About Our Family
Hawkins Horse Haven was created in November 2017.
A friend of the family introduced us to kill pens in America that ship horses and donkeys out of the country for slaughter. We never knew they existed before that day. Our hearts ached with sadness and within one week we had 6 horses and 2 donkeys on their way to our new farm. The horses were 3 weanlings, 1 yearling, a draft mare, and a 4.5yr old TN walker. The donkeys are only four months old.
The first thing we learned about was how to bail out a horse from a kill pen. Second, how to find a legal horse transportation company that was DOT compliant with insurance. Third, finding a vet. Fourth, realizing that we had a group of people in Red Boiling Springs, TN that was already saving animals and willing to guide us.
We have three children and two dogs. Our children are 5 years old, 4 years old, and almost 2 years old. In addition, we have 2 lovely dogs. We have had them their entire life. Timmy is now deaf and 17 years old, and Sprocket is 10 years old. We treat our animals as if they are our children. With love and respect.
In the past we had talked about owning horses. Once we saw pictures of those horses in poor conditions at the kill pen we stayed up all night reading about rescue horses. By the following day we thought we could do this but we knew as a family it would take time to learn. Without the guidance from the online and local communities this would've taken us years vs a week to get started.
We know our journey has only begun. Yet, we would like to inspire others to help save these horses.