Our History

Horse Haven of Tennessee was formed in 1999 when Nina Margetson turned her vision for equine rescue into reality. Over 900 horses have been cared for by the only nonprofit equine rescue serving the entire state of Tennessee.


The organization assists law enforcement officials by transporting and caring for horses that are seized during criminal abuse and neglect cases. The horses are then cared for while the cases play out in court.


Four paid employees lead nearly 100 volunteers who are the backbone of the organization and make daily care and training possible. Holding facilities are now open in Middle Tennessee to facilitate statewide rescue efforts.


Horse Haven of Tennessee sponsors Equine Cruelty Investigator Training, helped to create the Animal Abuse Task Force, formed the State of Tennessee Equine Rescue Network (STERN), launched the Helping Hoof and Ultimate Act of Compassion programs, and initiated the “Studs-to-Buds” gelding effort.


Dancing for the Horses is the organization’s major fundraising effort and the 2016 event raised $95,000. Of the 137 horses brought to Horse Haven of Tennessee in 2015, 82 have been adopted and rehomed.