Hundreds of horses suffering from the worst kinds of abuse, hunger and neglect have been given a second chance under the loving care of Susan Peirce, a Chino Hills business consultant who runs Red Bucket Equine Rescue.
In the November issue, Southern California Life pays a visit to Peirce’s 4.3-acre oasis nestled in a valley not far from housing developments and big box stores, where horses recover from physical and emotional scars under the patient guidance of Peirce and her volunteers.
“Essentially we save horses,” Peirce, 52, says of her heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking mission in a multi-page article by Michael Fleeman with beautiful photos by Alison Dyer. “We rehabilitate them, we train them and then we find them forever loving homes.”
Since 2009, Red Bucket – named for the personalized feed buckets all the horses receive — has rescued 254 horse, placing 134 of them into carefully screened people who adopt the horses, each new arrival to the ranch as special to Peirce as the one before it.
“I cry every night,” she says. “They come to us shattered, betrayed, with nothing, and here they get a red bucket, a name, and dignity. We make them a promise and we mean it: Any horse that comes here has a promise for their life.”
For more on Susan Peirce and Red Bucket Equine Rescue, pick up the premier issue of Southern California Life on newsstands November 1st.
To donate to Red Bucket Equine Rescue, go to http://redbucketrescue.org.
Video produced and edited by Erik Glode