The Horses of Swan Center Outreach
When The Swan Center for Intuitive Living was established in 1987, it was housed on 150 acres in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains. Master Rose, who had an extensive background in animal communication, rescue, and rehabilitation, saw the property as the perfect opportunity to expand her efforts to aid animals in need. Her rescue efforts focused initially on horses, dogs, and cats but ultimately led to goats, sheep, llamas, pigs, and a variety of other animals.
Master Rose had personally experienced the therapeutic and spiritual value of a loving relationship with animals. She was delighted to see that the spiritual students, who assisted with the animal’s care, were reaping the same rewards, so she began incorporating the care and training of animals into the spiritual programs she taught. She promoted animals as teachers, healers, and friends and partnered with them to offer programs to children and adults, including those with physical, mental, and emotional challenges.
The Outreach horse herd quickly grew to forty horses, the maximum number that the Swan Center could properly maintain. The requests for help kept pouring in, and this spurred Master Rose to begin offering free educational programs on animal communication, the proper care and rehabilitation of horses and other animals, and the responsibilities of horse ownership.
A decision was made in 1999, to form Swan Center Outreach, a 501c3 organization, for the rescue and rehabilitation of animals and the education of the general public on the spiritual and therapeutic value of a loving relationship with animals. This greatly facilitated the support and expansion of our programs.
Swan Center Outreach quickly became known, to other horse rescue organizations, as a place that offered sanctuary to horses who were not good candidates for adoption due to their physical or mental condition, improper training, or age. The Swan Center offered these horses a forever home and gave them the care, understanding, and love that they needed to recover from their ordeals.
Many of the Swan Center Outreach horses came from backgrounds of abuse or neglect, needed physical rehabilitation, or were being sold for slaughter. Some have been with us for over 30 years, and continue to lead happy, productive lives as therapy horses who are of great service to others in need.