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Equine Welfare Network Messenger

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We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers 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.

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Brook Hill Farm



Brook Hill Farm
7289 Bellevue Road
Forest VA 24551
540-586-7432

Tax ID/EIN: 54-2058686
Year Founded: 2001
Last Updated 2017-04-26

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

Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization's primary activity is equine rescue, adoption & retirement.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

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

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


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Brook Hill Farm, a non-profit horse rescue and therapeutic riding organization, exists to provide rehabilitation focused services and safe haven for unwanted horses, as well as offers a therapeutic riding program for personal growth and equine education for the community.

Horse-related programs:
1) Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Retirement<br />Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, horses that are no longer useful and/or injured that have been relinquished or seized are evaluated by our staff of knowledgeable professionals. The horses are put into a rehabilitation program carried out by college interns,volunteers, and United Neigh members. Once healed, the horse is available for placement in a life-time free lease agreement with a carefully screened applicant or used in our United Neigh program. 25 to 35 horses are kept on the property at any one time; the total number of horses served in any year fluctuates based on recovery time and placement. Horses that are not placed retire permanently at the farm and are used in our Equine Assisted Activities. <br /><br />2) Equine Facilitated Learning<br />As a member of PATH International, Brook Hill offers professional Equine Facilitated Learning to youth and adults. This program offers many different activities involving the horse as a partner, either under saddle or on the ground, aiding the farm with its mission of rehabilitating unwanted horses. The EFL learning process is planned and guided, with the goal being to increase the participant’s social competence and positive behavior. Horses are congruent; they provide immediate meaningful feedback of non-verbal behavior. In an EFL setting, the participants attempt to manage and direct their own behavior to evoke desirable responses from the horse. The participants learn to recognize and give non-verbal communication cues to their horses through pressure, release and posture. This process allows the participants and facilitators to reflect on their behavior and the horse’s response through thoughts, feelings and communication skills and then apply these skills to a human partner. The program is set up to improve self and social awareness, personal responsibility, goal directed behavior, self-management, communication skills, and positive behavior. We have on staff an Educator and a Licensed Registered Riding Instructor and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning overseeing these programs.<br /><br />3) United Neigh:<br />United Neigh is an innovative program created to aid the farm in its mission of rehabilitation of unwanted horses for at-risk youth ages 12-18. As a United States Pony Club Center, United Neigh uses the Pony Club curriculum to teach riding and horse knowledge. Led by adults and college interns, the program teaches its members basic horse care, horse rehabilitation, riding skills and personal accountability with the goal of decreasing the high school drop–out rate. The National Education Association’s Twelve Point Plan for Reducing the School Dropout Rate pinpoints “community-based, real-world learning experiences for students” and involvement in small after school groups as a key factor in increasing the rate of high school graduation. The farm’s unique program utilizes equine facilitated learning to provide just such an experience for at-risk youth in the Central Virginia area. <br /><br />4) Rockin' Riders:<br /><br />Rockin' Riders is a traditional therapeutic riding program individuals with physical and mental disabilities that can experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. A disability does not have to limit a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Therapeutic riding uses equine-assisted activities for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities. It provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure. In addition to the therapeutic benefits, horseback riding also provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors. This program is open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.<br /><br /> 5) College Interns<br />Educational opportunities in collaboration with regional schools including Virginia Tech are provided for college students to participate in internships aiding the farm in its mission of rehabilitating unwanted horses, earning them college credit in the following fields: Animal Sciences, Animal Psychology, Biology, Education, Special Education, Business, Communications, and Pre-Vet Studies. Brook Hill Farm is partnering with Randolph college to teach the class, "Introduction to Equine Assisted Therapies".<br /><br />6) Seniors Helping Seniors<br />This program just began in January 2017 for senior citizens. It will be classified as a therapeutic riding class that was created to help support the horses in sanctuary at the farm. The participants will help to care for the horses in sanctuary , will ride if appropriate, and financially help to support this population.<br /><br />6) Community Outreach<br />Brook Hill Farm partners with existing programs such as the Salvation Army, Alliance for Children, Boy and Girl Scouts, Church groups, School Groups and others to provide a hands-on one day educational program in basic horse care and knowledge that creates community awareness of the plight of the horse that is no longer useful. In 2017 we hope to begin a summer camp program.

Non-horse-related programs:
None


Volunteer Opportunities


Leaders And Sidewalkers
Minimum Age: 16
Leaders and Sidewalkers are needed for our new therapeutic riding group, the Rockin' Riders. Please contact secretary@brookhillfarm.org if interested!

College Interns For Horses And Youth
Minimum Age: 18
College Interns are provided college credit for work with unwanted horses and/or therapeutic riding programs.

Wish List Items


Good, Used Tack

Pitch Forks And Brooms
These are always needed!

Books About Horses
We have a library in our classroom where youth can check out books - please help us by donating horse books!

Dually Truck
We need a truck to pull our trailer for rescue and youth program outings

Breyer Horses
We use these for teaching in Pony Club and 4-H activities