Horse Plus Humane Society has an amazing team of equine professionals, who work tirelessly to better the lives of every horse that comes through our open doors.
Here at Horse Plus Humane Society we strive to help every horse we can. We do help other animals that come our way, but horses are our focus. We know we can't save every horse, but for the ones we do save, their lives are completely changed. We believe that every horse, no matter its past, deserves respect, kindness and love. Every horse deserves a chance and we are that chance for many horses who have no hope.
Horse Plus Humane Society was founded in 2003 by Tawnee Preisner when she was only 19 years old. At that time Tawnee had no idea that Horse Plus Humane Society would become a National Organization helping thousands of horses across the United States, she just wanted to help horses and wanted to prevent them from being sent to slaughter. With her leadership and innovative ideas, she and her team revolutionized the horse welfare industry. After many years of success, national animal welfare organizations took notice and began implementing many of Tawnee's ideas for rescuing and sheltering horses.
Chloe Hancock has a B.S. Degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Horse Science, as well as a Pre-Vet specialization from MTSU and is a veterinarian assistant. Chloe grew up making friends with and taking care of all kinds of animals from small to large. Her current menagerie includes Jake, a Morgan Arabian Cross, his buddy, Brighty, an adopted Mammoth Donkey, and two other adopted horses. She has rescue dogs, Domino, and Roxy. She has a sweet foster fail puppy, Duncan, who despite a rough start in life, is a very happy pup. Oh, and don't forget her rabbits, seven to be exact.
Through the years Todd Morrissey has picked up many bits of training info and knowledge to develop his own style and methods for training horses. Todd's goal with every horse is to have them to become a good riding partner and a good friend. Seeing the smiles when someone rides a horse he has worked with is his biggest compliment. With the experience and knowledge from nearly 20 years of training, the passion of helping both horses and people to become a better team is strong and is what drives Todd. There is no time frame put on Todd's training with a horse. Each horse learns at a different pace and cannot be rushed. Todd lets the horse tell him when it is ready to move on to the next step. Treating each horse like a partner in a relationship is Todd's way of bringing out the best in them. This method Todd feels helps to build that sought-after bond most all riders look for. Something Todd goes by with all horses is, “How you handle your horse is how your horse will handle you.” Remember, a good horse may have once been a bad one and a bad horse may have once been a good one. Visit Todd's facebook page: Rocky Creek Equine
Horse Plus Humane Society has multiple veterinarians providing top quality care to the animals at our shelter. Our Head Shelter Veterinarian is Dr. Steven Scott, affectionately known as "Doc", he treats every kind of animal from ferrets, cats, dogs, horses, cattle, to elephants! Doc is also the director of veterinarian care at the Elephant Sanctuary. We have multiple veterinarians who attend to the animals at our shelter including Dr. Elise Jones, Dr. Cayce Duncan, Dr Ethan Myers and we also work with other veterinarians to provide medical care to horses in need across the United States.
Horse Plus Humane Society shelters and cares for rescued animals 365 days a year 24/7. We have 4 employees to ensure the animals receive the best care possible and the daily operations are running efficiently. Horse Plus Humane Society is not a part-time or hobby rescue, but a full-time operation which requires knowledgeable trained staff to ensure all aspects of the organization are ran properly and to the best of its ability.
Roger Combs is our head Shelter Farrier. Roger works very well with all manner of horses, he has a calm and reassuring personality that gains the confidence of horses that have been abused in the past. Roger is out at our shelter a minimum of once a week but many times multiple times a week due to the large number of horses that come into our shelter. Nearly all horses that come into our shelter are in need of extensive hoof care.
We have a large group of volunteers ranging from all walks of life, horse lovers, horse trainers, photographers, an actress, law enforcement officers, and many others. New volunteers are accepted and trained in the spring of each year. There are a large variety of volunteer opportunities. There's always lots of stalls to be cleaned and horses to be loved on. It is important that new volunteers understand that only long-term experience volunteers are able to exercise horses and have access to the horses. New volunteers start out by helping with events, cleaning stalls, cleaning tack, etc. We also have Project Volunteer Days where we accept college groups and new volunteers to participate. If you are interested in volunteering, send us a resume and let us know how you feel you can help our organization.
Board of Directors
President, CEO & Founder
Tawnee has grown up around all kinds of animals and they are her life. At the age of 19 Tawnee founded Horse Plus Humane Society. Tawnee is the driving force behind this organization. Now in her 30’s, she has saved over 6000 animals.
Treasurer and CFO
Darin has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Accounting with over 20 years of Finance experience.
Darin really enjoys spending time with animals and being in nature, and he has a passion for making a difference.
Sarah is a secretary by profession, with a huge passion for horses. She enjoys photography , hiking in nature, horseback riding and doing what she can to change the lives of horses in need.
Stephanie is a lifelong animal lover and has spent many years in animal welfare. Stephanie is the director of Elephant Husbandry at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN.
Dean Strait | RN
Dean loves animals especially dogs. Dean is head of ontrolling infectious disease at the hospital he works at. His insightful knowledge that he brings to our Board of Directors is extremely valuable.
Kirsty is a professional horse trainer. She grew up in Hawaii and came to the mainland to go to college forequine associate degrees, after graduating college she continued to pursue her passion of horses and joined our team.
Tina has a lot of knowledge in the animal welfare industry. She has worked at a large animal control agency and is also certified in equine assisted therapy. She has a true passion for horse and human welfare.
Wilbur Landcaster | TSC
Constable Landcaster is a sworn and bonded peace officer with full powers of arrest in the state of Tennessee. He helps with cruelty investigations and is a valued member of our board of directors.
Mary has a true passion for saving horses and is directly responsible for saving many horses. Her knowledge and insights are very valuable to our organization.
Scott is one of our founding board members from 2004. He owns and operates his own business and is a certified tree arborist. Over the years he is brought valuable insight and wisdom to our Board of Directors.
Larry is a horse lover. He became a volunteer in 2008 and has been a valued part of our team since then. Larry is a retired firefighter.
Your support is vitally important to our mission of saving horses in need. A $10 donation will purchase a 50 pound bag of feed for a hungry horse. $150 will cover a horses first initial veterinarian evaluation and first farrier care. Will you help a horse today?Donate
Who Are The Horses in The Photos?
The horses seen in the beautiful photography on our website are all horses that we have rescued. Kisa Kavass Designs comes out to our shelter and captures beautiful photography of rescued horses, she does an amazing job - Thank you Kisa!Gallery