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and offer permanent sanctuary to horses and ponies in need!
Mia in 1991
In 1991 we adopted our first horse from the Equine Rescue League in Leesburg, Va. Her name at the time was "Wonderful" but she was anything but. She was a scraggly bay 3 year old mare with a chestnut filly by her side who had little to no experience being handled. As part of a group of horses seized in Stafford County, VA, Mia was amoungst a mixed group of equines all but abandoned to survive on their own with no food or water. Mia is the inspiration behind Hidden Haven Farm and later The Big Purple Barn. She blossomed into such a beautiful, intelligent and charismatic horse that we cannot help but to want to show her off to everyone we meet as an ambassador of what a second chance can do. In her over 20 years with our co-founder Tara Guevara, Mia has been a constant source of companionship, love, acceptance and inspiration. She has redefined Tara'a outlook on the equestrian community and inspired her to reach out to other horses find their forever homes as well as provide opportunities for our community to experience meaningful interactions with our horses and ponies.
Mia in 1995
Our newest TRANSFORMATION is our Arkenstone, AKA Jewel. Click on her photo to learn more about her story! She provides us with a renewed passion for our mission to make life saving and lifelong commitments to our horses and ponies. She now represents over 20 years of helping the horses and ponies of our community and reaching out to inspire NEW generations to aspire to higher levels of compassion and care.
One Year Transformation
The Big Purple Barn is a SANCTUARY. This means our horses remain on the farm until their deaths. The vast majority of our horses come from equine RESCUES. Rescues take in horses in need, provide evaluation, medical care, rehabilitation and eventually adoption to permanent homes. We highly reccoment ADOPTION as a wonderful option for horse ownership! We work closely with several rescues in order to provide programs that help send well educated, well prepared adopters to their facilities. Please check out the following websites to view horses in need of forever homes. We will be updating and growing this list. If you have any questions or need adoption assistance, please contact us! Also, if you know of a rescue that should be listed here, please email us so we can add it!
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The Big Purple Barn, Inc located at Hidden Haven Farm 6407 Hillmeade Road Bowie, MD 20720 Equestrian education and outreach since 1991 Tara J.W. Guevara- President/Program Director Contact Us! firstname.lastname@example.org Barn: 301-975-7747 This site was last updated on January 22, 2015 This site is developed and maintained by Tara J.W. Guevara (all rights reserved)
Our mission is to provide quality, life-long care for horses/ponies who are unwanted/neglected and/or have special needs and to develop and offer outreach programs utilizing our resident equines that provide enriching and life changing opportunities for people who might not otherwise have the chance to experience horses in a supportive, educational environment for humans and animals alike.
We are an IRS approved 501(C)3 Organization FEIN #45-5022618