Washington, NC Horse Rescue Farm & Adoption
Sometimes in life we run across a story that grabs our attention. It touches our hearts on a deep and personal level and we are compelled to share it with others. Such is the case of Nay Nay’s Peace of Heaven Horse Rescue Farm, LLC.
We visited farm owner Patricia Everette, and learned firsthand about her personal struggle with grief that paved the way to an idea born out of memorial and love. For Patricia and her husband Haywood, this is a story about love for a daughter, and the desire to help the truly needy.
The resulting fruit of Patricia’s personal journey of healing is a sanctuary created as “heaven on earth” for vulnerable, neglected, and downtrodden horses.
Tragedy touched Patricia two years ago when she unexpectedly lost her daughter Janay Ward in an automobile accident. In addition to the heartbreak of losing a child, Patricia also lost her mother two years prior to her daughter’s death.
Out of Tragedy Comes New Purpose
One common thread shared by Patricia, her mother, and her daughter was their love of horses. All three rode horses, and Janay herself was involved in the sport of barrel racing.
This love of horses shared across three generations of women was a driving force to Patricia. She began to search inward for a new sense of purpose and focus to help her make sense of the heavy sadness and terrific sense of loss that she faced daily.
She saw a post about a friend who had saved a foal. Her friend had rescued the foal from a “kill pen.” This “pen,” or feedlot, is typically the last stop for horses that are on their way to Mexico to be slaughtered for meat.
Realizing her friend saved the foal from probable death really hit Patricia hard. She had never thought about where horses that are sold can potentially end up. She had sold horses herself through the years, and it troubled her deeply that she was unaware of the terrible fate awaiting some horses that end up in the wrong place.
This insight into the plight of feedlot horses drove Patricia to research and learn more on the subject. Her research pushed her in a direction, and she soon found herself seeking out horses in need of help.
She developed her idea, and established Nay Nay’s Peace of Heaven Horse Rescue Farm in remembrance of her daughter and Mother. The farm name and farm sign are filled with symbolism.
She decided to name her rescue project after her daughter whose nickname was “Nay Nay.” Patricia also felt that the name should reflect her belief that her daughter had found “peace” in heaven. She carried that concept through with the thought that rescue horses will find their “peace” or slice of heaven in the sanctuary she creates for them.
As you enter the property, the farm sign represents a cloud in the shape of a horse floating in the heavens.
A True Equine Sanctuary
The location for Nay Nay’s Peace of Heaven Horse Rescue Farm is Old Ford, NC, located between Washington and Williamston. The farm is in Beaufort County, just beyond the county line separating Beaufort and Martin Counties on Highway 171.
The farm sits on 140 acres of land that was the home place of Patricia’s mother. At present, the facilities consist of a generous pasture with safety fencing, and a large run out shed located inside the pasture. Patricia and Haywood live here at the farm, along with the horses.
Future plans include a spacious horse barn, several more large pastures, and a riding area. As we discovered during our visit, this place has an atmosphere of complete peace and serenity.
Another location vital to this venture is a farm (formerly owned by Patricia’s mother) that is now used as the quarantine area for the horses. When Patricia acquires a new rescue, they bring the horse to the quarantine location for several weeks of good food and initial veterinary treatment.
Once a horse is stable and ready to leave quarantine, it is brought to the main farm on highway 171.
Horse Rescue Farm Gives a Second Chance at Health, Life, and a Loving Home.
When a rescue horse arrives at the main farm, the mission becomes two-fold. The first course of action is to get the horse back to good health. This involves proper food, worming, medicine, farrier, and continued vet care if needed. The horse is allowed time to put on weight, and recuperate from their ordeal.
The second goal is to re-home the rescue horse, if possible. Patricia assesses what the horse needs to facilitate its adoption.
This rehab might simply involve handling the horse to get it used to people or getting a horse under saddle again. Depending on the horse, further professional training could be warranted.
All the horses that Patricia has adopted out to this point have gone to people that she knows, or knows about. For anyone wanting to adopt one of these horses, she is quick to point out that she cannot speak to what type of background a horse comes from, and that she cannot guarantee them.
Predictably, there are some horses that will never be able to be adopted out to a new home. In these cases, Patricia and Haywood will take on the responsibility for the care of those horses for the rest of their lives. For these horses, Nay Nay’s is their forever home.
Seeking Out Horses with the Greatest Needs.
Patricia routinely spends a lot of money on the horses that she saves. The money that she spends goes towards vet bills, feed, medicine, farrier bills, and training bills for re-homing the horses. She says, “It is not about how much money I spend, but I am more concerned about where they go after me.”
Patricia determined early on that she wanted to focus her time and resources on the skinny, frail, sick, and abused horses. In the beginning, she sought out horses at the feedlots, and would only take the ones that obviously needed real help.
She feels that there is a sharp distinction between a horse that someone just doesn’t want any more, versus a horse that is truly abused and neglected. Her feeling is, when you get a pet, you should accept the responsibility for their life long care, if possible.
She purposefully seeks out horses with the greatest needs. She tries to locate the sick, bony, throwaway; the horse that no one else wants.
“When I bring in a new horse,” Patricia says, “I always take a picture of their face. Then once the horse is healthy, I take picture of their “new” face and compare the two. You can see the difference, their face tells it all.” These before and after shots are proof of the positive changes in the horse.
Patricia gives each horse a new name when they arrive. She uses names that reflect the fact that each horse is a rescue. Some of the names that have been used are “Lucky,” “Survivor,” “Destiny,” and “Grace.”
A Little Miracle Comes Along!
One horse named “Hope” that Patricia and Haywood saved, returned the favor to them. When Patricia saved Hope from a horrible situation, she was very skinny, extremely frail, and unhealthy. Unknown to Patricia at the time, Hope was in foal, and after months of rehab and being brought back to good health, she presented Patricia with a brand-new foal.
Patricia quickly resolved that this new “miracle baby” should be named “Nay Nay” in honor of the farm, and in honor of her departed daughter, Janay. Little Nay Nay now has a permanent home with Patricia and her husband, and has become the official farm mascot. Nay Nay the foal is currently in training at Farm Life Stables.
Meanwhile, Hope has been adopted. Says Patricia, “Hope is what you might call a ‘diamond in the rough.’” After assessing Hope’s abilities, it turns out she is nicely trained and ready for riding. Hope has found her new home with a little girl and her family.
Labor of Love
Patricia and Haywood are working on getting Nay Nay’s Peace of Heaven Horse Rescue Farm, LLC established at this point. They want it to evolve through time into a non-profit operation.
Patricia says that she has learned a lot through this process. “You will never make money doing what I am doing” explains Patricia, “I am doing it out of my hurt for my daughter passing, and knowing that I am giving back.”
She goes on to say, “You can give to people all day long; give and give and give. Most of the people you give to take it for granted, the more you give, the more they want.” Patricia continues, “A horse isn’t like that, an animal is not like that. They love you for what you do for them, and they don’t take it for granted. These horses love me, they come meet me every day – they just love me. They appreciate what I do for them.”
We asked Patricia if she takes donations to help defray the costs she incurs helping the horses, and the answer is “yes.” She explains that there is always a need for wormer, hay, feed, and other supplies.
If You See a Horse, Mule or Donkey that Is Abused or Neglected…
Patricia stressed to us that she wants people to know there is “someone” out there they can call when they see a horse in a bad situation, and that “someone” is her. She explains, “I want to serve the community. I want to serve the surrounding counties when there is a need for a horse to be rescued.”
Patricia has been in contact with local animal control offering her assistance with their efforts regarding abused, abandoned and starving equines. And as of this writing, Beaufort County Animal Control is delivering four new rescues – three horses and one pony – to the quarantine location of Nay Nay’s Peace of Heaven Horse Rescue Farm. “This is what I wanted to do,” she affirms. “It’s happening.”
Patricia can be contacted at 252-809-2505 if you know of an equine that needs refuge from starvation, abuse or neglect. You can give your information to her anonymously.
Patricia explained that most of the time, the owner of an abused or neglected horse does not want to be turned in, or does not want to turn the animal over to animal control, for fear of reprisal. Patricia simply goes to the owner and purchases the horse. She has found that in most cases, they will sell. This method works much better for the horse in question because she can “cut to the chase,” give the owner an out, and get the horse out of a bad situation much quicker.
In between rescues, you will probably find Patricia and her husband rooting for their granddaughter and her Gypsy Vanner at a horse show, playing with her dog “Harley,” or caring for their “four-legged furry family” and enjoying the new farm. Thank you for all you are doing, Patricia!
Learn more: Visit Nay Nay’s Peace of Heaven Horse Rescue Farm on Facebook
Contact Patricia Everette: 252-809-2505
Nay Nay’s Peace of Heaven Horse Rescue Farm, LLC
1379 NC Hwy 171 N
Washington, NC 27889
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