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What If Farms

Horse & Donkey Sanctuary

Where horses can be horses and donkeys can be donkeys.

Upcoming Workshops

Click below for details on our exciting opportunities to register for
our upcoming workshops being held right here at What If Farms.

What If Farms Sanctuary

Proud Recipient of the The Marion and Richard Graham Foundation Grant 2022

What If Farms, Inc. is a non-profit horse and donkey sanctuary dedicated to providing forever homes (here at the farm) for those equines who are no longer wanted by their humans; particularly animals who are disabled or older and no longer considered “useful”, such as off-track thoroughbreds.

We Provide for the Most Essential Needs of Equines:

The equines are at liberty to go in and out of shelter as they choose, have plenty of room for movement, lots of grazing, and the ability to be in a herd. We also explore and provide innovative holistic health treatments; research and update nutrition regularly; and provide consistency of handling, as well as consistency in our philosophical approach, recognizing that these non-human animals are cognitive beings with whom we share this world, exploring, experiencing and gathering information. We do not ride or ask anything of them. Simply, horses can be horses and donkeys can be donkeys In addition to providing the best care possible for all equines who come to live here with us, we also offer opportunities for visitors to the farm to learn about our unique, liberating approach, while maintaining the privacy and dignity of each animal.
 
Our ability to maintain this sanctuary and care for the equines here relies heavily on donations, and we offer several ways to do that. We accept general donations that go toward the greatest areas of need, or you can sponsor a particular horse to help ensure their individual needs are met. Monthly sponsorship donations assist in medical expenses, quality of life care, and enrichment for your sponsored horse, giving donors the opportunity to help celebrate their horse’s ability to just be itself.

What Can Your Donations Do?

We are a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to providing forever homes for rescued horses. Our mission is rooted in the belief that every horse deserves a second chance and the opportunity to live a fulfilling life, free from the rigid behaviors humans often force upon these creatures which are often ironically seen as symbols of freedom and a wild spirit. Here, we prioritize the well-being and happiness of our equine residents. All of our horses have unique needs and individual personalities, and our approach is centered around nurturing their physical, mental, and emotional health. We strive to create an environment that allows them to thrive and cultivate the level of individuality and autonomy that they would have in the wild.

Our team of dedicated caretakers and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that each horse receives personalized attention and care. We provide them with spacious pastures, comfortable shelter, and nutritious diets tailored to their specific dietary requirements. We also prioritize their mental stimulation and socialization, facilitating an environment of exploration and adventure.

What sets What If Farms apart is our belief that horses and donkeys have incredible stories to tell—stories that inspire hope and resilience. We aim to shift the narrative around rescued horses, appreciating them as heroes of their own lives rather than victims. Through education and outreach programs, we strive to share the stories of our residents, highlighting their journey from reactive beings to cognitive beings. We rely on the donations of those who believe in the power and majesty of these and all animals, and welcome you to give general donations or to sponsor a specific horse or donkey with a monthly gift. Together, we can make a difference and create a world where all animals receive the love, care, and respect they deserve.

Maintain Our Sanctuary

Sanctuary maintenance includes upkeep of pastures, barn buildings, paddock paradise track, and farm necessities, and more.

Provide Unparalleled Care

Care for our residents includes vet bills, hoof trimming, dental care, medical supplies, holistic body work, and more.

Enrich A Life

Enrichment for our residents includes supplies such as hay, feed, nutritional supplements, grooming supplies, and more.

Sponsor a
Horse or Donkey

Each of our horses and donkeys has a story. Whose journey will you resonate with? In addition to accepting general donations, we also offer the opportunity to sponsor a particular horse or donkey. Your monthly donation will go toward the specific health and quality of life needs of your sponsored horse or donkey.

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Testimonials

Tomas Teskey

"Time spent at What If Farms has gifted me moments of crystal clarity while surrounded by loving energy. It’s a special treat to enter this space and soak up all it has to offer. A wonderfully conducive place to feel the possibilities!Presenting and teaching holistic equine care principles at What If Farms is a joy…the animals with their freedom to roam and the humans with their loving curiosity have fulfilled my desires of seeing our work in action and witnessing it evolve towards a healthy balance for everyone.”

Holistic Veterinarian
Author of Insight to Equus

Rosario G.

"What an amazing place…!!! Our women’s weekend gathering was amazingly restorative and rejuvenating.... Thank you, Christine, for creating such a welcoming, expansive and peaceful sanctuary in the mist of nature and your beautiful horses and donkeys. It was difficult to leave…. I wanted more……"

LMFT
LMHC

Jody Rowe Staley

"Every occasion spent visiting and also facilitating retreat workshops at What If Farms is an energy of loving healing transformational heart-soul experience. For those who seek a stress free environment, becoming more unified with Nature surroundings and being deeply touched with the essence of the beloveds, horses, donkeys and all who you encounter here. You will be awakened, as I have been, to a truly peace-filled, cosmic, sacred presence of open skies, stars and magical elements.”

Spiritual Intuitive Counselor
Energy Healing Practitioner

The Hidden World of Animal Logic

Contribution: $50 ($80 for joining both Saturday and Sunday)
Payment Methods: Via donation button below or by written check upon arrival 

The hidden world of Animal Logic
Discover the hidden worlds of animal attention and the possibility to create adventures together.

“A mind-blowing interactive seminar with José De Giorgio-Schoorl, author of Equus Lost, known for the eye-opening change of perspective she and her husband, the Italian cognitive ethologist Francesco De Giorgio, bring about in their work and teachings when it comes to living with other animals.”

Discover the hidden worlds of other animals, their desire to be informed by the world around them, throughout their life.

Something we can learn to see and honor when we learn how we can take off the anthropocentric mask and projections that have become so normal in daily life but are the obstacle when it comes to growing in shared adventures, understanding problems from the animal point of view, and really get to know someone for who they are.

A workshop to discover how a horse labeled as problematic, is actually someone who really wants to know about the world, where an unpredictable cat actually shows how easy we take interactions for granted, how a dog that avoids other dogs is actually very social.

This workshop will really cause you to start looking at the world we share with other animals from a different perspective. There are limited places available.

Animality Horizons

Contribution: $50 ($80 for joining both Saturday and Sunday)
Payment Methods: Via donation button below or by written check upon arrival 

Animality HorizonsPersonal growth from an animal-inclusive perspective.

In a society where adapting seems more important than being yourselves, we will explore how we can regain something back, being the protagonists of our own life, for humans and other animals. We will explore how we can become the owner of our experiences again, in a society that has lost touch with an animal logic, where most of the time we are lost in routine or thoughts and where “being in the moment” is just not enough. Growing in your animality means being able to recover a vitality, a lost agility and the ability to recognize yourself in every moment of life, and in others as well. This workshop where José De Giorgio will bring participants along in a morning that will feel like an adventure, full of recognizable daily life examples, experiences in movement and the inspiring introduction of the possibility to evolve towards new horizons, learning about preserving one’s own and others’ subjectivity. We will discover that neither we humans nor the non-human animals are objects, but rather the owners of our experiences.

 As humans, we have been focusing on how to distinguish ourselves from other animals; and by doing so, we have lost touch with personal growth, which is actually something that is naturally logical an act of becoming informed rather than the ability to perform. This is something that is true for every human, young or old, as well any other animal. “As human-too-much-human, most of the time we take the dynamics of social interactions for granted. We are not aware of, and do not recognize, the various nuances that are part of each social interaction, both in private life as in professional dimensions. How do you have attention for others? How can you stay yourself, develop yourself and give others the space for their expression at the same time? How can you experience others without losing yourself in social interactions?” A workshop for anyone inspired by questions like:– How do we recognize the impact of a performance/result-oriented lifestyle?

– How can you be in dynamic with others – without the risk of losing yourself?

– What is the impact of speciesism: on what foundations does the duality between humans and other animals continue to exist in knowledge and everyday life?

– What does anti-speciesism teach and how can it be an engine of personal growth, as well as a battle for liberation, human included?

– How can I extend the horizons of my point of view, my personal growth, my daily activities? “.. In a functional society, we get defined categories, labels and results, it is time to recognize and preserve ourselves, as owners of our own experiences …”

 
———-A unique possibility to experience José De Giorgio-Schoorl, author of Equus Lost and many other human-animal relationship publications. Coming to us from Italy for this mind-blowing opportunity of growth in our relation with, and understanding of, other animals and ourselves in the interaction with them.
 
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