Safe Haven Equine

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"It's always been a love and the more you know the more you know it needs to be."

Marlene Lyons-Nelson knows there is a lot of hard work ahead of her as director of Safe Haven Equine.

"It's been in the works, been wanting to do it for a year or so."

Now she will be able to rescue neglected and abused animals. They also teach horse owners how to take care of them properly.

"If they have the property for the house, he's better off at home."

Safe Haven is set on 84 acres of property on Snyder Branch Road in Allen County. Lyons Nelson says it's greatly needed because in the seven surrounding counties there is no resource for abused horses.

These two ponies lost their mothers at birth to disease and have had to be bottle fed back to health.

"This is the first time in a while they've actually played and been able to run because they were so weak."

She is also trained in emergency rescue in the event of a trailer accident or barn fire. She says she is not scared of the work she does even though sometimes the horses are temperamental.

"When you see a head up and the whites of the eyes, they're afraid. The size throws you because you take it personal. But I'd rather be around a horse acting up. I know exactly what they're going to do. To me, they're easier to figure out than people."

Lyons-Nelson is hoping to create a network of volunteers to help out at Safe Haven. She says the reward is helping the horses.

"Seeing them get better. That's what it's all about."

To contact Marlene Lyons-Nelson about Safe Haven call (270)622-4243 or e-mail