WELCOME TO THE HERD

 

Welcome to The Big Purple Barn in Bowie, Maryland!

 

We provide a permanent home with a lifetime of compassionate care for special needs horses, ponies, minis (all equines), as well as sheep, goats and pigs.

Our residents, in turn, provide opportunities in our community for people to make meaningful connections with our animals.

We are a nonprofit organization that is dependent on the generosity of our friends and donors; and with YOUR help, we can keep our commitment to the animals in our care.

Please come on in and explore the variety of residents that call us home and see the different ways YOU can help!

Welcome Bruce!

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Bruce, Arrival March 2022

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Bruce, September 2022

Bruce joined us from Central Virginia Horse Rescue on March 20, 2022! At a towering 17.1 hands, he is one big guy and the largest horse we have ever housed in our herd! He is in his late teens and likely an American Warmblood meaning he has some combination of draft and thoroughbred in him. We are excited to get to know more about him and help him acclimate to his forever home here with us!

Bruce has had some significant health challenges since his arrival, but as a sanctuary, we are dedicated to helping him and equipped with a wonderful team of caregivers, ready to help him live his best life! We have made SIGNIFICANT changes in his health, and watched his personality emerge WITH YOUR SUPPORT! Bruce has had 2 emergency visits and a one week hospital stay, as well as prescribed daily medications to help with his pain levels and improve his daily wellbeing. This all adds up and we need your support! We are currently fundraising to pay off his existing veterinary bill. Please help if you can!

CONTACT US!

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Join Us in 2022

Your support helps us to keep fulfilling our mission to provide top not care for out animals and to continue to provide a valuable community resource through our various education and outreach opportunities!

Membership also allows us to track our member base and helps us show the volume of our community support! 

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PLEASE NOTE:
Our General Operating hours of availability for programs are Monday through Friday from 10am to 1pm and 3pm and 6pm. We are CLOSED on Sundays for all activities except for hands on animal care volunteers.
We are CLOSED each day from 1 to 3 for lunch.


ALL VISITS, TOURS AND ACTIVITIES ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. PLEASE CONTACT US TO SCHEDULE.
 

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by Paul Gessler

Tuesday, December 12th 2017

HORSES HELP HEROES

Connecting 'retired' horses with veterans in need

DOGS AND OTHER PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON TOURS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CERTIFIED SERVICE ANIMALS THAT PROVIDE MEDICAL OR MOBILITY SUPPORT.