*Information gathered by the Animal Welfare Institute 

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Why is L.E.A.R.N. Horse Rescue important to the Charleston Community?


*The current number of official Equine Rescue facilities in the United States have the capacity to care for an average of 33,000 horses annually.


However, at last count there were over 200,000 unwanted horses in the United States.


In 2013, over 144,000 horses were shipped from the United States to

 Canada or Mexico for slaughter.


Since L.E.A.R.N.'s founding in 2009, we have successfully rescued more than 130 Charleston area horses who otherwise would have been sent to a livestock auction, a slaughterhouse, or perished alone from starvation and neglect.  As of April 2016, 90 have been placed in new adoptive homes!


  We rehabilitate and retrain each Rescue keeping an eye on our ultimate goal: finding a lifelong home for each horse that is a perfect fit for the horse and their adoptive family. 

 Every horse in our care receives medical attention to address immediate physical needs and ongoing veterinary and farrier care thereafter. 

Our volunteer team of supporters provide peaceful pastures and personal attention. 

We customize training programs to help each horse realize their full potential and to address scars that cruelty or neglect may have left on their physical and emotional lives.


Our mission is not solely to rescue and rehome existing horses in need, but to prevent future cruelty towards horses.  We accomplish this by demonstrating to our community responsible Animal Stewardship practices, as well making potential owners aware of the immense responsibilities--financial, physical, emotional--that go hand in hand with horse ownership.       We provide educational programs and on-going events to promote these goals.


We are an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff positions.  

L.E.A.R.N. Horse Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  


To read the story of our organization's founder, Elizabeth Steed,

and how L.E.A.R.N. Horse Rescue began,

follow this link. 

  Thank you so much for your support of our mission!