Cynthia – Has been coming since the fall of 2016, one of our most trusted and experienced riders she is always ready to muck in (and out) and has a wonderful way with the horses, even or especially those with a few issues. Riding horses since she can remember – This is what she had to say July 2017 - I am always happy around a barn, grew up around horses but after having major back surgery three years ago thought I would never ride again. I came just to be around horses again and am just so grateful. Coming to Joeys is therapeutic - This place “brought me back to who I used to be”. Melinda is amazing, the ranch is just always clean and the horses so very well cared for, I just love, love being here... Cannot say enough good things about this place.
I am currently stationed in 29 Palms and have been volunteering at JHAR for two months now. I have always loved the phase, “who rescued who” and it perfectly sums up how I feel when I’m at JHAR. Spending my weekends with the horses and the volunteer crew is beyond therapeutic, where I feel completely at home. I am very grateful for Melinda, her welcoming arms, and passion towards caring for the horses. Thank you JHAR!
I moved back to Joshua Tree Feb 1, 2020 after living in Cave Creek Az. for the last 5 years. My husband Lee and I had to sell our Horseback Riding operation and left 30 head of horses behind. When we got back here in town I was missing my mustang Blu whom I had to leave behind as well. I found Joey's Home Animal Rescue and knew I was home the moment I arrived. I now sponsor Liberty and I am working on owning my very own trail horse. Melinda Allen has become a very dear friend of mine, and our volunteer crew I adore. I will be forever grateful to Melinda and JHAR for all that they are.
Another very experienced rider Melinda like Cynthia helps by exercising horses on trail rides and around the ranch, restoring the horses confidence and trust in mankind.... Always ready, willing and able with a muck rake and a smile Melinda helps out in so many different ways - This is what she had to say July 2017 - This place is exceptional it is just so nice just to be here, super clean and nicely maintained, hardly any flies and everyone is so nice to be around. Melinda (founder Melinda) is incredible I have no idea how she does it but I am glad I can help out and I just love these horses. I cannot describe how it works but I am just happier when I come here, yes I am much happier when I am spending time at the ranch.
Stephanie has owned a horse and brings her experience, love and great energy to each and every horse every time she is here, and she is here as often as possible helping in many different ways.
I cannot describe the difference this place has made to my life, from adopting Rian my baby goat rescued at the ranch, to the friends I have made here and the countless experiences of simple bliss that comes with getting out of my stuff and coming to the rescue. I leave here better than I came every time, these horses are a tonic they seem to give me so much more than I can give them and Melinda runs this rescue with such dedication and hope for what is to come for all of us.