A Decade of Incredible Horse Rescues, over 500 Equine Lives saved in West Virginia


“The mission of Heart of Phoenix is to save the horses of Appalachia through collaboration, education and the provision of equine resources.”


Operating as West Virginia’s largest, most effective equine advocacy organization, we work throughout much of Appalachia as united group of individuals, volunteers and partners improving the outlook for horses of all breeds and background. We do so through innovation and collaboration, while always working to empower horse owners, as well. We are advocates for good horsemanship and a kind, yet strong equine economy. With over 500 lives saved thus far, we are succeeding.

Because we are aware it is important to expand the reach of advocacy in this region, we offer rescue to horses, education to horse owners, and we work with horse professionals nationwide to see our goals to fruition. We also assist counties’ animal control & law enforcement officers statewide with training and support.

We are a successful advocate for All Horses in Appalachia.

Poverty in our region means the need for education and assistance is tremendous, and we work to meet those needs.

We care about showing what rescued horses are capable of while we work on the roots of “equine neglect” where a future finds fewer horses in need.

Abuse, deprivation from water, food and basic care frequently go on at unspeakable levels where horses are left to suffer for years in Appalachia.

We have found working at the root of the issue through clinics, educational events, blogs and in person help creates respect for equine advocacy and change. Our focus is to improve the outlook of horses here for now and the long term.

Horses in our care receive the rehab and training they need to become awesome equine partners for adopters.

We also strive to make create more Good horsemen and women, so we see fewer horses in need and see more horses going into suitable homes. 


“Saving the Horses of Appalachia until we create a future where all horses can thrive.”

We do not just rescue, we strive to see the future requires less need for rescue. We hope you continue to listen to the stories of our horses and allow us to continue to promote great horsemanship for years to come.

You can help change everything for horses in Appalachia when you partner with us!

Join us today as a volunteerpartnerdonor, supporter or adopter!

We believe this is possible with you on board!

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