September 2, 2013
A Nelson County woman is on a mission to rescue horses. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, CBS19’s Stephanie Satchell is featuring Maya Proulx. She created the Hope Legacy Equine Rescue in 2008 to take in abused, abandoned and neglected horses. Five years later, the program is still going strong.
About three times a day and several times a week, you can find Maya Proulx taking care of nearly a dozen horses. Most of them are older horses that have been abused, neglected or abandoned.
“We get a lot of horses that are underweight. Some are significantly underweight. Some are just a little bit underweight,” said Maya Proulx, Executive Director, Hope Legacy Equine Rescue.
Proulx and her volunteers have taken on the task of nursing them back to health.
From feeding and walking the horses to brushing them, caring for the animals is a lot of work especially when Proulx already has a full time job. She says the hard work is all worth it.
“It's so incredibly rewarding to watch them blossom after they've been here for a while. To watch their personalities… watch the real horse come out, it's really what keeps me going,” said Proulx.
Over the years, the Hope Legacy Equine Rescue has taken in 35 horses, ponies and donkeys.
Most of them have been adopted and are now living in loving homes.
Many call Maya Proulx a hero for giving these animals a better life, but she doesn't agree.
“I see it more as something I feel like I need to do. It's a passion for me. I don't see it as doing anything that extraordinary just sort of what's needed in the area,” said Proulx.
It’s a needed recuse that's giving hope and providing a brighter future to each horse on the farm.