Misfit Toys Rescue Division Inc

A Forever Home for Every Horse

LOUISVILLE, KY   |  Misfithorsetoys.com

Mission

Our mission at Misfit Toys Rescue Division is to heal the hearts of humans and horses alike, by taking both out of negative situations, and putting them together to grow in love and confidence. Each rescued horse is taught to become a member of our free lesson program for disadvantaged riders who would not have access to horses otherwise. It is our firm belief that each horse will be a perfect match for a rider, and he can stay here in our program until his forever home is found. We do not mass rescue and we invest time, money, and a lot of love into the rehabilitation of each horse. In turn, the horses return the favor for our lesson students. They grow together to learn confidence, teamwork, and a sense of accomplishment. We enjoy our work and are enjoying changing lives.

Ruling year info

2018

President

Danielle Navarro

Main address

3905 LEES LN

LOUISVILLE, KY 40216 USA

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EIN

82-2696734

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization is addressing the issue of overbreeding, undertraining, and overmounting riders by taking horses previously mass produced or rushed through training programs, and allowing them to unwind, decompress, and relearn useful skills on their own comfort and timeframe. By understanding the specific needs of each horse and identifying where the breakdown in training or care occurred, we can help that horse to get past his or her issues and move forward into a successful life, where they could be useful to a new partner and so they can be enjoyed as originally intended.`

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Free Riding Lesson Program

Our rehabilitated rescues learn to give lessons to underprivileged children in the greater Louisville, KY area. As horses and riders progress in their skills, they teach one another about patience, teamwork, and acceptance. It is truly amazing to see the healing that takes place between horse and rider when each is given the opportunity to do something they can be proud of!

Population(s) Served

Our sanctuary program is designed to allow older horse over the age of 18 a chance to retire in peace and perform light duties as they are able. Many of our older horses are the foundation of our free lesson program, being the first point of contact for new riders and allowing them to get to know horses.

Population(s) Served

Our rescue specializes in severe abuse, starvation, neglect, and horses that are deemed dangerous or a previous problem to former owners. We take in feedlot, auction, owner surrendered, and other horses that need our services as space allows. We currently train each horse to perform a new job to make him successful at his second chance in life. Most of our horses go on to provide lessons in our free lesson program.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We would like to accomplish a level of trust and respect with the horses we save and the people that they end up serving in our program. It is our firm belief that horses and people that are disadvantaged have similar obstacles to overcome, similar oppressions and receive similar treatment from outside sources that force them into places of submission and fear. By opening the doors of success and hope to both parties, we allow each to see him or herself as a worthwhile individual who is capable of accomplishing great things. By retraining horses previously viewed as a problem to society with guidance and acceptance, focusing on his positive strengths and none of his weaknesses, he is then able to move confidently and become useful again. We apply that same methodology to our riders when they arrive. We charge nothing for our program and never plant the seed of doubt that a rider cannot be successful due to any limitation, whether it be financial, physical, emotional, or otherwise. We use the same method of training both horse and rider: find the strengths, encourage them, minimize the negative forces, and encourage success. By putting out love to both the underserved horse and human population, we give them both a place to feel proud and useful.

We identify areas of strength and positive outcome for our team of horses so we can minimize shortcomings and focus on success. Too many times in life, people focus on what people and horses CAN'T do, rather than what they CAN. We believe every horse can do his job well and we believe every person should have access to horses to be able to ride. Once we pair the horses with a rider, they go on to more advanced skills and can participate in shows. We believe there are no limitations for either horse or rider.

We currently have a 29 stall barn and indoor/outdoor arenas and are staffed by a third generation horsewoman, her husband, and family members with equal experience. We are fully capable of retraining the horses to achieve their goals and our trainer/instructor also has a medical degree and a BA in Psychology/BS Biology, MS Microbiology/Immunology. By being able to identify certain learning disabilities or discrepancies in both horses and people, she is able to reach them and encourage their highest potential.

So far, we have retrained 22 horses who have gone on to be successful in their new homes and have another 14 horses here in the lesson program earning their keep as originally intended. We started with one free lesson rider and we now have 9 after only three months providing the service. We look forward to saving more horses in the future and allowing them to do their job saving people in the progress.

Financials

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Misfit Toys Rescue Division Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Danielle Navarro

Misfit Toys Rescue Division

Term: 2017 - 2020


Board co-chair

Manuel Navarro

Navarro and Sons Roofing LLC

Term: 2017 - 2019

Dee Alleyne

Marquis Equine

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes