History and Background
In January 2006, the first group
of rescued horses arrived at Trusting Spirit Horse Rescue to begin their recovery
and rehabilitation. Claudia Trapp, founder and chairman, established this 18-acre
ranch to provide a safe haven for horses and other equines brought in from
at-risk or life threatening situations. In the 12-years since, Trusting Spirit has taken in 51 horses,
more than half of them being mares. Six mares arrived pregnant resulting in six
colts being born at the ranch. Over the years, many of these rescues have been
rehabilitated and adopted. Several died from natural causes or illnesses
related to their condition upon arrival and others were humanely euthanized.
For many still living at the ranch, Trusting Spirit will be their permanent and forever
Trusting Spirit’s mission is to address the needs of neglected, abandoned and
abused horses by enabling them to live the remainder of their lives in comfort
and dignity, whether at the ranch or with a new family and home.
Rehabilitation, adoptability and rehoming are
the primary goals at Trusting Spirit. This begins by determining the best
possible future for each horse based on his/her condition, knowledge, training and
circumstances. Thorough evaluations are conducted to determine each horse’s
potential and suitability for adoption. Assessing for temperament,
soundness and adaptability is key when establishing a rehabilitation plan. With
the help of dedicated volunteers, local veterinarians, farriers and trainers most horses have
a good chance of rehabilitation and being matched to a caring owner or family.
Additionally, Trusting Spirit offers
year-round events and educational opportunities for volunteers, students, youth
groups and individuals interested in the welfare and ethical treatment of horses. Our goal is to foster a better understanding of equine needs and their ongoing
Trusting Spirit only takes in
horses that come through the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society or other animal control
agencies within the state of Washington. This ensures that the proper legal process is followed before
acquiring, treating and caring for rescued horses.
When called upon, Trusting Spirit cooperates
with law enforcement and animal welfare agencies when investigating and
prosecuting animal cruelty and abuse cases involving horses.
and Financial Support:
Trusting Spirit is governed by a volunteer Board of
Directors who establish priorities, manage expenses and
oversee day to day operations at the ranch.
As a 501(c)3 operation, we rely solely on local
business and private contributions, in-kind donations as well as fund raisers
and grants to operate. All funds and proceeds received go directly to the cost
of food, shelter and overall care for the horses at the ranch.
Compensation is provided to our farriers, veterinarians
and professional training partners who help treat, rehabilitate and train the horses
to ensure they are healthy, safe and ready for adoption.