Giving sick, abused and unwanted horses a second chance.

Horse Helpers of the High Country

2014 Horse Helpers T-ShirtArtist Kathleen Kelley has graciously allowed us permission to use her recent acrylic on canvas painting “Partners” for our latest t-shirt.

It is the perfect expression of the bond that is formed between one of our rescues and their new owner when they find their new home.

Other Kathleen Kelley paintings can be seen at her web page

To get one of these great shirts, click here.

Chester's Barn Book


Check it out!! Tom Pace, Megan Miller, and Madi Barker have written about us. Read about the adventures of Chester and Wendell at Horse Helpers in the new children’s book — Chester’s Barn: A Book about a Horse Rescue. All profits go to benefit Horse Helpers. It will be on sale at the barn for $24.95.

Chance is the newest Horse Helpers arrival. He is a very sick little boy—only a year old and missing about 90% of his hair. Chance was rescued when he was about 6 months old and was doing really well until around December. The vets think that because he never had a chance to thrive, that his immune system is shot and he has been unable to fight off any problems a normal horse would have. He began to lose his hair in handfuls. Horse Helpers paid for a vet to come and he did better for a while. But in March, he began going downhill again. The problem became too big for his rescuer to handle and she surrendered him to us.

Chance has been with us for about three weeks now. He has stopped losing hair and is putting on weight. The swelling in his back legs has gone down and the farrier has started working on the deformation in his hooves. Although if you saw him today, you would say he looks terrible, to us, his skin is starting to look better and you can see that his hair is beginning to grow back. Every warm day, he receives medicated baths, and he goes on daily walks to help with his movement. He is getting all kinds of things to help boost his immunity. Our Healing Touch practitioner works on him twice a week and the vets are on top of his traditional healthcare. Read more about Chance . . .

Please help us with his medical expenses if you possibly can.

Horse Helpers of the High Country, incorporated in 2004 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, is the only federally recognized equine rescue in the region, serving the Northwestern corner of North Carolina, including Avery, Ashe and Watauga Counties as well as Johnson County, Tennessee. Our mission is to help sick, hurt, abused, and unwanted horses and other equine providing them an opportunity for rehabilitation and a loving home. In other words, a second chance.Horses and other equine arrive at our farm in a variety of ways – official seizure due to neglect or abuse, horses from slaughter auctions, even owners who feel they must relinquish their animals due to financial or care difficulties. The current economic crisis has put equine and livestock at even more risk. In times of economic uncertainty, care of animals is sometimes the first place people cut corners. We can’t do this alone. As all humanitarian tasks are driven by the loving support of community, we need each of you, and the support of our horse community at large, to embrace our goals and provide heart, hands, and funds to help these noble animals. As the great Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Join us in this common goal. Please help Horse Helpers of the High Country provide the compassionate care these animals deserve. You see the quiet “thank you” in the sparkle in the eyes of these gentle creatures.