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The Spotlite Foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to two causes for the greater good:
Rescuing Abused, Neglected, and Unwanted Horses. These horses come from every type of situation. We will rescue any horse, regardless of breed, mental or physical condition, age, gender, training, or disposition.
Pairing up rescued horses with a child *in need, where a mutual trust and understanding can be easily formed due to similar histories, which greatly fosters the healing process.
*In need is defined as, but not limited to, a child who:
Has a parent battling cancer
Has lost a parent in a tragic accident
Lives in low income circumstances
Suffers from or is battling an eating disorder
Has a parent in prison
Is battling a terminal illness
Has a parent in substance abuse rehabilitation
Suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
Has a parent deployed to Iraq or to another high risk area
Is the victim of sexual, emotional, verbal, or physical abuse.
We differ from other non profit rescues in the following ways:
We rescue horses that are in abusive show homes. The abuse is harder to recognize than your typical starving animal, and a lot harder to rescue. Sometimes we will BUY a horse to rescue it from an abusive home. This can be expensive, but worth every penny.
The horses we rescue stay with us forever. We give every horse a life time home. We do not offer them for adoption or for sale. Horses that are willing join the Horse Therapy program, which they enjoy very much. Those that aren't able to do therapy still have a home here. They are worked with daily by volunteer trainers to help regain their ability to trust.