Chesapeake ranch giving horses a second chance at life

Posted at 6:48 AM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 06:48:07-04

Chesapeake, Va. -The Easy Does It Ranch in Chesapeake is giving horses a second chance at life.

They've been rescuing horses since 1999 and have rehabilitated over 50 horses in that time. Right now they have seven horses on the ranch, all of which have been rescued and rehabbed by these volunteers.

"I looked at all the different places in the area and when i found this place and I saw what they were doing with the money that the riding lessons pay for rescuing horses and then using those horses to help people I just wanted to be here and be part of this," says Vicki Hagel, a parent of two riders turned volunteer after hearing how much this ranch was doing.

The Easy Does It Ranch provides horse lessons and trail rides that raise money to support the Pungo Equine Rescue and Rehab, which is a non-profit organization responsible for the actual rehab.

"You bring that horse in, you love it, you take care of it, you get them healthy, you give them some good food, you give theem some good love, and its absolutely amazing," says Malinda Scott, the ranch's owner.

But its more than just rehabbing these horses, the volunteers get just as much out of it.

"It's not just rescuing and rehabbing the horses, it also involves human beings," says Scott. "This is a place that we want them to be able to come, to be able to experience this and to help them get on a good path."

The entire ranch is run solely by volunteers, which is why they are always looking for a little extra help.

"Whether it's somebody coming out and somebody cutting down some limbs or mowing a little grass, it all comes in to the same picture," says Scott.

A picture that Malinda Scott has had since she was a little girl.

"I will do this until the day I die, I will continue rescuing these babies because that is just what I believe I was put on this earth to do," says Scott.

To find out more about the ranch and how you can help, check out their website.