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Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc. 


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We couldn't do what we do without our faithful farriers!  Many thanks to Dan Dunlop and Dusty Sheffield, both excellent farriers, who have helped us tremendously through the years.


On March 1, 2009, in a rare South Georgia sleet and snowstorm, DCFHR volunteers picked up a pitifully starved skeleton of a horse, “Sundance.”

Click here to read his story.

Work Day at DCFHR
June 8

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Apache puts up with a lot of "loving" from Fee Shang. Horses aren't the only creatures rescued by Dancing Cloud Farm. Our hearts are open to many animals who come here.   (click on the picture for a larger view)

A hot day at DCFHR


Visit Hearts4Horses - Where our goal is to help create a world where every horse is in the care of a responsible owner.





This pony foal and his mother were brought to Dancing Cloud Farm in November 2011.  For the first two weeks that the foal was at DCFHR, we feared the little fellow wouldn’t make it.  His mother was starved, wasn't producing milk. Sixteen days after their rescue, the little foal flew around the barn in a full out gallop, full of life and spirit.  That’s our paycheck!  And that is a better “thank you” to our supporters than our words could ever say.

If you look closely, you will see a lipstick kiss on the muzzle.  Ummm, that would be Anne, whose trademark color is hot "pank"?

Let's go for a ride!


Great day for a ride!


Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc., is located in Thomas County, Georgia, and we serve the southwest corner of Georgia near the Florida and Alabama state lines.  We are about an hour north of Tallahassee, Florida, and four hours south of Atlanta.

The farm is closed on Sundays.   If you would like to set an appointment for a visit, please email us at  dancingcloudfarm@gmail.com.  Because our purpose is to rehabilitate horses, many of the horses that arrive at DCFHR have been through neglect and abuse which frequently makes the horse develop an extreme survival mindset.  This means that the horse can be hard to handle and small children don’t understand the danger.   For these reasons we ask that all visitors and all volunteers be over the age of 16.  Volunteer work groups with students 12 years old and older are welcome; these students will not be working directly with the horses but will have other projects to complete that help DCFHR volunteers fulfill our mission.

We are proud to network closely with:

  • Triple R Horse Rescue in Tallahassee, Florida

  • Wiregrass Sanctuary near Dothan, Alabama  

  • HRRRF, Inc., in Cumming, Georgia 

DCFHR volunteers have worked with sheriff’s offices and animal control officers in several counties and with the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s equine division agents.  DCFHR has no law enforcement capabilities.  We will refer a complaint to the local sheriff’s office or the Georgia Department of Agriculture, but we do not seize a horse or trespass on an owner’s property.  DCFHR has been asked to help enforcement agencies with seizures of starved animals, and it has been an honor to work with professional law enforcement officers to get help for horses.

We could not do this work without the support of veterinarians who not only come when we need them but also give us advice, patiently answer our questions, and go the second and third miles to help the horses we are helping.  Many, MANY thanks to:

  • Dr. Mary Rogers, Red Hills Equine Veterinary Services;

  • All the veterinarians and staff members of Clanton-Malphus-Hodges Veterinary  Hospital  in Thomasville, Georgia;

  • All the veterinarians and staff at Cairo Animal Hospital, Cairo, Georgia.

Their encouragement and straightforward guidance has been worth solid gold.

Not only have we helped horses, but local animal shelters and veterinarians have asked us to take in newborn kittens that were either left on the vet’s doorstep during the night, or dogs killed the mother cat, or someone picked up the kittens because they didn’t want cats under their utility shed, or the animal control officer was asked to “get rid of” the cats.  In the past year, DCFHR has raised 43 kittens, the youngest litter being only 24 hours old!  Raising kittens makes us keenly appreciative of the work a mama cat does to raise her young.  Almost every one of those kittens was adopted; many thanks to the vets and staff of Cairo Animal Hospital who took in the kittens and advertised them so that homes could be found.


Our adoption fees are kept low because our purpose is to find new, loving homes for our horses; fees usually barely cover the Coggins, vaccinations, and basic care, and donations -- not adoption fees -- provide for the care and feed of horses and ponies brought to DCFHR.  DCFHR’s adoption requirements include that no mare is to be used for breeding; that no DCFHR horse is to be sold at auction or to a new owner without our written consent; and that if, in the future, a new owner can no longer keep the horse he or she adopted from DCFHR, the horse is to be returned to DCFHR.  Unfortunately, we have experienced a few unscrupulous new owners who took advantage of this, adopted a very good horse from DCFHR with the intention of selling it immediately at a higher price, and we lost two horses this way in spite of legal paperwork.  One of our horses, “Tigger,” a registered paint gelding, was stolen from DCFHR that way.  Two years after his disappearance, DCFHR was notified that Tigger was listed on Craigslist.  The person listing Tigger for sale had only had him a week and didn’t realize that the horse came from a law enforcement seizure or belonged to DCFHR and immediately returned him to us.  It is honest people like that who help us in our mission.  (Tigger pictured left).

Once again, we here at Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc., want to thank YOU for supporting us.  We cannot do this work without your donations, and we thank you for your faithfulness in providing feed, hay, veterinary and farrier care to these horses through your donations.  When we care for a horse, you are as much a part of the work as we are.  Thank you so much.

Our Newest Patients - Chevy and Promise

In the past 6 1/2 years of working with rescuing horses, we have faced challenging situations and have learned an encyclopedia's worth of knowledge about the medical care, effects of feed, effects of neglect and abuse with horses, ponies, and donkeys.  Our latest patients are challenging us because they have so many issues. 


In November 2014, law enforcement picked up two starved horses with numerous medical issues from abandonment, starvation, and abuse.  "Chevy" is a four-year old paint roan stud who for the five months previous to his being brought to DCFHR was confined to a manure-filled and urine-soaked stall.  Our biggest concerns with Chevy are his feet and a stubborn, hacking cough.

Chevy's feet:  Because of severe neglect -- he was confined to a wet, dark "stall" because he is a stud -- and then he was abandoned to die in that stall -- his hooves were almost 7" long when he arrived at DCFHR.  His suspensory ligaments in both front feet never developed correctly because of starvation when he was a foal, plus, because his feet had not been trimmed in well over a year (if ever), his ligaments were stretched to compensate the abnormal growth of his hooves.  When the farrier picked up Chevy's feet and did one swipe with the hoof pick, blood POURED from the hoof from a severe thrush infection. 



"Promise" is an older thoroughbred gelding; in addition to two fractured molars and ulcers in his mouth that cause him pain every time he eats, the vet discovered what could be a throat injury (perhaps from a kick) that may cause additional problems.  Two months into their rehabilitation and both horses are putting on weight, are cooperative, have had training, and ooze personality.  However, both have a loooong way to go.


We will keep our DCFHR friends updated with information on Chevy and Promise.  Our next step with Promise is to have an equine dentist evaluate his teeth -- one molar is causing a big bump on Promise's left jaw.  Stay tuned!

We at Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc., want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past five and a half years.  Because of you, we have been able to save the lives of over 200 horses, ponies, and donkeys that have come through our pastures, many of those in desperate need of help.  We wish you could be with us from start to finish when a horse arrives – from seeing the hopelessness and fear in the eyes of a starved, neglected horse change to hope and health and beauty, and then when that horse steps off the trailer at its new home, and the smiles and happiness seen on the faces of the new owners.  It’s an amazing and rewarding experience.

DCFHR, Inc., began in July 2008, when thirteen starved horses (read Miracle’s story HERE) were brought to DCFHR.  We remember each of the horses that arrived here, and in going back through our photographs, came across “Sundance.”  His story has been repeated so many times in the lives of other horses brought to DCFHR, but Sundance has a special place in our hearts because he was the first of many desperately starved horses that we have rescued.  We were shocked at his condition, scared he wasn’t going to make it, had many people tell us we were crazy to even attempt saving this horse’s life.  Now, five years later, we are experienced at saving a starved horse’s life.  We aren’t perfect, and we are far from being veterinary experts, but we have confidence that has come from experience; we have a strong supportive help backing us; we know what it takes to get the job done; we know the steps; we know what to watch for; and we have inner strength and knowledge that we didn’t have when Sundance came to us.

It is important that we tell Sundance’s story again simply because he became a textbook lesson in How to Rescue a Starved Horse:

March 1, 2009:  As we have found many times, when someone calls us about a horse “in bad shape,” that can mean anything from a little bit skinny to barely alive.  The day that one of DCFHR’s volunteers went to look at this horse we named “Sundance,” our area of southwest Georgia was having dangerous thunderstorms as an arctic front moved in.  The volunteer picked her way through a junkyard where the horse “lived” and called back to say: NO TIME TO LOSE -- WE MUST GET THIS HORSE NOW. 

The temperature seemed to drop by the minute as late winter rains turned to heavy sleet.  As we arrived at the place where the horse was, big snowflakes were swirling in the icy wind.  From the truck we could see the pitifully thin hindquarters of a horse sticking out from under a partial shed where it was trying to find shelter; one of the volunteers asked, in shock, “Is that a horse?” 

What should have been a beautiful palomino stallion was instead a horse’s skeleton covered in wormy winter hair, standing in four inches of icy water that was running down the hillside and through the only piece of shelter he could find to protect himself from the wind and sleet.  He followed willingly as we led him out and was so light we could almost lift his skeletal body into the trailer; there, we covered him in a warm fleece stable blanket and layered over that a heavier blanket.  Although the blankets were the smallest we had, he was so starved that they hung to his knees and gaped at the chest, allowing cold air in.  He was so weak that he was wobbling as he stood; we weren’t sure he would make the trip to DCFHR without collapsing on the trailer floor.

    A starved horse needs protection from the weather and from other horses who will pick on him and ostracize him because he’s the weakest of the herd; in the natural horse world, this is the equivalent of a herd cutting out the sick and the lame for the wolves and mountain lions to attack.  Horses are herd animals; to them, to be alone means they are a dead horse.  For the first three days that Sundance was at DCFHR, he lived on the four-horse trailer which was parked next to a barn that blocked the bitterly cold north and west winds.  Being kept in the trailer protected Sundance from the icy winds; he had absolutely no body fat to protect him.    Sundance is a small horse, so when the trailer stall dividers were completely opened up, he had plenty of space to move.  He could hear and see other horses, so he knew he wasn’t alone.  For the first two days, we weren’t sure if he was going to survive.  Although he ate and drank, he showed very little life.  We fed him every two hours, about a cup at a time, to get his digestive system started again.  By Day Three, Sundance was showing life, strength, and an interest in what was going on.  We eased in a little more feed, a little more hay.  On Day Four, he met us at the trailer door with his head up, ears forward and a, “Get me outta here!” whinny!   

Sundance stayed with us a year, was trained, became a gelding, and was adopted.  He is now a beautiful little palomino trail horse and lives in Lee County, Georgia.

Here’s to you, Sundance, on the fifth anniversary of your rescue!  Many thanks for showing us that it can be done.  A piece of our heart will always be with you.

Click here to read more about Sundance

DCFHR extends a great big "Thank you!" to our faithful supporter, JEFFERS EQUINE who continues to provide much-needed assistance in our efforts to care for the tremendous needs of the many horses at DCFHR.

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Our Location: 

Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc., is located in Thomas County, Georgia, and our range is the southwest corner of Georgia, near the Florida and Alabama state lines.  We are about an hour north of Tallahassee, Florida, and four hours south of Atlanta.

The farm is closed on Sundays.   If you would like to set an appointment for a visit, please email us at dancingcloudfarm@gmail.com.  Because our purpose is to rehabilitate horses, many of the horses that arrive at DCFHR have been through neglect and abuse which frequently makes the horse develop an extreme survival mindset.  This means that the horse can be hard to handle and small children don’t understand the danger.   For these reasons we ask that no one under the age of 16 visit the farm with the idea of being around the horses.   Volunteer work groups with students 12 years old and older are welcome; these students will not be working directly with the horses but will have other projects to complete that help DCFHR volunteers fulfill our mission.

 Please be assured that all donations are kept confidential and that
your email addresses and personal information will
never be shared or sold to any organization or business

“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”

William Penn (1644-1718)
Founder Of Pennsylvania, United States

An agonizing moment at DCFHR….


During a rescue, one of the first horses led out from an almost pitch-black stall was this older soul.  People were shocked at his skeletal condition as he walked into the sunlight, blinking at the sudden bright light after days in that darkened barn.  He stood and looked at all the activity – the trailers lined up, all the people, he listened to the hushed tones, and he stood quietly as we measured and photographed him.  Then he willingly stepped onto the first trailer leaving for DCFHR for his ride to freedom.

Unfortunately, this older horse was so far down that he couldn’t be saved.  For twelve days after his arrival at DCFHR, he received care, sunlight, fresh hay, good feed, TLC, respect, a clean stall, kind words, loving touches.  On Saturday, March 3, he collapsed and could not get up.  For three hours DCFHR volunteers tried everything to get him up, but he was too weak from starvation.  The look in his eyes told us he was ready to let go, that he was too tired.  Tornado weather was approaching and the rains poured down.  It was an agonizing morning at DCFHR.   

We know, and the vet agreed, that the horse had been too starved for too long to recover.  Dr. Mary Rogers of Red Hills Equine Veterinary Services, drove through the worst of the weather, in a tremendous thunderstorm, at 25 mph with the flashers on to come to the farm to take care of this horse.  It was a terrible time for all of us because we were helpless and this horse was so pitiful.  He left us gently, but the day was much, much darker and sadder.  We were all angry that this horse had not been given the senior care that he had needed to finish out his life in a healthy condition. 

We are posting the photos of this horse’s final moments for one reason:  that he did not die in vain, that we will all be motivated to DO SOMETHING when we see animals suffering.  No animal, horse or otherwise, should ever be neglected the way that this horse had been.  We encourage everyone to get help for animals in need, just like the concerned citizen did when Shasta was discovered and brought to DCFHR.  We were able to save Shasta; our hearts broke when we couldn’t do the same for this horse.  


 A little history: 

Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc., (DCFHR) , a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in July, 2008 when thirteen starved and neglected horses were rescued and brought to our farm.  Before this rescue, we had taken in eight previous rescues, brought to us by owners who could no longer afford to keep their horses or by people who rescued the horses themselves but had no place to keep them.  With our world's economy in trouble and with the number of home foreclosures, horses and other animals are being abandoned in great numbers; we saw the need for a horse rescue and sanctuary in South Georgia and committed ourselves to using our farm to help horses.  A group of horse lovers joined together to create Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc.  We are funded totally by donations of feed, hay, and finances.

Since Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc., began, over 200 horses have come through DCFHR. 



Requirements for adoption:  Please read the information contained in the "The basics on adopting a rescued horse from Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc."   DCFHR requires that anyone interested in adopting a horse will need these items:  two reference letters, preferably from your large animal vet and your farrier, stating that you are a responsible animal owner and can afford to take care of the horse; potential adopter must fill out the Foster/Adoption Form.  DCFHR will make a site visit and interview the person/family interested in the horse; each horse has an adoption fee that pays DCFHR back for much of the expenses we have invested in that horse. 

Sir Lancelot

After searching for weeks for a walking horse, a friend of ours contacted an Alabama horse trader who arrived with six horses for us to look at crammed in a stock trailer. The first three horses he unloaded were “already sold,” he explained, but he wanted us to look at horses #4 and #6. But when he unloaded horse #5, we were shocked to the innermost. A frightened, emaciated skeleton of a walking horse stepped off the trailer, its beauty, dignity, and majestic step intact. While the other horses stood tied to the trailer, heads down, eyes lifeless, and the horse trader spoke about the qualities of horses #4 and #6, our eyes were locked on that poor horse #5 and he stared at us. Something in his eyes locked into something deep within us, pleading with us for help. We don’t even remember what the horse trader said about the other horses; we just stared in disbelief that anyone could abuse and neglect a horse like they had horse #5. It wasn’t the horse trader’s fault -- he had just picked up the horse that morning and was taking it to auction to sell for dog food. To the total surprise and dismay of the horse trader, we bought that skeleton of a walking horse and never regretted that decision. We named the horse “Sir Lancelot,” giving him a knight’s name befitting his courage and spirit. “Lance” came to us with thick, heavy walking shoes and scars on his legs where chains had rubbed him raw; every rib showed; his chest was maybe 10 inches wide; every vertebrae showed. It took months of feeding and care to get even a little weight on him, and it took two years to restore him to the sleek black majestic animal he should have been all along. Sir Lancelot served us faithfully, patiently teaching adults and children how to ride. Our hearts broke the day seven years later he had to be put down because of colic. Because of his courage, his faithfulness, and the many hours of service he gave to us, Sir Lancelot stands as the standard of what a horse rescue is all about. Rest in peace, our good and faithful friend, and thank you for showing us the way.

Visit our newest feature:  The Library 

In The Library you will find articles, essays, poetry, etc. that we believe you will enjoy.  You will also be able to submit comments about the featured article if you wish.                         

With your help, we can make a positive difference in our world.

Are you considering beginning an animal rescue? 

The #1 book we can recommend is How to Start and Run a Horse Rescue authored by Dr. Jennifer Williams.  It is loaded with first-hand information, and in the past six years we have returned to it several times for advice.  Everything Dr. Williams writes about in the book, we have experienced.  Consider it the ultimate reference book for anyone who wants to rescue animals or wants to improve their operation.  This book has invaluable information and is a must-have; reading it is THE first step to embarking on this journey.

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Just a note:  We are frequently asked what the name “Ochlocknee” means as people stumble over its pronunciation.  Ochlocknee (oh-clock-knee) is the Creek Indian word for “crooked waters.”  The Ochlocknee River begins near Albany, Georgia, and winds its way through South Georgia and North Florida on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.  It provided a major trading route for Indians of this area.  So now you know!

One morning after everyone had been fed, Jewel the pony disappeared.  We looked all over for her.  And this is where we found her -- deep in the fig tree, enjoying every ripe fig within her reach.

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I Saved Your Horse

 Adapted by
Amber Taylor

Horse in a Cage

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One mouthful of this plant can kill your horse.  Read our article.

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Click the picture above to see Gus enjoying his new home. 

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(horse is not from DCFHR)

Our Hero is coming home!
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"Polly's" story


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