing from a major injury.


"KT Taping" method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, EquiTape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric equine, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The EquiTape Taping Method was specifically developed for horses with a uniquely patterned, heat activated adhesive. This is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your horse the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system,  EquiTape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

"Lexi" Contracted tendon with laxity of the fetlocks 

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest forced in getting well.”