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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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White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue



White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue
1688 Burke's Tavern Road
Burkeville VA 23922
434-767-2839

Tax ID/EIN: 16-1650231
Year Founded: 2003
Last Updated 2017-03-15

Public Charity


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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'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:
White Bird is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused, neglected and at-risk Appaloosa and other horses, especially those in urgent need.

Horse-related programs:
Rescue, rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming of at-risk Appaloosas or other breeds of horses in urgent need. <br /><br />Rescue: We provide guidance and advice to callers and evaluate the problem. If the situation is deemed urgent and we have available space, in most cases, we will transport the horse to our facility. In a few cases, we may arrange transport by others (if the distance is great). <br /><br />Rehabilitation: Includes an intake veterinary exam, a prescribed feed and medication regimen, and treatment of any medical issues including deworming and vaccination. Horses will not be released for adoption until all physical issues have been resolved to the best of our ability.<br /><br />Retraining: Any behavioral issues are addressed and in some cases, re-tuning and retraining of riding horses is provided if horses are sound and healthy. <br /><br />Rehoming: Potential adopters are carefully screened and items include: veterinary references, suitability for the individual animal, personal and farrier references and a visit to the farm to ensure adequacy and safety. Adopters pay an adoption fee and sign an binding contract.

Non-horse-related programs:
1. Community Service opportunities for the justice system and students.
2. Venue for 4H, Boy and Girl Scouts to learn about horse care and rescue issues.
3. Venue for learning and cognitively impaired groups to enjoy the company of horses.


Volunteer Opportunities


Looking For Volunteers, All Ages!
We can use help in stall and stable maintenance, grooming, assisting our trainers, farm maintenance and repairs, fundraising, web help, and any other ideas you may have to help homeless horses. We have no minimum age but volunteers of 16 years or below must have a responsible adult with them when at the rescue. We have no upper age limit either, so if you want to enjoy some time in the open air, recharge those batteries or simply commune with some adorable horses, then we can provide all of that.

Wish List Items


Feed And Horse Care Supplies
We very much appreciate donations of high quality horse hay, feed, wormer, gently used tack and equipment and any other items that might help us rescue at-risk horses and care for our residents.